Mayor calls on tycoon to aid links with business

Mayor calls on tycoon to aid links with business

MAYOR of Kirklees Coun Paul Kane will be hosting a series of guest business lectures during his term of office, aiming to forge stronger links between the Mayoralty and local businesses.

The first event scheduled for July 28 in Dewsbury features Larry Hirst, the Dewsbury-born tycoon who rose through the corporate ranks to become chairman of IBM Europe, before retiring in 2011.

Professor Bob Cryan, vice-chancellor of the university, is set to follow at an event planned for Huddersfield in September.

Coun Kane said: “Through my work as a ward member, I know how much local businesses contribute to the health and buoyancy of our economy.

“In my Mayoral year, I want to be able to build a stronger relationship with local businesses, so that I can help them where I can to raise the profile of what they’re doing.

“I’m delighted to have the support of some outstanding speakers, and am looking forward to meeting new entrepreneurs and learning more about what we can do to help each other.”

The Mayor’s Business Lunch Guest Lectures are by invitation only, but any business who would like to attend can register their interest in an invitation by emailing

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