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FBW 2015 programme unveiled

Published: 10/06/2015

The programme for this year’s Flintshire Business Week (FBW) has been unveiled. Flintshire County Councils flagship business event, FBW 2015, will take place from 13 to 16 October, with the Flintshire Business Awards 2015 taking place on 23 October. FBW, in association with AGS Security Systems and Westbridge Furniture, is one of the most important events of its kind in the region, attracting around 2,000 businesses every year. At a launch event held recently at Soughton Hall, near Mold, the programme of events, which will take place over five days, was revealed. FBW 2015 begins on Tuesday 13 October with a Regional Business Exhibition - headline sponsor, Westbridge Furniture- which will take place at Coleg Cambria until 4pm. It begins with an MDA innovation business breakfast at 8am, followed by the official launch of FBW2015 at 9.45am. The exhibition will feature numerous exhibitors, talks and workshops. On Wednesday 13 October, the venue for the morning of events will be the Springfield Hotel in Holywell, and the theme for the day will be Regional Prospects for Growth. The morning will include presentations about the national and local transport plan, the North Wales prison project and the Northern Gateway Development. At St David’s Hotel, Ewloe, on Thursday 15 October, the theme of the day will be the national and regional economy. Topics of discussion will include UK manufacturing trends, with a speech from Barclay’s Bank’s Head of Manufacturing, Mike Rigby. On Friday 16 October, back by popular demand, is AM and MP Question Time, at Coleg Cambria, from 8.30 to 9.30am. There will also be a regional tourism networking event at Northop Country House Hotel, starting at 11am, with an opportunity for a networking lunch. The week ends, as always, with the Flintshire Business Awards - headline sponsor, AGS Security Systems - which is open to all businesses based in Flintshire. This takes place on Friday 23 October at Soughton Hall, Northop. Speaking at the launch event, FBW’s President, Lord Barry Jones, said: “I am proud to be President of the Flintshire Business Week. Now in its ninth year, it continues to set a successful pace of considerable achievement. Our County cares about business and the business community is powering ahead without a shred of complacency. State of the art companies are here in the heart of a manufacturing centre of excellence. Flintshire punches above its weight, and the great county of Flintshire is something to be proud of.” Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council, said: “The Council is extremely proud of Flintshire Business Week, which we feel is the best of its kind in North Wales. This year’s launch event was inspirational, and it was great to see many new faces and new businesses keen to get involved. The Council takes its role of supporting our business community extremely seriously and I would encourage businesses of every size to take part in Flintshire Business Week – to use these networking and trading opportunities and to raise the profile of your business.” Councillor Derek Butler, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: Flintshire Business Week is growing year on year. Flintshire is about entrepreneurism and this county has a major impact in the national economic field. Flintshire is a good place to do business and this Council works tirelessly to put our businesses of all sizes on the map. If our launch event is anything to go by, I think this year’s Flintshire Business Week is going to be extremely exciting and motivational, and our best yet.” For sponsorship opportunities, to book a stand, and for further details about all the events taking place during Business Week go to or contact the Business Week team on 01352 703219. Flintshire Business Week is also on twitter: @FBW_FCC Caption Pictured at the launch event, left to right, are: Cllr Aaron Shotton, Jonathan Turner (AGS Security Systems), Paul Islip (Westbridge Furniture), Cllr Derek Butler, Lord Barry Jones, Lady Janet Jones, Cllr Ray Hughes (Chairman of Flintshire County Council).