Our small business customers are important to us, especially in the Mails space and with increased access to banking facilities in our 11,600 branches, there is a great opportunity for us to engage with them and reaffirm how we can help.
That’s why we are launching a new communications campaign called ‘Your Local Partner’ with the Guardian Small Business Network which attracts 1.5 million small business visitors to its site every week. From next week you’ll see Post Office content published for two months highlighting some of the great services we provide including Drop & Go and access to banking services. These stories will be told through some of the inspiring entrepreneurs that make up our Post Office network and their customers.
Alongside this campaign, we are also excitedly counting down to Small Business Saturday, the campaign that champions small businesses and encourages people to shop local. Small Business Saturday has announced the dates for its 2017 Bus Tour that will stop at 29 towns and cities from the 23rd October. In previous years, postmasters have reaped the rewards of taking part in this grassroots activity through establishing business contacts and securing new customers for travel and broadband products. For more details on how to get involved in activities in your local community please click here.
In the coming weeks we will also begin rolling out volunteering opportunities that are available to employees at the Post Office as part of our new partnership with Young Enterprise, a charity that helps to harness the business skills of young people. As a sponsor of the ‘Retail Excellence’ Award in the prestigious Company Programme, students experience what it’s like to set up and run a business and compete against other schools to win ‘Company of the Year’. Opportunities for volunteers to support participating schools as business mentors and training day facilitators in the South East, East Midlands and North West will be advertised on One soon, so keep an eye out for updates!
As the UKs largest small business retail network, participation in these types of activities are a great way of demonstrating the important role we play in supporting small businesses in local communities across the UK.