Penwortham Business Network event success

More than 40 local professionals join Vincents Solicitors,
Michael Bailey Estate Agents and Lime Bar for inaugural event

The first meeting of the new Penwortham Business Network was a huge success with more than 40 guests attending. Business cards were swapped, numbers taken and ideas shared during the event, which was held at Lime Bar and Lounge in Liverpool Road on March 17th.

The first event was so popular in fact that organisers are planning a second event in the next few weeks following demand from guests.

Hosted by Jemma Lloyd of Vincents Solicitors, Michael Bailey of Michael Bailey Estate Agents and Carol Rialas from Lime Bar and Lounge, the meet-up drew people from a vast range of local businesses.

Following introductions from the hosts, who outlined the aims and ambitions for the group, each guest was invited to introduce themself and their business.

The group’s aims are to strengthen and support local business; provide information on local issues and opportunities; build a positive network to create good in our community; instigate and promote local events and fundraising.

Jemma Lloyd, head of Vincents’ Penwortham branch, said: “We were delighted to welcome more than 40 people to the first meeting of the Penwortham Business Network. It was wonderful to be together in the same room getting to know each other and sharing info on everything that’s great about our town.

“There was a strong feeling from people wanting to offer their help and support for community activities like the Christmas markets, the summer gala and other local causes, which is something we’re going to explore in more detail at the next meeting which we hope to hold in the next few weeks.”

A new Facebook Group for the network, which has also attracted almost 200 members in just over a week, will be used to share meeting dates and for members to link up between events.

Michael Bailey said feedback from the first event was overwhelmingly positive and that everyone seemed to have a good time. He said: “Everyone appreciated the chance to meet up face-to-face again at last, and there is definitely demand for this sort of network in the town. It was good fun and people were asking for the date of next meeting to be brought forward from the end of April as was our original plan. We’re just making arrangements and will announce it as soon as possible.

“The Facebook page has also taken off and been really active with people using it to continue making their own connections, something which will hopefully prove genuinely beneficial for local businesses.”

Andrew Jones of Jones & Co surveyors kindly donated a bottle of Prosecco for the Business Card Draw which was won by Geraint Goddard of Green Pass Training and the Penwortham Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club.

Lime Bar and Lounge owner Carol Rialas added: “It was fantastic to welcome so many familiar faces back to Lime, and to meet so many new people at the event. There was a lot of energy and positivity in the room and it feels like together we can be a real force for good in the town.”

To keep up-to-date on future events and make contact with other businesses in Penwortham, join the Facebook page search Penwortham Business Network.

Pictured: Jemma Lloyd, head of Vincents’ Penwortham branch, with Michael Bailey of Michael Bailey Estate Agents and Carol Rialas at Lime Bar for the first Penwortham Business Network