Leading business figure to support local firms

A leading business campaign group, which regularly champions small businesses at Westminster, is backing a Burton conference that aims to help local businesses to grow.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is the lead sponsor at this year’s Business Growth Conference on Tuesday 22nd October at Repton School, in South Derbyshire.

The event, now in its fourth year and attracting a growing following, is run by Burton Small Business and designed to support local firms in gaining the skills, advice and guidance to grow their business.

Opening the event will be Burton small business owner and National Chairman of the FSB, Mike Cherry, who is passionate about making sure the voice of small firms is heard at the highest level.

Supporting the event, Karen Woolley, Development Manager for Staffordshire and the West Midlands for the FSB, said: “The FSB is committed to supporting independent, small and medium-sized firms to find the support and guidance they need to grow their business.

“As an organisation, we are proud to be able to sponsor this year’s Business Growth Conference and support the work of the Burton Small Business team in helping meet those aims.  Small businesses are the life blood of our local economies – events such as this go a long way to helping those small firms arm themselves with some of the tools they need to survive and thrive.”

Mike Cherry will open the event which will include a morning of inspirational speakers, networking and information stalls designed to help with anything from networking to finance, exporting and growth plans.

Channel 4’s Gogglebox star Baasit Siddiqui has already been announced as one of this year’s speakers with more details set to be unveiled over the coming weeks.

The former secondary school teacher, who is well known for his role on the cult TV show where members of the public share their views on some of the week’s must-see TV, will be looking at the role education plays in helping to grow a business.

Elaine Pritchard, a former journalist who runs Caittom Publishing and one of three independent businesses behind not for profit organisation Burton Small Business, said: “I am really excited about this year’s line up of speakers. We have some leading experts in their field providing advice on everything you could need in business.

“It is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn and grow.”

Burton Small Business is run by Elaine, award-winning animator Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios and PR and copywriting specialist Cheryl Morris of Creative Word PR.

This year they are being supported by Owen Conti, of IT support specialist Code 56, Karen Woolley of the FSB and Mike Byrne of business support service Blue Orchid.

Tickets are now available at http://bit.ly/BusinessGrowth2019  for £20, plus online booking fee, for those taking advantage of the early bird offer. More announcements on speakers are set in the coming weeks.

 

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