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A first for the county: The Northamptonshire Business Summit

Posted: 13/07/10 by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership

200 local businesses attended Northamptonshire’s first ever business summit this month, held at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester. A unique one day event giving local businesses an opportunity to not only listen to high profile guest speakers but also to participate in lively discussion forums and share knowledge, best practise and experiences, the event created a platform to allow the needs of the Northamptonshire business community to be heard.

The day’s itinerary began with an introduction on Northamptonshire delivered by Paul Southworth, Chairman of Northamptonshire Enterprise Ltd and Cllr Jim Harker, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council. This was followed by an interactive debate with Alastair Cunningham of the Bank of England, exploring the prospects for the UK economy.

Six further interactive debates were held throughout the day hosted by prominent local business leaders including Nick Fry of Mercedes GP PETRONAS, Lynn McBain of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Mark Gallagher of Cosworth, David Rolton of the Rolton Group and Ashley Ferguson of Avon. The day concluded with a key note speech from Mark Palmer, global brand director of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate, looking at how entrepreneurial and big business can work together.

Paul Southworth, Chairman of NEL said: "This first business summit was a great success. It provided a great opportunity to bring the local business community together and for delegates to learn from the experiences of leading business professionals, we had some interesting and lively debates. Working with our partners and with the Northamptonshire business community we plan to build on this year’s success and make this event the highlight of the local business calendar."

This event was made possible by a collaboration between Northamptonshire Enterprise Limited, Institute of Directors, Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, The University of Northampton, Business Link and Northamptonshire County Council.

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