Next Meeting

Thursday (NOT Friday) Feb 14th:

Mark Atherton, Senior Trading Standards Officer on Derbyshire Trusted Traders.

Trusted TradersIt’s 10 years since the Trusted Traders scheme started here; it lists over 1,000 business members from accountants to wedding cars.

It gets 200 responses a week – in the last three years 41,000 feedback comments have come from the public. How does it work, and what happens when something goes wrong?

Which? magazine (The Consumers’ Association) recently chose Sheffield Flooring Solutions, pictured below, as their January 2019 Traders of the Month –  a national accolade which can’t be bad for business.

Trusted Traders Sheffield Flooring Solutions

So how do Trading Standards function in a large, diverse area like this? Come listen to Mark Atherton and learn more.

Tickets available here.




Future Dates

Friday March 22nd: Jez Unsworth of Jeremy Unsworth Funeral Services. We will all need them, sooner or later, yet we seldom think about the business environment in which undertakers operate – fewer cemeteries, more regulation, more concern about dignity in dying. The sector is mainly composed of small family-run businesses. So how do they adapt?

Thurs April 18th: speaker from UKFast. You do understand about cloud computing.. or do you? Tech business UKFast, Manchester based cloud computing firm founded in 1999 by the legendary Lawrence and Gail Jones, is lining up an IPO which will see it valued at £350m on the stock market. Cloud cuckoo land? No longer…

Friday  May 17th: Andrew Gadd, Finance Manager of Creamline. Since BBC TV’s Blue Planet II, public taste has swung away from plastic. Even the BBC uses milk bottles now. That gives traditional milkmen the edge. Creamline Dairies, who have been delivering dairy produce and groceries to Manchester and Cheshire for over 70 years, are busier than ever. Come and hear more.

Friday June 14th: The Renaissance of The Co-op. In an intensely competitive grocery world, the venerable Co-op has been investing in its corner shops and seen a substantial turnaround. How are they doing it? Tina Mitchell, Divisional Managing Director, Co-op Food, will tell us more.