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Leaders Lunch


Tuesday 23rd January 2024


12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


The Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre
Garstang Road, Preston PR3 0BT
Join us for the Lancashire Leaders Lunch, an exclusive gathering of influential figures and visionary leaders in our vibrant community. An opportunity to connect, collaborate, and celebrate the progress of our region. Don't miss this chance to be part of the transformation shaping Lancashire's future.

Join us on Tuesday, 23rd January, as Downtown in Business hosts an exclusive event focusing on Lancashire’s Visitor economy and attracting/retaining talent in the region, uniting public and private sector leaders from Lancashire. This gathering serves as a platform for robust discussions on the challenges and opportunities shaping the region’s landscape.


The Visitor Economy & Attracting and Retaining Talent in Lancashire

Embark on an immersive exploration of Lancashire’s visitor economy at this exclusive Leaders Lunch. Delve into strategies to fortify this pivotal sector, engaging in discussions not only on attracting but also retaining skilled talent within Lancashire. Seasoned experts, including Simon Lawrence, Director of Growth and Regeneration, who will share insights into enhancing the region’s allure for visitors while concurrently devising strategies to retain adept individuals within Lancashire’s workforce.

Panel Discussion:

Simon Lawrence will play a crucial role in the panel discussion, exploring the visitor economy’s impact on Lancashire’s growth agenda. Dive deep into Lancashire’s new LVEP (Local Visitor Economy Partnership) status and the tourism growth strategy for the county.

Stephen Hesketh, renowned as ‘The Hospitality Hero.’ With 30 years in the industry, Stephen owns multiple hotels and leads change as the Chair of Chester Hospitality Association. A disruptor and industry advocate, he’s on a mission to transform hospitality globally.

Stephen is a driving force in attracting and retaining talent. Leveraging his experience, he’s committed to fortifying the sector by fostering traditional values, community collaboration, and developing a new generation of hospitality professionals. Hear Stephens insights on reshaping and revitalizing the visitor economy with a focus on talent attraction and retention.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Insights from Industry Experts: Gain invaluable insights and strategic approaches from industry experts to boost Lancashire’s visitor economy and talent retention efforts.
  • Networking with Key Figures: Opportunity to network and connect with influential figures in the fields of tourism and talent acquisition.

This event is a must-attend for individuals invested in Lancashire’s tourism sector, HR professionals, and business owners aiming to fortify talent retention strategies.


  • Steven Hesketh (The Hospitality Hero)
  • Sue Grindrod (MD at Blackpool BIDs Ltd)
  • Simon Lawrence, Director of Growth and Regeneration

In attendance will also be Phillippa Williamson the Leader of Lancashire County Council, County Councillor Aidy Riggott, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Growth and representation from Blackburn with Darwen Council, this gathering promises a rich exchange of ideas and insights.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals, gather strategies to optimize Lancashire’s visitor appeal, and build essential connections within the industry. Your participation is vital as we collectively contribute to the growth and resilience of Lancashire’s visitor economy.

If you would like to attend this event, please contact

By registering for this event, you have agreed to the DIB Terms and Conditions.

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