The first event of its kind in the area, The Great Big Small Business Festival is here to sound the drum, ring the bell, fly the flag for the strength, diversity, and growth of businesses across our region. From the heart of Scunthorpe, Brigg and Barton, across Immingham, through the centre of Grimsby and beyond to the coastline of Cleethorpes, this event has been created to showcase exactly why the business community in Northern Lincolnshire is flourishing.
Taking place from 30th September until the 7th October 2022, this event promises to be the highlight of this year’s business calendar. Recognising the immense contribution businesses makes to the wellbeing of our communities, this event will also be the perfect opportunity to highlight the strengths of our local people, reinforce the need for us to work collaboratively and outline how our outstanding supply chain services set our regional businesses apart.
Small is big business, in fact small businesses – even despite the pandemic – still account for 99.2% of the UK’s business population. In our region alone there are more than 9,000 small businesses, with 90% of those being locally owned.
This is a unique opportunity for us to display the potential and promise that lies ahead for every business and employee in the area. The Great Big Small Business Festival will be showcasing new ideas and exciting innovations at the centre of the week’s agenda too.
Mark Webb, Managing Director at E-Factor Group, said: “We are delighted to be able to launch this festival and demonstrate to everyone the huge business talent that exists across the south bank of the Humber. With so much attention on the area right now, it is time we put our best foot forward and make a noise about the diversity and strength of our local business community.
“From the army of self-employed entrepreneurs to the sea of well-established and brand-new local businesses, the wealth of talent and innovation that exists in the area is outstanding. This is a chance to show that off to our employees, our community, and the rest of the country.
“We may be a small pocket of Lincolnshire, the UK even, but we know that big business more often than not doesn’t equal big numbers. To us, BIG equals, big talent, big drive, big determination and big heart. And our small business community has that by the bucket load.”
Throughout the week, a creative, diverse and exciting schedule of free events has been planned for you to book onto. From ‘TikTok for Businesses’ and ‘Photography for Businesses’, to ‘Business Branding and Messaging Workshops’. There will be opportunities to attend masterclasses hosted by national and international speakers – with the keynote speaker at Business Hive Live on Tuesday 4th October coming from none other than Innocent Drinks. There will be displays and exhibitions of new technology, while new ideas and new tools will be curated to show you exactly how innovation will be supporting your business in the years ahead, helping you to build on your knowledge and add further strings to your skillset.
This event will also deliver opportunities for you to celebrate the present and expand your immediate horizons by networking – catching up with old friends and prospective new customers.
“We want this to be a week shared by the whole of the business community,” Mark added. “And we encourage businesses to put forward an event of their own that will be included in the extensive promotion plans for the week. The only condition is that it must be free to attend, and that people should learn something new that will benefit their business.”
To start the Festival off in style, the week begins with the brand-new North Lincolnshire Great Big Small Awards on Friday 30th September. Being hosted in Scunthorpe at Walcot Hall, this glittering evening awards ceremony will pay tribute and deliver hard-earned recognition to some of the best local business in the area.
As for the finale, well we’re thrilled to say the North East Lincolnshire Great Big Small Awards, taking place at Grimsby Town Hall and sponsored by Fortis Therapy & Training, returns for its highly anticipated second year. Taking place on Friday 7th October, if last year’s ceremony was anything to go by, this night promises to be full of cheers, tears and plenty of glasses raised.
With something for every business and every entrepreneur, don’t miss your chance to meet up with likeminded people and potential customers at The Great Big Small Business Festival.