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How to Build a Community around your Business

May 17, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Stacey Sheppard to find out how to build a loyal and engaged community around your business

Some of the most successful brands today are the ones who have managed to build a loyal and engaged community around their business. Customers who support your business, help you to build brand awareness and provide important feedback for your business are one of your most valuable assets that any business can possess.

In this webinar we will explore the following:

• The benefits of building a community around your business

• The importance of having a community building strategy

• Practical tools and resources to enable community building

• How to harness your community for business success

You will leave this webinar with a deeper understand of how to build a community around your business and what tools you can use to make this possible, no matter what stage of your business you are at. .

About Stacey

Stacey Sheppard is a freelance writer and multi-award-winning interior design blogger. She started her blog, The Design Sheppard, in 2009 and it is has ranked as one of the top interior design blogs in the UK every year since 2012. As an interior design blogger, Stacey has over a decade of experience in building an engaged and loyal community around her blog, which has enabled her to turn her passion project into a full-time business.

Stacey has written for various print and online publications including, Warehouse Home, Devon Home, Taste Buds, Designer Kitchen & Bathroom magazine and Startups magazine amongst others. She has appeared on panels for industry events, judged industry awards and featured on national TV as an interiors expert.

In early 2020 she opened, The Tribe, a small boutique coworking space for female entrepreneurs in Totnes. Having found that working from home can be a lonely and isolating experience that does not foster creativity and knowing many female entrepreneurs in a similar situation locally, Stacey decided to set up a dedicated space to allow women in business to come together in a supportive and collaborative environment that encourages growth.

In 2021 The Tribe won two business awards and Stacey was also a finalist in the Women in Business Awards.

Booking/Joining information

Zoom webinar – details will be sent to you 24 hours before the session via email.

The session will be recorded for BIPC Devon’s archive. You are free to leave your cameras on or turn them off as you prefer. There will be a chance to ask questions during the session, which you can do via video/audio or by using the Zoom chat function.

If there is anything we can do to help you access this session more easily, please do get in touch at

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May 17, 2022
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