‘Woodley Means Business’ at Festival of Business
Woodley, 15th November 2013. Woodley Means Business was the key message that came out from the inaugural Woodley Festival of Business. More than 150 businesses, business advisors and local dignitaries met at the Oakwood Centre for a combination of networking and business entertainment on Thursday 14th November.
The event aimed to be a showcase for all that Woodley business has to offer and to create a greater awareness of the breadth of businesses that reside in the town, including tradespeople, retailers, home workers, professional services, SMEs and leisure.
Tom Clark, Chair of the Woodley Business Club and owner of Bbite, business improvement coaching, orchestrated the event and was keen to ensure as many local businesses were involved in the event as possible. He comments: “The local council offered their support by hosting the event at the Oakwood Centre, local caterers provided food, professional services firms offered their support in PR, marketing and event management, our local media were great at promoting the event and members of the Woodley Business Club all pulled together to bring people along and get word of the event out into the local community.”
The event was in two parts, an opportunity to network, followed by a short conference. The conference was opened with comedy from The Tom Show and this was followed by two short videos that had been produced by pupils at Bulmershe School and Waingels College, the videos included the strong message, ‘Woodley Means Business’. The videos reflected the past, present and future of Woodley business, from its historic manufacturing and engineering industries, to the thriving service-based economy that is prevalent today.
Speeches were opened by Bill Soane, Mayor of Woodley, followed by Andrew Withers, Managing Director of Fast Food Systems, who gave an overview of his family owned business which has been in Woodley since the 1960’s, and which now operates in more than 70 countries. His message was clear, “To succeed in business, you just need to get out there, talk to people.”
The final speaker was UllaKarin Clark, Mayor of Wokingham Borough Council. She commented: “It is good to see so many businesses coming together to make things happen in Woodley.” She was also keen for local businesses to become more involved in the local community through charity work. She commented, “So many charities are doing so much good in the local area, but they do not necessarily have the right expertise to make the most out of their fund-raising. They need local businesses to support them, not just financially, but in providing some time and we urge local businesses to work with at least one local charity, whether it’s helping with their accounts, PR and marketing or just providing some extra people to help fund-raise.”
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Kimberley Gray – Gray Matter PR
Tel: 0118 969 4904/07884 405835
Tom Clark – Bbite & Chair of Woodley Business Club
Tel: 07836 205262