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10th anniversary celebrations have started for Flintshire Business Week

Published: 14/06/2016

Flintshire County Council’s flagship business event, Flintshire Business Week (FBW), now in its 10th year, was launched on Monday 6 June at Soughton Hall, in Northop. The business week itself has moved to September and will take place 27 to 30 September, with the Flintshire Business Awards 2016 following on Friday, 21 October. The event, in association with AGS Security Systems and Westbridge Furniture Designs, is one of the most important events of its kind in the region, regularly attracting over 2,000 businesses. It supports the business community in the county and, increasingly, the wider region, to promote their companies, to develop trading opportunities and to raise the profile of the area as a place to invest. This is the third year that the event is led by Lord Barry Jones. Lord Jones has massive experience of working to help industry in Wales and Deeside, he was one of the longest serving MPs in the House of Commons and was a former Secretary of State for Wales. Highlights for the programme this year include the Regional Business Exhibition at Coleg Cambria Deeside; Regional Jobs and Skills evening at De Vere Village Hotel; Economy and Ambition seminars at Soughton Hall and a Tourism Network Event at Dangerpoint in Talacre. The Leader of Flintshire County Council, Councillor Aaron Shotton, said: Flintshire Business Week helps our local businesses and puts our area on the map. It is a unique and very successful partnership between the public and private sectors. I am delighted that Lord Barry Jones continues as President of FBW, we are very fortunate to have such a fantastic ambassador for industry and our county.” Lord Jones said: “It is a great honour to be part of Flintshire Business Week, especially this year when it celebrates its 10th anniversary. “We are looking to take Business Week further forward over the next few years to make it even more successful.” Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor Derek Butler, said: ““Flintshire Business Week has grown from strength to strength over the past 10 years and has welcomed over 23,000 delegates during that time. I would like to thank our headline sponsors AGS Security Systems - sponsors of the Business Awards and Westbridge Furniture Designs – sponsors of the Business Exhibition. Without their support, these events would not have grown into the prestigious occasions they are today.” “I must also say that we are very fortunate to have Flintshire’s business ambassador, Rt. Hon. Lord Barry Jones, as our president.” “I’d like to encourage everyone to come along to this year’s events in September. For sponsorship opportunities, to book a stand, and for further details about all the events taking place during Business Week, contact Flintshire’s Business Development Team on 01352 703219. From the left: Jenny Pridding and Richard Pridding - Edge Transport, Jonathan Turner - AGS Security Systems, Paul Islip - Westbridge Furniture Designs, Rt Hon Lord Barry Jones - President of Flintshire Business Week, Colin Everett - Flintshire County Council Chief Executive, Professor Maria Hinfelaar - Wrexham Glyndwr University, Kate Muddiman - Coleg Cambria, Collin Singer - Wagtail UK