Small Business Saturday 2017 is being celebrated in Derby this Saturday with an event designed to highlight the importance of supporting small local businesses.

Derby City Council and Essential Print Services will be hosting ‘Derby’s Festival of Small Businesses’ at Derby Market Hall, already home to a large number of small local businesses.

The event is from 10.00am to 5.00pm and ticket holders will be taking part in free business workshops, hearing from local business owners, and visiting a business-to-business exhibition area. There will also be pop up traders joining the established market traders for the day, selling everything from handmade cards to Italian sweet pastries – a great Christmas present shopping opportunity for family and friends.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the Economy said:

“We’re delighted to once again promote the Small Business Saturday event. We have a thriving small business community and we’ve pledged to showcase the wide variety of support that’s available to local companies and entrepreneurs to help them create and grow sustainable enterprises. I would like to encourage people to visit Derby Market Hall this Saturday and support the many excellent traders on offer and help make Derby’s Festival of Small Businesses a very successful event.”

Derby-based Essential Print Services’ owner, Yvonne Gorman, is one of only a handful of entrepreneurs from around the UK to be a Small Business Saturday UK Champion, for the third year running.

“Small Business Saturday plays a valuable role in focussing the minds of consumers and fellow business owners on what small businesses can offer in terms of range of products and services”, explains Yvonne. “Most people in this country either own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does so, I am delighted to have been asked to champion Small Business Saturday UK”.

Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign and is celebrating its 5th birthday this year. Last year saw £717m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, up 15% on the previous year. The campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day with more than 130,000 campaign-related tweets being sent, reaching over 140 million people globally. Over 80% of local councils supported the campaign, meaning wherever you were on Small Business Saturday, there was something going on nearby.