Small Business Saturday UK – Stronger Together


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Location: Enterprise Centre, University of Derby
Time: 10 – 12:30pm
Date: 1 December, 2018

Derby Hub Special Event

Small Business Saturday UK Champion, Yvonne Gorman of Essential Print Services, has joined forces with local business support group; Derby Hub Ltd and University of Derby to host this year’s free event on Saturday 1st December.

Derby Hub will host an extended version of their business meeting, which will include a business exhibition of local companies, networking opportunities and a presentation by Derby Hub members about the benefit of collaboration entitled, ‘Stronger Together’.

The event will take place at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre on Bridge Street, and because of the generous support from the University and Derby Hub, the entire event will be completely free to attend. Delegates will also have the chance to win a ‘Golden Ticket’ to pitch their business in front of the entire business congregation.


“The University of Derby is proud to be an integral part of the business community in our city and region, and we’re pleased to support the Small Business Saturday UK event. There will be opportunities for businesses to engage with our students, many of whom are aspiring entrepreneurs currently taking part in our ‘Be the Boss’ programme, which encourages students to start their own business,”

said Bev Crighton, External Engagement Lead at the University of Derby.


“It is fortuitous that Derby Hub is hosting this year’s event because, not only does it boast to have one of the Small Business Saturday UK Champions as a founder member (Yvonne Gorman), but also, one of this year’s Small Biz Sat 100; Rachel Hayward from Ask The Chameleon,”

explained Sarah Loates, Derby Hub Director and Managing Director of Loates HR.


“I’m excited about collaborating with Derby Hub and the University of Derby for this year’s event. I am proud to be one of the founder members of Derby Hub, and I’m passionate about the support and networking opportunities it provides for companies. The event will showcase how Derby Hub and other local organisations can help Derby’s SMEs grow and prosper,”

said Yvonne Gorman, Managing Director of Essential Print Services and Small Business Saturday UK Champion.


“Derby Hub members have been involved in Small Business Saturday UK for several years now, the Derby Hub Directors thought that it seemed like a natural progression to get more involved with the event and build on the fantastic successes of the previous years. With the help of Derby Hub and the University of Derby, 2018 stands to be the most exciting Small Business Saturday Derby event to date,”

added Craig Barker, Derby Hub Director and Managing Director of Creative Agency; Koobr.


“The culture of Derby Hub is centred around businesses collaborating and supporting one another, which is why it made perfect sense for the Derby Hub to get involved with Small Business Saturday UK. All of our members know that collaboration is about achieving the extraordinary, and working together with the Small Business Saturday UK campaign we’re able to pool our resources and make an even bigger noise about what small and local businesses achieve in Derby & the surrounding area,”

concluded Owen Conti, Managing Director of Code 56, fellow Derby Hub Board Member and Marketing Derby’s Rising Star 2018.


Other local business support organisations will also be on-hand to talk to such as Derby City Council, East Midlands Chamber, the University of Derby, FSB, the Growth Hub and the D2 Business Starter Programme.

Anyone who would like free exhibition space at the event should email to availability). Free tickets are available at

To stay up to date with the latest news about the event, join the local Small Business Saturday UK team on the Facebook group; search ‘Small Business Derby” or follow @smallbizderby on Twitter.




Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support businesses in their communities.

In its sixth year, Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign, which last year saw an estimated £748m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but with an impact that lasts all year round.

In 2017 the #SmallBizSatUK campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter during 2017, reaching over 115 million people globally. The Prime Minister and the Mayor of London were among those publicly supporting the campaign. Over 87% of local councils also supported the campaign.

The official countdown to Small Business Saturday, includes a daily celebration of the ‘Small Biz 100’ through social media. The Small Biz 100 are a selection of some of the best small businesses in the UK, and have been chosen to help spotlight the success of such companies to raise awareness about the positive impact they can have.

Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010. American Express remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.

Event Details

Date: 1 December, 2018

Start time: 10:00 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.

Venue: The Enterprise Centre, University of Derby, Bridge St Derby, DE1 3LD

Directions: Based in the heart of Derby city centre, the Enterprise Centre is just 9 miles from J25 M1; 2 miles from Derby train station with journey times to London St Pancras in just 90 minutes. Free onsite parking is available.