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Burton & District Burton & District Chamber Patrons


Contact: Chris Plant T: 0845 603 6650


Business expo set to be best yet


Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce’s annual Let’s Do Business exhibition has secured the backing of a number of sponsors, including Uttoxeter Racecourse, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Hub, and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub. A fourth confirmed sponsor is Birmingham


University Higher Level Skills Match. The event, which takes place on 28 June, will


feature former The Apprentice star Michaela Wain as guest speaker. Uttoxeter Racecourse will be the venue for


this exclusive networking event which attracts hundreds of delegates from a wide range of business sectors. The county-wide exhibition will see members from all Chambers across Staffordshire come together to network, make new connections, attend business support seminars and ultimately do business. With more than 1,000 delegates at the


previous exhibitions, the Let’s Do Business Expo


‘The district Chambers have all seen a huge amount of interest in this year’s expo’


is well established and 2018’s event promises to be the busiest yet in terms of networking and the potential to do business. The popular event has already sold out of


exhibition space. Chamber director Chris Plant said: “The


organising team and I are delighted to see our sponsors supporting the expo which has yet again, sold out in record time. The district Chambers have all seen a huge amount of interest in this year’s expo, reflecting the fast moving, prosperous business landscape in the region that continues to gain international prowess.” Greater Birmingham and Solihull Chamber


Growth Hub’s David Evans said: “This event brings together a diverse range of businesses and so


provides a fantastic opportunity for networking and promotion of what services are available. We’re very excited to be able to sponsor this expo, and further support the enterprising, dynamic businesses that operate in Staffordshire.” This year’s guest speaker is best known for appearing in last year’s BBC hit show The Apprentice, going all the way to the final and eventually finishing third. Michaela co-founded her own business, Design and Build Publishing Limited, based in Bolton, at the age of 25. Let’s Do Business is jointly organised by


Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


For more information visit www.letsdobusinessexpo.co.uk or contact Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce on 01782 202222.


Outgoing president


looks back on term Burton Chamber president Simon Chapman (pictured) has reflected on a ‘challenging’ three years in the role after handing over the reins of office to Nik Hardy, managing director of Burton-based Hardy Signs. Mr Chapman, managing director of electrical


contractor Yee Group, said that among the highlights of his time in office was helping local businesses survive the Burton Bridge crisis and grow the annual Let’s Do Business event at Uttoxeter. The bridge issue involved the closure for


Women in Business expansion


New partners (from left): Kim Radley (Barclays), Karen Cureton (Cureton Consulting), Bev Crighton (Derby University), Claire Twells, Hannah Hallam (Derby University), Tracey Anne Chadwick and Karen McElroy (both FCM Associates), and Victoria Long (Smith Partnership)


A Chamber-backed networking group has announced new partners and supporters in Derby, as part of the group’s expansion. The Women in Business networking group


confirmed the University of Derby, Cureton Consulting, Barclays Premier and Noble Photos will be new partners of the group. The group celebrated these new partnerships at


a speaker event at the University of Derby. Claire Twells, partner at Smith Partnership


Solicitors and founding partner of Women in Business, said: “Smith Partnership has been proud to be part of the Women in Business group for


four years, by creating a supportive culture at our networking events. “This year is going to be fantastic, with new


partners and some venues in Derby. Our fourth anniversary in Derby last month saw us working with a group of very positive and engaging ladies, who really care about the welfare of the delegates and want to support other women. “There is no membership or pressure to speak


in front of everyone at our events – it’s all about building skills and confidence, and we know that the ladies go away feeling empowered and energised to make better decisions in their lives.”


urgent repairs of one of two main crossings into Burton, which caused local traders huge difficulties. Immediately after the bridge reopened, it was proposed to close the other bridge – Burton Bridge – for a similar reason. The Chamber stepped in to


successfully campaign for the postponement of the closure. Mr Chapman said that


while he was pleased with how the Chamber had reacted to the bridge situation, the whole situation had not been part of his original vision for his term in office. He said: “My original vision was to contribute


to ensuring East Staffordshire remains a prosperous area where everyone can thrive and contribute. Working with private, public and the voluntary sectors over the past three years, your Chamber has inspired debate and action and, importantly, developed solutions. “I am proud of all the work that has gone into ensuring our district continues to expand and flourish, even in the most challenging of circumstances.”


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