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The fourth Warrington Business Conference saw more than 200 attendees gather at Time Square to network with and hear from a range of community and business leaders.
Fast becoming an annual highlight for Warrington businesses and economic leaders, the theme of this year’s conference – maximising performance – discussed how people and processes can be supported to ensure Warrington continues to thrive.
Conference attendees heard from a range of inspirational speakers and took part in focused panel discussions. Key conference highlights included Cllr Sarah Hall, cabinet member for children’s services, launching the Warrington Skills Commission report, Jim Murphy, Chief Executive at PAM Group, encouraging businesses to invest in workforce wellbeing, and Matthew Bent, Chief Executive of Bents Garden Centre, delivering an insightful keynote on ‘Striving for Excellence’ – discussing how his team works to deliver “wow” moments for their visitors.
Warrington’s two MPs, Charlotte Nichols (Warrington North) and Andy Carter (Warrington South) took part in panel discussions alongside notable Warrington business leaders, and Kevin Hollinrake MP, Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business, discussed how we can collectively boost UK business.
Cllr Tom Jennings, cabinet member for economic development and innovation, who officially closed the conference, said: “It’s always inspiring meeting with and listening to Warrington’s business leaders at this now well-established conference.
“The conference demonstrates that by working in partnership, learning from each other and sharing insights, we can continue to ensure Warrington’s businesses and wider economy continue to prosper, in turn creating more jobs and opportunities for our residents into the future.”
Stephen Fitzsimons, Chief Executive Warrington Chamber of Commerce, said: “This year’s conference saw record-breaking attendance, with more than 200 people coming to Time Square to network and share ideas.
“I am grateful for the support of the conference’s sponsors and those behind the scenes who worked tirelessly to make this year’s Warrington Business Conference the best one yet!”