Sara’s Blog: Speaker Summit featuring Lioness Jill Scott, International Trade event & Let’s Do Business

Sara Williams

Autumn is an incredibly busy time of year as the summer holiday season fades into memory and we all get back to business.

It’s also a very exciting time events-wise in Staffordshire as we hold one of our flagship events, The Staffordshire Business Festival.

Our headline event at the Business Festival on 19th October at Uttoxeter Racecourse is our Speaker Summit.

I am extremely proud that we have been able to host such a talented and impressive line-up of speakers for the Speaker Summit – topped by England Lioness and Euro 22 winner Jill Scott.

Jill, who retired from football shortly after the tournament, will discuss her experiences as a female football player, drawing on the leadership qualities and strategies she implemented throughout her career that saw her win nine domestic honours and feature in 10 major international tournaments.

She will also talk about the parallels between elite sport and the day-to-day management of the Manchester coffee shop ‘Boxx2Boxx Coffee’ which she opened earlier this year.

Jill will be joined by Raj Athwal, club president at Indian Super League football club Odisha FC, Maxime Belingheri, human rights manager at L’Oréal and Anuja Boopathy, general manager at Amazon Rugeley.

I can’t think of another Chamber event in which we have had so many high-profile speakers in one room – and this is a great opportunity to hear their stories firsthand and enjoy an insight into how they have all achieved success in their respective fields.

To celebrate the occasion, we’ve released 30 tickets with at 50% discount which are now priced at just £25 for Chamber members, inclusive of a networking lunch.

These tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. To claim yours, use discount code SUMMIT50 at checkout. Chamber members should ensure that they are signed into the website for a further discount.

On the same day, we also have our free international trade event, Broaden Your Markets.

This event is specifically for any business that currently imports or exports or plans to grow through trading internationally.

We’ll be joined by leading policy experts Alex Veitch and Liam Smyth from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), and Graeme Chaplin from the Bank of England.

Alex will give an insight into the trade agreements worldwide, how the Chamber network can help businesses make more use of trade agreements and the role of the international Chambers of Commerce in supporting UK exporters.

Liam will be talking about changes that the Government plans to international trade in the months and years ahead and will highlight opportunities to drive down the cost of trading to improve cashflow.

Graeme Chaplin is the Bank of England’s Regional Agent for the West Midlands & Oxfordshire and will present the Bank’s most recent forecast for the UK economy and discuss the global economic outlook, as well as domestic demand and supply conditions.

You can book on these events or register for Let’s do Business here: Events Archives – Staffordshire Chambers

Then on the following day, 20 October, it’s the return of Let’s Do Business, the region’s biggest business show!

Stands are fully booked for the event but there’s still time to secure your free delegate ticket if you’ve not done so via the website, here. It really is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to network, showcase their services and, most importantly, do business!

I look forward to seeing you at Uttoxeter Racecourse!

If you want to talk to us about any 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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