Hive networking event – Impact of the New Government



Hive’s latest event saw leading business figures from Blackburn and Darwen discuss the implications of the recently formed Government in July at Ewood Park.

The Hive Ambassadors Network meeting took place at Ewood Park’s Red Rose Suite and looked at how the recently formed Government will impact on business, including the effect of the National Industrial Strategy, Brexit and the Northern Powerhouse agenda.

Hosted by BBC Radio Lancashire Breakfast presenter Graham Liver, guests heard from a range of leading business figures from the region, including the recently appointed Chief Executive of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Miranda Barker, Chair of the Hive Ambassadors Network, Khalid Saifullah, Director of Strategy and Funding at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Bailey and Director of Business Development at Blackburn College, Nicola Clayton.

It proved a lively debate with the main talking point, unsurprisingly, being the uncertainty over Brexit negotiations and the possible ramifications on Blackburn and Darwen businesses.

Star Tissue director and Hive Chairman, Khalid Saifullah said: “The recent turbulent political landscape has led to a lot of uncertainty in the business world and we felt that it was important to bring some clarity to businesses in Blackburn and Darwen.

“This event was an excellent opportunity to do just that and it was great to hear the views from some of the leading business figures in the region and the opportunities this new Government brings to businesses in the area.

“It shows that, despite the challenges the recent uncertainty has brought, the businesses in Blackburn and Darwen are well placed and well prepared to take advantage of the opportunities this presents.”