A BUSINESS group responsible for building bridges between companies and boosting trade in Wyre been hailed a success.
The Wyred Up organisation, which was set up to help ailing firms by the borough council, now has more than 150 members regularly attending networking events and meetings to share ideas and work in partnership with each other to flourish.
In a recent survey carried out by the group it was revealed 36 per cent of its members had seen an increase in sales since attending the meetings.
Those figures were backed up 27 per cent of businesses who said their company was now more stable because they frequently attended the events, which allow them to listen to talks from other businessmen and women.
The success of the group has led Coun Peter Gibson, leader of Wyre Council, to praise its work.
He said: “When we set it up a few years ago it was about businesses dealing with other local businesses.
“It was a simple concept but it has worked.
“A lot of businesses attend the free meetings and there’s also a website where they can talk about trade.
“It’s all for free and at the last count we had more than 4,000 members online, which is a phenomenal level.”
Garry Payne, chief executive of the council, added: “Some businesses have started by going to Wyred Up sessions and others have grown from going there.
“In terms of looking to the future, one of the things we need to set up is an apprenticeship programme and employ six people, because a lot of other authorities in the North West have already taken it upon themselves to offer up quite a number of apprenticeships.”