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We’re backing the bid

It’s the morning after the Sentinel Business Awards and we’re feeling upbeat and positive.

Last night there was a real buzz in the room. Everybody was there to celebrate success, whether that success was their own, their team’s, their customers’ or even their competitors’.

Plinkfizz was out in force to support two of our clients who have exceptional businesses. Dukes Bailiffs, a finalist in the Small Business of the Year and the Growth Award categories, was runner up in both, and Stairbox was the overall winner of the Growth Award.

Click anywhere on the image below to see Stairbox announced as the winners …

The Sentinel Business Awards 2017

Congratulations to everyone who won and to all the finalists. It was an unforgettable evening and one of the pinnacles of the business year.

The Dukes team with their award

Beyond last night’s awards do, it’s an exciting time to live and work in Stoke-on-Trent right now. The whole community is getting behind our bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 and even the negative national media coverage that we received in the run up to the bi-election had a silver lining. It stirred our sense of pride and we’re hitting back by celebrating everything that’s great about our city – our craftsmanship, creativity, manufacturing prowess, our art, culture and commerce.

This month Stoke-on-Trent was featured at number 11 in a list of the most cultural places to live in Britain. The two-page feature in The Times highlighted our world-class pottery, with a mention for Emma Bridgewater and the Gladstone Pottery Museum.

There was a wonderful article in The Guardian on the start-up artisans now working at the 18th-century Spode pottery works which also featured Middleport Pottery, Emma Bridgewater and positive comments from the British Ceramic Confederation trade association.

And here at Plinkfizz we shared some exciting news on behalf of our City Learning Trust client about plans to launch the Hallé Music Free School, promising outstanding music education at a new state school in Stoke-on-Trent. The story was covered by the BBC, the Independent and had two very positive articles in The Times as well as a piece in the Times Educational Supplement (TES).

The next week, we were contacted by BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. The producer was interested in talking to one of our clients as part of a more positive piece on Stoke-on-Trent. Another small victory for our city!

We’re very fortunate at Plinkfizz, in that we have the opportunity to promote some of the best businesses in the region and even the country. ‘Blowing your own trumpet’ doesn’t come naturally for many Stokies, so we take great pleasure in doing that on behalf of our clients. We like to think that by helping our clients to thrive, grow and do well, we’re also playing a small part in helping to promote our city. Long may it continue!

For more images from the night – head over to our Facebook page.

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