The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) held its third annual dinner for the county’s business community recently as part of Denbighshire County Council’s March for Business Month.
The event, “Mind your Business”, focussed on business support and was held in Rhyl’s new 1891 Restaurant at the Pavilion Theatre.
More than 80 attendees attended the dinner and they heard from a range of speakers including representatives from Business Wales, Denbighshire County Council and, of course, FSB. Perhaps the highlight of the evening were the interviews by David Roberts of The Alternative Board, of three local businesses who had benefitted from support in their early years. Diners heard from Sarah Hughes (Eat my Flowers), Mathew Davies (Happy Horse Bedding) and Michelle Bartleet-Greavey (Baa Stool) on their business journeys.
Mike Learmond, the FSB’s senior development manager for North Wales, said: “The dinner was a huge success. We had a really good turnout of businesses who benefited from networking and discussion around the current economic climate as well as valuable insights and advice.
“I’d like to thank all the attendees and speakers for making it a great celebration and to 1891 for hosting and providing a delicious meal.
“The FSB is pleased to continue to work with the Council on this event and support the great business community we have here.”
Graham Boase, Denbighshire County Council’s corporate director for the Economy and Public Realm, was one of the speakers at the event.
He said: “We have a thriving business community in Denbighshire and I would like to thank all the businesses working hard to create jobs and grow the local economy.
“The dinner was a chance to celebrate this achievement and to again let them know about the range of support and advice available in Denbighshire, which the Council has been working hard to make sure is ‘open for business’, because we believe passionately in supporting our local business community.
“Over the last three years the Council, through our Economic and Business Development team has handled more than £20,000,000 of investment enquiries, helping businesses create quality long term jobs in the county – more than 250 of them.
“We have also invested more than £200,000 in 60 local business start-ups and expansions, working with a wide range of support providers to make a genuine difference to the future prosperity of our economy.”