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Supporting Business, Charity and the Clarets


My week began with an interesting meeting with Mark Crabtree who is the founder and owner of Burnley company, AMS Neve. Many won’t know, but this company leads the world when it comes to the manufacture of the very best in music consoles and their products, manufactured exclusively in Burnley are to be found in all the best recording studios from Abbey Road to Hollywood. Currently Mark is working with Burnley schools to share his passion for creative engineering with local children. He hopes that some of them will be inspired to go on to make things for themselves.

From there it was on to one of Burnley’s oldest family firms which came in to being in the 19th Century when cotton was king and Burnley manufactured more cotton than any other town in the world.  John Spencer Textiles Ltd is a successful company that still weaves a wide range of fabrics and is run today by the great, great, great grandson of John Spencer. No doubt the weaving shed has changed a bit but the company still prides itself on quality.

It has been inspiring to meet with so many local business people committed to high standards in all areas from product, customer satisfaction to the well- being of their staff. Not least amongst these is another long established family firm: Birchall Foodservice. Birchall’s supply quality food products to a whole range of caterers from hotels, restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes and recently expanded into new purpose built premises on the Burnley Bridge site.

My last business stop of the week was to Moorhouses Brewery on Accrington Road. Moorhouses have been brewing quality ales in Burnley for 150 years and look set to continue for another 150. There is much to be proud of in Burnley’s Business community and long may this continue.

Mid-week I was pleased to join Burnley McDonald’s  on a community litter pick together with a group of enthusiastic local children.

On Saturday I was delighted to attend a Ladies Luncheon at Towneley Hall hosted by the Mayoress of Burnley, Mrs Brenda Lambert. The event was part of the wider fundraising effort to raise funds for the Mayor’s charities which this year are: the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Burnley General Hospital and Macmillan nurses. Lunch was served by Diane’s Catering and Sue Biggs provided an interesting talk on the work of the Soroptomists. After that it was a quick change and a mad dash to Turf Moor and I’m pleased to say I managed to catch the second half of the Claret’s fixture against Brentford and of course a victory for Burnley was the icing on the cake.  I rounded off the week on Sunday with a busy street surgery in Padiham.

We’ve had a really positive response so far to our ‘Hands off Burnley fracture Clinic’ campaign. Anyone wanting to sign the petition is welcome to come into our Keirby Walk office to do so.

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