Last week I had the opportunity to attend a couple of Private Business related events.

The first was the Future of Work 2016 launch event in London, which brought together 12 start-up businesses all with the same ambition to grow and learn. The evening was the opportunity for the cohort to deliver a short pitch about their offering and then through a speed networking type event find the right mentor for them and their business. 

There was a real buzz in the reception and during the pitches, the energy and passion the start ups shared was inspiring and, along with the rest of PwC, I wish them luck in the 12 week programme and more importantly beyond.

Find out more about the Future of Work programme and who is on the 2016 cohort here.

The second event was closer to home in Manchester, the MEN Business of the Year awards. I was delighted to have the opportunity to sit with Hello Soda who I went met pre summer at their submission visit. The business has gone from strength to strength in only a few years and James Blake the CEO at the helm of the tech business, again exuded passion for what he does and that was translated in his team whom I met some of on Thursday, not to mention their technical ability! 

Again the energy and passion in the Midland Hotel was phenomenal and highlighted the talent in the room and the great businesses based in the North West. Not everyone could win, but no-one should have left the evening feeling like they had lost! The sense of community and pride really did create the atmosphere and tone both on the night and for the North West.