This blog is about the things I've learned in the two years of McAusland Music...
Last night, I was proud to have been shortlisted as 'Lichfield and Tamworth Small Business of the Year' in the Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield and Tamworth Chambers of Commerce Awards.
The event took place at the lovely Belfry Hotel, and it was a lovely chance to celebrate the successes of businesses in the region. There were a wide range of businesses represented at the awards, but one of the things that really resonated was the recent changes in the prospects for our region.
Twenty years ago, the West Midlands was one of the slowest growing and the least-qualified regions in the country!
Now, it is flying up the league tables and it is one of the best places to set up a business. I've found this out first hand, by being able to create McAusland Music from the ground up over the last two years.
The support for new businesses in our area is great and there are plenty of resources out there for people ready to take the plunge and set up on their own. I'd never run a business before, so the learning curve was steep, but there was a lot of help out there on offer so at least the learning curve wasn't bumpy (if that's not stretching a metaphor).
I would like to say a big thank you to Tamworth Borough Council and in particular, Lorraine Farley (Economic Development and Regeneration Officer) for her support over the past 12 months. Also, the Mayor of Tamworth for all the work he does to support and promote small and large businesses in Tamworth. Not all areas have such a team of people passionate about supporting growth in the local area. I believe this makes all the difference.
I'm really proud to be part of this region. The people here want to make life better for themselves and others, and long may this continue.
Congratulations to all the businesses who were nominated. It was great to be recognised and a fantastic opportunity to meet people from a wide variety of industries from all across our region.