Chambers open day and Dyers Den start-up business competition

Having already had one false start last month I am delighted to be able to invite you to The Chambers Summer Open Day on Friday 30th July from 1pm to 4pm.

The Chambers team are all getting excited about inviting you all back to Commerce House, whether you are attending an event, training course, processing export documentation, or using our Members’ Lounge to work or meet – we have missed you!

So, on Friday 30th July, we will be opening the doors of Commerce House so that our members can discover our new services, reconnect with new and existing members, build connections through networking, and speak to our specialist advisors and business mentors about current business challenges you are facing or opportunities you are looking to exploit.

Complimentary food and drink will be available, which I am sure will add to the celebratory atmosphere –  we are all just getting used to eating together again!.

As I write this, we have limited tickets available for this event so I would urge you to book your place as soon as possible by clicking this link –

And if you are reading this and tickets are sold out, we will look forward to meeting you anytime you wish to call in to see us.


Last week I announced the launch of the 2021 Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards. This week in the same vein I want to talk about another business competition which the Chambers support specifically for businesses up to three years old in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The Dyer’s Den competition, which first took place in 2019, rewards a deserving business or entrepreneur, trading for three years or less, with a first prize worth £6500 and a runner-up prize worth over £2500 in cash and business services including a new website, photography, legal and financial assistance, mentoring and PR.

The 2021 competition is now open to entries with an enhanced prize package including a free year’s Chamber membership for the winner.

The competition is the idea of Jed Eatough, Chambers Council member and director of Leek based LSGK Accountants Ltd. As well as the Chambers the competition is sponsored by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, and several other Moorlands based businesses.

Judging will be in front of the panel in the style of BBC’s ever popular Dragon’s Den and judges will be looking for innovative and original businesses and ways in which a business may have ‘pivoted’ to adapt to the new business landscape.

Previous winners who took advantage of a free Chamber membership as part of the prize were:

2019 – Flying High Outdoor Nursery, Kirsty Nelson and Debbie Wood

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