Business leaders from across Chorley converged on the Town Hall to find out how they can help shape the economic future of the borough.

The event, organised by Chorley Council and North West Business Insider magazine, attracted more than 120 business people who heard a distinguished panel discuss and answer questions on the opportunities available, challenges being faced and how business in Chorley can flourish in the future.

The panel included Chorley Council leader Councillor Alistair Bradley; UK distribution manager of Buckshaw Village-based Kimberly-Clark Europe Stephen Bromby; Liam Ferguson of Chorley-based North West Projects; Mike Grindrod, land and development director of Chorley-based Northern Trust; and Chorley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle.

Business experts discussed how new business can be attracted to the borough, how Chorley can take advantage of its proximity to Manchester and MediaCity and how the town centre can compete with nearby retail offers from Middlebrook and the Trafford Centre.

Councillor Alistair Bradley said: “It was a fantastic event which was massively over-subscribed which highlights to us the importance of supporting our local businesses and helping them to succeed, which in turn will boost our economic growth.

“I would like to thank North West Business Insider, and all those who came along to this event.”