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Hive teams up with Lancaster University and NatWest Bank to celebrate another successful business masterclass held at Blackburn College

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Pictured above from left to right: David Sharpe (Pierce Accountants), Ruth Raban (Lancaster University), Nicola Clayton (Blackburn College) and Joanne Fletcher (Nat West) with Michael Finnigan of i2i.

Hive Business Leaders Network, NatWest and Lancaster University have teamed up to offer a range of masterclasses for business professionals.

Lancaster University Management School have been running business masterclasses for over 10 years as part of their business engagement programmes and have drawn audiences in the hundreds from across the North West’s SME networks.

Thursday 16th February marked the first of these events which was held in the University Centre at Blackburn College.

The masterclass was run by Michael Finnigan, Chief Executive Officer of i2i, a Behavioural Sciences and Talent Development company that deliver training solutions to drive high performance at an individual, team and organisational level.

i2i’s past successes include Golf’s Open Champion, Darren Clark, and Everton Football Club as well as high-profile businesses including Premier Inn, 02 and the Royal Mail.

Supported by NatWest, the latest series includes inspirational speakers who all have a passion for business and want to share their knowledge and expertise.

The event attracted over 100 bookings from business both large and small across the region and the event was a massive success with delegates.

Michael Finnigan of i2i said: “It was a pleasure to join Blackburn College and Lancaster University as well as so many business professionals from across Lancashire.”

David Sharpe, from Pierce Business Advisory & Accountancy Group and prominent member of the Hive Steering Group said:

“The event showed great collaboration between Hive, Lancaster University and NatWest with Blackburn College proving to be an excellent host. It was a delight to hear Michael Finnigan share his best practices and inspiring experiences.

“We look forward to many more of these excellent events over the next 12 months, with the next one due to take place on Thursday 2nd March with James Whittaker of Microsoft.”