HIGH PEAK: Business Club

Last year, a group of business people in Whaley Bridge, New Mills and Chapel-en-le-Frith got together to start a new business club.

They did not want to replace or replicate existing clubs in the High Peak, which look after start-up businesses and offer advice and networking opportunities. They wanted to hear about the wider picture – what’s going on in our area, our region.

HPBC is for people in business who want to see over the horizon, who want to be ready to take advantage of what’s coming. Previous speakers have come from Peel Holdings, HS2 and iGas. We’ve heard about spectacular developments along the “Ocean Gateway” from Manchester to Liverpool; we’ve learned a lot about HS2 – and HS3, across the Pennines; we know a lot more about fracking, its risks and opportunities. We even got our heads round the Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne.

On Friday 13th February: we are very excited to welcome Simon Glinn. Simon is the newly appointed director of the magnificent Buxton Opera House. Simon, a fellow Scouser, spent the last 11 years running the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and overseeing its multi-million pound refurbishment. He also organised the Hope Street Feast, which brought over 30,000 visitors to the historic Hope Street area of Liverpool, and was musical director of the Liverpool Irish Festival. Previously, Simon worked in Northampton, Glastonbury, Bristol and Sarajevo. What does he have in store for Buxton? Business people in the High Peak are invited to hear him talk, and answer our questions.

Future dates for your diary:

Friday March 27th: “A Close Look At The Budget” with Ian Bingham FCA, Senior Tax Partner with BDO Manchester. What does the Chancellor have for us?

Friday April 10th: “Tourism in the High Peak: An End to Fawlty Towers?” with Premier Inns’ Operations Director (North) Chris Cooper and Ops Manager Alison Pickering.

Friday May 15th: “Phoenix from the Ashes” - from the airline Flybe, Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer, showing how this loss-maker turned around to be main provider of business air travel in the UK with 200 destinations from Manchester alone. And then bought its fuel very expensively...

We meet for breakfast at Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club, Manchester Rd, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak SK23 9UH. Coffee, pastries and juice are available from 7.30am, the speaker talks 8–9am, then more coffee and bacon baps, finishing 9.30am.

Anyone who is interested, or for further information, please do contact me. EDWINA CURRIE JONES edwinacurrie@sky.com

Check out my website - http://edwina.currie.co.uk.