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Newest dragon breathes her expertise on jobs fair


Tuesday 13th September 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)
Newest dragon breathes her expertise on jobs fair

A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE businesswoman has thrown her weight behind a Burton jobs fair which will have 400 vacancies on offer.

Rangemore resident Hilary Devey, the founder and owner of leading pallet distribution company Pall-Ex, described the event, due to be held on Friday, September 30, at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium, as a ‘great opportunity for those seeking employment’.

The new star of BBC’s Dragons’ Den programme said: “The Burton Jobs Fair should provide a great opportunity for those seeking employment, with the chance to meet company representatives face-to-face.

“Nothing beats being able to look a potential employer in the eye, and explain to them just what you can offer and how they can benefit from bringing you on board.”

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths is the driving force behind the 10am to 3pm fair, designed to ‘kick-start the economy and get people back into work’.

He and fellow organisers have recruited JCB, the Sprit Group, Punch Taverns and Burton and South Derbyshire College to sponsor the non profit-making event.

What a great boost to the event to receive the endorsement of Hilary Devey. It is a huge statement of intent to have one of the UK’s most renowned businesswomen and entrepreneurs backing the jobs fair.The Tory member told the Mail: “What a great boost to the event to receive the endorsement of Hilary Devey. It is a huge statement of intent to have one of the UK’s most renowned businesswomen and entrepreneurs backing the jobs fair.

“I hope it will encourage even more people to get involved and make it a huge success.

“Hilary’s experience and expertise has put her at the top of the business map and her supporting the event reaffirms her connection with Burton and East Staffordshire.”

Pall-Ex, founded and owned by Mrs Devey, employs around 400 people at its base in Ellistown, near Coalville, and thousands more across the country.

The jobs fair will feature staff from Burton and South Derbyshire College running free workshops, give advice on apprenticeships and training and enable job hunters to assess their skills.

Mr Griffiths revealed that 35,000 leaflets were being posted to homes in Burton and Uttoxeter to promote the fair.

More information is available on 0845 250 5443 or by visiting www.burtonjobsfair.com.

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