The first eight speakers have been confirmed for a major BusinessCloud conference  which will shine a spotlight on Lancashire's business credentials.

The half-day conference on April 19th forms one of the main events at the annual St George’s Day Charity Festival, which is organised by entrepreneur David Haythornthwaite, chairman of Tangerine Group.

The event will take place in the marquee on Lytham Green, in Lytham, and will be chaired by award-winning journalist and editor of BusinessCloud Chris Maguire.

The half-day conference will hear from some of the county’s most successful businesses; look at the post-Brexit opportunities for exporters; highlight the rise of tech companies; examine Lancashire’s appeal to investors and developers; and look at the importance of the City Deal to the region.

In addition to Haythornthwaite, the other confirmed speakers are: Jeremy Lefton, managing director, Roundhouse Properties; Stephen Johnson, founder and director, ROQ; Matthew Hirst, CEO, Utiligroup; Mark Woodward, CEO of leading manufacturer Printed Cup Company; Paul Bailey, MD, Optimum Rx Group; Vibe Tickets MD Luke Massie; and David Jones, MD at VEKA UK.

Utiligroup CEO Matthew HirstUtiligroup CEO Matthew Hirst

More speakers will be confirmed soon.The event is free to attend but spaces are limited. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lancashire-powerhouse-tickets-31642850618

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