In 2011 Open 4 Business engaged with over 750 businesses during the 18 day festival. Award entries rose by 10% and over 65% of entries came from businesses who had not entered previously. On `1st June 2011 Open 4 Business launched the first ever Business 4 Business Exhibition where over 75 businesses exhibited and attracted many visitors – this format will be repeated during 2012.
South & West Dorset Open 4 Business 2011 Winning Business :”Julie is a highly motivated and insightful business consultant. She is an enthusiastic and successful Marketing and PR specialist but with a wider strategic business perspective. She has been key in helping steer the last six Open 4 Business annual programmes of events and awards for business in partnership with the Local Authorities. Julie has delivered excellent Marketing and PR services to the programme and far exceeded the contract expectations. In March 2011 Open 4 Business CIC was formed and Julie became the Managing Director of the new company” Gareth Jones, Regeneration and Business Development Officer, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council