QUOTE from Lisa Edge, Director of Lancashare and CEO of GB Shared Ltd.
I hope, if you attended our #LancashareDay celebration, you got a real sense of why I am genuinely passionate about making our county (and indeed other counties) work together for the greater good of everybody. I do genuinely hope you enjoyed the day and managed to take something away.
I was utterly overwhelmed, thrilled, and delighted that hundreds of Lancashire businesses came out in celebration of Lancashire day and Lancashares' first birthday. It was a very humbling experience to take to the stage and look out across the room and see so many collaborating for the greater good of each other, and our county.
The event was only possible with the genuine support so many. Businesses worked to ensure our day was filled with added value with sponsors supporting the drinks reception, the catering, the print, the roses, the music, the cake, speeches, entertainment and so much more.
Indeed it shows, just what can be achieved when a county works together. Our guests enjoyed a day of heritage, red carpet, photography, networking, Lancashire history, fizz, lunch, entertainment and speeches from The High Sheriff of Lancashire, the Mayor of Preston, and Simon Rigby MBE, owner of Preston Guild Hall, as well as being entertained by a Lancashire dialect poet, Dance Syndrome and of course, were played out by the fabulous Lancashire band, the Houghton Weavers!
When we started Lancashare, we knew it was a need, but had no idea how well the concept would be embraced by the county and we are overwhelmed with the response. In our first year we have seen hundreds of businesses welcomed into the Lancashare family, we have declined investors, recruited staff, gained a media partner, and launched in a second county, Manchester with MancheShare. Both platforms were delivered at the NEC in Birmingham recently, where demand for the concept has spread even further afield.
Humbled is more than an understatement. We hosted the event to give our members one chance a year to come together and genuinely celebrate Lancashire and collaborative working and I think we can safely say, we smashed it!
A massive thank you to every single business, over 230 who booked, attended and supported us, they managed to share over £11,000 in savings and discounts with every member and attendee on the day as well as winning prizes and raising valuable funds for two local charities.
My most genuine appreciation to all who were involved, I’m one very proud Lancastrian!
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