Businesses get unique opportunity to brew up success

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Burton businesses are brewing up exciting opportunities in the town as a new networking group launches in the country’s beer capital.

Burton Small Business, run by four, independent Burton companies with the aim of supporting business growth in the town, is teaming up with Marston’s Brewery to launch a new monthly get-together for all local businesses – a first for the brewery which has been at the Burton site since 1898.

MeetUp@Marstons will be held on the third Thursday of every month, with a launch event planned for Thursday February 16 from 6pm until 8pm at Marston’s newly-refurbished Shobnall Road Visitor’s Centre, DE14.

The DE14 site, which is home to Marston’s recently opened new 600-pint brewing line, will give visitors the chance to look behind the scenes at one of the town’s largest breweries.

This unique collaboration will also bring together businesses of all sizes, from sole traders and micro businesses to the town’s larger and more established companies to chat informally, find out more about each other and identify opportunities for growth and development.

Liz Strama, of Burton Small Business, said:  “We know the importance of networking in helping to grow a business and form new relationships and opportunities. Marston’s is an integral part of our town and it is great to be able to work with them to launch this exciting, new, open networking opportunity.”

Lee Williams, Marketing Manager for Marston’s Brewery, said: “We are proud of our Burton roots and keen to be at the heart of the local business community.  It’s appropriate that we’re launching our new networking event in the week of Valentine’s Day. Our beer goes out to the world with the message ‘From Burton with Love’ and we’d love to see as many local businesses as possible at our launch event to help us bring businesses together and brew up more success for the local economy.”

Admission to MeetUp@Marstons will cost £10 – payable on the door – and will include a speciality pie and drink. There will be no joining or membership fees and no restrictions on the number of businesses from any sector that can attend. To help plan the night, businesses are being asked to join the Facebook event at the new page. More information is also available at

Burton Small Business is run by writer and social media consultant Elaine Pritchard of Caittom Publishing, HR professional Liz Strama at HR Protected, award-winning animator Tilley Bancroft of Red Door Studios and journalist Cheryl Morris of Creative Word PR. The group is dedicated to providing support for town businesses and works closely with the Small Business Saturday movement each year to promote the importance of spending money locally.

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