Consultancy owner named as a Small Business Saturday Champion for 2015
Lee Parker is CEO of Parker Sourcing Ltd, which has offices in Manchester and Bolton and is a technical & construction specialist working in UK & Europe.
“Small Business Saturday plays a valuable role in focusing the minds of consumers and fellow business owners on what small businesses can offer in terms of range of products and services and levels of customer service,” explains Lee. “Most people in this country either own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does so we are delighted to have been asked to champion Small Business Saturday 2015 in the North West and to do what we can to get people thinking small.”
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 UK’s small businesses between them provide 60% of private sector jobs and nearly 50% of private sector turnover.
Michelle Ovens, national campaign director for Small Business Saturday UK, said, “The strapline for this year's strapline will be "5 million small businesses, one big day". Last year, small business owners, local authorities, a wide range of other organisations and members of the public really embraced Small Business Saturday. It succeeded because people recognised the importance of having a vibrant and successful small business sector and not only came out on the day itself but got involved in the run-up to it in their local communities. Our Champions have a crucial role to play in mobilising that support and in ensuring that Small Business Saturday comes to life for small business owners in their local areas. They are our feet on the ground.”
As with previous years, events will be planned throughout the UK in the run-up to and on Small Business Saturday itself, including an expanded nationwide bus tour, details of which will be announced later in the year. Small businesses will once again be encouraged to get involved and create special events themselves to mark the day.
The build-up will include Inspire, a series of free workshops around the country led by prominent small business experts and entrepreneurs. These will be free to attend and will also be streamed live online. Webcasts will also be available on the Small Business Saturday YouTube channel after each event.
The experts will be giving talks and leading workshops open to any existing and aspiring small businesses and entrepreneurs. The series will be informal and participatory and each talk will be followed by a Q&A session. Each event will include a live Twitter Q& to allow for digital participation for those who cannot make the talks in person.
Small Business Saturday, which is a grassroots, not-for-profit campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Association of City and Town Management, the Association of Convenience Stores. Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association and the Federation of Small Businesses.
American Express originally founded the hugely successful & lsquo;Small Business Saturday’ initiative in the U.S. in 2010 and remains the founding supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.