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At meeting of Brighouse Link: Lydia Shinwell, Alison Wheatly (ok), Pat Sleigh, Nigel Cliffe, Debbie Story, and Peter Sleigh.
At meeting of Brighouse Link: Lydia Shinwell, Alison Wheatly (ok), Pat Sleigh, Nigel Cliffe, Debbie Story, and Peter Sleigh.

A NEW organisation to promote and help Brighouse businesses has held its first meeting.

Brighouse Link aims to encourage networking and to provide training and advisory services for businesses in and around the town.

More than 50 people attended the organisation’s first meeting at Prego Restaurant, Brighouse. The event included presentations, lunch and the opportunity to meet people from other businesses.

Marketing expert Nigel Cliffe and Alison Wheatly, of Aspire Developments, were on hand with advice on networking and how to give a sales pitch. Brighouse Link was founded by business partners Debbie Story and Peter Sleigh.

Debbie said: “The organisation was created because we recognised there was a need for business networking in Brighouse. There are a lot of great businesses here and we saw an opportunity to create stronger business links and encourage local trade.”

She said the closure of the regional Business Link offices in November had created a need for on-going training and business advisory services.

“We aim to help local businsesses capitalise on potential opportunities on their doorstep, whether that is through direct trading with each other or by tapping into each other’s existing business connections.”

Brighouse Link will meet monthly and there will special targetted events throughout the year.

The next networking event will be on Wednesday, January 11 from 11.30am to 2pm. Future events will include a talk by ‘Secret Millionaire’ Carl Hopkins of Brighouse.

Debbie said: “We had excellent feedback from our first meeting and we are looking forward to developing Brighouse Link for the business community next year.”

There are no joining fees and members pay a minimum sum for the events they attend.