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.
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.
Image caption: pictured left to right; Elaine Pritchard from Caittom Publishing, Yvonne Gorman Owner of Essential Print Services, Kelly Tolhurst MP Minister for Small Businesses and Michelle Ovens MBE Director of Small Business Saturday UK. Taken at a special reception at Downing Street – image by CavSoc.