Our first Breakfast Networking Event!

Many thanks to all those who turned out for our recent HRBF Networking Event at the Old Gate Bar & Restaurant. 55 early risers joined us for our first attempt at a Breakfast Meeting and thoroughly enjoyed the free coffee and breakfast sandwiches while they listened to a good mix of speakers followed by an interactive networking session.

The speakers were HRBF Co-Chair Roger Benn who gave a full update on what the Forum now stood for, what it had recently achieved and what it was currently working on.

He was followed by Will Lake who the Forum uses as a copywriter for it’s online supporter profiles in the HX7 Directory, and who gave an insight into his background and abilities.

Next to speak was Callum Pickersgill (callum.pickersgill@calderdale.gov.uk), a Climate and Environment Officer from Calderdae Council who updated us the new Local Area Energy Plane, followed by Rob Shipway, Calderdale Council’s Town Centre Regeneration and Resilience Programme Manager who despite being on his way to an appointment at A&E updated us on the activities involving the Town Board, current plans for Hebden Bridge & Mytholmroyd and fielded a healthy debate around plans for the abolition of parking at Fallingroyd by the creation of a cycle lane, informing the meeting that formal consultation on the scheme was still to take place.

He was then followed by Elizabeth Cross SME Growth Manager for Calderdale Council (Elizabeth.Cross@calderdale.gov.uk) who gave information on all things grants, with the last speaker being Kate Henderson filling the local successful business slot with news about her shop The Tonic and its sales of all things CBD.

For those not able to attend, you can view the presentations here.

Judged by all attending to be a huge success, our next scheduled Networking Event is at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Wednesday 13 December 23, 1800 x 2000 when we’ll be inviting all attendees to not only listen to a new batch of informative speakers but also to join us for Christmas nibbles and cheer!

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