Finnigan added to line-up at inspirational Summer Summit

A second big-name speaker has been added to the line-up for the Lancashire Leaders Summer Summit at Blackburn Cathedral on July 3.

Michael Finnigan joins ‘Bank of Dave’ Fishwick in an event designed to inspire the county’s business community.

Michael, CEO at i2i has been helping businesses, sports stars and young people maximise their potential and meet their objectives for more than 20 years.

In business, he has worked on big picture issues including bottom line performance, sales and customer service excellence, and manufacturing effectiveness. Clients have included Royal Mail, Rolls Royce and Premier Inn.

In sport, Michael worked with Darren Clarke as he claimed the Open Golf title; with Everton as they qualified for the UEFA Champions League; with the victorious England Ashes team of 2005; and with India as they claimed the cricket World Cup crown in 2011.

Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View, which is staging the event, said: “Michael is a fantastic communicator and an inspirational speaker.

“He captures and distils the essence of business and performance challenges and translates that into workable solutions for organisations of all kinds.

“It’s a great addition to a line-up that already includes one of the UK’s best-known business figures in Dave Fishwick.”

Dave made his fortune developing the UK’s biggest minibus dealership and came to public prominence by launching Bank of Dave, a local bank which is still taking on the establishment in true Lancashire style!

The bank became the focus of a series of critically and publicly acclaimed Channel 4 documentaries.

More sponsors have also lined up to support the event with Superfast Lancashire and Hive joining Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

Superfast Lancashire is bringing fast, fibre broadband to 675,000 homes and businesses across the county; while Hive is a grouping of Blackburn and Darwen business leaders charged with tackling unemployment, promoting local inter-trading and raising the profile of the borough’s businesses.

Richard Slater added: “The Summer Summit is designed to offer inspiration and learning; and great company, food and entertainment.

“Most of all, we want our delegates to leave the event ready to implement new thinking to benefit their business.”

The event, featuring a fabulous dinner prepared on-site using local produce, will take place on Thursday July 3 at Blackburn Cathedral which hosted its first major corporate event, the Lancashire Tourism Awards, last November.

Tickets at £70 are available now. To sponsor, contact Stephen Bolton on 01254 297870 /