PRESS RELEASE | Thornton Directory SmallBiz100




12th September 2018 

For immediate release

Thornton Directory named one of UK’s top 100 small businesses by Small Business Saturday

 A Bradford community magazine, based in the Bronte birthplace village of Thornton has been selected as one of Small Business Saturday’s top 100 companies for 2018.  Thornton Directory is celebrating being recognised for championing local businessend supporting community organisations in its monthly publication in the SmallBiz100 list. The community magazine has been selected as a trail-blazer in the official count-down to Small Business Saturday, which takes place across the UK on 1 December 2018.


SmallBiz100 highlights 100 amazing small businesses in the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday Thornton Directory, it’s achievements and contribution to the local community will be celebrated and spotlighted on Sunday 16th September.

The 2018 Small Biz 100 are drawn from every corner of the UK and reflect the vibrancy of the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses. This year’s cohort joins hundreds of previous SmallBiz100 alumni champions, which have been celebrated by the iconic campaign since its UK launch in 2013.

Thornton Directory has been the community magazine for Thornton and surrounding areas for 12 years and is delivered to thousands of homes and community pick up points every month. In the last four years it has also been available to download online for those who like to read on the go and has a strong social media presence for local news between issues.

The publication is truly embedded in the community, getting involved in community events and organisations, championing local businesses through advertising opportunities and encouraging community contributions to their local news, community updates and what’s on sections of the magazine. They even launched and look after the fast growing Thornton Rocks group, spreading kindness on decorated rocks which has brought a real buzz to the village and encouraged people to enjoy the outdoors. It is this strong connection between community and small businesses which Thornton Directory prides itself on and is one of the reasons they were specially chosen to be a SmallBiz100 trailblazer.

Neil Bird, editor of the Thornton Directory said:

“We are thrilled that the Thornton Directory has been selected as one of this years SmallBiz100 alongside such fantastic companies.  It’s an amazing opportunity to celebrate all that we do as a community magazine and to showcase our community and local businesses, not just here in Yorkshire, but across the UK.

Thornton Directory is all about connecting local people to local businesses. Every day we champion other small businesses. Seeing them succeed and helping new ones launch with a clear identity is fantastic to be a part of. It’s really special to us that the Thornton Directory is so well read and respected in the local community. Each month local people contribute news and stories to make their community magazine the success that it is.

On the back of the success of the magazine, and as a result of community feedback, we also launched a Queensbury Directory three years ago. As part of the SmallBiz100 celebrations, this week we are delighted to announce that we are launching our third publication, the Bingley Directory.”

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. Now in its sixth year, it is the UK’s most sucessful small business campaign, which last year saw an estimated £748m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday.
The #SmallBizSatUK campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter during 2017, reaching over 115 million people globally. The Prime Minister and the Mayor of London were among those publicly supporting the campaign. Over 87% of local councils also supported the campaign.
Director of Small Business Saturday UK, Michelle Ovens said:
“The launch of the Small Biz 100 marks the exciting count-down to Small Business Saturday 2018. We are thrilled to highlight the dynamic, creative and inspiring small businesses from across the country, as part of our campaign to celebrate and champion the success of the UK’s small businesses. The Small Biz 100 showcases the companies at the heart of the UK’s economy, which we need to support now more than ever.”
Small Business Saturday 2018 is open to all businesses to participate in, and will commence its regional bus tour roadshow across the UK during the autumn, to drum up further support.
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Photograph attached, with permission to use, of Neil Bird, Thornton Directory editor, with previous issues of the magazine, next to Thornton Viaduct.
Notes to Editors
Media Contacts
Name: Neil Bird, Thornton Directory
Phone: 07830 231606
About Thornton Directory
West Yorkshire small business, the Thornton Directory is a community magazine delivered FREE door to door to homes and businesses in Thornton and surrounding areas. Each month the magazine reaches thousands of readers with its local news, community group updates, local history articles, sports news, what’s on and local business advertising.
The community publication, which is now celebrating its 12th year is now also available to download on line and they have a strong social media presence sharing local news and events between issues. 
Thornton Directory has a loyal readership as it champions the important connection between community organisations and small businesses, being the go to place for information in the area. This reputation led to their launch of the Queensbury Directory three years ago due to public demand and the launch of Bingley Directory this year on their special SmallBiz100 day.
With its strong history in working with small businesses, Thornton Directory also works with local advertisers on their branding and marketing to help them have the best results possible.
Twitter: @thornton_dir
About Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.
On Small Business Saturday, customers across the U.K go out and support all types of small businesses, online, in offices and in stores. Many small businesses take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts.
More information on Small Business Saturday can also be found at:
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Twitter – @SmallBizSatUk