On Thursday 30 June Lucy Metcalf and I attended the Carlisle Ambassadors’ meeting held at The Venue, in Carlisle.
Carlisle Ambassadors is for individuals, businesses and organisations, who want to make Carlisle and the surrounding area a better place to live, work, invest in and visit. Ultimately, it has to be one of the friendliest networking events for those who want to use networking to collaborate on projects and make a difference.
We were welcomed with tea and coffee by Paul Kasiera, owner of The Venue, who’s opening line was ‘whether you’re a leave or remain voter, all are welcome at The Venue’ – a great opening line for the 150 ambassadors in attendance.
Kate and Michelle, managers of Carlisle Ambassadors then got the event started, introducing the guest speakers for the day.
Katie Read from The Lakes Distillery introduced the award winning distillery and explained how the business started. A dream by one man and 196 pro-risk investors, who all believed in the surrounding area of the Lake District and the brand that they were trying to create. The Lakes Distillery is now known as a ‘world class’ leader in its field and was opened by HRH Princess Ann; a great way to promote Cumbria and establish a high profile in business.
We also heard from Jonathan Lowe, labelled in this month’s Carlisle Living as one of Carlisle’s most successful entrepreneurs as CEO of the new gaming app ‘Geo Hitch’.
Jane Meek, Economic Development Director for Carlisle City Council provided us with an update on the Council’s plans for the near and far future, sharing where they’ll be focusing their budgets. The Carlisle Ambassador’s meetings are a perfect way for the Council to spread the word on developments within Carlisle and their priority projects. One project that stood out to me was their intention to ensure that the Carlisle Citadel buildings are utilised after the Council move out, as well as their intention to ensure the new Carlisle Airport introduces a passenger terminal.
The meeting moved on with David Martin from Highest Branch presenting on ‘how not to sell’ and identifying opportunities within your business through coaching and standing out from the crowd. We heard from Claire Armstrong of Big Beans Designs who promoted her fundraising event ‘We Amplify Cumbria’ for victims of Storm Desmond and the flooding at the end of 2015.
Our final speaker was Andy Fearon from #GiveadayCarlisle, who was as inspiring and motivational as ever! He talked about how as individuals and businesses we can get together and make a difference within our local community. At David Allen we’re enthusiastic about our charity work, and being able to see the differences made by lots of people giving a little bit of their time was particularly encouraging.
We are passionate about the county we live and work in, and being part of Carlisle Ambassadors shows us how we can not only generate great business connections, but also make a difference within our community and ultimately help each other by collaborating and working together.