Spot­light put on small busi­nesses for a spe­cial day

Carmarthen Journal - - News - LEE MACGRE­GOR 07798 572356 lee.macgre­gor@me­di­awales.co.uk

THE spot­light will be on small busi­nesses in Car­marthen this month for a spe­cial day cham­pi­oning traders.

Small Busi­ness Satur­day is a na­tion­wide cam­paign to sup­port and pro­mote the UK’s 5.7 mil­lion small busi­nesses, and the team has an­nounced they will visit the town as part of their na­tion­wide tour.

Car­marthen is one of just 30 lo­ca­tions the Small Busi­ness Satur­day tour­ing bus will travel to as part of the of­fi­cial count­down to Small Busi­ness Satur­day, tak­ing place on De­cem­ber 1.

The bus will be in Guild­hall Square, be­tween 10am and 2pm on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15 and lo­cal busi­nesses are be­ing urged not to miss out.

As well as of­fer­ing free men­tor­ing ses­sions, up to 20 small busi­nesses per stop can ap­ply to be a ‘busi­ness On board’.

They will be given space to ex­hibit their busi­ness to the pass­ing pub­lic and will be pro­filed across the cam­paign’s chan­nels.

With an aim to shine a spot­light on the UK’s top small busi­nesses, the cam­paign will fea­ture its spe­cial in­ter­view series, where small busi­nesses, en­trepreneurs and lead­ing lo­cal fig­ures can share their sto­ries about their busi­ness or lo­cal area, to a Face­book live au­di­ence.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil is sup­port­ing the cam­paign and is de­lighted that Car­marthen has been cho­sen for the bus tour.

Its eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment team will be there on the day of­fer­ing ad­vice on the var­i­ous grants avail­able to help lo­cal busi­nesses.

Coun­cil leader Em­lyn Dole, who is re­spon­si­ble for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, will also be go­ing along to speak on the bus’s ‘blue sofa’.

Mr Dole said: “Here in Car­marthen­shire we have so­cial me­dia a vast num­ber of suc­cess­ful and in­no­va­tive small busi­nesses and we are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing new and ex­ist­ing busi­nesses help­ing to cre­ate jobs and im­prov­ing the lo­cal econ­omy.

“I am urg­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to get in­volved with Small Busi­ness Satur­day and sign up now so that they can ben­e­fit from the bus tour when it ar­rives in town.”

Michelle Ovens, di­rec­tor of Small Busi­ness Satur­day, said: “From Birken­head to Belfast, Glas­gow to Car­marthen, The Small Busi­ness Satur­day bus will travel the coun­try to cel­e­brate the UK’s fan­tas­tic grow­ing busi­nesses and shine a spot­light on their suc­cess. This tour is a way for us to give back to busi­nesses at the heart of com­mu­ni­ties – cel­e­brat­ing them, cham­pi­oning them and pro­vid­ing a lis­ten­ing ear and a chance for men­tor­ing. The tour is not just open to busi­nesses, it’s open to ev­ery­one – ev­ery in­di­vid­ual who can take a mo­ment to ap­pre­ci­ate the far-reach­ing im­pact small busi­nesses have on their com­mu­nity.”

The bus tour fol­lows the re­cent launch of the UK’s Small Biz 100 – a cel­e­bra­tion of 2018’s top small busi­nesses from across the UK. It in­cludes Car­marthen’s Tea Traders, a spe­cial­ist tea shop based in Guild­hall Square and gift shop Spiffy in Nott Square.

Paul Raven from Tea Traders said: “We will be out and about in town on Novem­ber 15 giv­ing free tea tast­ings as well as tak­ing part with ac­tiv­i­ties on the bus.

“This cam­paign has huge ben­e­fits and is a great way of show­cas­ing spe­cial­ist and in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses and rais­ing aware­ness with shop­pers of what we have to of­fer as well as mak­ing our­selves more vis­i­ble in the town.”

Small busi­nesses can book men­tor­ing ses­sions dur­ing the bus tour via the Small Busi­ness Satur­day web­site small­busi­ness­sat­ur­day.com

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