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Why do we volunteer our time to work on the Festival Committee?

Jacqueline Harris (Breath of Fresh Air –

Pride, connection and community are the words that sum up the Festival of Business Woodley 2016 for me.

As I looked around the hall at the Oakwood Centre on the 9th November last year seeing the exhibitors and attendees having animated conversations and heard and felt the excitement and buzz in the air, I felt so proud of the organising committee and of the fabulous business community in Woodley and the surrounding areas.

I recall the Mayor, Councillor Jenny Cheng, saying that she had not realised how many fabulous businesses there were in the town.

This was our fourth Festival and it gets bigger and better every year and I am already looking forward to the 2017 Festival on the 11th October.

Jacqueline Harris
Jacqueline Harris introducing the presentations


Jenni Wilson – (JW Admin Services –

I was so proud to be part of the 2016 Festival of Business in Woodley.

This was my second festival as part of the Committee, and it all started from being asked to take the minutes for the committee meetings – which I was reluctant to do!

I am so glad that I agreed, and that I have had the opportunity to work as part of a motivated team.

Jenni Wilson
Jenni Wilson manning the reception desk


Mark Rozzier (Woodley United FC Ltd –

A sense of a job well done in delivering another excellent festival by a team of volunteers who respect and work well together and along the way I have become to class as friends.

It is this friendship that enables the team to be candid, explore ideas and go about the task with a smile on their faces.

Not only is the Festival promoting what is good about Woodley businesses but it is also able to give something back to a local charity for the betterment of the community.

Mark Rozzier
Mark Rozzier and the Woodley United FC stand


Phil Gibbs (1AffordableCall –

I have been a volunteer at the Festival of Business Woodley since its inception by Tom Clark in 2013 and been an active committee member since 2014. It has been fantastic to see it grow year on year – this year we had 35 exhibitors and the largest exhibition area so far. We even had a reserve list of businesses wishing to exhibit.

There was a fantastic buzz this year again and I felt honoured to have been an integral part of the extremely proactive committee in achieving such a successful event.

I am extremely passionate about doing business locally – it ticks so many of the right boxes! From a business perspective, 1AffordableCall, made numerous new connections, some of whom have become clients of ours.

We are already in full swing planning for the next one, which is on 11th October 2017, so please let me know if you are interested in exhibiting.

Phil Gibbs
Phil Gibbs at the 1AffordableCall exhibition stand


Jennifer Brickwell (Jennifer Brickwell Event Management –

It has been a privilege to serve on the Committee of the Woodley Business Festival and a wonderful opportunity to work with such a group of highly professional individuals who are dedicated to delivering a quality business festival. The team’s diverse range of backgrounds and talents have complemented each another, ensuring the success of the festival.

As an event planner, it has been a great opportunity to be involved in creating a successful event and to exhibit at the festival as well. The festival provided a valuable business connection which has enabled me to move my company forward in an exciting new direction.

I am looking forward to the next Festival of Business Woodley on 11th October, 2017.

Jennifer Brickwell
Organising in full swing


Karen Livingstone (Little Acorn Marketing –

It has been a great pleasure to work on the Festival committee for the last two years. As a local business owner I have enjoyed organising an event that brings together the local community and celebrates the great businesses that are in Woodley and the surrounding area.

The team members have worked so well together, each bringing a different skill set to the table, which has meant that we have been able to deliver a professional event which is growing each year.

It is also very rewarding as a volunteer to be able to give something back to a local charity as well, which this year was the Me2 Charity.

Karen Livingstone
Karen Livingstone getting the name badges ready