The Tour 2021


Once again, the iconic Small Business Saturday tour will be travelling across the UK, calling at different towns and cities over five weeks from the Monday 1st November - Wednesday 1st December! Once more, The Tour is supported by BT Skills for Tomorrow, who are also providing expert mentors across the route.

Kicking off at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, 'The Tour' will visit twenty four British towns and cities to support, inspire and spotlight the 6 million small businesses across the UK, as part of the countdown to Small Business Saturday.

For the first time it will showcase a fleet of eco vehicles that reflect daily life for small businesses and the sustainable switches many are making or considering - including an electric van, car and scooter, as well as a 'delivery style' push bike. This comes as 97% of small businesses say sustainability is important to their business, according to research by Tour supporter BT Skills for Tomorrow and Small Business Britain.

It will be a zero emissions Tour and this sustainability focus is part of a drive both to reduce environmental impact, and to highlight the important role small businesses play in getting the UK to Net Zero by 2050.

'The Tour' will for the first time deliver a hybrid format of online and in-person activity. This will include virtual workshops, webinars and mentoring on a range of small business topics, as well as on the ground visits and live-streamed interviews with local businesses in cities across the UK, check out the map to see the nearest town to you!

Below you will see ways you can get involved with your local stop. The tour team can be contacted at [email protected].

The Tour Stops:

Date Time Location Description
01-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Glasgow COP26, Exhibition Way, Stobcross Rd, Glasgow G3 8YW
02-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Glasgow 2 COP26, Exhibition Way, Stobcross Rd, Glasgow G3 8YW
03-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Edinburgh Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd, Edinburgh EH99 1SP
04-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Kilmarnock Kilmarnock Cross, Kilmarnock KA1 1LU
05-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Belfast Custom House Square, Belfast BT1 3EZ
08-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Whitley Bay Opposite 248A-248A Whitley Road, Whitley Bay NE26 2TE
09-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Northallerton High Street, Northallerton DL7 8LW
09-Nov 15:00 - 16:00 York (Haxby) Haxby Sports Bar Car Park, 64 North Lane, Haxby, York YO32 3JP
10-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Grimsby St James Square, Freshney Place, Grimsby DN31 1JS
11-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Manchester Picadilly Gardens, Manchester M60 1AY
12-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Colwyn Bay Station Rd, Colwyn Bay LL29 8BU
15-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Derby Cathedral Green, Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF
16-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Birmingham Edgbaston Street, Birmingham B5 4QL
17-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Hereford Commercial Street, Hereford HR1 2DJ
18-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Cardiff Outside Central Library, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1FL
19-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Plymouth Frankfort Gate, Plymouth PL1 1QD
22-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Southampton Guildhall Square, Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DU
23-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Brighton & Hove Jubilee Square, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE
24-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Margate The Parade, Margate CT9 1EY
25-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Leighton Buzzard High Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1EY
26-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 Cambridge Station Rd, Cambridge CB1 2FB
29-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 London (City of Westminster) Rupert St Market, Rupert Street, Soho, London
30-Nov 10:00 - 14:00 London (Balham) Bedford Hill, Balham, London Borough of Wandsworth SW12 9EX
01-Dec 10:00 - 14:00 London (Richmond) Church Street, Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond TW1 3NJ
BT SKills For Tomorrow

Mentoring Sessions

The tour sees the return of the mentoring program. There will be expert 1-1 mentors to offer free support and advice to small businesses on a range of topics, such as digital marketing, time and money management and more. With over 180 session available, book your virtual mentoring session via your My Small Business account (click on the The Tour 2021 tab).

Happy Hour

Yes, it’s back! Launched during lockdown, our small business happy hour live series is a chance for us to share good news stories and offer the chance to win small business prizes. During the tour, we aim to add a local feel each day, by featuring local news and prizes will come from a business local to that day's stop.

Live Interviews

Also returning are the famous 'live interviews'. Each stop will see local small businesses, experts, local dignitaries and many more, being interviewed live on social media. They will share their stories, demonstrate their product or business, or offer help and advice, via the campaign's social channels. If you would like to showcase your business or product via our live series, please email [email protected] with the subject Live. Don’t forget to include the name of your local tour 'stop'.

Virtual Roadshow

Upcoming Tour Workshops:

Date Time Description Sign Up
01-Dec 11:00 - 12:00 The Top 10 Tips to Amplify your Brand.