In a dynamic and thought-provoking event hosted by Downtown in Business at the prestigious Cotton Court Business Centre, County Councillor Aidy Riggott and Simon Lawrence, Director of Growth and Regeneration, spearheaded discussions on the Lancashire Devolution Proposal.
The event kicked off with a warm welcome by Downtown CEO and Chairman Frank Mckenna, setting the stage for a conversation that promised to delve into the heart of Lancashire’s economic future.
County Councillor Aidy Riggott provided a concise yet insightful overview, laying the groundwork for the key issues to be explored.
The highlight of the event was undoubtedly Simon Lawrence’s detailed presentation, unraveling the intricacies of the Lancashire Devolution Proposal. Attendees were treated to a comprehensive understanding of the potential implications and benefits this proposal holds for the region.
The crux of the gathering was the roundtable discussion led by Frank, delving into the priorities of businesses in relation to Lancashire’s Combined Authority (CCA). The prompts ignited a lively conversation, addressing crucial questions such as the significance of a stronger Lancashire voice with the government, the need for new resources, and the challenges businesses face, be it in terms of investment, skills, or transport.
Attendees passionately shared their perspectives on Lancashire’s image, pinpointing elements that might be missing from the current proposal. The focus on what businesses would prioritize in the first 12 months of a Lancashire CCA added a strategic layer to the discourse.
As the discussions wrapped up, the event left attendees informed with new insights and a sense of active participation in shaping Lancashire’s economic landscape. For those who couldn’t make it, the dialogue continues online at lancashiredevolution.co.uk, with the consultation period running until 26th January 2024, offering everyone the chance to add their input and collaboration. Stay tuned for more updates on Lancashire’s devolution journey.
Downtown In Business will host a follow-up event on 23rd January at the Flower Bowl in Blackpool. This event will delve deeper into the Lancashire Devolution topic, discuss the visitor economy, and explore strategies for attracting and retaining talent in Lancashire. This event serves as a unique opportunity for businesses to actively contribute to shaping the future of Lancashire’s economic landscape.