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Businesses turnout in numbers at Community Connect Buckshaw

Businesses turnout in numbers at Community Connect Buckshaw
(from the left): John Chesworth, Executive Chairman - Harrison Drury; Cllr Alistair Bradley - Leader Chorley Council; Lindsay Hoyle MP for Chorley; Babs Murphy, Chief Executive - North & Western Chamber of Commerce and Tim Cahill, Assistant Principal - Runshaw College

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.

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.