Milton Keynes Council has partnered with Destination Milton Keynes to run a project designed to boost promotion of local independent traders and businesses in and around Milton Keynes including those in the market towns and villages.

‘MK Small Business Fortnight’ will have two weeks of specialist promotion for local businesses, run from 2 to 15 December.  It will be run in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, which is a UK wide initiative, aiming to drive footfall to these businesses and promote the many independent shops that the area supports. From jewellers to plumbing merchants and from bike shops to cafes,
Milton Keynes and the surrounding market towns have a diverse range of businesses to promote.

The promotions across the two weeks will include a Treasure Hunt with a prize of £250 cash for the winner and the ‘Local Trading Hero’ awards where members of the public can nominate an independent trader that they believe makes a difference in the business or local community.

You can also enter the FREE 'Entrepreneurs Den'  being run by UCMK, a half-day event on preparing your business pitch and a chance to present this to a set of business dragons. This will include access to business advice around innovation, financial modeling and lots more besides…there is even the chance to win a £1,000 prize and access to their B-innovative training for entrepreneurs!

To find out more about the TREASURE HUNT - CLICK HERE
To find out more about the 'LOCAL TRADING HERO' - CLICK HERE
To find out more about the ENTREPRENEURS DEN - CLICK HERE

A dedicated Facebook page has been set up and local independent traders are being encouraged to promote their business by giving information, offers and details on events – and sharing this amongst their own Facebook likers.

There will also be business workshops and presentations from high profile business leaders taking place at Milton Keynes College, Silbury Boulevard Campus across the two week period.

Show your support and ‘like’ the Facebook page at

You can also download a poster to show your support and display at your business premises - CLICK HERE or you can download one of our new fact sheets on seven of the surrounding market towns and villages - CLICK HERE

Photography by Kate Davies ( and Mark Coster @CosterMK