Staffordshire businesses get inspired by Global Entrepreneurship Week


Business owners in Staffordshire will celebrate the end of Global Entrepreneurship Week at the annual conference #GEWStaffs.

This year’s event is at Stoke City’s Bet365 Stadium on Friday (November 18), with organisers promising it will be ‘bigger and better than ever’.

#GEWStaffs will showcase exhibitors, sponsors and feature a series of guest speakers.

These include Deirdre Bounds, a former stand-up comedienne who didn’t enter the world of business until she was in her 30s.

After ten years she was able to sell her travel company, i-to-i, for £20 million.

Other speakers include Marc Hogan, who became a stand-up comedian through a bet, and James Sinclair, who started a children’s entertainment business out of his nan’s spare room.

Sarah White, director of M-Viron, a mobile phone company in Stone, launched the event to coincide with the global event and to celebrate the talent and strength in Staffordshire businesses.

“Our lively line-up of speakers all share one thing in common – they went out and created their own business,” she said.

“It is an ethos which led me to start my mobile communications company in my 20s and to start #GEWStaffs in 2013 – so I can tell people if I can do it, anyone can.”

The event is now in its fourth year and growing, bringing together more than 100 businessmen and women from all over Staffordshire.

In 2014, #GEWStaffs won the high impact award from Global Entrepreneurship Week United Kingdom in recognition of the event and contribution towards GEW.


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