Applications for the Small Business Saturday Small Biz 100 will be open on June 1st 2019:
Details of how to apply aren’t up on the site yet – hopefully they’ll come soon – but I imagine it will be very similar to previous years, where each entrant must write a little about their own small business.
As one of last year’s Small Biz 100, as well a writer of Business Stuff, I have some insight into how you can make your application as good as it can be and I’ll share some thoughts on that once the applications are live in June.
In the meantime, I would like to encourage small businesses all over the UK, and especially in my own neck of the woods in and around Kings Heath, Stirchley, Moseley and more in Birmingham, to consider applying.
Through my experience over the last year, I would note that the events, publicity and other goings-on are best suited to:
- Retail businesses of any size, with or without a physical store/online presence
- Non-retail businesses, e.g. professional services etc., with more than one person on staff
As a one-person, non-retail business, I found it really hard to make the most of everything. As much as I wanted to go to the ball (literally!), visit the Commons and get involved with the bus tour, as well as Small Business Saturday itself, actual paying work always had to come first, and in a couple of cases, trying to attend events but not being able to actually left me out of pocket *winces*. So do please consider the practicalities before you enter.
That said, for the right type of business, the opportunities and possibilities are massive and the super-supportive community of other small businesses attached to it is growing every year.
Hit me up if it’s something you’d like to talk about and if you’re on my doorstep, let’s meet up in one of our fab local cafes or bars and get into it over a cake and/or craft cocktail.