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There was a bumper turnout at Fleetwood's Marine Hall as the Wyred Up business network celebrated its first birthday.

Published on Monday 30th November 2009

There was a bumper turnout at Fleetwood's Marine Hall as the Wyred Up business network celebrated its first birthday.

A bumper 200 people registered for this fifth in a series of sessions designed to guide business men and women through the recession by making new contacts and sharing best practice.

This time around organisers teamed up with 'Find Your Way' partners to give attendees access to a variety of workshops, free business advice, five guest speakers, the chance to meet a specialist panel - and of course enjoy a slice of the Wyred Up birthday cake!

Speakers included Mark Mills from toy company Halsall International Ltd, who advised on how to stay motivated in the face of adversity, and Jen Moores from Careers Academy UK who outlined how businesses can benefit from young talent coming into the local labour market.

Allan Williams from Wyre Borough Council explained how the public sector procurement process works, while Paul Heyworth of Business Venture Group talked about the launch of the Intensive Start-Up Support Scheme which offers free advice to any fledgling business.

Finally Suzi Williams of Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board promoted the Green Tourism Business Scheme, an accreditation scheme designed to encourage and help businesses look at issues such as energy and water efficiency, waste management and biodiversity

Jane Littlewood, Chair of the Wyred Up Steering Group, is delighted with the first years progress. She said: "Wyred Up has been a fantastic success because good quality networking works. That's why we are seeing increasing attendance at each meeting and it's not the same faces either.

"Watch this space though - we've got lots of other ideas that we'll be rolling out soon to help businesses in Wyre to really succeed and grow, so it will really pay to be signed up to Wyred Up."

Wyred Up is a proactive network supported by the Wyre Strategic Partnership that tours the borough with quarterly meetings. In between these is a dedicated website - http://www.wyredup.co.uk/ - which is a mine of business support and also hosts a free database of Wyre businesses. This is free to join and can be accessed by anyone searching for a supplier in Wyre.

The next event will be held in March 2010, full details of which will be made available on the website in due course.

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