Cars, Curry and Chat.

with Guest speaker Tony Attard OBE,
High Sheriff of Lancashire and CEO of Panaz Holdings

Korma and cars were the hot topics of conversation among delegates who attended the latest Curry Club. Electric automobile manufacturer Tesla showcased their latest Model S and Model X motors at Burnley FC’s Turf Moor for enthusiasts to put through their paces.

Guests were treated to an array of guest speakers, with Tony Attard OBE, High Sheriff of Lancashire and CEO of Panaz Holdings, delivering a brief history on how the company has grown into a major exporter to over 40 countries, and his role as High Sheriff.

Korma and cars

Sophie Gibson and Sean McCree from Burnley Empire Theatre Trust told the 110 curry lovers about their mission to restore the playhouse – where Laurel and Hardy and Harry Houdini once performed – to its former glory. And Sharon Froggatt and Natalie Bohane from Cares Charity said how they were trying to raise vital funds for an Endoscopy Suite at Burnley General Hospital.

Chief executive Miranda Barker gave an update on developments within the Chamber before highlighting the battle of Burnley Boys’ and Girls’ Club – the town’s oldest youth charity – to generate funds to continue its excellent work.

Key Fleet Vehicle Leasing and Management are this year’s sponsors of the Curry Club, which has been running since 2006. Managing director Marc McLoughlin said the company was excited to be associated with such a successful event. He said it was the perfect time for Key Fleet – celebrating its 11th birthday – to become involved with the Curry Club.

Marc said the business, which deals vehicle leasing, fleet management and business finance, had evolved to become more community-focussed.

He said: The Curry Club represents a milestone in our development in becoming a well-known local business that wants to work in the community. We are probably a much smaller business than would normally sponsor the Curry Club and the investment wasn’t something we took lightly but it was absolutely on message about what we are about.

Helping local companies and giving good advice in a collaboration – that’s what the Chamber is all about and so are we. It is a really good marriage and really serves to give us additional credibility and raise our profile.”

Marc added: We want to drive a lot of value into the Curry Club and be an active partner in building a community in East Lancashire. We want the Curry Club to be a business community that comes together and supports each other.”

The next Curry Club will be held at:

Blackburn Rovers Football Club on June 14.

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