Sara’s Blog: Better World festival and smart meters

As a Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) board member I am particularly excited to welcome to our city centre this brand new, family-friendly, and free festival celebrating our wonderful world, and which seeks to ask and address those questions about how we can all start making sustainable choices today for a better world tomorrow.

The festival is particularly relevant after the past year where mental health and wellbeing has affected so many and accelerated what we as employers need to do to address this. We are delighted to be sponsoring wellbeing activities during the festival.

From Friday 6th August to Sunday 8th August, Better World Festival will bring together speakers, activists, pioneers, charities, community groups and everyone with an interest in creating positive change in this weekend event which will see an extensive line-up spanning world music, workshops, group exercise classes, panel discussions, meditation sessions, family activities and much more.

Speakers throughout the festival will include Greenpeace, the National Farmers’ Union, Harper Adams University and Amnesty International as well as motivational individuals and organisations a little closer to home too, including Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, YMCA, B Arts, Feasted and Wavemaker.

Other highlights include The World Music Stage on Piccadilly featuring bands from all corners of the world as many local musicians. There is also a folk and acoustic stage near Hanley Indoor Market.

The Health & Mindfulness Retreat is taking over Albion Square, with activities including family yoga Pilates, dance, and nutrition coaching.

The Kidzone located in Bethesda Gardens will feature circus skills workshop and demonstrations with Circus In A Box; spoken word and poetry workshops; arts and crafts workshops; drum making and face-painting.

I would urge everyone to support this brilliant festival to make the first of hopefully many more in the future, a great success for the city. More information can be found here – Better World Festival 2021 – Stoke BID (

The past year has seen many big changes for businesses across Great Britain and around the world. While the impact of the pandemic is still being felt, business owners and managers have embraced the changes and adapted to new ways of working to protect their clients, their staff, their business and their bottom line.

Anyone who manages a business knows the importance of embracing changes, both big and small. A small change like switching to a smart meter could make a big difference to your business. While some changes may be short-term, smart meters are here to stay and will help your business, in the long-term.

Now more than ever, it is important for business owners to know how much they are spending to keep track of unnecessary energy waste or additional costs. Energy is a key expense, in particular for hairdressers, beauty salons and other close contact services, which makes it a crucial area for these businesses to save money and take control of their finances.

A smart meter could give businesses additional visibility over energy use and costs to make it easier to identify where changes and savings can be made.

If your firm has 10 employees or less, your business could be eligible. To see whether smart metering can work for your business, contact your energy supplier. To find out more please click here To find out more visit: Smart Meters for Small Businesses | Smart Energy GB

You can also contact your energy supplier or broker. It could be one of the best calls you make this week.

If you want to talk to us about any other business issues, including funding, you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002 or email:

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