Review: Summer Summit 2014

Last night over 150 business people from across the county descended on Blackburn Cathedral for Lancashire Business View's Summer Summit 2014.

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The Lancashire Leaders event was the first of its kind and aimed to inspire and motivate businesses to help further grow and drive the county forward.

Guests enjoyed a glass of Pimms and canapés against a backdrop of the stunningly lit cathedral and the music of jazz stars NJO4, before sitting down for the evening's first guest speakers.

Tony Morgan from sponsor Superfast Lancashire opened with a welcome speech, before the first of two headline speakers, Mike Finnigan from i2i, took to the stage. Mike gave an inspiring speech, with tales of meeting the likes of the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and imparted the same leadership advice that they offered him.

A sublime summer dinner was then served by our catering partners With A Twist, with delegates enjoying a salmon salad followed by a chocolate pot and cheeseboard, sponsored by Dewlay Cheeses.

Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, followed dinner with a talk about how leadership can bring Lancashire together and help it grow and develop to create a brighter future.

DSC_4188 Our second headline speaker, David Fishwick, rounded the evening off with a talk about his rise from struggling schoolboy to owning the largest     mini bus franchise in the country and setting up his own bank, Bank of Dave, rousing the audience with his "never, ever give up" mentality.

Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View and producer of the Summer Summit, closed the evening, thanking guests, speakers and sponsors with delegates then enjoying drinks and more music from NJO4.

Speaking about the event, Richard said: "Our intention was to meet, eat, learn and be inspired - and from the feedback we received, it looks like job done!

"It was a great night for Lancashire business and a great showcase for Blackburn."

Headline sponsors of the event were the Hive Business Leaders Network, Superfast Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, associated by East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Dewlay Cheeses, Peter Scott Printers and Thwaites.

A full report will appear in the September/October issue of Lancashire Business View magazine.

[caption id="attachment_43442" align="f-align-center" width="500"]DSC_4111 L-R: Tony Morgan, Mike Damms, Mike Finnigan, Richard Slater, Sharon Smith, David Fishwick, Kate Hollern, Joanne Hindley[/caption]