The North Lancashire Expo opened its doors to thousands of visitors, bringing together the people and organisations of the region for a spectacular two-day showcase.

Sunday was aimed at family and community day, with a focus was on skills, training and inspiring the region’s future workforce.

Entertainment included the Ludus Youth Dance company, the Bay Beat Street Band and Bernesto The Great. There was a visit from Lancashire fire and Rescue’s 999 squad and the British Army, plus kids of all ages enjoyed an interactive drama workshop hosted by Pyjama Drama.

Monday morning was back to business with networking, connections and collaborations happening in every inch of the marquee.

The day kicked off with a fascinating debate on the future of North Lancashire, and a series of ‘Tap’ Talks followed the panel discussion. The topic covered included ‘Lancaster’s District Ambitions’, ‘Data Driven Leadership’ and ‘Work smarter, not harder’. Day two also saw the Google Digital Garage team host two informative workshops on marketing and data.

Vicky Lofthouse, chief executive officer of the Chamber, said: “The team and I are immensely proud to have delivered the Expo once again and I thank my colleagues for their unstinting work to make the Expo happen.

“But the Expo isn’t about the Chamber, it’s about the amazing businesses of North Lancashire, our media team, our sponsors and most importantly our visitors that attended over the two days whom we were able to show off how amazing North Lancashire is and the businesses within.

Alistair Eagles, CEO of Seatruck Ferries and president of the Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce, added: “Plans are already afoot for the 2019 Expo which will come back bigger and better so watch this space for more information. We would absolutely love to hear your feedback on the Expo so that we can improve the event going forward.”

Photos and videos from both days can be viewed on Facebook.

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