Chorley’s major business networking evening of the year proved to be a valuable opportunity for local businesses of all sizes including FI Real Estate Management (FIREM) which as one of the area’s major employers were the headline sponsors of the ‘Choose Chorley’ business event.

Keynote speaker Levi Roots, the former musician turned entrepreneur and now restaurateur, had a large audience listening avidly to him opening the event with his infamous ‘Reggae Reggae Sauce’ song and even more so as he explained his charted rise from music to Reggae Reggae sauce entrepreneur via an appearance on TV show Dragon’s Den.

Chorley Council chief executive Gary Hall said that the event had grown larger and larger each year as the area’s business leaders valued the chance to get together to learn about what’s happening in the Borough and to network with each other.  He added that as a result of the Council’s investment in business support in the area, figures released earlier this year indicate that the Borough has the highest employment in the region.

MD of FIREM Tim Knowles commented: “We are delighted to sponsor this worthwhile opportunity for businesses of all sizes to benefit from.  As one of Chorley largest employers with 300 staff, we want to play a part in the growth of the local economy and to partner with the Council to achieve this.”

The evening was compered by Dave Guest, Chief Reporter at BBC North West Tonight and featured a Question Time style session with panellists including Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and FIREM’s Andrew Bradley, Commercial Manager.

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