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Lancashire Powerhouse

Wednesday 19th April 2017 at St George's Day Charity Festival, The Marquee, Lytham Green, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 5LB - #lancspowerhouse

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This half-day conference will hear from some of Lancashire’s leading manufacturers and fast-growing technology companies.

Registration is from 8am and the event begins at 8.30am and runs until 11.20am followed by networking opportunities. Join the discussion on Twitter at #LancashirePowerhouse.

It doesn’t get the attention of its neighbours in Manchester and Liverpool but Lancashire is quickly putting the power into powerhouse.

The Red Rose county has become a conveyor belt of good news stories ranging from securing one of the best Growth Deal allocations in the country; having four Enterprise Zones; having a flourishing manufacturing sector; and an emerging Combined Authority.

Lancashire is working hard to raise its national and international credentials, evidenced by exhibiting at MIPIM for the first time and having the largest ever presence at the Farnborough Airshow.

As part of the St George’s Day Charity Festival, which is now in its ninth year, the UK’s newest tech magazine BusinessCloud will be hosting a half-day conference to look at the county’s  growing  reputation and its role in the wider Northern Powerhouse.

Award-winning journalist Chris Maguire will quiz a number of the biggest names in Lancashire business and uncover the secrets of their success.

With Article 50 set to be triggered by March the countdown to the UK’s exit from the EU is imminent but what will it mean to the county’s exporters?  Lancashire has a global reputation for manufacturing but how important is the digital tech sector to the region?

These are just some of the questions that will be answered at the conference, which will hear from some of the county’s leading manufacturers and fast-growing technology companies.

It will also look at the importance of the City Deal to the region and explore what needs to happen in terms of job creation and development to fuel Lancashire’s growth and attract investment.


Matthew Hirst, CEO, Utiligroup

Luke Massie, managing director, Vibe Tickets

Stewart Townsend, managing director, Digital Lancashire

Dave Jones, managing director, VEKA

Kate Willard, corporate affairs director, Stobart Group

Stephen Johnson, co-founder and director, ROQ

David Haythornthwaite, founder and chairman, Tangerine Group

Paul Bailey, managing director, Optimum Rx Group

Keith Edwards, managing director, TES Radio

Mark Woodward, CEO, Printed Cup Company

William Fletcher, managing director, Recycling Lives

 Also speaking:

  • Jeremy Lefton, managing director, Roundhouse Properties
  • Claire Fryer, managing director, Mosaic Care Group
  • Daniel Halenko, CEO, Bellit Security Group

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Contact details

Chris Maguire, editor:;  @editor_Maguire 
Jonathan Symcox, deputy editor:; @JonathanSymcox 
Andrea Wolfendale, director of events:; 0161 215 7142  
Ian Hughes, multimedia journalist:
Katherine Lofthouse, multimedia journalist:


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