The pride in the room was palpable this morning as Ruth Connor (CEO Marketing Lancashire) introduced the promotional video 'We are Lancashire' at Burnley FC.
It was great too to hear Edwin Booth and Simon Blackburn talking about the 'coming together' of Lancashire at a political and strategic level - a long time in the making but happening at last.
As a Lancastrian born and bred, a product of Clitheroe Grammar and Nelson and Colne college and with a mantra of 'hard work will get you there' instilled by great parents, I was as proud as anyone sitting in that room this morning and I will be first in line when those Lancashire Ambassador roles are needed early next year.
It feels like we are really getting somewhere by pulling together in Lancashire and I really do believe that we have something for everyone in this great county.
To demonstrate this to the next generation, I am working with Nelson and Colne college (where I was once proud to be rag queen!) to inspire 50 female students and show them the vast range of opportunities we have in Lancashire. We don't want our youngsters thinking that they must take their initiative and passion to the big cities, in order to succeed. We need them to know that Lancashire is connected to global opportunities via it's creative, digital, advanced manufacturing, food and leisure industries every second of every hour, every day of every week and they can stay in this beautiful unspoilt area and build a business or a career in any sector they choose.
So please, if you are a proud Lancashire lass and would like to be part of a motivational and inspirational event where we give our next generation a myriad of reasons to become Lancashire apprentices, graduates and employees, please follow this link and give 5 hours of your time on the 28th November at our next Oysters and Pearls event. http://tinyurl.com/z9wnn7b
Go on ..........it'll make you feel proud.
Global Entrepreneurship week is celebrated in 135 countries around the world and last year more than 35,000 events were held to encourage future and budding entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs are the innovators of change and Global Entrepreneurship week is founded on the belief that budding and future entrepreneurs represent the very best ways in which human endeavour can benefit the whole of society.
This year on November 28th, Role is partnering with Nelson and Colne college to inspire and encourage 50 female students during a morning of motivation, debate, presentations and one to one mentoring. We hope to ignite some sparks which will lead to them becoming future entrepreneurs either in their own business or as an enthusiastic employee.
Lancashire is home to some of the world’s most innovative businesses, think Whatmore UK, Discover Laser, Performance Fluids. With your help, we can showcase a whole range of careers and opportunities available to our next generation. We can encourage them to aim high and aim local.
If you are a senior manager in any Lancashire organisation or a female business owner, please pledge just 5 hours of your time on the 28th November by following this link http://tinyurl.com/z9wnn7b
During the event a hot buffet lunch will be served and the event will end with optional networking and a glass of bubbly!
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