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3rd September 2015

Manchester brewery named in Small Business Saturday UK’s ‘Small Biz 100’

A brewing company in Hyde, Manchester started by a 22 year old has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on December 5th.

The Tweed Brewing Company, which was founded by young entrepreneur Sam Ward, will be among those featured one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself. Last year’s Small Biz 100 also attended a Christmas Fair staged specially in Downing Street and attended by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Sam says:

“We force ourselves to think innovatively and produce a high quality product aimed at the younger, fashionable more discerning, customer. But we also go out of our way to support other local businesses, from our dinner time sandwiches to our, hops and malts, van, office supplies, cleaning supplies and even our tanks and vessels. We constantly try to use businesses who neighbour us.”

Sam says that the Tweed Brewing Company wants to use the opportunity provided by Small Business Saturday to show how hard work and a clear vision can help a small, start up company go from small to big in no time at all.

“We plan to highlight our start up story across all of our social media platforms as well as offering our wholesale and public customers a discount off their order as a way to say thank you for sticking by us through nearly our first year of trading,” he adds.

Small Business Saturday is already the UK’s most successful small business campaign. Last year 16.5 million adults went out to support a small business on Small Business Saturday with 64% of the UK aware of the campaign. The UK’s small businesses between them provide 60% of private sector jobs and nearly 50% of private sector turnover. Last year the campaign was featured by all major media, trended at number one on Twitter on the day and received around 3.5 million views on its Facebook page. This year Small Business Saturday carries the theme “5 million small businesses, 1 big day”.

The campaign exists as a nationwide promotional and marketing tool for small businesses, something for business owners to join up with and use for the benefit of their own small business. It is totally free to participate and all and any small businesses can get involved, from one-man-bands, through to a high growth office, and from tradesmen to social media gurus. In addition to the campaign itself, the team also delivers help and advice alongside opportunities to connect with other small businesses. In short, Small Business Saturday exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses.

The first Small Business Saturday last year was an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” explains National Campaign Director Michelle Ovens.

“Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round. Most people in this country own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does, so supporting a small business on Small Business Saturday is absolutely personal.”

American Express originally founded the hugely successful ‘Small Business Saturday’ initiative in the U.S. in 2010 and remains the Founding Supporter of
the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage
consumers to shop small. The campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, which has a programme of supportive events planned across the country, the Association of City and Town Management, The Association of Convenience Stores, The National Federation of Retail Newsagents, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, and other corporate organisations including Talk Talk Business and Vista Print.

Logos, digital banners, a social media guide and toolkits will be available to download from the website and can be displayed online or on premises. Businesses around the country will also be able to upload information to the ‘My Small Business Finder’ on the website ( on what special events or promotional offers they will be running for Small Business Saturday.

More information on Small Business Saturday can also be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (@SmallBizSatUk).