It took place on

Wednesday 24th January 2024

Location: Strawberry Fields Digital Hub, Euxton Lane, Chorley, PR7 1PS
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We hosted a round-table event supported by Choose Chorley for Business.

There where 4 tables and we invited Tech Leaders throughout Lancashire to join us. Each table had a host/facilitator who is was an expert in the subject matter. Each session lasted for 1 hour.

Table 1

Building a Tech Business

With Antony Chesworth, sharing his “rapid growith” experience.

Hosted by: Antony Chesworth, the former founder and managing director of EKM a prominent e-commerce platform based in Preston. Aged just 21 he set out from his bedroom, flourishing through his leadership attracting over 80,000 customers and generating £500m in revenue. A multi-award winning “Employer of the Year”

Antony Chesworth
Table 2


Two funding experts discussing, Grants, Angels, VCs, and more. Providing advice, knowledge-sharing, and tips and tricks.

Hosted by: Mark Gibbons, Senior Business Advisor at Access to Finance, and Peter Carway, Investment Director, at Praetura Investments.

Mark Gibbons
Peter Carway
Table 3

Leadership & Motivating Your People

Two leadership expert coaches, focusing on this huge subject, with tips, advice, and sharing their knowledge.

Hosted by: Simon Clarkson, Founder of Think Work, developing high-performance individuals and teams to exceed their capabilities and Dee Gough, The Pacific Institute, a leading transformational change consultant working with clients both in the UK and globally to achieve their full potential and ambitious goals by understanding the power of mindset.

Simon’s profile:

A respected mindset programme deliverer and accomplished keynote speaker, Simon has delivered to a diverse range of individuals and organisations; these include, Private Sector organisations such as Oracle, Johnson & Johnson, Rolls Royce, and Public Sector bodies such as the NHS and Fire Service. Simon also works with several elite sporting clients from Olympians and F1 teams to Premiership Rugby and English Premier League Football.

Dee’s profile:

Dee works with leaders who want to drive high performance and growth in their organisations. That might be to build a stronger culture, develop their leadership, or improve individual performance. Dee does this by specialising in addressing Mindset which is the fundamental driver of behaviours, performance, and well-being across all levels of organisations.

Simon Clarkson
Dee Gough
Table 4

Staffing: Retaining and Attracting

With an HR Director and Talent Acquisition Specialist, sharing their knowledge and experience firsthand!

Hosted by: Niel Cope, CEO of People Matters, providing outsourced HR services for all sizes of businesses Gary Keay, Founder of GK Recruitment,
IT Recruitment Specialist, with 20+ years in the Lancashire tech community.

Niel Cope
Gary Keay