Small Business Saturday has unveiled a major programme of free online support to help SMEs navigate the cost of living crisis.
Business owners across the country are being encouraged to sign up for the campaign’s virtual workshops and one-to-one mentoring, which will form part of Small Business Saturday’s nationwide roadshow.
SMEs will be given access to over 20 free digital workshops throughout November delivered by leading experts along with hundreds of free online coaching spots with business mentors. Those attending at least 10 workshops will also receive a large luxury candle from Scottish candlemaker Jo Macfarlane in time for Christmas.
There will also be opportunities for entrepreneurs to tell their stories and network on Small Business Saturday’s social media channels. A Small Business Happy Hour, featuring giveaways from local businesses, will also be open to all to enter each weekday at noon.
“Small Business Saturday has always been about supporting and celebrating the UK’s fantastic entrepreneurs,” says Michelle Ovens CBE, director of Small Business Saturday UK. “This package of support is intended to give small firms a major boost as they face a barrage of challenges from all angles this winter.”
Small Business Saturday is a non-commercial campaign and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’. Taking place on Saturday 3 December, this year marks its 10-year anniversary in the UK with principal supporter American Express.
“Once again small businesses are facing another challenging year and having to think strategically in order to succeed,” says Chris Sims, BT’s Managing Director for Small and Medium Enterprise. “Earlier this year BT launched a new customer Charter with a commitment to step up free digital skills training for small businesses and working with partners such as Small Business Saturday on initiatives like The Tour is an important route to deliver this.
“It’s a brilliant way for small businesses across the country to gain support in digital skills and grow their capability for the future. We’re delighted to be supporting The Tour again this year.”
Book onto the workshops here or click the links in the schedule below:
Mentoring slots can be booked here, where small firms can login or create a profile before clicking on ‘The Tour 2022’ tab.