Did you know 9 October is World Post Day or that National Baking Week starts on 15 October? So many events take place each year that it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Read on to see a list of key upcoming dates and activities to help you with your planning and promotions and boost your service and sales.
The events provide a great opportunity to remind customers about services you provide in your branch, from Travel Money to Mail services, MoneyGram to One4all Gift Cards.
And of course with many of our branches in convenience stores, it’s a good time to promote products and offers available on the retail side of your business.
There are also a range of health awareness days you can promote and support your community with.
So whether you want to focus on the traditional dates of Halloween, Black Friday and Christmas, or you want to take advantage of some “unofficial” dates such as Afternoon Tea Week and World Animal Day, you’ll find them all below.
- 1-5 October: National Customer Service Week
- 4 October: World Animal Day
- 6-13 October: Autism Hour, National Autistic Society
- 9 October: Navaratri, Hindu festival
- 9 October: World Post Day
- 10 October: World Mental Health Day
- 15 October: National Baking Week
- 16 October: Harry Potter, Royal Mail stamps
- 28 October: End of daylight savings – clocks go back
- 31 October: Halloween
- 31 October: Self-assessment tax returns - Paper returns deadline
- Autumn half-term for schools, dates vary by local authority
- November: Movember
- 1 November: Christmas stamps, Royal Mail stamps
- 5 November: Guy Fawkes Night
- 7 November: Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights
- 11 November: Remembrance Sunday
- 14 November: HRH The Prince of Wales: 70th Birthday, Royal Mail stamps
- 22 November: Thanksgiving Day
- 23 November: Black Friday
- 26 November: Cyber Monday
- 30 November: St Andrew’s Day
- 1 December: Small Business Saturday
- 3-10 December: Hanukkah, Jewish Festival of Lights
- 24 December: Christmas Eve
- 25 December: Christmas Day
- 26 December: Boxing Day
- 31 December: New Year's Eve
- https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/ top tip: you can also search for holidays by country, for example, Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times of the year around the globe, and you might want to promote certain events based on your local community demographics.
- https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/ top tip: here is the full list of the weird and wonderful awareness dates in the UK.
Find this useful? Are there other events and dates you would like added? How have you marked events in the past? Please let us know and feel free to share your experiences and top tips in the comments below.