Hive’s last event – The Northern Powerhouse and support for business with Jake Berry


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Hive’s latest event saw the Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry impress a packed out crowd with discussion of the Northern Powerhouse agenda in November at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.

Mr Berry, who is also the MP for Darwen and Rossendale took part in a question and answer session with BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Graham Liver. Business leaders from Hive heard that East Lancashire and its manufacturing and aerospace industries will be at ‘the absolute heart’ of the Northern Powerhouse.

We also heard that boosting education and skills from primary schools through to degree-level apprenticeships was a key priority as was multi-million pound investments in the transport infrastructure, much of which is already on-going.

The Hive Ambassadors Network meeting took place at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy and also looked at the wide range of business support available for businesses in Blackburn with Darwen.

As well as Mr Berry, guests also heard from a range of leading business support figures from the region, including Director of Growth Lancashire, Steven Cochrane; Managing Director of the British Business Bank, Ken Cooper; Head of Access to Finance, Philip Hargreaves; Director of Empine Group Ltd, Anthony Taylor and Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Harry Catherall.

It proved to be an excellent event with the record crowd treated to a surprise visit from Pudsey Bear at the end, courtesy of BBC Radio Lancashire’s Children in Need appeal.

Deputy Chairman of Hive, Ian Brown said: “The Hive Business Network is proud to have welcomed the Northern Powerhouse Minister to our event.

“It is very clear to me that Blackburn with Darwen businesses have a real role to play within the development of the northern powerhouse, and I am glad that the minister and the Government is keen to support business and prosperity growth within our part of East Lancashire.”