Small businesses have had a challenging year. Although some are still not able to open in a traditional sense, many have found new ways to trade and delight their valued customers through tiers, firebreaks and national lockdowns.
With the festive season upon us, we're asking small businesses and their customers to celebrate each other and spread the word that shopping small makes a big difference.
To get involved, use the #ilovesmallbusiness hashtag online to celebrate those local, independent businesses that are special to you and customers can share images of their purchases by using the hashtag #shopherethisChristmas.
Download our social media assets and share from your social accounts to remind everyone that big might be better but smaller is best! Whether you are a small business or a customer, shout about the best places to shop small this festive season. Click the button to download the required card and don't forget to use the hashtags #shopherethisChristmas and #ilovesmallbusiness. You can also show your support by adding our frame to your Facebook profile picture. Click the link and search for ‘FSB’ to find a frame you like. Having trouble? You may need to login on a desktop PC or Mac. Alternatively, if you see others using the frame on your timeline, you can click ‘try it’ to add it to yours’.
Get your customers involved!
Let your customers know they can help to support small businesses this festive season with these simple actions:
👋 Ask them to tag you in their posts telling you their favourite thing about your business or showing off their purchases.
♻️ Ask them to share your posts.
📣 Ask them to tell a friend about your business.
🖊️Ask them to leave a Google review for your business.
📥 Ask them to download and share our social cards tagging in their favourite small business.
🖼️ Add one of our exclusive frames to their Facebook profile picture to show their support for small businesses, just search for FSB to get started! Having trouble? You can find a guide on the steps to take here.
Our favourite tweets
As Christmas shopping is now underway🎄🎁— Rich Bishop 😷 (@richbishop) December 1, 2020
Why not put a few more minutes effort in, and maybe pay a few pennies more?⏱
By making the effort to shop small you'll make your Christmas unique and personal 🛍🏘
All while supporting small businesses and shops 💙#ilovesmallbusiness pic.twitter.com/2QwwTClxsh
"On the second day of #Christmas..." 🎁— Hambleton District Council (@HambletonDC) December 2, 2020
From today until 3 January it's completely #free to park in all of our Council car parks! 🎄🅿️
We think that's a bit better than a tiny chocolate. 🍫#Staysafe and #MerryChristmas!#ILoveSmallBusiness #ShopHereThisChristmas pic.twitter.com/F288aP0TKS