Salisbury Big Business Event at Salisbury Guildhall

Chris Hemingway MBE at Salisbury Big Business Event

Well the Salisbury Big Business Event is over for another year, but what an event it was.

Our attendance began on Wednesday evening when we photographed speaker Wayne Hemingway MBE for Salisbury Life. We were unable to stay for the talk due to a prior engagement, but those who did said it was very good.

We attended three very informative talks during the day on Thursday, and Mandy stayed and photographed the Levi Roots talk Thursday evening.I attended 3 more talks on Friday, 'Have you got your branding right' by An.X Agency and 'Would you like to use social media more effectively' by Andy Poulton, and 'How to stay ahead of the trend' by Chris Simpson, Wiltshire business Support Service.

From the BBE website

Levi Roots at Salisbury Big Business Event

Last week over 700 business representatives took part in the third annual Salisbury Big Business Event at The Guildhall, Salisbury.

The event ran from 7 – 9 May and was sponsored by Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Council, Trethowans Solicitors, Federation of Small Businesses, Salisbury Business Improvement District, Blue Frontier and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce.

Offering FREE advice to businesses of all sizes including start-ups, the event provides workshops, seminars and networking on a variety of subjects.

Managing Partner of Trethowans Simon Rhodes said, “We are delighted to support this event and offer advice and guidance to businesses, we have received some fantastic feedback from the business community on the knowledge and skills they have gained by attending.”

An.x talk at Salisbury Big Business Event

Over the three days speakers from across a number of sectors have shared their knowledge and the event also welcomed fashion entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway and food entrepreneur Levi Roots.

The Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Cllr Mrs Penny Brown said, “As the Mayor I was honoured to meet so many businesses from across Wiltshire and even further afield. Salisbury City Council enjoys working in partnership with our fellow sponsors and I have been amazed at the scope of the speakers and their wisdom. One of my highlights was to meet Levi Roots and welcome him to the Guildhall, the speakers including Wayne Hemingway and Andy Reid were inspirational.”

Fleur de Rhe Philipe, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for economic development said: “It is important we continue to support events which create opportunities to boost the local economy.

Andy Poulton at Salisbury Big Business Event

During these three days businesses with diverse backgrounds shared their knowledge and ideas which I know will have positive impact on future business growth and partnerships in our county.”

If you had a chance to visit the event I hope you had a great time and took away some useful FREE information: I know we did!

If you didn't get to visit the event this time I would respectfully suggest you get ready to put the dates of the 2015 event in your diary as soon as they become available. We will certainly be adding the dates to our diary, I mean where can you get FREE advice with no strings, apart from John Rose Photography of course.

If you would like to see more images captured by us during our visit you can do so in the Salisbury Life gallery on our website.

What do the images on your website and promotional material say about you?

The majority of clients searching for a specific business, product, or service provider will automatically search the internet, before they ever make contact with you.

What draws you to choosing a specific business or service provider when you do a web search - try it? (But remember to come straight back)

Ok so what did you search for?

How many websites did you look at before you were happy with what you saw?

Which site grabbed your attention?

So now ask yourself what it was about that particular website that grabbed your attention and drew you to it?

Like you, I need a website that gives me the answers to my questions easily, without having to fight my way around the site. I need images that grab my attention and show me exactly what I'm searching for. I don't want to have to read loads of text - boring. I want what I'm looking for to jump off the page at me.

So, what does your website and your promotional material say about you and your business?

Do you have images showing your business logo? Are there images of your products, offices, or treatment rooms on your website? If the answer is yes, are your images clear, in focus and personal to your business?

Have you ever had that feeling of de ja vu when looking at images on a website?

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While "stock" images have their place, you are far better investing in professional images of your own. I don't just mean images of your office, shop, or place of business - while these are all really very important, you also need to think about the people in your business. The people that your clients see, the faces of your business.

You need to show that you are friendly, approachable, and have nothing to hide. It also helps clients relax, and you will find them to be friendlier when they know who they are talking too within your business. There really are lots of things to think about including images of you and your staff.

You are your business. Your business is personal to you and so should the images that you use to promote your business. A picture is worth a thousand words, so let your pictures speak for themselves.

By Mandy Woolford

John Rose Photography

South Wilts Business of the Year Awards 2013

Well the entry period for the SWBOYA officially closed at 5pm today so if you have forgotten to enter you will need to ring the office and speak very nicely to Amanda to see if she will let you put in a late entry. If you have entered it is now time to get prepared for the upcoming visit of one of the judges. Salisbury's John Rose Photography are again the official photographers for the event so if we do not see you before we will certainly see you on the night of the awards, which if you don't know already is Thursday 27th June at the City Hall, Salisbury. We have also entered 3 categories in the awards, The Salisbury and District Value Cars Outstanding Customer Service Award, last year sponsored by Autocrash and in which we were a finalist, The AN.X Agency Marketing Excellence Award and The FSB Small Business Award (under £500k t/o).

Good Luck to everyone that has entered and remember, by failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.

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Salisbury Chamber Business Excellence Awards Finalists 2013

John Rose Photography has been shortlisted in the categories of New Business and Customer Service in the prestigious Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Excellence Awards 2013. We are the only photography company in the awards. This recognition is testament to all of the hard work we have put in to try and make John Rose Photography stand out from the crowd.

We were a finalist in the South Wilts Business of the Year Awards 2012 and to be recognised again shows our consistent approach. Lets hope we can go one stage further this time!

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