The first ever Staffordshire Business Festival will celebrate success of local firms

The first ever Staffordshire Business Festival is being staged to celebrate the successes, achievements and talent of firms across the region.

The two-week festival, organised by the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, aims to promote Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire as a place for businesses to locate, grow and prosper.

And it will provide the perfect platform for businesses and organisations to connect with each other and share ideas.

More than 70 free events will be staged throughout the celebration, which runs from Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 18.

Sara Williams, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce CEO, said: “The festival gives the opportunity to bring together what is a fantastically diverse business base across Staffordshire; inspiring innovation and developing talent and is a truly unique opportunity for people to share their experiences and ideas, learn from others and encourage further growth within Staffordshire."

Key events taking place during the celebration include:

  • 'Make it Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire' at the Wedgwood Visitors Centre, in Barlaston, on Tuesday, November 8 – a look at how the region's infrastructure and business accommodation is making its mark across Staffordshire.
  • 'Life after Brexit' at the bet365 Stadium, on Wednesday, November 9 – showcasing some of the opportunities for businesses in key global markets including China and North America
  • 'Launch of the Keele University Business Gateway' at Keele University on Friday, November 11 – a new 'one-stop shop' providing businesses with access to student and graduate talent, academic and professional staff expertise and the research and business facilities available within the campus.
  • 'JCB Rural Economy Innovation and Technology Showcase' on Monday, November 14 – providing a unique opportunity to visit the JCB sites in Rocester and Cheadle.
  • 'Cyber Crime and Online Security' at Goodwin Steel Castings, in Hanley, on Tuesday, November 15 – led by Internet Central, this event will provide details of the latest cyber security issues facing businesses.

Lister Trade Frames is staging a showcase tour of its Fenton facility as part of the festival.

Managing director Mark Warren said: “As proud ambassadors of Stoke-On-Trent and patrons of Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, we help promote the city to the UK and overseas as a great place to live, work, learn, invest and grow a business.

“In our 40 years, hailing from humble beginnings to now employing over 120 staff; Lister's have experienced first-hand how Stoke-on-Trent is a hotbed for business and growth."

He added: “We always have and always will be based here and we owe a lot to our great city."

Newcastle-based engineering specialists KMF Group is also taking part in the festival.

Nadine Rowley, marketing and PR executive at KMF Group, said: "At KMF we are very proud to be a Staffordshire manufacturer and so are delighted to be part of the Staffordshire Business Festival. Hosting a showcase tour provides us with the opportunity to proudly support the Chambers of Commerce, as well as showcase our industry-leading technology and facilities.

"We are hoping that our involvement will help us to better engage with similar professionals and businesses within Staffordshire."

Lyndon Hughes, sales director at D2NA, has welcomed the event. He said: "What a fantastic idea to bring the local business community together and celebrate everything great about our city. We're delighted to be involved, supporting our partner Internet Central with the Cyber Crime & Online Security event."

For more information about the Staffordshire Business Festival visit www.staffordshirebusinessfestival.co.uk


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Sophie Attwood