Over 100 local businesses attended the Choose Chorley and Chamber of Commerce Business Connect event held at Runshaw’s Science and Engineering Innovation Centre last night (Thursday).
They networked, participated in workshops, toured the new facility and listened to representatives from the host organisations, sponsor and local MP speak about the benefits of joint working and celebrate Chorley as a great deal place to do business.
Positive feedback from the businesses attending and the many posts on social media endorsed the evening as a being a great success.
Taking the usual Choose Chorley for Business ‘on the road’ offered the opportunity for Chorley Council to partner with the North & Western Chamber of Commerce and create a different type of event that offered delegates a variety of options in a state-of-the-art facility.
Workshops by Harrison Drury solicitors, the Chamber’s event sponsor, on good employment practice and Runshaw College on the new apprenticeship levy were particularly well received.
Cllr Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, spoke about the importance of businesses working with the academic sector to create a workforce for the future, equipped with the right skills that employers need.
“It’s vitally important that we give residents in Chorley the opportunity to develop the right skills so that they can gain employment in the local area,” he said.
“And it encourages businesses to relocate here if they know they have the skilled workforce that they need to succeed and grow.
“It was another fantastic event that has strengthened our relationship with local businesses and shows our commitment to helping them flourish.”
Rt. Hon. Lindsay Hoyle MP for Chorley endorsed Buckshaw Village as a superb example of a successful regeneration project and how Chorley is well positioned as the ‘New City Gateway’ to Manchester, Liverpool and Preston.