Chamber Chat with Bill Johnston

March 29, 2017 - 10:00am

Chamber Chat with Bill Johnston

Last week, along with over 100 other local businesses, I attended The Bay’s Business Breakfast at Morecambe Football Club (which was also a useful reminder on what a great asset the club is for business events). 

It was a very interesting networking event with guest speakers, Cat Smith MP and City Council CEO Susan Parsonage, backed up by a 6-strong panel of local business people and event chair Alistair Eagles of Seatruck. Lots of lively discussion took place but what kept being raised from the audience was a wish for more collaboration with businesses across Morecambe Bay’s North Lancashire & South Cumbria economy.

Both speakers spoke about more partnerships and joint working across the bay. It was a message the audience embraced and many attendees were from South Cumbria. It will be interesting to see how economic opportunities can be worked on with various agencies from Lancaster & Morecambe, South Lakeland and Furness. I hope that we’ll see other events in the future when businesses from each area can come together to discuss their challenges and opportunities and support each other.

There’s a huge amount that each part of the bay can learn by working together which is why networking events like this are so important to our business community. Your local Chamber of Commerce hosts dozens of events across the year. Do look out for them and support them. Not only are they a great way of keeping in touch with local issues, you should also uncover a few more customers for your business. As the saying goes: “it’s not what you know but who you know.” This is so true in business and by attending networking events you can raise the profile of your business and tap into some great free advice and expertise at the same time.