Wyred Up talks a hit with firms

Donna Hall, new chief executive at Wyre Borough
Donna Hall, new chief executive at Wyre Borough
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BUSINESS leaders were delighted to find 130 companies taking part in a free networking event in Wyre.

Representatives of the firms attended Wyred Up, this time held at Rossall School, to hear a variety of speakers before networking with each other.

The Wyre Council-backed quarterly event is growing in numbers each time it is held.

Jane Littlewood, chair of the Wyred Up group, said: “It has been another superb event with plenty of business opportunity.

“Speakers included Donna Hall CBE (right) – the new chief executive of Wyre who spoke about her role at Wyre Council and transformational change that the borough faces.”

Ian Stephenson from Envirolink spoke about all things environmental and how his company can help businesses to become greener.

Dr Stephen Winkley, headteacher of Rossall School, welcomed everyone to the event and invited businesses to contact the school to work towards local procurement.

Rossall’s Year five class stole the show though – following a visit to Wyre Civic Centre last year, they gave a presentation about how they had engaged with Cleveleys businesses and slogans they had come up with to promote Cleveleys.

Their approach and slogans made the business delegates sit up and take notice. In fact they were “blown away” one of the Cleveleys slogans.

Jane Littlewood, web author behind the Visit Cleveleys website is looking to work with the children and build on their work and incorporate some of what they have done into the site, including the phrase, “Visit Cleveleys - you’ll be blown away.”

Jane added: “Wyred Up is free to everyone – members of the public or business – and in challenging times it’s another weapon in the arsenal of business survival and everyone is encouraged to get as much out of it as they can.

“We are also looking for enthusiastic business representatives to get involved locally with the economic agenda, and at the next meeting will be providing more details.”

The next meeting of the networking event will be held on June 8 at the North Euston Hotel and anyone can register for the event for free at www.wyredup.co.uk.