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Businesses are being urged to attend the Lancashire Hotspots event taking place on 23 February from 8 – 10am at Bartle Hall, Preston, to discover what opportunities the City Deal will create in terms of skills, investment and collaboration.

The first of a new series of regional events from Lancashire Business View is set to bring business together to discuss the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

One of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) key projects, the City Deal has been described as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime funding programme’, creating thousands of jobs and homes and boosting the central Lancashire economy by £1bn.

The event will explore business and public sector leaders will share their vision and outline opportunities in a question time-style panel with plenty of opportunities to network with the movers and shakers of Preston and South Ribble.

The event will feature a debate with panel members including Jim Carter, LEP board member and chair of the City Deal, Stephen Gregson of Moore and Smalley, Anna Doran of Virgin Trains, Julie Thornhill of Waitrose, Paul Kelly of Tile Master Adhesives and Dr John Lonsdale from UCLan.

Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View magazine said: “Lancashire Hotspots will take a closer look at the county’s hottest spots for commerce, industry and regeneration.

“It offers perspectives from the across the landscape of the private and public sectors and delves into the business fabric of the county’s districts.

“This Lancashire Hotspots event is the first of a series which will take place around the county in 2016. We look forward to giving attendees an overview of what’s happening in the area with the focus on the City Deal.”

Jim Carter, chair of the LEP’s City Deal, said: “The City Deal is set to be genuinely transformational, not only for the Central Lancashire corridor in terms of new infrastructure, new development land, new jobs and new homes, but also for those conurbations which border the City Deal footprint.

“The City Deal is also throwing open a wide range of exciting opportunities for developers, investors and business. As part of the LEP’s programme of business engagement, this event will help businesses understand the range of opportunities presented by the City Deal.”

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