Simply Great Britain aim to inspire with My Indie Business Day at the Emma Bridgewater Factory

Small independent business champion Emily Whitehead is staging a marketing day in Stoke-on-Trent to help creative and craft businesses to grow in 2019.

Emily, of Simply Great Britain, will be joined by online marketing expert Richard Dodd of the Capture Factory, Leek, for My Indie Business Day at the Emma Bridgewater Factory on Thursday, February 7. The event will also feature a panel of photographers who specialise in working with small businesses namely Amanda White of Amanda White Photography, Jane Kent from Jane Kent Studios and Matthew Owen from Matthew Owen Photography.

“We want to inspire and inform indie businesses and give them the tools to start 2019 with a marketing plan that will help them to flourish in 2019,” said Emily.

“My Indie Business Day will bring together business owners to share knowledge and learn marketing skills. Topics on the day will include maximising your website potential, using social media well, branding and a Q&A with the panel of professional photographers.

“Our venue is the Emma Bridgewater Factory, Hanley, home of an inspirational business that has grown from the kitchen table to an iconic brand. It is a fantastic example of the potential that Britain’s independent creative businesses have.

“Location wise it is also ideal as it is easily accessible from the M6 and M1 and close to Stoke’s mainline rail station.”

Emily, from the Staffordshire [Moorlands], founded Simply Great Britain in her home county and has grown it to include independent businesses across several counties. It is a members’ organisation, where independent businesses can work together and access inspirational learning experiences and events, designed to promote their growth.

The membership is carefully curated by Emily to ensure Simply Great Britain champions and showcases the country’s best artisan and small businesses.

Emily explained:  “We  want Britain to fall in love with indie business. Small, independent and micro-businesses account for about 95% of all British business, but they often seem invisible. The reality is that they provide flexible employment, create vibrant communities and encourage collaboration.

The Simply Great Britain community grows by connecting our members and giving them the support to thrive.”

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