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Barry Leahey MBE inspires guests at annual function

‘The future is bright’ was very much the message at the Lancashire and Cumbria Region FSB dinner, as members and guests celebrated the year in business.

Lancashire & Cumbria Area Leader Phil Collier outlined the changes going on inside FSB as the organisation moves ahead with plans to modernise and refocus on its aims of supporting grassroots members with the issues directly impacting their businesses.

Mr Collier spoke about the opportunities in the area with a significant amount of investment in the pipeline which small businesses should be aiming to tap into: “I am passionate about the small business sector and it is vital, here and elsewhere in our Region, that the voice of the small business is heard and that they get every opportunity to become involved in local supply chains.”

Managing Director of Playdale Playgrounds Barry Leahey MBE was the main speaker and he highlighted how he had led the Furness business forward and captured a share of a sizeable export market through sheer tenacity and hard work. 

He also spoke about Brexit, adding: “Being a global exporter, our risk is spread outside of Europe and we are doing very well in Asia, in fact our biggest installation to date is outside the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing."

“We are planning for Brexit and we’re attending educational events to find out more.”

Over 100 FSB members and guests attended the event, held at Barrow-in-Furness’ celebrated Abbey House Hotel at the end of November.