A BOROUGH has showcased the best of business during a week of workshops.

Over 200 firms took part in Burnley Business Week, which offered a programme of free business learning, development and thought-provoking events, hosted by leading practitioners, as well as giving an opportunity for local businesses of all sizes to network and get to know one another.

Workshops and demonstrations have taken place all over the town as it looks to create new opportunities for new and established businesses.

Cllr Sue Graham, executive member for economy and growth said: “Burnley Business Week gets bigger and better every year.

“We’ve had a fantastic turnout at all the sessions this year and some great feedback on the training provided.

“The council is passionate about supporting the growth of local businesses, and Business Week is a key part of our business support offer.

“The council ran 29 free sessions in partnership with other support agencies over this year’s business week which have provided advice for people looking to set up their own business, sessions on developing growth strategies, digital marketing, product development and winning new business, and many more.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to all the partners involved and to the headline sponsor, local cyber security business Xcina Ltd, which reflects the fantastic partnership approach to supporting business growth in the town,” said Cllr Graham.

“The council’s pro-active support for businesses and our partnership with the Burnley Bondholders is getting Burnley noticed as a go-to place for business,

“This is reflected in the stats, with Burnley sitting in the top ten in the UK for private sector jobs growth, and just this week the Financial Times reported Burnley as one of the leading ‘Tech Towns’ outside of the big cities.

“TechNation identified Burnley as a town with a higher-than-average number of digital businesses, which is great news for the town and East Lancashire.”