Leading Lancashire businessman to share philanthropy views

Speaker: Norman Tenray of Longridge-based OBAS group

Speaker: Norman Tenray of Longridge-based OBAS group

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The venue will play host to some of the region’s most influential business and community leaders on Thursday, building a network of change-makers across the North West.

Organised by The Philanthropy Fellowship North West, the event will welcome The Duke of Westminster as a keynote speaker along with the Everyman’s Executive Director, 
Deborah Aydon who will highlight how philanthropy has played a vital part in the development of the historic theatre over many years.

Guests will also hear first hand from Norman Tenray, chief of the Longridge-based OBAS Group.

He and others will speak about how they have given their time to support charitable and social causes and to encourage like-minded people to do the same.

Chairman of the Fellowship, Liverpool ONE’s Estate Director, Chris Bliss, said: “The UK, and the North West in particular, has an impressive history in philanthropy and it is our ambition to continue this work by creating a strong, dynamic and exciting Fellowship right here in the North West made up of change makers who are in a position to enrich lives and add social value at grassroots level.

“Philanthropy is a rising force in many economies and its value cannot be underestimated.

“It’s a word that might not be familiar to many people but put simply, it is about the willingness to give something back, about being concerned for the welfare of others and about sharing experiences and learning with each other.”

Norman Tenray has made the decision to speak publicly for the first time about how his businesses have benefited from the philanthropic associations he has with charities, educational establishments and local communities in an effort to show fellow businessmen and women the value of a network like the Fellowship.

Norman explained: “I usually don’t talk publicly about the engagement and support services we are involved with as a business but I think it is important at this particular moment in time, and with the staging of the event, to explain to colleagues across the North West just how vital philanthropy can be in the business world and how return on investment, in my experience, vastly outweighs the time or money investment you put in.”

To attend the event ring 0151 232 2431 or e-mail philanthropy@cfmerseyside.org.uk.