The Importance of National Small Business Week
National Small Business Week is an annual tradition that has been celebrated for over 50 years. It is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the vital role that small businesses play in our communities and the economy.
Small businesses are defined as those with up to 49 employees. In the UK, they account for 99.3% of the total business population, with 5.94 million small businesses at the start of 2020. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up 99.9% of the business population overall, with 6.0 million businesses.
Despite their size, small businesses make a significant contribution to the economy. They create jobs, drive innovation, and help to keep money circulating within local communities.
How Google Supports Small Businesses
Google recognises the importance of small businesses and is committed to supporting them. During National Small Business Week, Google provides resources and tools to help small businesses succeed.
One way that Google supports small businesses is through its ‘Grow with Google‘ initiative. This program offers free training and resources to help small business owners improve their digital skills and grow their businesses online.
Google also provides tools like Google My Business, which allows small businesses to manage their online presence across Google Search and Google Maps. This can help small businesses to reach more customers and increase their visibility online.
How to Celebrate National Small Business Week
There are many ways to show your support for small businesses. Here are a few ideas:
Make a conscious effort to support small businesses in your community by shopping locally.
Leave a positive review
If you have had a positive experience with a small business, leave a review on their website or social media pages. This can help to attract new customers and support the business.
Share on social media
Use the hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek to share stories and posts from small businesses on social media. This can help to raise awareness and support for small businesses.
Attend small business events
Look out for events in your community that are aimed at supporting small businesses. These events can be a great way to connect with other small business owners and learn new skills.
National Small Business Week is a time to celebrate and support the small businesses that make our communities and economy thrive. By showing your support, you can help to ensure that small businesses continue to grow and succeed for years to come.