MeetUp with Alethea Warburton

Help to grow your business at April’s meet up

MeetUp with Alethea Warburton
Alethea Warburton will speak at DE14

Business networking in a Burton brewery could now help your business grow and develop in the UK and overseas.

MeetUp@Marstons is a pay-as-you-go monthly networking event open to all businesses. At its next meeting, on April 20, Alethea Warburton (pictured above), an advisor for the Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT), will give a short presentation about the free help and support available to encourage new exporters and help companies already exporting to boost profits and productivity.

The meet up will run from 6pm to 8pm and Alethea will be available all evening to chat to local business people and answer their questions.

MeetUp@Marstons is the result of a collaboration between Marston’s Brewery and the Burton Small Business group and it offers informal, open networking after office hours to help businesses make connections, build business relationships and ultimately win new customers.

Meet ups take place at DE14, the Marston’s Brewery Visitor’s Centre on Shobnall Road, on the third Thursday of every month. Tickets cost £10 each and include a drink from the bar and a handmade pie from Burton’s Abbots Catering Company.

Elaine Pritchard of Caittom Publishing, one of the founders of Burton Small Business group, said: “This will be our third meet up and we’re delighted that we will be helping businesses of all sizes and types to think about whether they could be growing through selling products or business services overseas.  We hope this meet up inspires and motivates more businesses to look at the opportunities that exist.”

At the recent Midlands Engine Trade Summit in Birmingham, Ian Harrison, Director of Export for the DIT in the Midlands, said: “As the world becomes ever more globalised, the potential for businesses of all sizes to reach out to new customers and new markets beyond the UK has never been greater. This is important because businesses that trade internationally are on average 34% more productive, 75% more innovative, undertake three times as much research and development and are in general terms more resilient than businesses that do not.”

DIT advisors give their time and advice free of charge to help businesses assess the potential they have to export. They can help businesses research international markets, find overseas business partners and develop a strategic action plan to make things happen.

Tickets for April’s meet up must be booked and paid for online before April 19 on Eventbrite at

Burton Small Business is run by writer and social media consultant Elaine Pritchard; HR expert Liz Strama of HR Protected; filmmaker Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios and journalist Cheryl Morris of Creative Word PR. The group is dedicated to providing support for the town’s businesses and works closely with the Small Business Saturday UK movement.

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