‘Burslem Open for Business’ event showcases town’s potential…
‘Burslem Open for Business’ was an opportunity to showcase what the town can do for businesses and offered advice, support and information regarding the financial grants available for new and existing enterprises.
Joan Walley, Chair of the Burslem Regeneration Trust commented: “Business is the future in Burslem and now is the time for us to create new jobs and for businesses to support one another for the health of the local economy“.
Held at Burslem Old Town Hall, Haywood Sixth Form Academy welcomed guests before speakers explained the benefits of running an enterprise in Burslem. Speakers included: Alan Christian, Operations Director at the City Learning Trust and Director of the Burslem Regeneration Trust, Joan Walley DL, Chair of the Burslem Regeneration Trust and businesses already successfully operating in the town.
Small business owner, Phil Hardy of Otters Tears spoke at the event. Phil opened a shop in the town which offers world class beers in one place. He also sells through his online shop internationally and recently sent his first order to Norway. He said: “Small independent businesses are what can bring Burslem back to life. My vision for the town is for people to come and do or buy things which they can’t get at a retail park or might struggle to find online, which gives people a reason to come to the town.
“This event demonstrates the diversity of business in Burslem, from someone like me who didn’t even dream he would own his own business five years ago to being here today to Carol Shanahan from Synectics.”
Alan Christian also addressed the assembly: “City Learning Trust is delighted to be working in Burslem, where we have 250 students and staff based. We know at times it takes a bit of a knock, but we want to make people aware of what a great town Burslem is, with fantastic businesses, a strong positive community, and a thriving education sector.
“On behalf of Burslem Regeneration Trust, we are working to make and keep Burslem a great place to live, work, visit and invest in. It’s wonderful to have a number of Burslem-based businesses here at the event, as well as businesses which may be interested in coming and working with us here. Through our partnership efforts great things are happening. There is a feel of resurgence and Burslem being on the up. Please get in touch to find out more”.
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