Simply Staffordshire is a hand picked guide to Staffordshire and business network. Founded and run by Emily, a married mum of 2 boys and Stanley the Border Terrier and born out of a life long love affair with Staffordshire and the surrounding borders. Emily is a keen gardener, veg grower and baker and loves nothing more than enjoying the great outdoors with her family.
The hand picked guide was founded in the Autumn of 2011 after Emily had run a successful eco holiday accommodation in North Staffordshire for 6 years which helped her nurture strong local networks. Emily's passion was further ignited when she realised that the county is often overlooked and under rated and that small and local business need an injection of support, marketing and an opportunity to work together to build local business as well improve the offer to visitors to the county.
Emily has a corporate career background in marketing and training management as well as experience working with a National green parenting charity. Simply Staffordshire was the first company to be awarded a Staffordshire Environmental Quality Mark and as such Emily has become a passionate advocate for the scheme, mentoring applicants and now as a member of the awards panel. Emily is the Chair of the Staffordshire Peak District Tourism Association and mentor for the Peak Bright Sparks network, working with small and start up businesses in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Emily specialises in Social Marketing for small business as well as supporting small business to become green in their practices and marketing.
Emily has made regular presentations and run workshops for organizations including Staffordshire Business and Environmental Network, Women in Rural Enterprise, The East Peak Tourism Association in South Yorkshire and Bright Sparks as well as developing a new and growing network of Simply Staffordshire members, a cross sector group of stand out local business that share a passion for the county, support and build business. Emily makes regular contributions to Staffordshire Families Magazine and as a local blogger for The Sentinel.
Emily runs workshops for small businesses, specializing in green and social marketing, the latest of which can be found on the Work Shop.