19 Sep 2013
First pictures from Launch Night
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The first pictures from Launch Night have been released!

We hosted around one hundred guests at WS10 Conferencing and Banqueting Facility in Wednesbury for our Getting Down to Business book launch on Monday September 16th. The event featured a memorable performance by magician act Slightly Unusual, because, according to Doug, ‘business success isn’t magic’. Instead, Getting Down to Business is a practical, no-nonsense guide to growing a business, and includes chapters on getting started, setting goals, sales and marketing, finance IT and managing people and yourself.

Guests raised £125 for the Midlands Air Ambulance through donations and a raffle. Doug is keen to support the air ambulance because it relies so heavily on public support – having to raise millions of pounds a year to keep the service running. Sofia Voutianitis, fundraiser at Midlands Air Ambulance, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Doug and Matthew for supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance at this event. Business support is hugely important to us as a charity, so this was a perfect audience for us to spread our message about what we do and how people can help. We have to raise £7million every year to keep our three helicopters flying, saving lives across the Midlands area by saving time in getting people to hospital. Every penny counts and we’re thrilled that the book launch raised £125 for us.”

We hope you enjoy the pictures from the big night. If you haven’t bought your copy yet, Getting Down to Business is available to buy from our online shop.

The eager audience



Matthew and Doug make their appearance, magicked out of thin air by the marvellous ‘Slightly Unusual’ illusionists.



Matthew lets the audience see the real star of the show.



Doug working hard to keep up with demand.



Lovely to see readers keen to get stuck in!


Our publisher, Sue Richardson – to whom we are profoundly grateful for making sure that we had a book to launch at all.