The Preston International hotel hosted a selection of Lancashire’s Professional Services business leaders discussing the ins and outs of the industry as well as the local effect on its recruitment, retaining staff and developing a narrative across Lancashire. Chaired by BLM Laws Mark Alexander, John Chesworth of Harrison Drury kicked us off with retaining talent in the industry: “If you want dynamic and exciting people in your business you have to be a dynamic and exciting company”.
Branching out into the counties involvement Stephen Greenwood from Farleys discussed the leaking of talent to the bright lights of Manchester – “people will be attracted to Manchester as it’s the second London so it’s a natural place to go and be exciting and learn close to home”.
Anthony Taylor from Empine commented “Darwen Enterprise Academy invest into the nurturing of talent locally – young learners traditionally get four touch points within a business – DACA enable them to get 400! It’s a great way to invest and nurture future talent”.
With the bright lights of Manchester, Brexit and a devo deal looking far away its frustrating for the private sector that no-one is taking the reigns and leading with developing the area.
Our next Downtown in Business event features Simon Rigby