Are you missing out on funding that could help your business to compete, grow and excel?

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It’s a simple question and the answer for most businesses is probably “Yes”. Why is it probably “Yes”? Because businesses don’t know that that funding exists! And that’s why we are holding this series of FREE workshops, so business can find out what they don’t know about funding and how it might be relevant to them. During the day, you can hear from several local experts on funding and grants including: the BIC: Funding for Innovation, R&D Tax Relief and the Patent Box Mitten Clarke: How to get paid faster and save time with cloud accounting Thompson Wright: How to access grant…

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To aim big you first need to think small

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Joe Clarke winning the gold medal in the canoe slalom men’s K1 at the Rio Olympics in 2016 is a magnificent achievement. In fact, it doesn’t get any bigger than that! It’s a million miles away from where he started paddling on a kayaking trip with the Scouts before he managed to secure a place at Stafford and Stone Canoe Club at age 11. Since then, there’s no doubt that Joe aimed big (and then went on to achieve big!) I’m sure we can all imagine the hard work that went into that achievement. We can picture hours and hours…

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You can’t be inspired on your own!

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It’s true – you can’t be inspired on your own. There must be some other third party involved, some catalyst to provide that spark of inspiration. Now sometimes, it just happens. I’m pretty sure that Sir Issac Newton didn’t think “Let me just sit under this tree and be inspired!” The unexpected apple had something to do with that “Eureka” moment. But not all occasions of inspiration are moments of happenstance. Sometimes they can be engineered or, at least, helped along the way. All you need to do is put yourself near someone or something inspiring and see what happens….

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Business and Culture: Worlds apart or two parts of the same world?

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If you were to ask many people how close together the world of Business was to the world of Arts and Culture, then many of them would say that they were “worlds apart”. However, if you take a closer look, the reality is quite the opposite, especially here in Staffordshire. Staffordshire has been, still is, and will continue to be an area where business and culture come together and thrive, as exemplified by Stoke’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021 (and it’s “out of this world” launch!). It’s clear from the bid that so many local businesses…

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Keele University seeks partners for its Science & Innovation Park

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On Wednesday 18 October 2017, Keele University held a reception together with the Constellation Partnership at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London, as part of MIPIM UK, which allowed the University to showcase investment opportunities for businesses wanting to inwardly invest to Staffordshire. The Constellation Partnership, spanning areas of Cheshire and Staffordshire, aims to deliver more than 100,000 new homes and 120,000 new jobs by 2040. One of the six strategic sites within the Constellation Partnership is Keele University Science and Innovation Park. With a number of investment and development-ready plots, the Park has the potential to add…

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Breathing new life into your brand

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Think of JCB. Think of Wedgwood. Think of bet365. They are all instantly recognisable brands and convey a huge amount about the company with apparently the minimum of effort. The reality, however, is somewhat different. Those brands, and others like them, are only instantly recognisable because they have been continually reviewed, revisited and revised over the years to ensure that they remain fresh, relevant and visible to their customers. Without doing that, those brands would have stood still which, in an ever changing and evolving world, means that they would have actually gone backwards. And it’s not just large companies…

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Is your brand invisible on Google?

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Showing up on Google search results pages has never been more important or more complicated. The number of organic listings on search results pages is shrinking. The page layout is constantly evolving. The cost per click continues to rise for most categories. So what is the only proven way to game the system for outstanding search results? Consistently turning out great, relevant content. “There are plenty of shortcuts, but Google eventually finds them and penalises the brand. Creating content that people want to consume is the time-tested way to get organic first-page search results” says Andrew Holland, owner of Zoogly…

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Be our guest, be inspired!

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With less than 90 days until the launch, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce is hugely excited to announce that they have confirmed three headline speakers to inspire businesses as part of their Staffordshire Business Festival. Tuesday 7 November 2017 will welcome guests to the heart of manufacturing heavyweight, JCB, where they will hear from inspirational speakers including Olympian and Gold Medalist, Joe Clarke, President of Living at Wedgwood, Ulrik Garde Due and Actress and Playwriter, Debbie McAndrew. This exclusive selection of speakers will provide inspirational talks on how to take your business to the next level by looking at key themes…

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Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce will welcome Charlie Hutton to its upcoming Business Support Day

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Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce will welcome Charlie Hutton to its upcoming Business Support Day You may have read about him in Talk Business, Business Today or heard him on the BBC. You’ve probably seen more than a few of the online ads he’s written for clients since they’ve appeared on websites with a combined readership of 1.12 billion visitors a month. Charlie’s books are distributed in over 175 countries and have all stormed to best seller status, on the topics of direct marketing and business-building. Showing business owners and entrepreneurs how to dramatically increase leads, prospects, and sales while minimising…

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