The county of Lancashire is in a more positive position than it has been for anytime during the past five years, according to business leader Frank McKenna.

The boss of private sector lobby group and business networking club Downtown in Business is set to host the fifth annual Lancashire BOOST conference next month, and McKenna is predicting a dynamic and inspiring event.

‘The BOOST conference is always a great occasion, with 100 of the county’s business leaders coming together to discuss challenges and opportunities.

‘However, it is fair to say that in recent years there has been much criticism of public sector leaders and their inability to work in a cohesive fashion; and promote Lancashire effectively.

‘A lot has changed in the last twelve months. A Combined Authority has been established. Lancashire will have an elected mayor by 2019. And, the work of Marketing Lancashire has transformed the county’s image on the national and international stage.’

McKenna continued:

‘The presence of Lancashire at events like MIPIM; the success of the Local Enterprise Partnership; and the political leadership that has given us a genuine platform at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse agenda means that there will be a very different narrative from the business community this year.

‘I’m really looking forward to reflecting on and celebrating what has been achieved during the past year – but more importantly discussing and debating what the next steps are to enable us to build on this momentum.’        

The Lancashire BOOST conference will take place on Tuesday 21st March at Brockholes conference centre. For further details please email roger.jonas@downtowninbusiness.com or visit www.downtownlancashire.com   

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