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College hosts prestigious business masterclasses

NatWest, Blackburn College & Lancaster University Masterclass
David Sharpe (Pierce Accountants), Ruth Raban (Lancaster University), Nicola Clayton (Blackburn College) and Joanne Fletcher (Nat West) with Michael Finnigan of i2i.

Lancaster University, Blackburn College and the Hive Business Leaders Network have teamed up to offer a range of masterclasses for business professionals.

Lancaster University Management School have been running business masterclasses for over 10 years as part of their business engagement programmes and have drawn audiences in the hundreds from across the North West’s SME networks.

Thursday 16th February marked the first time that Blackburn College have hosted one of the events which was held in the University Centre lecture theatre.

The masterclass was run by Michael Finnigan, Chief Executive Officer of i2i, a Behavioural Sciences and Talent Development company that deliver training solutions to drive high performance at an individual, team and organisational level.

i2i’s past successes include Golf’s Open Champion, Darren Clark, and Everton Football Club as well as high-profile businesses including Premier Inn, 02 and the Royal Mail.  i2i Success

Supported by NatWest, the latest series includes inspirational speakers who all have a passion for business and want to share their knowledge and expertise.

Over 85% of degree programmes offered at the University Centre at Blackburn College are awarded by Lancaster University who are in the top 10 of Universities in the UK in major national league tables.

This latest collaboration seeks to grow this level of cooperation and extend it further to the business community.

Director of Business Development and External Engagement at Blackburn College Nicola Clayton said:

“We’re delighted to welcome the Lancaster University masterclass series to Blackburn College and importantly to bring this exciting opportunity to Pennine Lancashire’s business community.”

“The event attracted over 100 bookings from business both large and small across our region. We’re extremely proud of the work we do with Lancaster University and the business community so it is great to team up for this series of events.”

Michael Finnigan of i2i said: “It was a pleasure to join Blackburn College and Lancaster University as well as so many business professionals from across Lancashire.”

“Blackburn College are based in the heart of our community which makes them ideally placed for welcoming businesses from across our region.”

Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire. Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.