Entrepreneurs meet with Lord Mayor of London to discuss industrial strategy

A group of Lancashire entrepreneurs visited the capital to discuss the government's industrial strategy.

The event was jointly hosted by Dr Greg Clark MP, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, and Alderman Peter Estlin, Lord Mayor of London, at his official residence .

The seminar was attended by 150 delegates from industrial firms and professional bodies. Lancashire was represented by Rob Binns of Cotton Court, Miranda Barker of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Anastasia Kenyon of Kandi Cosmetics and Mo Isap of IN4.0 Plc.

Discussions focused on the challenges of implementing the government’s industrial strategy at a local level across the UK and the central role that Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing in driving economic growth.

At dinner, guests then heard  speeches from the Lord Mayor, the secretary of state for business and the director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). The speakers touched on the role of London as a centre for investment, technological innovation and financial services and how our cities and LEPs can work together to grow the UK economy.

Rob Binns said: “It was a fantastic experience and I was delighted to be asked by the Lancashire LEP and Boost to represent Lancashire. It’s clear that the growth of the county’s businesses and how they benefit the UK economy is a key priority.

It was a privilege to be able to speak proudly of our skills, assets and ambitions in Lancashire.

"I look forward to following up on the many conversations I had in London and it was a privilege to be able to speak proudly of our skills, assets and ambitions in Lancashire to such an influential collection of people.”