The fifth annual UK-wide Small Business Saturday is taking place this Saturday (2 December) and Bristol’s business community is showing its support with a range of events and activities.
Small Business Saturday is all about acknowledging the contribution the small business sector makes to the economy, while encouraging everyone to support their local small businesses in the run-up to the day, on the day itself, and beyond. Bristol’s small business sector is rightly celebrated for its vibrancy and its contribution to the city’s unique character. According to latest figures small businesses in Bristol (those that employ up to 50 people) total over 17,600, constituting nearly 98% of the city’s overall business stock.
Regular and festive events will be hosted across the city this Saturday, including: a Festive Bonanza on Gloucester Road; Bristol Local Christmas Market; Christmas at The Arcade; the Folk House Festive Market; the Easton Christmas Arts Trail; Harbourside Christmas Market; St Nicholas Market including a Young Enterprise Trade Fair; the Bristol Bazaar Christmas Pop Up Shop at The Island; a Made in Bristol Gift Fair at Colston Hall; a Very Crafty Christmas at Underfall Yard; and Whiteladies Road Farmers’ Market.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said:
“Bristol is a thriving city for small businesses, the vast majority employing less than 50 people, and the range of services they offer us is amazing. Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to promote our city’s small businesses, their contribution and the targeted support available to them from the Council and our partners.”
“For shoppers and customers we have a diverse network of high streets that are home to small businesses. From the city centre, where independents coexist alongside chains and global brands to the numerous vibrant centres in local neighbourhoods, there’s everything to meet the needs of visitors and residents alike. Why not use Small Business Saturday on 2nd December to explore your local high street and see what it has to offer?”
If you are planning any similar events to those listed above as part of Small Business Saturday and would like help to promote them, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information can be found at www.bristol.gov.uk/sbs2017, www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com or via Twitter @SmallBizSatUK.
The council works to promote the city’s small businesses using social media. Follow @ShopLocalBris on Twitter to obtain information all year around.