Local business with local people

An old adage of mine is to look at and use what it is around you and available on your own doorstep.

Now, with my travel magazine, writing and publishing involvements I confess to having had a tendency to stray from all things local and regional at times (not for long it has to be said though)

So it was quite refreshing to pay a visit to the Rugby Business Expo at the Rugby Centre of the Warwickshire College last Thursday.

It is a new event on the proverbial business networking circuit, but judging by the number of people attending, the general buzz and also – it has to be said, some engaging seminars, it could be an event here to stay.

There were some interesting exhibitors  and it was good to talk with the likes of Rugby Tap, Diana at Completely Water and Drinks, Gerald at c2learn2c, the team at Rose Narrowboats, Mark of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) and Barry Phillipson from Smart Therapy Studios. Barry is an old friend from my footballing days and was taking a seminar in the afternoon, and is someone who is really making a name for himself as sports masseur for international and domestic referees at some of football’s prestige finals and international matches.

The seminar I did attend – on attracting and keeping new clients and customers, with Chris Gill of CFE Worldwide, was very good and in some ways part reassuring and in part [shall we say] very thought provoking.

My overriding feeling post-event was that it was certainly worthwhile attending (at times you can be a bit sceptical of such events, there’s so many) and the morning and conversations reinforced the message so many of us are keen to advocate – that is to  do business local with local people.

Something I intend to focus on more ‘on my own doorstep’ in the coming months.

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