Small Business Saturday UK – Stronger Together


Derby Hub has joined forces with Small Business Saturday UK Champion, Yvonne Gorman of Essential Print Services, and University of Derby to host this year’s free event on Saturday 7th December, 10am-2pm.



Location: Enterprise Centre, University of Derby
Time: 10am – 2pm
Date: 7 December, 2019

Derby Hub Special Event

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We will host an extended version of our business meeting, which will include a business exhibition of Derby Hub members and local companies, networking opportunities, presentations and free workshops.

For the second year, 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 the event again 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 last year’s Small Biz Sat 100; Rachel Hayward from Ask The Chameleon,” explained Sarah Loates, Derby Hub Director and Managing Director of Loates HR.


“Based on the success of last year’s event at The Enterprise Centre, I’m excited about collaborating with Derby Hub and the University of Derby again. I am proud to be one of the founder members of Derby Hub, and I’m passionate about the consistent support it provides for new and existing companies alike – I can’t wait for visitors to sample the atmosphere of a Derby Hub meeting,” 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, 2019 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.

Anyone who would like free exhibition space at the event should send their ‘expression of interest’ to


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” and follow @smallbizderby and @derbyhub on Twitter.



Event Details

Date: 7 December, 2019

Start time: 10:00 a.m.

End time: 14:00 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.