Chorley on international stage

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​Business people from across the world are finding out why they should ‘Choose Chorley’ at a prestigious event being held in Liverpool.

Hundreds of people took the time to find out what Chorley has to offer on the first day of the three-week International Festival for Business, with companies from as far away as Italy and India looking at the opportunities in the Lancashire borough.

The opportunity was seized by Chorley Council, which was one of the few local authorities in the region to attend.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It’s vital we attract new businesses to Chorley to create jobs for local people and bring investment here that will make us self-sufficient as a local authority.

“The event is an opportunity to put Chorley in front of high profile investors and business owners from the UK and overseas and many of the visitors to our stand were impressed with what Chorley has to offer and its location as a city gateway to Manchester and Liverpool.

“It’s important we keep selling Chorley to the rest of the world and we are more than happy to fly the flag for Lancashire.”

The International Festival for Business is a global marketplace for making connections and doing deals. It brings together thousands of businesses from around the world for three weeks of events, business networking and deal-making.

This year’s festival follows the inaugural International event, which took place in 2014 and resulted in £280 million of trade and investment deals being done and many more deals and commercial relationships still in the pipeline.

“We offer a wide range of support to businesses across the borough so we will do everything to assist businesses from the hundreds of start-ups we’ve helped get on the ladder right through to the multi-million pound companies that are looking to locate here,” said Councillor Bradley.

“It’s really important we continue to shout about what Chorley has got to offer because it keeps getting that message out to businesses who might ordinarily not know much about us.

“When we talk to the chief executives and decision-makers they’re really interested in what we’ve got here and it’s already paying dividends with us having the highest employment rate in the North West.

“We know Chorley is a great place to live and visit and we want to create extra jobs so more people have the choice of working here too.”

The inclusion at the International Festival for Business follows hot on the heels of Chorley being the only borough represented at the recent Northern Powerhouse event, which saw the town featured on regional television.

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