The man behind the legendary Reggae Reggae Sauce inspired Chorley’s business leaders as he spoke about his phenomenal success.
Levi Roots was the keynote speaker at the sell-out annual Choose Chorley Business Evening organised by Chorley Council this week.
The Rastafarian musician turned entrepreneur and now restaurateur inspired a full house of local business leaders at the event held at Chorley Town Hall.
He charted his rise from musician to sauce entrepreneur, his appearance on the TV show Dragons’ Den, to realising his ultimate dream of opening his own Caribbean restaurant.
The Choose Chorley business event is the biggest networking evening of the year and offers an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to network, get to know each other and find out how the council can help them.
Chorley Council chief executive Gary Hall said: “This event gets bigger and better each year as our business leaders recognise the value of getting together to learn about what’s happening in the borough and to network with each other.
“We as a council have prioritised business, supporting existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the borough, as our key aim because we believe the best way to build a strong economy is by getting people into work. I’m pleased to say that this is paying off as figures released earlier this year show the borough has the highest employment rate in the region.
“We offer a wide range of business support so I’d urge anyone thinking of expanding their existing business, relocating their business or thinking of setting up a business to get in touch and see how we can help. This last year we’ve seen the creation of almost 300 jobs and more than £1.25m of private investment which has got to be good news for our economy.”
The Choose Chorley business event was sponsored by FI Real Estate Management and Managing Director Tim Knowles said: “We were delighted to sponsor this enjoyable and worthwhile opportunity for businesses of all sizes in the Chorley area to network. As a major employer in the area, we want to play our part in the growth of Chorley’s local economy for the future and to work with the Council to achieve this.”
The evening was hosted by Dave Guest, chief reporter at BBC North West Tonight and featured a Question Time-style session with Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle; Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council; Andrew Bradley from FI Real Estate Management; Mark Downing from Scorpion Automotive; and Paula Campbell from Truly Therapeutic.