Representatives from 80 local businesses that support all the youth areas of Blackburn and Darwen came together for a networking event with a discussion on the future of energy.
The Business Networking Luncheon brought together patrons and supporters from Blackburn Youth Zone and Youth Zone, Darwen including Accrol Papers, Blackburn Chemicals, Fagan & Whalley, Pets Choice, Senator, Nybble IT, Suez and more.
Guests were welcomed by Blackburn Youth Zone Trustee Marcus Saxton, who highlighted the importance of bringing the business community together to secure a better future for young people in Blackburn with Darwen.
A panel discussion featured Andrew Graham, CEO of Graham & Brown, Miranda Barker, CEO of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Ebrahim Sidat, CEO of Signature Tax, David Ford of Businesswise Solutions and Nicolas Butcher of Emerson & Renwick. Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View, moderated the discussion.
The panelist gave his perspective on exploring the role energy has played in the past, along with his perspective on current market trends and the importance of energy right now; it also understood what might happen in the future from a cost and environmental perspective in terms of policy, legislation, markets and support.
Wayne Wild, Youth Zone Trustee, then presented certificates to the new patrons of Blackburn and Darwen and provided an update on how Darwen patrons are supporting the transformation of the town.
The event then concluded with remarks from Hannah Allen, CEO of Youth Zone and Rt Hon Jack Straw, President, updating local businesses on how Blackburn and Youth Zone Darwen.
Jack Straw said: “We are proud to bring together over 80 local businesses who share the same vision of investing in the next generation; we really value our network of patrons and want to be there as a network of guidance and support. for all the East. Lancashire Business Leaders.”