The Lanarkshire Business Hub held its first online networking event at the end of May – welcoming 40 of its members across two virtual sessions to connect, promote and discuss business strategies for surviving lockdown.
The sessions started with ‘speed-networking’, with each attendee having the chance to promote their business in one-minute.
Participants then engaged in Question and Answer sessions with a panel of experts to discuss available business support during COVID-19. Panellists included Allan Conry, Enterprise Development Manager with North Lanarkshire Council, Eliot Jordan, Economic Development Officer at South Lanarkshire Council, Robert Swinburne, Business Growth Adviser at Business Gateway and Melissa Molina, Business Growth Adviser from Business Gateway.
Representatives from Healthy Working Lives, Home Energy Scotland and the Scottish Government also offered advice and guidance on working from home and returning to work.
Deborah Grant, Head of Commercial Business Development at New College Lanarkshire, said: “Despite missing our usual breakfast roll, feedback for our first virtual meetings was really positive and attendees enjoyed the opportunity to share their experiences with people from different organisations to share ideas and support.
“There has never been a more important time for businesses in Lanarkshire to come together in supporting each other to ensure the recovery of the local economy following this crisis. I am proud that so many of our members signed up to take part in the virtual events to continue what has always been a successful networking group.
“We look forward to hosting our next meeting and welcoming even more members to our virtual community.”
Lanarkshire Business Hub is hosted by New College Lanarkshire and sponsored by North and South Lanarkshire Councils and offers local businesses a free forum to come together to meet and share their business knowledge and experiences through networking and business presentations. For more information visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/business/lanarkshire-business-hub