‘Let’s get Lancashire united!’

‘Let’s get Lancashire united’ was just one of the rallying calls from business leaders as they came together to celebrate the county’s special day.

The third Lancashire Business Day dinner, held this year at the new £13m Crow Wood Hotel in Burnley, was attended by 250 guests.

The event was a chance to hear the thoughts of business leaders from across the county, including Gary Entwistle, founder and managing director of Cherrytree Bakery, Kam Kothia, chief executive of Time2 Technology and Sarah Page, managing director of Plumbs.

Guest speaker at the Lancashire Business View event was Ian Steel of Lancaster family business Atkinsons Coffee, who shared his journey from a successful TV advertising creative to becoming the ‘keeper of the flame’ at a historic county business.

A lively panel discussion, hosted by Lancashire Business View publisher Richard Slater, also took the opportunity of Lancashire Day to look at the county’s economic prospects over the next 12 months.

Kam Kothia told the audience it was critical that businesses, civic leaders and politicians came together to “get Lancashire united.”

He said: “We’ve got Manchester united, Merseyside banging its drum. We need some leadership, leaders banging the drum for Lancashire.”

Sarah Page said that the county had to promote itself and the opportunities it offers and “rise over” the current political situation and uncertainty that was causing businesses issues.

Gary Entwistle told the audience: “Lancashire is a great place to work and to live. It is a place of fantastic innovation, fantastic businesses and fantastic business people.

“For me it is about doing more of the same and making people aware of what a great place Lancashire is to come and invest in.”

Ian Steel told the audience he believed that climate change and transparency would be growing issues for businesses moving forward.

The Lancashire Business Day dinner was hosted by the BBC’s award-winning political reporter Mike Stevens.

Lancashire ‘tourism superstar’ and historian Simon Entwistle gave the official Lancashire Day proclamation and musical entertainment was provided by NJ04, part of the Northern Jazz Orchestra.

The evening also raised £1,260 for the Community Foundation for Lancashire.

Lancashire Business Day was supported by Patrons from across the county including AMRC North West, Beever and Struthers, Curtis Law Solicitors, FW Capital, HSBC UK, PDS Engineering, Prestons College, Speakman Contractors, VEKA, XLCR.

The event was supported by 21 Digital and Peter Scott Printers. Burnley Bondholders sponsored the drinks reception and Bigtank Video Productions was the digital partner of the event.

Lancashire Business Day media partners are Downtown in Business Lancashire, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce, lovelocalnetworking and North and Western Chamber of Commerce.

The charity partner is Community Foundation for Lancashire.

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