Local professionals will launch a group in Penwortham this week to help support business owners and managers.Advertisement
Open to professionals living and working in the area, the first Penwortham Business Network will be held at Lime Bar and Lounge in Liverpool Road at 9.30am on Thursday 17 March.
Vincents Solicitors, Michael Bailey Estate Agents and Lime Bar will host the event, which will see 30 people attend from retail, food and hospitality, professional services, healthcare and education, manufacturing, construction, traditional trades, creative and crafts.
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Jemma Lloyd of Vincents Solicitors said: “There is a pent-up demand from businesses in Penwortham following restrictions over the last two years, and we’ve had so much interest already.
“And a lot of people who are working from home are looking forward to meeting up face-to-face and re-establishing those relationships.
“There are so many fantastic businesses in Penwortham – there’s not much you can’t do or get locally, and this will be an opportunity for us all to find out more about each other and support the ‘shop local’ ethos.”
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Jemma said there is an incredible community spirit in Penwortham considering the success of the Christmas markets and believes the group is an opportunity for businesses to work together to benefit the wider community.
The event is organised by Jemma Lloyd, Michael Bailey of Michael Bailey Estate Agents, and Carol Rialas, who owns Lime, and will provide drinks and pastries for the first of a series of monthly events.
They aim to foster new relationships and rekindle old ones following the two-year Covid hiatus, with discussions on involvement with community events, ideas for town centre improvements and possible business opportunities.
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Michael Bailey said: “The community in Penwortham is supportive of local businesses, and we want to repay that by fostering a positive, active network of people working on behalf of the town.
“We have the chance for people to engage with each other more and make the most of the energy and the talents of the town’s business community.
“If work opportunities arise from the forum, then that’s great, but supporting the community is our driving force.
“Planning for Christmas will be our priority as we want to get involved and build on the incredible success of last year to help make the town’s celebration events even bigger and better than ever.”
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The informal meet will see guests introduce their business, share news, and highlight community concerns, with any issues reported to Penwortham Town Council.
Carol Rialas said: “The impact of lockdown on our business was enormous, and we would have struggled to survive without this incredible community that supported our take out cocktail initiative and has been back in force since we reopened fully.
“We hosted similar events before Covid, and I’m excited to be able to give something back by offering the venue, space and support to everyone that attends.
“There are so many brilliant things happening in Penwortham already, and hopefully, this business group can support and enhance those activities for the good of the town.”
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