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Experts to Showcase Significant Business Growth Opportunities At Staffordshire Let’s Do Business Expo!

Experts are lining up to showcase two significant business growth opportunities available to Staffordshire businesses at Let’s Do Business, held at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Thursday 27th June 2019.

According to the Chamber of Commerce, exporting and securing funding are two of the best ways to create exponential growth and experts from the Department of International Trade and Chamber of Commerce will be revealing how at the event.

The region’s largest business exhibition, jointly organised by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, offers the perfect opportunity for visitors to meet a number of experts for FREE to discuss funding and exporting opportunities that are available to offer fresh solutions for business growth.

Robert Lawley, Head of International Trade for Staffordshire, at the Department of International Trade said:

“Even with Brexit negotiations still ongoing, we believe it is a very good time to be exporting goods and services while the playing field is still level for the UK and sterling is low. We are currently in the busiest period ever in the Chamber securing export deals, with North Staffordshire alone having processed £250million worth of export invoices in 2018. The UK has an enviable reputation around the world for high quality products and services; we can help businesses in Staffordshire and across the Midlands, steer a course through their plans with confidence!

“Let’s Do Business is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to access free advice from my team, who will be on hand to share their wealth of knowledge and experience on creating and implementing export strategies whether they create ceramics, manufacture auto parts or offer a professional service.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people on to the Department of International Trade truck where we can share detailed information about exporting. And for businesses who want to look into exporting further, we can meet up after the event and help to create and implement a strategy.”

Chris Plant, Director at Greater Birmingham Chambers spoke about the opportunities:

“Our Let’s Do Business expo has grown year on year attracting the best businesses in the region with top class speakers, business growth experts, networking sessions and exhibition halls.

“With over £25m new government funding now available and a range of exporting channels to explore, we want visitors to make new contacts and seek out opportunities to grow their businesses.

While Brexit remains a daunting prospect, it could also provide lots of opportunities for many businesses to grow and expand and we want to encourage people to have a positive outlook. Attending Let’s Do Business is the perfect opportunity to gather new ideas and make new contacts to make good things happen!”

With over £25m Government funding released on 1st April, Let’s Do Business delegates will have the opportunity to speak to Growth Hub experts at the event.

Following a meeting with the Growth Hub team back in 2018, Monica Douglas-Clark, director of Jones and Clark in Burton on Trent Staffordshire spoke about her company’s experience in their recent grant applications, with a particular focus on the support offered by Keele University:

“There’s a huge support network in place for businesses. We are in the midst of moving premises and the services and funding available has been a key element in our own growth as a business.”

Commenting on their success at the expo in 2018, Nik Hardy, Managing Director of Hardy Signs and President of the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce said:

“Hardy signs has exhibited at Let’s Do Business for the past 4 years, and every year we have seen the exhibition go from strength to strength. The quality and prominence of the exhibitors and indeed the attendees continues to rise year on year and Hardy Signs wouldn’t miss it!

“As president of Burton and District Chamber of Commerce I would love to see more local business getting involved and benefitting. From making new connections that ultimately lead to more business opportunities – just as Hardy Signs have!”

Let’s Do Business is also delighted to welcome guest speaker Rachel Elnaugh, best known for the creation of ‘Red Letter Days’ experience brand and now Chief Executive Officer of a digital publishing and marketing platform. Rachel will be revealing her personal story of resilience and determination which will resonate with business owners.

Hosted at Uttoxeter Racecourse, over the last four years Let’s Do Business has attracted hundreds of businesses from across East Staffordshire, with many companies from the area choosing to exhibit, including: Hardy Signs, Burton Albion FC, Else Solicitors, Astle Paterson and Branston Golf and Country Club.

Let’s Do Business attracts delegates from a broad range of business sectors, is FREE to attend for delegates and plays host to over 100 exhibitors. Show organisers expect over 1,000 delegates to attend the business expo and are excited to offer this great opportunity to make new connections, attend speed networking and business growth seminars and ultimately do business!

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.


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