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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Discovering Staffordshire...business, murder and cake...

I wanted to share with you the adventures of our member meeting last night that took networking to new heights! We met in Abbots Bromley, the beautiful, historic village and one of Staffordshire's absolute gems and were handed our Murder Mystery instructions. The sun was setting  and the air was chilled and none of us had explored the village before....
So the story started..."Rural entrepreneur, Emmy Lee has been found dead in a little shed...." and we had to find her murderer! We started by discovering some the more ancient buildings in the village and the clues that lead the way needed concentration, teamwork and and eagle eye. We found the Church House and then the Church with its 1000 yr old antlers from the Horn Dance. Searching through the graveyard at dusk as all the houses put on their lights and lit fires was quite magical. The centre of the village was lit up with cosy, friendly pubs and the Buttercross with its beautiful hand drawn map of the village and its history. As we worked our way through each clue we were able to eliminate suspects and murder weapons while catching up, sharing business news and discovering more about our Staffordshire businesses and Abbots Bromley. Ivan and Sue from Staffordshire Treasure Trails had truly outdone themselves with the brilliant Simply Staffordshire trail, their expert knowledge and great clues meant we all got a real flavour of the village and how Treasure Trails works.
The Autumnal evening had turned dark and chilly and we were absolutely ready for tea and cake. In the little road next to the Crown Inn, we got to Buttercross B and B with its beautiful Georgian door and stone fagged hall. The blackboard welcomed our network and the stripy winding stairs invited us up. The Bed and Breakfast is run by Jayne who has an expert eye for great service and extra touches. The guest sitting room looks over the Buttercross itself and the centre of the village spreads out in front of you. Gurgling coffee and vintage tea cups were waiting as we snuggled on the cosy sofas. This was networking at its best. We got a guided tour of the Bed and Breakfast which has become fabulously popular since its launch in January with rave reviews and repeat visitors. Jayne has simply thought of everything and arranges trips out for her guests to discover Staffordshire - nothing is too much trouble. 

So news was shared, ideas were explored, business was discussed and giggles were had...perfect small business networking in a perfect Staffordshire setting.
Special thank you goes to Jayne from Buttercross Bed and Breakfast and Ivan & Sue from Staffordshire Treasure Trails for all their help, support and hospitality.
If you & your Staffordshire business would like to become part of the Simply Staffordshire business network to enjoy marketing, networking and business building the local way, then please contact me today for more information. Membership starts at just £49 per year. 

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