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Celebrating enterprise in Burton

Burton businesses joined forces to encourage and support local enterprise at the second annual Burton Small Business conference.

East Staffs Mayor Councillor Simon GaskinMore than 50 of the town’s independent companies attended the event, which was opened by East Staffordshire Mayor, Councillor Simon Gaskin, at Marston’s Brewery, Shobnall Road.

The conference celebrated the diverse and growing number of businesses in Burton and the surrounding areas and marked the countdown to the UK’s national Small Business Saturday on December 2, 2017.

Nine speakers provided advice and guidance on every aspect of business life from social media and PR to video, customer service and accessibility.

“It was great to see so many different town businesses come together and support one another,” said Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios, one of the organisers and one of this year’s #SmallBiz100.

“The conference was the second organised by Burton Small Business and we have had some great feedback about the day. It was fantastic to be at Marston’s and to hear from so many experts sharing advice on the day.”

Speakers included web analyst Rebecca West, of Funnel Metrics; Gavin Scothorn of design collective Davies and Scothorn; Heather Gallagher who recently opened film, drama and musical theatre school StageScreen in Burton; John Stylianou, of Actual People Development; sign language and accessibility expert  Sarah Gatford and Marston’s head brewer Pat McGinty.

Joanne Wyke, marketing manager for Marston’s, said: “Marston’s Brewery is proud to have been part of the Burton Small Business conference.  As one of the original breweries in the town we want to encourage local talent and help put Burton, the spiritual home of brewing, on the map. Small businesses are an important part of making that happen and as a company we are keen to make sure we are supporting new talent.”

Burton Small Business is run by social media expert Elaine Pritchard of Caittom Publishing, award winning animator Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios and journalist and copywriter Cheryl Morris of Creative Word PR.

Small Business Saturday is a national grassroots movement that highlights the importance of small, independent businesses to our economy and the quality of life in the UK. The highlight of its year is the first Saturday in December, when people are encouraged to make a special effort to shop at small independents. Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday also shares information all-year round to help businesses grow and thrive.

#BuckieLovesSmallBizTo mark this year’s Small Business Saturday in Burton, Tilley Bancroft will be visiting local town businesses on Saturday December 2 with Buckie – a blue, hairy puppet – in search of local talent and to raise awareness of the need to shop local. Look out for the hashtag #BuckieLovesSmallBiz on social media.

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