Derby-based Essential Print Services’ owner, Yvonne Gorman, has been chosen as one of
only a handful of Entrepreneurs from around the UK to be a Small Business Saturday UK
Champion, for a third year running.
Yvonne’s passion and dedication to all things print as well as her on-going support to
small, local business, made her the ideal candidate for the role. She also claims the
accolade of being one of the first ‘Top 100’ who were invited to visit Downing Street in
back in 2013.
The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and the profiles of smaller businesses
and the necessity of local support. The campaign also highlights the substantial
contribution that these small businesses make to the UK economy.
Saturday 2nd December sees the spotlight firmly placed on the small businesses of the
UK. Its Yvonne’s mission to unite the small businesses of Derby and Derbyshire in a
show of strength and solidarity, to demonstrate the diverse range of products and
services available in and around the region and indeed the East Midlands.
“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
“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 this
year celebrating its 5th birthday 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.
In the run-up to the main event on Saturday 2nd December, there will be a series of free
to attend workshops held up and down the country, led by small business owners and
Entrepreneurs. These workshops will be broadcast via the Small Business Saturday
Not to be outdone by the rest of the UK, Derby’s historic Market Hall, in conjunction with
Derby City Council and Essential Print Services, will be hosting its own event on the day;
‘Derby’s Festival of Small Businesses’ – details and free tickets can be found on the website which includes free city centre parking for all attendees.
The Market Hall event will offer free business workshops, inspiring talks from local
business owners, a business-to-business exhibition area and even the chance to be a
Trader for the day. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk to like-minded, local
business owners for help and advice.
Small Business Saturday, which is a grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, was originally
founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010 and it remains the principal supporter
of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers
to shop small. The campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business
organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation. The
campaign is also supported by Facebook, Dropbox and Mercedes Benz Vans.