The Small Business Saturday (SBS) team visited Cornwall as part of their UK wide bus tour promoting the annual event which highlights supporting local small businesses in the run up to Christmas.
This year Saturday 1st December will see people across the UK being encouraged to give their custom to their local small business. Whether that is shopping in the local independent stores or using local trades and service providers, the campaign aims to ensure that amongst the big shiny marketing budgets of the superpowers of Christmas trading that there is a nationally backed recognition of the value of keeping trade local at a time when spending reaches a seasonal crescendo.
FSB support this campaign every year and so representatives of the core team in Cornwall (Members; James Ferguson, Edward Chapman and Development Manager, Ann Vandermeulen) were delighted to welcome the bus to Lemon Quay in Truro. Also there with a stand was FSB member, Sinead Hanks from Any Old Lights in Fowey who was part of the SBS100 delegation that went to Number 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister. Sinead is an avid supporter and we also met new contacts like Faye Clifton of Green and Blue who make building blocks to create homes for solitary bees and Nathan Bentley of BPH (Bentley Plumbing and Heating). A real mixture of sectors demonstrating that SBS is not just about retail.
Cerys Hart from the Growth and Skills Hub was also there with us, completing the ensemble offering help, advice and information to the people shopping in Truro and local businesses who came to visit us. The team has a really successful day and are now busy thawing out, it was as cold as it was brilliant. Thanks to everyone who came and to those who visited the big blue bus and of course the SBS team that have driven about 2,000 miles across the UK delivering the campaign! If you missed us you can get more information and download your info pack at: https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/