Oxfordshire business expo coming to Banbury on 11th April

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  • Free to visit
  • Just £195 for exhibitors
  • Event takes place on 11th April 11-4pm at the Whately Hall Hotel in Banbury

 

Oxfordshire businesses are invited to a brand-new business expo taking place on Thursday, 11th April from 11am to 4pm at the Whately Hall Hotel, Horse Fair in Banbury.

The event is organised by Sheila Smith, who is the founder of the successful Northamptonshire Business Expo, which was launched in 2014 and regularly attracts thousands of visitors. Sheila aims to build on this success and to bring it to neighbouring counties.

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Oxfordshire’s expo is free for delegates and as well as networking, there are free workshops designed to help business owners to develop their skills and presentations on the latest insight. For exhibitors, a stand costs just £195, plus sponsorship opportunities are available.

Sheila said: “Exhibiting is a great opportunity to showcase what you do to the right people and generate more good-quality sales leads than other sales tools. Our events help to generate leads the old-fashioned way with face-to-face interaction and we are committed to delivering a lively, buzzing event for every type of business relationship, network, engage with suppliers and deepen their business education by attending our one-day events.”

She added: “We have had the privilege of working with many businesses over the years who have enjoyed great success at these expos. As a result, they have repeatedly booked with us and in a lot of cases, have followed the events out of their own county, expanding the area in which their business trades. If you invest in a stand, we recommend that you make the most of it and let all of followers know you will be there by promoting it on your website, social media and marketing channels.”

Sheila has had over 25 years’ experience in sales at every level and is well known for having a ‘can-do’ attitude to business. She has a proven track record in delivering events to a very high standard and her flexible, adaptable approach enables her to smoothly manage any occasion. Something which she has always promised and consistently maintained is her fresh approach to every occasion to which she tailors to fit your exact specification and budget.

For further information and to book please contact Sheila Smith via www.eventssmith.co.uk/oxfordshire-business-expo-april-2019

 

Buttermilk’s new FREE FROM Easter eggs

  • Confectioner introduces two new ‘free from’ Easter eggs – Choc Honeycomb and Choc Orange (185g)
  • Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free and suitable for vegans
  • Exclusively available in Sainsbury’s supermarkets from 24th February – RRP £5.99

 

Everyone can enjoy Easter now that Buttermilk has unveiled new ‘free from’ Easter eggs for 2019 in Choc Honeycomb and Choc Orange flavours.

With strong demand for the confectioner’s original collection of Easter eggs, Buttermilk has now developed two new ‘free from’ flavours so that so that no one needs to miss out owing to dietary restrictions. The new eggs are free from dairy, gluten and wheat and are suitable for vegans.

The Buttermilk Choc Honeycomb Easter egg is made from alternative milk chocolate with honeycomb pieces and decorated with a white chocolate alternative. Meanwhile, the Buttermilk Choc Orange is made with an alternative milk chocolate flavoured with orange oil and decorated with an orange and white chocolate alternative.

Each is 185g and with an RRP of £5.99 available exclusively at Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Buttermilk managing director Tracy McDonnell Goad said: “This is a very proud moment in the history of Buttermilk. We’ve been creating delicious treats for more than 50 years so it’s fitting that we can now extend our range for anyone with dietary requirements.”

It’s open! MrsB’s Kitchen Cafe open in Faraday Road, Newbury

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A dream has come true for West Berkshire caterer Emma Benson who has officially opened the doors to her new café in Faraday Road, Newbury.

MrsB’s Kitchen Café is located in the former Crescent Signs warehouse and the venue has been turned into a welcoming space which is now open for breakfast, lunch and fabulous coffee seven days a week.

Mrs Benson has run a catering firm in Newbury for more than 15 years and felt the time was right to open the doors to her new venue for café customers. Each of the 30 seats inside the café gives a fantastic view of the activity in the kitchen, so customers are truly at the heart of the business.

Breakfast comprises homemade pastries, sausage rolls and bacon sandwiches while the lunch menu changes daily with salad boxes available to eat onsite or take away. Mrs Benson is particularly passionate about catering for a range of dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free options.

Mrs Benson said: “I am thrilled to finally be opening the doors to Mrs B’s Kitchen Café as it’s been a dream for many years. I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported us along the way, particularly my family and our fantastic team of staff.”

As well as informal dining, there is a meeting room that can be hired and a bespoke room for event tastings. Mrs B’s Kitchen Café has a minimal waste policy and aims to be as sustainable as possible.

Mrs Benson said: “After much anticipation, we are finally able to throw up the shutters and show you what we have done with a big empty warehouse. We offer wholesome lunches and salad boxes that will keep you going, whether you’re a regular who lives nearby or an office worker taking a break from work. Everything is made from scratch on site and ingredients are sourced locally where possible. The menus change every day, so you’ll be able to see what the specials are on social media or on the chalk boards outside.”

Click onto www.mrsb.kitchen for more information and opening hours.

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Cleveland Pools in Bath

I still love you Newbury Lido, but I have to admit that my head has been turned!

Bath’s tourist office is currently running tours to a hidden gem – Cleveland Pools. This is an outdoor pool that dates back to 1815, but has sat unloved since 1984. A group of passionate locals plan to restore this Georgian gem which will be heated in the summer and then remain open (unheated) through the winter, with a scheduled opening date of Easter 2021.

There are weekly tours taking place every Tuesday morning from the tourist office, and it just so happened that I was lucky enough to be the only person.  Undeterred, my amazing guide Sally gave me a personal walking tour through the streets of Bath to the site, sharing her incredible insights and stories along the way. A particular favourite was hearing about the Superintendent of the pool in the 1860s, diving into the pool from 100ft up, wearing a top hat!

If you love swimming, Bath, or even heritage, then I highly recommend this tour. And I’ll see you at the pool in 2021!

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