Press Release – Small Business Saturday UK 3 Dec 2016
How the UK supported
Small Business Saturday 2015:
Customers spent £623m with small businesses on Small
Business Saturday, an increase of £119m or 24% on 2014
#SmallBizSatUK trended at number 1 all day on Small Business
Saturday with over 100,000 tweets sent in support of the day, reaching more
than 25 million people
Over 75% of local councils actively supported the campaign,
delivering on the ground activities including free parking, Christmas fairs and
small business networking events plus much much more.
The campaign is championed in local areas by small
businesses that have been lucky enough to have been part of the Top 100 in
previous years which is why Gary Howard the CEO of Complete Forensics is
pleased to lend his voice to call on all shoppers to “Shop Local” on Saturday
the 3rd of December 2016.
He says, “Without local people shopping in local shops our
high streets and communities will be eroded by out of town shopping and big
retailers. They have their place but I can promise there is nothing like the
food served by a local butcher, baker or grocer, or to get your Christmas
presents from local crafters and small retailers.”
Gary will be around this year promoting small businesses on
the day by shopping and visiting local retailers in Mossley and the surrounding
area. Look out for the tweets from him (@Com_Forensics) and Facebook uploads on
the company page highlighting you, your shopping habits, and those amazing
small businesses we have in this area.
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial
campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to
‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December
each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.
In 2016 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, December 3rd.
For more details on Small Business Saturday UK https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/
and use the Business Finder to locate Small Businesses near you supporting the
Official images can be downloaded here https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/#get-involved
Complete Forensics is a community interest company providing
education and training in the science sector specialising in inspiring forensic
science workshops and courses. Complete Forensics was a Top 100 Small Business
Saturday UK company in 2014.
Gary Howard recently become the CEO of the organisation as
it pivots into a charity from its community interest company status and has a
background in teaching and crime scene science. Gary is passionate about young
people being given information and chances and has recently started working
with Miss Kiera Byland a three time Special Olympics Gold medallist to bring
together science and SEN learners.