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Friday, 1 May 2009

Chamber Annual Dinner at Manchester Central last night

by John Walding, PR Manager

The Recession and our region's response to the challenges this creates was the key theme of this year's President Peter Heginbotham's keynote address, in which he stressed the importance of public spending on large scale projects and welcomed the new powers given to the city region in the recent Budget.

Guest speaker BBC Newsnight's Gavin Esler treated guests to some interesting insights into his chequered broadcasting career, including his stint as the North American correspondent covering the Clinton administration and his early days on the Belfast Telegraph.

After dinner entertainment was provided by Mock the Week's very own Dara O'Briain.

The charity prize draw managed to raise £3881 on the evening for the Christie and ME Association. Prizes were kindly donated by The Royal Exchange Theatre, Living Room Group, Living Ventures, Berkley Bowen and PZ Cussons. The first prize was two businessfirst class return tickets to New York from Manchester donated by Continental Airlines.

Thanks to Swinton the main sponsor for the evening and also to our associate sponsors Manchester Central, Business Link North West and Marketing Manchester.

Our thanks also go out to all of the members who gave up their evenings to come along to the event who helped to make last night's event a memorable evening.

Keep checking the site for a podcast of key highlights from the evening as well as a picture gallery of photographs taken on the night.

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