This week’s big news is of course that HiViz Safety was one business of 100 from around the country invited to represent the UK’s 5.4 million small businesses at a special event at The Treasury on Friday 4th December to mark the UK’s third Small Business Saturday the following day. HiViz Jack and two of his colleagues joined other business owners at a special Christmas Fair at The Treasury’s Internal Drum attended by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
Small Business Saturday, a grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, places small, independent businesses in communities across the country in the national spotlight. Its aim is to prompt people not only to spend money with small independent businesses in the run-up to Christmas but also to create a mind-set to support them all year round.
Small businesses around the UK planned events, promotions and other activities to attract clients and customers to them not only on December 5th but also beyond. During this year’s campaign, tens of thousands of small businesses around the UK have engaged with the campaign across various social media platforms; 30,000 have ordered marketing packs by post with posters to display on their premises, many more have downloaded them online. The campaign team has also completed a four-week nationwide bus tour to all regions in the UK to promote Small Business Saturday locally.
It was an amazing opportunity to exhibit our business in such stunning surroundings. Everyone we met was enthusiastic and supportive of HiViz Safety and we had the opportunity to promote our brand and our ideas to a large and influential audience.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, told us:
“Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to champion some of the brilliant entrepreneurs and firms we have in this country and make sure everyone is aware of the powerful role they play.”
American Express was the founder of the campaign in the US and is the principal supporter of Small Business Saturday UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small. The campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, which has a programme of supportive events planned across the country, as well as other corporate supporters including Vistaprint, TalkTalk Business, Indeed, Sage, PRS for Music and PPL.
More information on HiViz Safety can be found at www.hivizsafety.co.uk
Small Business Saturday can be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page (www.facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturdayuk) Twitter page (@SmallBizSatUk) and website (www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com).