Posted: Mon 9th Nov 2015

Wrexham Businesses Urged to Attend ‘Small Business Saturday’ Event for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Monday, Nov 9th, 2015

A campaign that puts the spotlight on small and independent businesses in communities has announced that Wrexham will be one of the stops on their most extensive and promotional tour – with those interested in starting their own business urged to pop down!

This week the organisers of Small Business Saturday will be rolling into town with its UK tour bus to raise the profile of the campaign and the event itself on Saturday December 5th.

Using the theme “5 million small businesses, 1 big day”, the bus tour will begin on Sunday November 1st to promote the campaign to both consumers and small business owners around the UK.

The bus tour will visit Wrexham on the morning of Friday 13th November to promote the campaign to both local small business owners and consumers. The bus will be located in Queen’s Square.

Along with the Small Business Saturday bus, some members of the Wrexham Town Centre Forum are also creating a promotional area for local traders which will also be on Queens Square.

Welsh Conservative Party Assembly Candidate for Wrexham, Andrew Atkinson is organising the event with Matthew McHale from LaBaguette and others from the Town Centre Forum steering Group that he chairs.

Mr Atkinson has confirmed that a ‘Good number’ of local business organisations will be attending to offer free advice and support, including, Businessline, The FSB, Glyndwr University, Coleg Cambria and many more.

Mr Atkinson said: “Through the hard work of volunteers and local traders Wrexham led the way last year with a knock out Small Business Saturday. This day served as the catalyst for future events like our Wrexham Street Festivals led by Nigel Lewis.”

Judith Alexander, Zone Enterprise Hub Manager at Glyndwr University added: “We will be on hand to promote: Start up support for students and graduates, Business clubs and networking groups at the University and within the community, Enterprise Lounge, office space at the University for pre and new starts and signposting to local and national start up services, like Big Ideas Wales and more, we are really looking forward to this.”

Now entering its third year Small Business Saturday is already the UK’s most successful small business campaign. Last year 16.5 million adults went out to support a small business on Small Business Saturday with 64% of the UK aware of the campaign.

The campaign trended at number one on Twitter on the day and received around 3.5 million views on its Facebook page. American Express is founder of the campaign in the US and principal supporter of Small Business Saturday UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.

Commenting on the announcement of the bus tour, Small Business Saturday National Campaign Director, Michelle Ovens says: “Small Business Saturday is exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK.

“The bus tour is a very visible way of enabling small businesses to engage with the campaign as we head around the UK, drumming up interest, support and enthusiasm.

“We are visiting even more places this year and are really looking forward to welcoming small business owners and consumers to 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.”

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