Saturday, 17 September 2016

Small Business, Big Difference conference

I'm delighted to be one of four small, independent businesses from the Burton area who are organising a #SmallBusinessBigDifference conference next month in support of the Small Business Saturday UK campaign.

Burton Small Business Group logo
We call ourselves the Burton Small Business group, and the rest of the team is Liz Strama of HR Protected, Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios and Cheryl Morris of Creative Word PR. Together we have organised a packed morning of speakers at the conference at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium on Wednesday October 12 from 8.45am to 2pm.

The event is being officially opened by East Staffordshire's Mayor, Councillor Beryl Toon and her consort and we will then have 10 speakers on subjects as diverse as cyber security for business, employment law, PR, social media and visual branding. There will be something for every owner of a small business - whatever stage they are at in their growth. The event will end with a networking buffet lunch.

The great news is that it's FREE to attend- but you must apply for a place by completing the form on our Burton Small Business website. You can download it here and then email it back to But HURRY!! The closing date for applications is Friday September 23 at 5pm.

Last year I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the #SmallBiz100 - 100 businesses chosen to represent the UK's five million small businesses and be profiled nationally, one a day, in the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday in December. The opportunities and publicity it gave me have really transformed my business, so I encourage every small business to apply. One of those I encouraged this year was JD Magic, run by Jack Dent and I'm delighted to say he will be featured in this year's #SmallBiz100 on October 31.

JD Magic a smallbiz100 company

Jack is also going to be mingling with delegates at our #SmallBusinessBigDifference conference and also speaking about his own inspirational business journey. 

We're also delighted to welcome Claire Mulry - a key member of the national Small Business Saturday UK team - who will be talking about the year-round, grassroots campaign and giving businesses ideas on how they can get involved and benefit.

More details and updates about speakers will be appearing on our brand new Facebook Page - Burton Small Business - and on our established Twitter channel @BurtonSmallBiz.

After being asked to become a Small Business Saturday Champion this year, I'm working closely with Derby Small Business Saturday Champion Yvonne Gorman of Essential Print Services. Yvonne organised a 'Flash mob' photocall this week, and I went along with Jack Dent and Lesley Mason from The Mug Tug. Here's one of the great pictures taken that day by JAKT Photography.

Small Business Saturday photocall in Derby

Yvonne is helping to publicise our conference and we're happy to share the word about the Business celebration that Yvonne is organising at Derby City Council's offices on Small Business Saturday morning itself, December 3. This is FREE to attend and everyone is welcome. Details are here on the Derby City Council website.

We'll also be joining forces to publicise this year's national Small Business Saturday bus tour which visits Derby on the morning of Monday November 7 before travelling on to Burton in the afternoon.