Sara’s Blog – Working together for business and smart meters for micro businesses

At the Chambers’ Council meeting earlier this week we had a short presentation from Louisa Grocott, place brand manager at Staffordshire County Council.

Staffordshire County Council have created a new ‘place brand’ for the county, in other words a tool to help promote Staffordshire and attract business, talent, visitors and students. It is the story of our county, past, present and future – and the places and the people that make it special. It is hoped that the new place brand will engender local pride and confidence in our great county and help promote Staffordshire.

The presentation and subsequent discussion embodied just how well business, local government and quasi–governmental organisations are working with business, education and the third sector to ensure Staffordshire punches above its weight as we move into an exciting new era of sustainability and a carbon neutral economy. It is also vital that we work together with our MPs to ensure that Staffordshire fully benefits from the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.

Working together as business leaders to grow Staffordshire’s economy and create more better paid jobs for our people, is more important than ever following the enormous shock from coronavirus to our economy and way of life.

Feedback from all stakeholders is essential to the process and they want to hear what makes you proud about Staffordshire, how you feel about the area, and how you might like it to develop in the future. They are hosting four ‘virtual’ workshops on the Zoom platform on the following dates:

  • 16th July 2020 – 14:30-16:00 
  • 22nd July 2020 – 17:00-18:30
  • 23rd July 2020 – 13:00-14:30
  • 30th July 2020 – 09:00-10:30

If you would like to take part in one of these events, please register here:

Post pandemic, many businesses are looking for ways to save money and maintain a healthier bottom line. The good news is that getting a smart meter for your business is a small change that could make a big difference. A smart meter can help businesses take control of their energy bills as they enable accurate, not estimated billing. Meaning, they only pay for what they use – helping to take the stress out of budgeting.

It is also important to bear in mind that it is everyone’s responsibility to become more conscious of their environmental impact.  Whether your business has three employees, or 3000, we all should be aware of how much energy we are using, and a smart meter is a simple way of doing this, a positive step in taking control of business outgoings and if your firm has 10 employees or less your business could be eligible.

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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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