Olympic support for businesses

National government advisers, Olympic trainers and multi-million pound entrepreneurs were among the speakers at this year’s Burton Small Business Conference.

The Business Growth Conference, which is the fourth annual conference organised by a group of like-minded business owners from the Burton-on-Trent area, was held at the 400 Hall at Repton School this month.

The not-for-profit organisation, of which Creative Word PR is part, organise events to strengthen and support the local business community.

This year’s annual conference was attended by scores of local companies and officially opened by Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The event combines a half day of inspirational talks and networking to inspire businesses to find the support and advice they need to grow their own business.

Speakers included:

Baasit Siddiqui, one of the stars of TV’s Gogglebox. He is also a former teacher now running his own successful company, Siddiqui Education. He will look at how businesses can continue to use education as a way of growing their business. 

Ian Preston, business coach and trainer. He has a particular interest in the art, science and psychology of selling. He’ll be looking at issues including, how to turn a NO into a YES – and how to prevent a NO in the first place – and what to say when someone says ‘It’s too expensive’.

Sarah J Naylor, successful businesswoman, author and coach. She will be sharing her three key steps to business success through aligning your vision with growth.

Kevin Caley, finance expert. He will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of raising external finance and highlight the risks involved and suggest ways to minimise them.

Karen Woolley, FSB development manager for Staffordshire and the West Midlands. She is responsible for supporting and protecting the needs of small businesses and engagement with MPs, the media and local authorities. She will signpost delegates to where they can get practical help and support on a range of issues.

Joe Burns, entrepreneur and management consultant. He was just 21 when he co-founded a business that later sold for more than £1million. He will share his motivational business story with delegates and provide advice on preparing for growth in the modern, digital era.

Tilley Bancroft, award-winning filmmaker and animator and project manager of the 2020 Burton Swans sculpture trail.  She will talk about alternative marketing and how to be memorable and strike the right emotional notes with your ideal customers.

More information on Burton Small Business and the work it does is available at http://www.burtonsmallbusiness.co.uk

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