Earlier today I attended a business forum in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston, organised by the Ulverston Business Alliance.
Nothing unusual there, you may think. But this was a forum run by The Times newspaper. Yes, that Times - the one in London. Hurrah for a newspaper which admits that business life exists outside the M25 force field.
The panel consisted of business leaders, educators, a leadership expert (handy if aliens arrive and want taking to one) and the Barrow-in-Furness MP, John Woodcock.
It was an interesting session and all kudos to the organisers. But it lacked a couple of major points: No small business representation (by that I mean really small …) and no Q and A session at the end. Other than that - all good. I look forward to more of this sort of thing.
To show I was paying attention, here are a few quick sketches of the panel. (As usual, any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental.)
Al Mather, Centre for Leadership Performance
Greg Rooney, GlaxoSmithKline and SLDC councillor Peter Thornton
Wayne Singleton, Tronic-Siemens
Marjorie Pickthall, Furness College
Harry Knowles, Furness Enterprise
Alisdair Nimmo, The Times
(Panellists John Woodcock and Rob Johnston eluded the blue pencil on this occasion.)