My Accrington Business League (ABL) event started with a great 1:2:1 with Jo Fulthorpe. So engrossed in our conversation, we were unaware of the place filling up and the session being called to order by Rob Heys, MD ASFC.
Robs introduction message was clear and unambiguous – Set your goals and objectives and re-enforce them with positive action, never ever giving up. His anecdotal evidence was the fact that Stanley FC scored goals to gain points in extra time – THREE GAMES in a row. I thought that was why Rob was looking older and strained, but it turns out it’s the beard, irritating him night and day.
Bernie addressed the meeting standing in front of the new banners courtecy of Scott Dawson Advertising. She reminded us that ABL was a game of 120 mins so never ever give up and make the most of it.
Chrissy Pilkington from the East Lancs Chamber of Commerce announced up coming events featuring Simon Halliday (Sustained Growth) and Liz McMichael (Market research). Members of the chamber were invited to submit good news business stories for the editorial section of the chamber magazine.
Jo Fulthrope followed Chrissy with a update of the Hyndburn Enterprise Trusts Team achievement in helping the 18 -30 age group develop and fund their business ambitions as well as additional resources available to longer established business.
The overriding message from Jo and Chrissy is that in ‘partnership the achievement of the whole is greater than the sum’.
Kick off – Every table was full. I counted more than fifty heads. My table was graced with Accrington Colleges first Apprentice, Leoni. Leoni is taking business admin after gaining some work experience with ‘The Original Factory Shop’.
We followed the usual format with the ‘Captains’ leading the teams and Berni patrolling the playing area.
We changed tables for more of the same with fresh faces. The League continues to attract more attendees from a wide and diverse range of activities. I met representative from the police, Financiers, Out-door furniture manufactures, Film and media producers, the list goes on.
Following the half time break Maureen Askew delivered a short but poignant overview,covering four points, on the latest Government Childcare & Nursery reform, part of the Children and Families Bill 2013.
The overall message was ‘The reform aims to change the regulation to make more childcare spaces’.
I believe Maureen will post the presentation on her profile in LinkedIn – A must go see and read! Maureen fielded several questions before Bernie blew the whistle. We’ed play extra time.
Although the meeting closed, nearly 40% of delegates stayed on the pitch. I took the opportunity to arrange meetings for the forth coming days, collect some paperwork to complete a deal and engage in a second 1:2:1 for the day with Suzanne Edmonds of Square Peg Associates.
The final half dozen delegates left together. As we stepped out into the bright sunshine I could both see and feel that we all felt as though we had achieved something very positive that day. Hugs and handshakes all round we went our separate ways but confident in the knowledge that we were all connected.
I’m looking forward to the next event. If you would like to be part of this exciting group follow the links on ACCROSS web site.
Thanks Rob, Bernie & Richard and the team. Kelly you were missed!