Guests arriving for the inaugural ‘Let’s Do Lunch – Chorley’
A Resounding Success. This was the Business Initiative proposed by the members of a business networking group called Let’s Do Business (LDB).
The event is an opportunity for businesses from Chorley and surrounding areas to meet each other at an event that is different to your usual business networking meetings. The aim is to get businesses collaborating together and working to create an improved business community.
The format was specially designed to allow attendees to give and share information in small focus groups, lead by an LDB member. Information will be gathered through feedback mechanisms and followed up through appropriate mediums.
Sponsored and supported by Chorley council and several regional and national businesses, this initiative is destined to have a dramatic and positive effect on this Lancashire districts economy.
Although the event sold out – the Lancastrian suit was not near to capacity. But the atmosphere was charged and filled with the energy. This great room felt ‘alive’.
I enjoyed circulating amongst the attendees and as normal, consolidated some relationships and started new ones – a great feeling.
My table companions all had interesting stories and experiences to share but I was particularly struck by Diane Jollys ‘The Candy Cart’. Although a successful business woman in the care home industry, she found the challenges of her new business venture a little unsettling. In the true spirit of networking Phil Knight, County Insurance & LDM member and Julie Flintoff, RSM Tenon, offered practical help in addition to the input from around the table.
Andy Poar, The Telecoms Guy did a sterling job as MC and kept the meeting running according to the schedule. Right on time, he announced the Introduction to the support available to businesses through Chorley Council. Paul Heyworth, part of the team dedicated to economic development re-enforced the councils commitment to local businesses.
This was followed by three presentations to the room by guests who had won the opportunity and the presentation of a sponsors prize won by my very good networking buddy, Kay Knowles (AMS Solicitors)
Andy then closed the meeting but as normal ‘open networking’ then ensued.
Well done to LDB and all the supporters who contributed to an event that, in my opinion, was a resounding success and offers the foundation to grow and develop into something of significance and substantial benefit to the local business community.