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Sporting legend to speak at Central Lancashire Business event

The 12th annual Central Lancashire Business Networking event has just announced the 2018 keynote speaker. The theme for this year’s event is 'Never Say Never!' Building Business Resilience and Adapting to Change. A sporting legend will be speaking at the event on 2 October to share his world-famous story with local business owners and entrepreneurs.

Businesses across central Lancashire are invited to attend the free event at South Ribble Borough Council’s Civic Centre in Leyland starting at 5.30pm on Tuesday 2 October.

In an ever-changing economic climate, the need for determination, resilience and hard work within business has never been more necessary. A willingness to adapt, reskill and retrain is also key to both business and career development.

Who better then to share their personal story than former British Ski Jumper and Winter Olympian, Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards. He is the embodiment of resilience. Hear his amazing personal journey of how determination and resilience have shaped his career from Olympian to Law Graduate and continues to do so today. His ‘Never say Never’ attitude and compelling story will give local business owners the inspiration they need to dig deep and continue to strive for their own success.

Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards said of the upcoming event: ‘I am really looking forward to coming to Leyland to share my story of achieving my dream and becoming a Winter Olympian with the local business owners and entrepreneurs of Central Lancashire. My story is full of hard work, resilience and determination, all skills that can be transferred to the business world.’

The event MC for the evening will be Mike Ode, Owner and Director of Potential Unearthed, who design and deliver memorable and engaging Management and Personal Development training programmes.

The free event is an annual collaboration between Chorley Council, Preston City Council and South Ribble Council and allows delegates the opportunity to network with businesses from across central Lancashire with local business support organisations on hand for advice and information.

Councillor Cliff Hughes, Cabinet member for Strategic Planning, Housing and Economic Growth at South Ribble Council said: “We are delighted to be hosting the 12th annual Central Lancashire Business event in Leyland. I would encourage all businesses in the area to attend the event and listen to the excellent speaker, take advantage of the opportunity to network with other businesses and consult the business advisors at the event.”  

Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council, said: “This is always a popular event. All three councils look forward to welcoming our businesses from across Central Lancashire to pick up some expert advice to help their business grow and build that all important resilience.”

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “People always take something away from these events and I’d urge people to attend if they can. In a time when there is a lot of change it is important businesses have the skills to adapt and make the most of opportunities that come their way and we’re looking forward to hearing the experiences of Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards.”

For more information and to register for your free place, please go to www.centrallancashirebusinessevents.co.uk