A panel of business experts spoke about the advantages of doing business in Lancashire at a special event held in Blackburn.
The panel discussion, held in partnership with the BusinessDesk was held at the home of Blackburn Rovers and attended by around 80 guests.
The audience at the event, titled Unlocking Lancashire’s Potential, heard from business leaders and professionals from across the North West.
The event is part of a series of seminars taking place across the North of the country.
Those taking part in the discussion were:
Grant Peggie – British Business Bank
Sue Barnard – British Business Bank
Dr Sam Westgate – Perfectus Biomed Limited
Martin Leeming – TrakRap
Amin Vepari – Lancashire County Council
First to speak at the event was Amin Vepari.
He said: “What we have as a county is incredible, there are some amazing things taking place here. To start with Lancashire has got the fourth largest aerospace cluster in the world.
“Some of the challenges around Lancashire are a myth, we are a very diverse county and we do not rely on one city as an epicentre of the economy.
“We have a diverse economy which is constantly evolving. We have a thriving rural economy and Lancashire’s universities now produce the highest number of STEM graduates in the whole of the UK.
“We have got some phenomenal credentials in the county that far outweigh the challenges and hurdles.”
Martin Leeming said: “Geography makes a huge difference to a business. In terms of location it is about customers, it is about suppliers and it is about a source of talent to keep the business going.
“Lancashire is as good as anywhere in the country and I don’t really see any challenges about being based in the county.
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