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All meetings are at Chapel Frith Golf Club, Manchester Road, Chapel en le Frith, SK23 9UH unless otherwise signified.

Coffee, pastries, fruit, juice and networking from 07.30am, speaker with questions 08.00-09.00am, more networking over the bacon baps 09.00 to finish 09.30am.

You may wear a mask indoors if you wish. Please observe social distancing as far as possible.


NEXT MEETING

 

Friday 16th September:

Lloyds Bank – Geraldine Boylan, Group Public Affairs Director is our guest for September. She’s particularly keen to tell us how the bank is moving to help clients, particularly SMEs, move to a net-zero carbon basis. Given the astronomical cost of carbon-based fuels since last autumn, this shift has been given real impetus. But it will cost – and the question is, how to pay for it? It’s ages since we had a bank (Barclay’s, 10 June 2016), so no doubt you will have lots of other questions for Geraldine also.

 

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Future Meetings

FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

July and August we will take our usual break – no social this year sorry!!

Friday 14 October: Up Up and Away with my Hydrogen Balloon..  I’ve been trying since before the pandemic to get a speaker from Hynet, the loose consortium of north-west businesses which are looking to develop the hydrogen economy in the area. Success!! David Parkin, Director of Progressive Energy, will be our guest speaker.  David is a recognised industry leader in the development of low carbon energy infrastructure and joined Progressive Energy as a director in 2019. Formerly Network Strategy Director for National Grid Gas (subsequently Cadent), he led the formation of the Future of Gas programme which first set out a strategy for decarbonisation of heat and led to numerous projects including the HyDeploy and HyNet hydrogen projects. A chartered engineer, David spent the early part of his career at BAE Systems/Airbus before moving to Atkins in 2008 as Director of Power and Renewables. David holds degrees from Cambridge, Warwick and MIT – and we are privileged to be able to listen to him.

Friday 11 November: The Manchester area has seen enormous change in recent decades, and has been reinventing itself in the service sector as well as entertainment and hospitality. Whatever knocks it took in lockdown, its recovery is swift and sure. Shaun Hinds is CEO of Manchester Central – Exhibition Convention and Event Complex – in fact, three different locations. Hearing him will tell us a great deal about this iconic business used for every kind of event – and the hard work that goes into running things smoothly.

Friday 9 December The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and future taxation with Ian Bingham FCA of BDO Manchester, our regular guru. It’s been a weird few years since Ian spoke to us last (Dec 2018). The world has been shaken on its axis by pandemic and war, and we are all stunned at rising taxes and public debt while inflation eats away at living standards. A level head is needed, and that’s what Ian can provide. Come and hear him, put your questions.

 

For more information please contact edwinacurrie@sky.com.

AND… SHARE CLUB for those interested in testing their skills on the stock market – our virtual portfolio has been doing all right! No real money, just a pub lunch.