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Glossop Business Network celebrate tenth anniversary
Wednesday 21st September 2016 @ 22:00 by Adam Higgins
Glossop Chronicle News

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham was among the guests who joined in with the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Glossop Business Network.

Representatives from the group’s charity of the year, Glossop Mountain Rescue Team, and Willow Wood Hospice’s head of fundraising, John Fellowes, also came along for this month’s special meeting as members enjoyed some celebratory cake.

They meet on the third Friday of every month at Glossop Rugby Club on Hargate Hill between midday and 2pm.

It was launched by Hadfield businesswoman Kathy Ford in 2006, so local businesses can meet up and promote their work in an informal setting.

And Kathy, who has run her own marketing and advertising business The Solutions Agency for 14 years, is delighted with how it has progressed.

Explaining the benefits it provides for local businesspeople, she told the Chronicle: “It started with breakfasts when it was set up initially on my own 10 years ago and a friend of mine, Barbara Hastings, helped to run it for a few years before she retired.

“It’s unique because a lot of business networks charge expensive joining fees and booking fees but it’s pay as you go, come as you can which suits a lot of people.

“The Rugby Club is a fantastic venue for us because we can welcome people from all over Glossop and the surrounding areas and they don’t have to fight the traffic on Mottram Moor.

“We have lots of people who attend every session and other regulars who come when their business commitments allow so it works very well and I’m really pleased with how it has grown.”

Kathy also appreciates the support of her good friend Mr Bingham, who takes time out of his demanding schedule to attend some of the meetings.

She added: “When he was elected Andrew said he would try to come at least twice a year to listen to the concerns of small businesses.

“Having run one himself before becoming an MP, he understands them and what they are all about. Six years on, he has stayed true to his work and we thank him for that because I appreciate how busy he is.”

The organisation have also announced that their charity of the year for 2017 will be Home Start High Peak, who support parents across the borough to help give their children the best start in life.

For more information about the Glossop Business Network, you can visit their website by clicking here.