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Roger Plahay

Wiltshire entrepreneurs create forum for new business owners

Owners of young businesses across the south west are invited to be part of a new forum to promote enterprise and innovation organised by Wiltshire entrepreneurs Roger Plahay and James Eades. 

The two successful company directors are appealing to owners and directors of new or young companies across the region to join them at their first event on Thursday, October 17 at Waterhouse, Waterhouse Lane, Monkton Combe, Bath, BA2 7JB. 

Their aim is to provide a networking and support group for directors and business owners in the first six years of their business. 

Roger said: “Many people starting out in business, particularly those who have left behind a corporate career, can find their formative years as a business owner, a lonely and challenging experience stripped of the support and resources they may have taken for granted earlier in their careers. 

“The IoD Young Business Forum (YBF) has been created to provide a hub for engaging with peers and identifying mentors to help with those challenges.

“The aim is to allow relationships to be built and developed outside a purely commercial context.” 

Roger Plahay, from Melksham, is one of a handful of business professionals qualified to train the innovative selling system developed by David Sandler – the Sandler Selling System.

His office is based in Bath and in Bristol and he works with entrepreneurs, SMEs and corporates wanting to achieve transformation within their business.

James Eades runs IT company Systemagic which has offices in Trowbridge and Bath offering a complete IT support service to SMEs through the region. 

Guest speaker on the evening will be Chris Book, founder of Bardowl – the unlimited audiobook streaming service for smartphones. He’ll be talking about how he came up with the vision for streaming audiobooks, and the trials and tribulations of starting and growing his  business to take on the might of rivals like Amazon. 

Also attending will be Kim Jones, who is the regional IoD committee member helping to promote and develop the Young Business Forum initiative across the South West region. 

Anyone interested in attending can contact Roger 01225 690961 or 0117 379 0961 or e-mail