Small Business Saturday tour bus to come to Edinburgh

Press release issued by Small Business Saturday, which includes a quote from Cllr Gordon Munro, Vice Convener of the Economy Committee, promoting their tour bus coming to Edinburgh tomorrow.

The organisers of the UK’s next Small Business Saturday - when small, independent businesses in communities across the country will be in the national spotlight - have hit the road with a nationwide bus tour to promote the event to both consumers and small business owners around the UK. 

The tour, in the liveried Small Business Saturday bus, will be in Grassmarket, Edinburgh between 11am and 3pm on Wednesday November 19th. Also on board will be representatives of Barclays' Digital Eagles and the O2 Angels, providing support and advice for consumers and small business owners. 

“The first Small Business Saturday last year was an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” explains National Campaign Director Michelle Ovens. 

“Our bus tour last year was a very visible way of bringing Small Business Saturday to centres around the UK and was instrumental in drumming up interest, support and enthusiasm. We are visiting even more places this year and hope small business owners and consumers will visit the bus to get information and find out ways in which they can support small businesses and make the day work most effectively for companies in their own communities,” Michelle adds 

Cllr Gordon Munro, Vice-Convener of the Economy Committee, the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “I’m really delighted to see the Small Business Saturday bus in Edinburgh today. The Grassmarket, like our other town centres in Edinburgh, is full of great shops and exciting places to eat and drink. I would really encourage residents to support their local businesses, particularly in the run up to Christmas. Edinburgh’s vacancy rate for town centres is well below the national average and by supporting Small Business Saturday and through work such as our building stronger town centres programme, we can continue this success.“ 

Senior politicians led by the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Ed Milliband; Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne; Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable; Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Business Secretary and Matthew Hancock, the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, all took to the streets last year to encourage consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses.

Small Business Saturday UK has also attracted the support of leading business organisations including Federation of Small Businesses, the Association of City and Town Management, Association of Convenience Stores, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, as well as corporates like American Express, O2, Lloyds Bank and NatWest and prominent entrepreneurs Theo Paphitis, Karren Brady, Charlie Mullins and Martha Lane Fox. 

American Express founded the hugely successful ‘Small Business Saturday’ initiative in the U.S. in 2010 and is an active supporter of the programme in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shopsmall. 

Business owners can already download marketing packs from the Small Business Saturday web site whilst further information can also be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page www.facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturdayuk) Twitter page (@SmallBizSatUk) and website http://www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/).


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