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Shropshire Festivals’ founder crowned game changer at national awards

The British Chambers of Commerce have crowned Shropshire Festivals’ founder and Creative Director, Beth Heath, the ‘Game Changer Entrepreneur of the Year.’

Beth Heath
Beth Heath

Beth outshone hundreds of nominees to win the award at the 2022 Chamber Business Awards, sponsored by Meta. Shropshire Chamber of Commerce nominated Beth for the accolade.

Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said, “Huge congratulations to Beth Heath at Shropshire Festivals, one of just eight national winners of our Chamber Business Awards 2022. You have transformed your idea in to a successful, sustainable business by understanding your market’s key challenges, customers and competitive landscape.”

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One of the judges said of Beth, “You were a clear winner for us. It’s clear that owner, Beth, has successfully combined entrepreneurial drive, ambition, and ability, with a community spirit that means she is making a real difference to others.” Another judge said, “What makes Beth stand out is the passion she feels for her local area, making it a better place for everyone.”

Beth is the brains behind several top Shropshire events, including Shrewsbury Food Festival, Shropshire Oktoberfest, Shropshire Tasty Trail, and Shropshire Kids Festival. Her annual events collectively attract around 90,000 visitors to the region annually.

“It is an absolute honour to receive the Game Changer award and to have my work recognised by such a prestigious national institution,” Beth Heath said. “I’m particularly proud to be called a ‘game changer’ as I’ve never been content with the status quo and I’m always looking for ways to make what we do that little bit cooler, more engaging and above all, fun.

“As a business we have worked really hard over the last few years pivoting to stay viable through challenging times in the events sector. Thank you so much to the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce for nominating me, and their ongoing support, I’m absolutely over the moon. It’s given me a boost of motivation to make our 2023 events better than ever before!”

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