Free event gives tips on how to start a business

A FREE business support event has been held at The Moat House in Acton Trussell as part of Staffordshire Business Festival.

Business enthusiast and author Dale Stafford was the guest speaker at the event, titled Pastries, Prospects and Patter.

He spoke passionately about what it takes to be a success in business, as well as sharing experiences with the audience in a lively question and answer session.

Over 70 people attended the event, which aimed to showcase funding opportunities across the Cannock Chase District and South Staffordshire.

Councillor Gordon Alcott, for Economic Development and Planning at Cannock Chase Council, said: "The Staffordshire Business Festival is two weeks of local events to facilitate better engagement between local businesses. I was delighted with the amount of people that attended; I hope that businesses found it a useful networking opportunity as well as finding out about the grants available."

Another event will be held at the Cannock Chase Enterprise Centre on Friday, November 18, called Looking to Start a Business? It will give information about how to find funding and mentoring to start a business.

Dale Stafford, who describes SMEs as "saviours of the nation" encouraged those attending to grab the support on offer with both hands. He said: "It's a pleasure to be involved in an event such as this and fantastic to see a council supporting its local entrepreneurs this way. After all, its business that creates jobs and keeps the country's economy afloat so they deserve all the help they can get."

The Staffordshire Business Festival, organised by the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, runs until Friday and includes over 60 events across the county. For more information visit: http://staffordshirebusinessfestival.co.uk/events-and-bookings/


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Sophie Attwood