Politicians aren't the only ones rolling out battle buses. With 11 days to go until Small Business Saturday, the campaign's own bus rolled into Salisbury Market Place yesterday (Tuesday).
The bus featured a special Blue Sofa interview series, where small businesses, entrepreneurs and leading local figures shared stories about their business or local area to a Facebook live audience.
The bus left Blackpool on November 4 and will win its way across the country, visiting independent business hot-spots, ahead of the seventh Small Business Saturday on December 7.
Small Business Saturday last year saw an estimated £812m spent on the day with small businesses across the UK. The Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Mayor of London were among those publicly supporting the campaign, alongside more than 90 percent of local councils.
Michelle Ovens, director of Small Business Saturday, said: "Each year this campaign has grown in support from government, business and communities alike, and so we can’t wait for December to come round and put small businesses in the spotlight once again.
"Small businesses are the heart of their communities with 5.6 million keeping their local economies moving, providing jobs, training and unique services.
“But this is not just a campaign for one day, it is a year-round celebration of small businesses and we want to ensure the long-term success of those high street heroes and digital stars, with a campaign that showcases their contribution for months before and after Small Business Saturday.”
Susi Mason from Casa Fina and chairman of Salisbury Independents