Saturday, June 30 is the deadline to apply to be one of the 2018 #SmallBiz100 – an opportunity that money can’t buy to raise the profile and credibility of your business.
On June 1, when applications opened, the Burton Small Business team held a free, drop-in session at Burton’s Holiday Inn Express hotel to raise awareness of the #SmallBiz100 and the Small Business Saturday UK campaign that runs it.
Attending the event were three local businesses that have been in the #SmallBiz100 and they gave tips and advice and shared what being in the 100 had done for their businesses.
Elaine Pritchard was a 2015 #SmallBiz100 and as a result was invited to showcase her Caittom Publishing writing business at the Treasury and meet the then Chancellor George Osborne. She said: “Being a #SmallBiz100 really raised my business profile and led to new clients coming onboard. I’ve had lots of support and opportunities from the Small Business Saturday team.
“Whether you decide to enter the #SmallBiz100 or not this year, I would urge you to register for a free account on the Small Business Saturday website. This allows you to create a free entry on the website’s map-based small business finder with hyperlinks to your business website and social media accounts. It’s great free promotion and you can log on and add events and offers whenever you want.”
Magician Jack Dent was a 2016 #SmallBiz100 company and had the chance to attend a reception in Downing Street and perform for the then Business Minister Margot James. He said: “Every business is different and can get different benefits from being a #SmallBiz100. I loved it. It really gave my business credibility and made me stand out from other magicians. I met some wonderful businesses in London and it’s given me a wealth of stories to tell online and images to share.
“I’d urge everyone to give it a try. I got so carried away that I applied again in 2017 – and someone from the London team emailed me and said ‘You do realise that once you are a #SmallBiz100 you are a #SmallBiz100 for life? You don’t need to re-apply’.”
Animator and filmmaker Tilley Bancroft, founder of Red Door Studios, was a 2017 #SmallBiz100 company and last December she organised a memorable #BuckieLovesSmallBiz tour in Burton town centre with her giant blue puppet. Watch the video again here.
Tilley said the campaign opened doors for her and provided lots of opportunities to promote her business at the Small Business Saturday bus tour in Leicester as well as in London.
How To Apply for the SmallBiz100 in 2018
Go to smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com and register for a free account.
Once registered and logged in, go to the page https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/my-small-business.aspx and fill in your profile details. You will also see a tab called Your Small Biz 100 Application.
The questions you will be asked on the form appear below. You can make a start, click ‘save’ and return over time to complete it and submit it. You can keep updating your submission but make sure it is in before the deadline on Saturday June 30, 2018. The limit for each answer is 1,000 characters.
We strongly urge you to submit a video and a supporting image with your application, The video doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. It can be recorded on your smartphone.
You are welcome to say that you heard about Small Biz 100 from the Burton Small Business team.
Questions you will be asked
What is your business?
Why do you want to be part of the Small Biz 100?
What ideas do you have to make the most of Small Business Saturday this year?
Tell us the story about your business
What does your small business do to support other small businesses?
Add video Link/URL (recommended!)
How did you hear about Small Biz 100?
Upload supporting Image (recommended!)