Jay Blades

Dacorum businesses will have a unique opportunity next week to hear from the nation’s favourite furniture up-cycler and star of The Repair Shop, Jay Blades MBE.

Jay has teamed up with all local authorities in Hertfordshire, including Dacorum Borough Council, to talk about his experiences as a business owner and his unconventional path to success.

Starting in 2017, Jay has hosted BBC1’s primetime heart-warming show The Repair Shop. The show has run for seven series, following the stories around a workshop filled with expert craftspeople bringing treasured pieces of family history and the memories they hold back to life.

In addition to presenting, Jay spends a large amount of time working on furniture projects for commercial and individual clients, running workshops and motivating disadvantaged people in the community. Jay will talk through the obstacles he overcame – including undiagnosed dyslexia, racism and homelessness – to become one of the country’s most loved entrepreneurs and TV personalities.

Funded by the Hertfordshire Health Protection Board, the free session takes place online on 9 March from 12.30-1.30pm, including a Q&A session.

Speaking about the event, Cllr Alan Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Infrastructure at Dacorum Borough Council, said: ‘We know this has been a tough two years for our business community, with many fighting hard to survive and keep trading during the pandemic.

‘We wanted to find someone who would inspire businesses and show them how the most difficult challenges can often lead to great success; Jay’s story demonstrates exactly that. Together with his impressive track record running a small business, he is the perfect person to speak at this event.

‘We expect the session to be hugely popular so do book early to avoid disappointment.’

Jay Blades, said: ‘My path to success may not have been straightforward, but those experiences made me stronger and more motivated to go onto what I’ve achieved in business and in TV.

‘I look forward to sharing my story in a way that I hope will give businesses in Hertfordshire an entertaining break away from the day-to-day, to boost morale and inspire fresh thinking as we continue to rebuild after the pandemic.’

For further information and to register your place, visit: https://bit.ly/3uVGgDJ.

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