2017's Small Business Saturday on 2 December achieved record spending across the UK, estimated to have topped £748 million. According to an American Express survey conducted in the 48 hours following the fifth annual shopping event, where shoppers were encouraged to support their local small businesses, spend jumped four per cent this year. This was aided by an 87% backing from local authorities, up from 80% a year earlier. Furthermore, 56% of customers who were surveyed said they spent more than usual on the day and over 115,000 tweets were published about the event, trending at number one in the UK.
The event occurs on the first weekend of December, thought to be one of the busiest weekends of the year. Notable figures and organisations including London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Alexa Chung, the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation also pledged their support for Small Business Saturday. It was also backed up by a high profile television advert running at peak times over the weekend, with support from recognisable faces like Fred Sirieix and Billie Piper.
“In its fifth year, Small Business Saturday has once again seen a boost in spending with Britain’s small independent businesses,” Small Business Saturday campaign director Michelle Ovens said. “There’s been a phenomenal response from small businesses in communities across the UK again this year so it’s fantastic that a record amount was spent with them this Small Business Saturday.”
This year's Small Business Saturday will be held on 1st December 2018.
A fund launched by Bolsover District Council at the start of 2016 has been helping businesses from across the District. So far nine businesses have benefitted from the fund, totalling approximately £71k towards their future growth.
The Business Growth Fund (BGF) was initially limited to those areas not eligible for BNED LEADER Approach funding, but it has now been opened up to all businesses across the district.
Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 towards project costs are available (funding up to 90% of eligible costs) and will be awarded to businesses based upon their ability to achieve economic growth and/or jobs growth within the District.
All project activity will need to be completed by December 2018.
We are committed to regenerating our towns and villages and by attracting investment such as The Coalite development as it provides much needed job opportunities and helps improve the local economy. We are keen to support any development proposals, whether they are an existing business looking to expand or a company looking to relocate to our district. We also work very closely with developers and local businesses to make sure we maximise any employment, skills and training opportunities for the benefit of local people.
We have a team of people who will help to ensure developers and individuals receive good, factual advice, information and guidance to make their plans a reality and can also offer a bespoke support package to suit particular needs and will also provide an aftercare management service beyond project inception.
We also stage regular Business Network events throughout the year, giving businesses in Derbyshire the chance to share ideas and best practice, whilst also finding out about the latest funding streams or training opportunities available. So, if you have a business proposal or just want some help and advice, contact us now.
Bolsover Business Networking Events
We host a number of networking events throughout the year aimed at local businesses and enterprises who can liaise with other businesses and help them grow. Our events are free and offer opportunities to get advice from leaders in the industry.
Business support and funding programme advisors will be available to chat at the event.
Spaces are limited – for a full list of events coming up and how to register see the Eventbrite website here.
Clowne Business Forum
This Forum hosts networking for businesses in Clowne, Creswell, Bolsover and surrounding areas through regular lunchtime meetings at local venues. Small annual membership charge, or pay as you go. Visit their website or telephone 07973 522 772
Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce (DNLCC)
The DNLCC offers a comprehensive programme of events, seminars and workshops throughout the year. These range from networking and social events through to business seminars and management training. Annual charge payable, or for individual events/training sessions. Visit their website or telephone 01332 851280
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire branch offers a range of services from lobbying on behalf of small businesses through to training and events. For further information please visit the website or call 0115 960 8997
Please visit their website or telephone 0844 770 5462
East Midlands Incubation Network
Please visit their website or telephone 01332 231 875
Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CaSE-da)
CaSE-da holds events for prestart and established social enterprises. Telephone 0116 222 5010.
Apprentices must be aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification - from GCSE's or equivalent up to degree level. They are an excellent way to find eager employees who will be trained up to a high level in order to provide them with the skills needed to perform their job. We work with partners to promote and recruit apprenticeships within the District and you may be able to get funding to help employ an apprentice. The Apprentices can be new or current employees and more detail can be found on Gov.uk website.
Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7 and combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. If you would like to find out more, please visit Gov.uk or Sheffield Hallam University.
In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.
Meeting the Public Sector Apprenticeship Target
As an authority we have always been pro-active in encouraging young people to take up traineeships and apprenticeships to gain the necessary skills, qualifications and experience so they are work-ready.
The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy April 2017 meant all public bodies with 250 or more staff had to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprenticeship starts.
We actively consider apprenticeships either for new recruits or as part of career development for our existing staff. For 2017/18 we had a target of 12 apprentices, which we achieved with apprenticeships in Business Administration, ICT, Leisure Management, Activity Leadership, Accountancy, Horticulture, Plumbing, Automotive, Customer Service, Level 2 and Level 3.