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Local businesses get together for some festive networking

22 December 2016

Local business people recently attended the Bridgend Business Forum’s annual Christmas networking lunch at the Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel, Coychurch.

Bridgend Business Forum, supported by Bridgend County Borough Council, is now in its eighth year. With over 750 members, it remains a positive influence within the local business community, promoting collaborative working and a vital link between the public and private sector in Bridgend County Borough - enabling local companies to develop, prosper and grow.

Bridgend Business Forum Chair and Managing Director at KKSolutions, Ian Jessopp, thanked guests at the event for their continued support of the forum and highlighted some key achievements from the last year, saying: “We’ve had yet another fantastic 12 months, delivering 25 business events and bringing quality guest speakers and experts to the county borough.

“One of our main highlights again this year was hosting the annual Bridgend Business Forum Awards in September. The awards continue to grow and allow us to give recognition to local companies who fully deserve to be applauded for their business success.

“Despite working within increasingly competitive markets, businesses in Bridgend County Borough are continuing to see success with the hard work and commitment that is being shown.”

As part of the Business Forum’s Christmas lunch, guests had a festive treat of comedy as Canadian comedian Sean Collins took to the stage. With his relaxed, gravely drawl, Sean’s intimate delivery drew the audience in to his personal anecdotes on fatherhood, living a cleaner life and taking a sardonic look at love and life in the UK.

Sean, who has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, is a well-established club and comedy festival favourite in the UK. He’s a regular at the London Comedy Store and his Edinburgh shows frequently gain critical and audience praise, including ‘Best of the Fest’ accolades.

Amongst the dignitaries at the event were Chair of the Forum – Ian Jessopp, Council Deputy Leader Councillor Hywel Williams and his wife, Mrs Jackie Williams and the Deputy Mayor of Bridgend County Borough - Councillor Cherie Jones and Consort Mrs Marjorie Griffiths.

The event was sponsored by United Graphic Design and KKSolutions.

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Hywel Williams, said: “The council is proud to be able to support the ongoing work of the Bridgend Business Forum. The support of local businesses has been instrumental for the forum to remain fully-functional and successful over the past eight years, and I’d like to thank all the members for their continued support.”

A collection was made at the event in aid of the mayor’s charity appeal fund, with this year’s nominated charities being Kidney Wales Cymru Foundation - Princess of Wales Hospital, Crossroads Care – Bridgend and Heronsbridge ‘Summer School’ – Bridgend.

To view all the photos from the event, visit the forum’s Facebook page

For further information on the Bridgend Business Forum visit: or follow the forum on Twitter @Bridgendforum.

Last Updated: 22/12/2016
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