Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.

The first Small Business Saturday in the UK was held on 7 December 2013 - one of the busiest shopping days in the build-up to Christmas - in 2016 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, 3 December.

The aim is to get as many people using their local businesses as possible and all kinds of small businesses can get involved, whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler or small manufacturer.It is also a timely opportunity for local businesses to think of creative ways to draw shoppers into their stores during the festive season.


Let us know what you will be doing!

If you are a local business, community group and/or business organisations make a pledge to let us know what they have planned for Small Business Saturday 2016.

We will be supporting all businesses taking part, by marketing and promoting your business for FREE leading up to, during and after 3rd December 2016.

We would encourage you to share over Facebook, get the idea! We would love to hear what you have planned and help you spread the word. Just tweet us what you are up to @businessonsea using #SmallbizSatSouthend and we will share it!

If your a small businesses then join in for free and make special offers available to your customers. Here are a few idea on how you can be part of it:

  • Create your own special offer or organise an event with other businesses
  • Dress your window with SBS posters, ballons, bunting and invite the press
  • Tweet and Facebook about what you have planned
  • Link to the Small Business Saturday (SBS) website where thee are lots of ideas to inspire you
  • Register your business on the free SBS Small Business Finder
  • Remember you dont have to have a shop on the high street to take part, you can promote your services even if you are a hidden trade such as a plumber or an electrician!

Our Small Business Marketing packs are live! So click here to download yours!

The packs will include two posters to help your business make the most of Small Business Saturday. A map with a leaflet to give to your customers will also be included, along with some discount vouchers. In addition we will provide you with a list of FREE workshops which will be taking place from now until the day, to help you grow and market your business.

Click on the area where your business is located to get your FREE marketing pack!






Thorpe Bay



Click on the link to see some of the businesses taking part and view what offers they are putting on! Small Business Saturday Offers


The UK's Small Business Saturday returns this year on Saturday 3rd December.

The UK Small Business Saturday Campaign aims to encourage shoppers to shop locally and support small businesses in your community.

There are a host of activities taking place within small businesses across the borough on the day. But it doesnt have to stop there you can shop locally beyond 3rd December 2016.

Make a start on your Christmas shopping in Leigh, Eastwood, Westcliff, Southchurch, Thorpe Bay, Shoeburyness and Southend. There are fantastic smll businesses offering quality and a wide range of products to support your needs.

Local shops and businesses will also be taking part in the Best Festive Business Competition, with a winner from each area. This is being sponsored by Blatella Film Productions, and judged on the week of 5th December by the team from Blatella Film Productions.

Tweet us your favorite shop by using #SmallBizSatSouthend or tell us your best Festive Business by tweeting #BestFestiveBiz, but most of all support your local traders when doing your Christmass shopping.

For more information about shopping locally click here.

Shop Local, Love Local and Make a BIG Difference!

The Small Business Saturday Bus Tour

The Small Business Saturday Bus Tour is under way! The tour is supported by TalkTalk Business and we are delighted to feature the logos of fifty TalkTalk Business customers on the #SmallBizSatUK bus!

Small Business Saturday UK bus tour is  visiting 29 stops in five weeks to say ‘Small Business, Big Difference’

The nationwide promotional bus tour will aim to raise the profile of the campaign and the day itself which takes place on Saturday 3rd December.

Using the theme “Small Business, Big Difference”, the A-B bus tour will begin on Monday 24th October in Aberdeen, visiting Leigh-on-Sea on Wednesday 16th November and finish up in Bournemouth on Friday 25th November.

The bus tour will be visiting the borough for the first time since it begun three years ago. The bus will be in Church Hill, just off of Leigh Broadway on 17th November 2016 and will play host to a numerous activities, workshops and small businesses exhibitions including Leigh-on-Sea business Chocolate Budda.

Leigh-on-Sea is an ideal location with the number of independent businesses in the area, with a unique opportunity for businesses there to benefit from the promotion the bus will provide.

This will also be a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the number of independent businesses we have across the Borough and we look forward to the bus to come back in the future to other areas including Hamlet Court Road, Southchurch Road, Thorpe Bay and Shoeburyness.

Dont miss out pop by and join in!


Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has delivered an early gift to local residents and businesses by announcing free festive parking ahead of the Christmas shopping rush.

Parking will be free on Saturday 3rd December in seven council run car parks as part of Small Business Saturday.

Free all day parking on Saturday 3rd December to celebrate Small Business Saturday will be available at the following car parks:

lfracombe Avenue
North Road
Hamlet Court Road
Elm Road (Leigh-on-Sea)
North Street
Ceylon Road
Thorpe Bay Broadway
Shop Local, Love Local and Make a BIG Difference!