Craig is the founder of Balsall Buzz and is well-known in Balsall Common for his involvement in a range of community projects:
Craig Burgess Co-Founded BalsallCom.Com with Neil Cooke and Paul Tasker in November 2003, with a website that launched on 1st May 2004. BalsallCom.Com started out as just a website but is now a multi-channel media service offering news, views and discussion for the community of Balsall Common and outlying areas.
Balsall Common Festival
Craig was one of the founding members of the popular Balsall Common Festival Committee, which started life in 2012 as a Queen’s Jubilee celebration. Craig was Chairman from 2014-2015 and in that time transformed the nature of the event, before leaving the team to focus on other projects in 2016.
Who is Craig Burgess?
Craig arrived in Balsall Common in 1985 and barring a few short periods, has lived in the sprawling village ever since.
By 2003, Craig took his first step towards creating a community website, when he purchased the balsallcom.com domain name:
“A lot of people think our website address is balsallcommon.com – but at the time I was looking that domain wasn’t available because someone had snapped it up for a travel agency or something similarly irrelevant.
I’d been thinking about starting a community website for a couple of years by this time and had teamed up with my friend Paul Tasker to start planning. But almost as soon as I’d bought the domain name I received an email from this chap called Neil Cooke. It said something along the lines of ‘I see you purchased this domain name, this wouldn’t happen to be for a community website would it?’
I wrote back to him to say yes and in November 2003 the three of us met up at his house. 6 months later our website was born and we’ve been serving news and information to the community ever since.”
“Neil was a fairly new resident at the time and I think we all shared the view that for people that were new to the area and maybe didn’t have children, it wasn’t that easy to find out what was going on in the village.”
“We felt we could service a need and many locals have continued to value our service ever since. For the last 6 or 7 years, we’ve also had Claire Turner on the team. Claire is a true Balsall Commoner, having attended the Heart of England School as pupil and now here eldest son has just started there too.”
Craig’s Balsall Buzz Mission
10 years later, Craig wanted to offer a more niche hyperlocal media service to promote the best of everything in Balsall Common and surrounding villages, from independent businesses, to local clubs, charities and events. Having seen similar businesses that were nothing more than glorified directories, Craig wanted to create something more useful, a platform that helps people get to know, like and trust the featured businesses, which would mean offering more than a business entry and a bunch of testimonials.
Balsall Buzz was created to offer brands a platform to show off their expertise and help people get to know them, across a variety of media channels.