Three cheers for Small Business Saturday

05 December 2016

Small Business Saturday 2016 is being celebrated with a hat-trick of initiatives.

Crawley Borough Council is celebrating this year's Small Business Saturday event with the launch of its Small Business Grants Scheme, an offer of help from Business Navigators and a competition for residents.

Small Business Saturday is a national initiative that delivers help, advice and opportunities to connect small businesses.

The council has been allocated funding for a Small Business Grants Scheme to fund micro and small businesses. The funding can pay for:

  • Apprenticeship grants for local micro-enterprises (businesses with fewer than 10 employees) to offset costs of hiring and training apprentices
  • Grants for small-business start-up, available to encourage Crawley residents to set up their own enterprises by helping them meet business set up costs
  • Grants to help existing small businesses grow. For example, this could help a business to pay to access relevant training modules such as business planning, employment law and recruitment, marketing and finance.

Funding of up to £2,000 is available for small business grants. The maximum apprenticeship grant is £1,500. For all grants, 50 per cent match funding is required from the business.

And for small business owners, advice will be available from Coast2Capital Local Enterprise Partnership’s Business Navigator Service. The aim of the service is to help businesses quickly find the most relevant support available and help identify the most appropriate solutions.

This year, residents can support the council’s Buy Local campaign through the council’s Christmas competition.

On Small Business Saturday the #BuyLocalCrawley Christmas Giveaway returns, giving people the chance to grab some great free gifts donated by local small businesses.

The competition will run from Small Business Saturday (December 3rd) and winners will be announced on Wednesday 21 December.

For a chance to make Christmas come early simply either:

  • Like the posts on the Crawley Borough Council Facebook page and tell us the names of two of your favourite local small businesses (tag them if you can) followed by #BuyLocalCrawley
  • Or tweet us @crawleybc with the names of two of your favourite local small businesses (tag them if you can) using the hashtag #BuyLocalCrawley

The council supports Buy Local through its own procurement code, the Crawley Developer and Partner Charter, supporting workshops such as Digital High Street Skills, supporting Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers, engaging in Better Business for All and mini Meet the Buyer events. 

Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development at Crawley Borough Council, said: “We’re marking Small Business Saturday with our Buy Local campaign, the launch of our Small Business Grants Scheme, offer of help from Business Navigators and a competition for residents.

“Buying locally and supporting smaller businesses helps Crawley’s economy, giving residents a bigger and better choice of jobs, services, shops and leisure.”

Small Business Grant Scheme applications should include an outline business plan to demonstrate how the investment will unlock business growth. For more information email

For more information on the Buy Local campaign, visit

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