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.

A Valentine's Day Wedding at The Guildhall, Salisbury

"Life is only as good as the memories we make" Author: The Ataris

Well Chris and Amy certainly made some beautiful memories of their very own on February 14th 2014 – Valentine’s Day. We were with Amy from 9 am capturing the story of her Wedding Day at the Guildhall, Salisbury, to Spire Fm’s Run-Away Bride Groom winner Chris Denning.

With only a few short weeks to arrange their wedding day, we were delighted to support them in their journey. Other service providers on the day included:

Bridal Prep at JAS Hair Group - Wilton

The rain did nothing to dampen the spirits and celebrations of Chris and Amy’s Wedding Day. Although very nervous - as all brides are, Amy was also very excited about marrying her fiancé in the stunning Guildhall.

Arrival at the Guildhall, Salisbury

Wow! The very first words uttered as we saw the stunning wedding gown that Amy was going to be wearing. It really was beautiful; as were the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses, flowers and accessories.

Ceremony at the Guildhall, Salisbury

As guests waited patiently in the Crown Room at the Guildhall, Salisbury, a nervous Chris was taken to see the registrar before Amy arrived. Everyone was so excited about the joining together of these two very special people. Everyone watched the time in anticipation of Amy’s arrival.

Groups on the stairs at the Guildhall, Salisbury

As Chris returned to his guests, we could hear the excited whispers letting everyone know that “she’s here!” That was it, the tears from a very excited and nervous mum-of-the-bride started to form in her eyes.

Speeches in the banqueting hall, the Guildhall, Salisbury

The moment arrived and on the arm of her dad, Amy walked down the aisle to be greeted by a stunned looking Chris. The look on his face when he saw his stunning bride was priceless. It wasn't long before everyone was clapping and cheering as the registrar introduced the new Mr and Mrs Denning.

Dancing the night away at the Guildhall, salisbury

The partying went well on into the night.



Salisbury City FC Civic Reception

Salisbury's new Mayor , Cllr Penny Brown invited players, management and staff of recently promoted Salisbury City Football Club to a civic reception at the Guildhall.

Along with a number of other Councillors, Darrell Clarke and his winning team were congratulated for their outstanding performance during the season and their promotion from the Blue Square Bet South League to the Blue Square Premier League.

Directors, players and staff spoke of the excitement and elation at winning the play off final in front of such a huge home crowd. Darrell thanked the Mayor for her kind words also congratulated his team and the board of directors for their support.

John Rose Photography as Official Photographers and Videographers to Salisbury City FC were on hand to capture images of the Mayor and her guests, during the Civic Reception.



Darrell Clarke, Vicky Pope, Sarah Gomme and Mikey Harris






Ricky Rogers and Greg Condliffe


Since this event took place Darrell has left the club after being offered the Assistant Manager's job at league 2's Bristol Rovers FC. We wish Darrell every success as he moves to league football and thank him wholeheartedly for being a great manager and good friend.