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TWO Wigan business clubs at very different stages in their development have different causes for celebration this week.

Forward Business Lunch is now able to mark seven successful years and based in Appley Bridge is has just enjoyed one of its most successful meetings ever.

Set up in 2004, the group has helped cement business relationships, introduce members to new contacts, and form strategic alliances.

It meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Dicconson Arms on Appley Lane North, Appley Bridge, welcomes businesses from the Wigan area but it is so successful that some members travel from as far as the Fylde coast.

Accountant Chris Alcock of CMA Accountancy on Skull House Lane, said: “The most productive way to do business is in a vibrant, supportive environment, which this club provides.

“It’s also fun because of the relaxed nature of the meetings over a great lunch, something busy business owners have little time for these days.”

Meanwhile a new embryonic group is beginning to take shape.

Local lawyer Joy Cleaver featured on this page in March expressing her desire to set up a new club and WN Building for Business is the result. Meeting at The Mount at Orrell it has eight professional members so far but is still on the recruitment trial.While networking is part of its principles, it also wants to offer help and advice to the wider business community and intends to hold speeches, seminars and charity events. Neither is it going to be a club which insists on only having one member of each profession.

An early example of their work has been a recent event at Winstanley College that Joy and solicitor colleague Dawn Goodall from Linder Myers, who specialises in clinical negligence. They spent the day there giving talks to students who were interested in the law. We told them what our working days entailed and explained the qualification routes.