The next time we say it would be a good idea to run an Expo in support of local businesses please remind us of the time commitment and responsibility. Thankfully Tuesday's MBCnetworking Expo event was cracking and good business was done by a number of the exhibitors and speakers. We are truly grateful to our speakers for giving up their time and freely offering their expertise to the delegates:
- Chris Woodhouse spoke on his 6 top must have Cloud tools and applications.
- Amanda Penman of Derbyshire's new magazine 'Artsbeat' (and former newspaper editor) gave her top tips on writing a successful press release
- Clare Manning explained what lies behind conflict and gave techniques to resolve issues in the workplace or home life.
- Catherine Doel of Henmore gave an overview of ways to consider extending the use of the web to improve marketing and customer service
- Brock & Morten were interviewed about their business experience to date. They are a new Derbyshire business producing top quality rapeseed oils.
- Jim Harrison of Thornbridge Brewery led a team of 'Dragons' including Sarah McLeod, CE of Arkwright Society, Catherine Doel of Henmore Marketing, Gerry Loftus of NatWest, Duncan Wright of BSA Marketing. The Dragons commented on the current business growth challenges that were shared by Middle Mountains muesli business, Artsbeat Magazine, TradeWeb Technical Services e-commerce provider and Coleman Bradshaw accountants now offering Xero cloud accounting.
- Sarah McLeod of Arkwright Society spoke over lunch about the enormous refurb project she is undertaking at Cromford Mills, part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Centre.
Catherine Doel, Henmore Marketing, was the event manager on behalf of the business networking group MBCnetworking. The event was supported by Business Peak District and Arkwright Society and made possible by the organisations that paid for exhibition space and hospitality lunches at the Expo.