Speakers & Seminars

9.30am - 10.30am
Speed Networking

Join us for our speed networking session, where you will have the opportunity to make new contacts in just one hour.

Our speed networking events provide one of the most cost effective ways to develop your organisation, as well as promoting partnership working. Where else can you meet so many other organisations in one hour?

Speed networking sessions are hugely popular and always a sell-out, so we recommend an early booking to avoid disappointment. Whether you want to promote your business or make new contacts, this event is not one to miss.

Booking is essential, please click here to reserve your place.



10.00am - 15.50pm
Export Hub

Join us at Uttoxeter Racecourse for the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce Let's Do Business event. Meet your local Department for International Trade Team (DIT) and speak with Export advisors hosted on the Export Hub, DITs flagship initiative used to support companies in their export journey whatever the market, whatever the sector, whatever the size of company.

10.00am - 4.00pm
Growth Hub Business Support Clinics

  • Starting a new business?
  • Growing your business?
  • Want to access appropriate finance and funding ?
  • Looking to develop your marketing and promote your business to new potential clients?
  • Need to improve your productivity and increase profitability?
  • Want an introduction to exporting and international trade?
  • Recruiting and employing staff?
  • Want some guidance on tackling regulation and cutting through red tape?
  • Is your business looking to enhance environmental efficiency and business resilience?
  • Are you in the midst of handling rural business issues?
  • Dealing with premises and land issues?
  • Want to learn how apprenticeships can benefit your business?
  • And many more!

If you have answered Yes to any of the above then we can help you contact a range of specialist advisors, programmes or funds through The Growth Hub and introduce you to free, expert business advice and support.

The Growth Hub has been established to play a major role in the drive for strong, sustainable business growth across Staffordshire. It acts as the focal point for businesses that wish to grow, providing co-ordinated and cohesive growth programmes, business networks, growth groups and links to specialist information, advice and services.

Make an appointment to meet one of our SFEDI Accredited Growth Advisors at the exhibition. Our Growth Advisors are people who understand the day-to-day pressures of running a business. They can work with you to overcome barriers, solve problems and develop a strategy for growth. They all have specific knowledge of certain areas of Staffordshire too, and work closely with the relevant local authorities.

They provide a highly personalised and tailored service which is backed up by an excellent all round knowledge of business support and the type of funding that’s available. As well as helping your company grow, we want to help you create jobs.

Join us for a coffee and a chat that could boost your business! To book an appointment slot, please email p.wallis@burton-chamber.com and let us know the area you wish to discuss, we will then make sure to book  an appointment with a specialist advisor.


11.15am - 12.00pm
Rachel Elnaugh – Her Story

This year delegates will hear from special guest Rachel Elnaugh. Rachel is the award winning entrepreneur whose first business was the market leading ‘experiences’ brand Red Letter Days, which she created at the age of 24 and grew from nothing, on a shoestring budget, into a £multi-million turnover household name, which at its height was making £1million profit a year.  In 2000 Red Letter Days was acknowledged by Mintel to be the creator of the new UK experiences industry – by then worth £250million per annum.

As a result of being on the Awards circuit, in 2002 she was invited by the BBC to be part of a new business show they were formulating called ‘Dragons’ Den‘.

However, behind the scenes, Rachel had been struggling to bring Red Letter Days back on track after a disastrous over-expansion in 2002, and despite the business being back in profit and having £3.3million cash at bank it was forced into administration by Barclays Bank on 1 August 2005.

Thanks to her high profile appearance on Dragons’ Den, the crash of Red Letter Days attracted huge media exposure, the story appearing on all the key news channels and in every mainstream newspaper. (The Red Letter Days business was bought out of administration by Rachel’s fellow Dragons Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis and continues to trade.)

However, to paraphrase Napoleon Hill, in every adversity lies the seeds of opportunity and Rachel was invited to speak at many enterprise events about her experiences. She was also commissioned to write a book about the fine line between success and failure in her book ‘Business Nightmares‘ – not just her own story but the story of 20 other successful entrepreneurs who hit problems on their own journey.

The timing of the book launch in May 2008 could not have been more fortuitous as in September 2008 the global banking system crashed triggering the current recession and many other business meltdowns. ’Business Nightmares‘ has since become THE handbook for business survival for many struggling entrepreneurs.

2.15pm - 3.15pm
Funding & Finance Seminar Hour

Come along to our Funding & Finance seminar hour to hear the range of Growth Hub finance Partners to find out what Grant funding & Finance is available to your Business. The seminar will include partner exhibition information, guest’s speakers and an open panel forum Q&A.

With over £25m Government funding released on 1st April, Let’s Do Business delegates will have the opportunity to speak to Growth Hub funding experts at the event.

Chris Plant, Director at Greater Birmingham Chambers spoke about the opportunities:

"Our Let’s Do Business expo has grown year on year attracting the best businesses in the region with top class speakers, business growth experts, networking sessions and exhibition halls.

"With over £25m new government funding now available and a range of exporting channels to explore, we want visitors to make new contacts and seek out opportunities to grow their businesses. While Brexit remains a daunting prospect, it could also provide lots of opportunities for many businesses to grow and expand and we want to encourage people to have a positive outlook. Attending Let’s Do Business is the perfect opportunity to gather new ideas and make new contacts to make good things happen!"


Let's Do Business is Organised by

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce logo
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce logo

Let's Do Business is Sponsored by

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Growth Hub logo Uttoxeter Racing and Events logo
Media Partners

Let's Do Business is Funded by

European Regional Development Fund logo
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and Industry,
Commerce House, Festival Park, Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire, ST1 5BE.

Tel: 01782 202222