Conference speakers joe Burns and Sarah Naylor

Inspirational entrepreneurs will provide motivation

An entrepreneur, who was just 21 when he co-founded a business that later sold for more than £1million, will be sharing his story with business owners at our Business Growth Conference 2019.

Joe Burns, now managing director of 5bi, says he will be honest about the mistakes he has made as well as his successes when he speaks at the event at Repton School on October 22.

He said: “I’m delighted to be speaking at this event and I will be sharing my insights into the highs and lows of growing a successful business, as well as giving some tips to prepare for growth in the modern, digital era.”

This year the Business Growth Conference is sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses. Tickets are on sale to all business owners, sole traders and employees who want to learn from eight inspirational speakers and network with other local companies.

Aligning Your Visions With Growth

More advice will be provided on the day by Sarah J Naylor, a successful businesswoman, author and coach who has helped many people to transform their lives and careers.

Sarah will be sharing her three key steps to business success in a talk called Aligning Your Visions With Growth.

She will discuss a range of tools and techniques that she has used over the years, demonstrating how these have worked for her.

Sarah said: “If you are already self-employed, or run your own business, or if you are just considering taking the plunge then please come along and be inspired by some fresh ideas or the kick you need to create your vision and make it a reality.”

Early bird price for tickets

Tickets are on sale until October 7 at BusinessGrowth2019  for an early bird price of £20, plus online booking fee.

Delegates can arrive from 8.45am to network over a hot drink and visit a number of stands from business support organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce and local growth hubs before the official opening by National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, Mike Cherry, at around 9.20am.

The half-day event will end with a networking buffet lunch between 1pm and 2pm which is being provided by Burton-based caterer Helen Wheat, who runs Helen’s Bakehouse and Tearooms in Burton Market Place.

Other speakers will cover topics ranging from alternative marketing to sales mastery and finance. Star of Channel 4’s Gogglebox, education consultant Baasit Siddiqui, will talk about the role of lifelong learning in business growth.

Burton Small Business is run by writer Elaine Pritchard, of Caittom Publishing, film maker Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios and PR specialist Cheryl Morris of Creative Word PR.

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

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