NEXT Networking Event:
Thursday 15 June
8am - 10am

St Mary's Chambers, Rawtenstall

Debate topic: International trade.


  • Laurie Thomas, Managing Director, Vision Support Services
  • Mandy Lockett, International Business Director, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
  • Morgan Rothwell, Director, D&M Creative Ltd

Tickets cost £15 including breakfast.

To mark our 5th birthday, we're shaking things up a little with a new format.

Meet Eat Debate is hosted by East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Cassons chartered accountants and Viva PR. Established in 2012 as Meet And Eat, the quarterly events in Rossendale have helped to highlight and celebrate Lancashire’s entrepreneurs – our creators, innovators, movers and shakers. 
Each event will now take on a different topic affecting business, commerce and industry. The first event will focus on international trade.

There will be a panel of experts who will share their knowledge, thoughts and experiences. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and network with like-minded business people over breakfast.
At the next meeting of Meet Eat Debate, we'll be hearing from Laurie Thomas, Managing Director of Blackburn based Vision Support Services which supplies luxury, performance and specialist textiles to over 6,500 customers in 84 countries, including half the world's 10 biggest hotel chains.

We'll also hear from well Mandy Lockett, International Business Director at the East Lancs Chamber, who, with her team, has given a wealth of guidance to Lancashire's international traders over the years and Morgan Rothwell, Director of D&M Creative Ltd in Burnley, which provides a broad range of creatively driven projects to clients across Europe, Australia and the US.

Les Nutter, Managing Partner at Cassons who will be chairing the debate explained: “We were keen to focus on international trade for the first event as it is becoming relevant for increasing numbers of businesses in the area, especially with Brexit negotiations looming.”

Les added: “We are delighted to welcome Laurie, Mandy and Morgan as panellists.

Tickets are limited so be sure to secure your place as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you there!

The business networking event is hosted by the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Cassons chartered accountants and Viva PR.

Join us at St Mary's Chambers between 8am and 10am on Thursday 15 June.

Tickets cost £15, which includes breakfast.

To book online, click here. Alternatively, please contact Darren Grantham on

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