Staffordshire Business Festival and smart meters for catering businesses

The Staffordshire Chambers Business Festival 2021 is taking place over five days from Monday 6th to Friday 10th September.

We will be hosting five days of themed webinars to help your business shake off the pandemic hangover, capitalise on new opportunities and power ahead.

The festival comprises a programme of short, engaging, and informative online events delivered by a talented pool of local specialists, all experts in their field, and ready to impart their knowledge and wisdom via 13 FREE one-hour webinars which will focus on leadership, people & culture, the future of the office, digital transformation, and customer expectations.

On Monday 6th November  Shevaun Haviland, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) will be interviewing Nick Beighton, CEO of ASOS who will be talking about ASOS’s meteoric rise since their launch in 2000, their new Lichfield distribution centre and their reaction to pandemic market conditions and buying behaviour.

And on Friday 10th September we will be hosting a special live event at Uttoxeter Racecourse with businessman and motivational speaker Gerald Ratner who famously denigrated the products of former high street jewellery chain – Ratners, leading to its subsequent collapse. He later went on to he set up a health club which was sold for £3.9m in 2001. He now runs, in collaboration with SB&T International Ltd, an export manufacturing company based in India and the online jewellery business Gerald Online.

The festival is supported by partners and sponsors Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub, Keele University, Insight 6, and Synectics Solutions.

To view the full Business festival programme and book your places visit: Business Festival 2021 – Staffordshire Chambers

There are many things which are important to consider for owners of independent catering businesses: you need to find their niche, consider their location, build a great team and pick their suppliers carefully; however, you also need keep a close eye on regular outgoings such as energy bills.  Energy is a key expense for small catering businesses which makes it a crucial area for these businesses to save money and take control of their finances.

Running an independent restaurant, coffee shop or bar is a round-the-clock job and for business owners, supplying energy readings is often not a top priority.  Smart meters can help! Smart meters send your gas and electricity readings directly to your energy supplier, saving you time to focus on other jobs.

A smart meter could also give your 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 email the Chambers: or call 01782 202222.

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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