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Staffordshire Business Festival 2017

Following the overwhelming success of last year's business festival, we are delighted to announce that the Staffordshire Business Festival will be returning again in November on 7th, 8th and 9th!

This year's Festival will be a focused, fulfilling and fun event spread over three days, at three different locations:


A jam packed day of inspiration as we hear from influential speakers including Ulrik Garde Deu, President of the Living Division of Fiskars, Joe Clarke, Staffordshire Olympian and Debbie McAndrew, Playwriter and Actress. This exclusive selection of speakers will provide inspirational talks on how to take your business to the next level by looking at key themes such as branding, performance and team building.

Delegates will enjoy a delicious buffet, flown in from Lord Bamford's estate, to celeberate this unmissable event.


Click here to BOOK Day One Event

Date: Tuesday 7th November 2017
Time: 09:00am - 3:00pm
Venue: JCB Visitors Centre,Rocester, ST14 5LS



Staffordshire Business Festival are offering a jam packed day of FREE brilliant opportunities for you & your team:

  • 50 Shades of Leadership - Discover the Leader Within
  • Keele Business Gateway - Research, Innovation and Funding (SBF Workshop)
  • Why bother with a brand?
  • Flexible Industry Placements - New approach to support Business Growth and Student Employability (SBF Workshop)
  • How to internationalise your website?
  • Alternative routes to market
  • BIC - Funding for Innovation and specifically about R&D Tax Relief and the Patent Box
  • How to start your own business?
  • Managing your Chimps
  • Backup is not a luxury, it's a necessity
  • Making CSR work for your business
  • Networking for Apprentices
  • The Cost of your Culture - Top down and Bottom up to approach to creating a wellbeing culture
  • Market Selection
  • Protecting your most Valuable Assets: Your Ideas!
  • The Sell before the Search
  • Connectivity - What options do businesses have?
  • Selling your products online
  • Towergate Local Care:Insurance Protection when you need it most
  • How to lead your Business with PIE, to get a better slice
  • Project Griffin: Protect yourself, your staff, your business and your community

Delegates can attend one or more workshops

Click here for Further Information and Bookings for these Workshops

Date: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Venue: Uttoxeter Racecourse, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter ST14 8BD



Staffordshire's manufacturing sector will celebrate the 'Made in Staffordshire Conference' on Thursday 9 November 2017.

Sponsored by Keele University, this event will bring together manufacturing firms from across the county, showcasing some of Staffordshire's world class manufacturers and the crucial role they play in the creation of jobs, wealth and a healthy economy.

This event will focus on areas such as accessing new markets, waste reduction and maximising innovation. Speakers at the event will include Stone Computers, the UK's largest privately-owned IT Manufacturer & Distributor. They are also the only IT manufacturer with onsite facilities for the treatment of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) - services provided for both buying and non-buying clients.

Delegates will also hear from Michelin Tyre plc who have been at the heart of the North Stafffordshire business community for 90 years and acts as Michelin's UK headquarters and its global headquarters of Michelin Lifestyle - the manufacturer's licensing operation.

Support organisations will also be available on the day to offer advice to manufacturers to help them to access a range of support from funding, training, mentoring and specialist advice.

This event is open to Manufacturing and Engineering firms only and will start with registration and a buffet lunch at 1pm and should be drawn to a close at 4:30pm.

Open to manufacturers only


Click here to BOOK Day 3 Event

Date: Thursday 9th November 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Keele Hall, Keele ST5 5BE