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IoD Lancashire | A Masterclass in Exporting

11 Apr 2019
Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn, Clitheroe

We invite you to join us for an exporting masterclass with Barry Leahey MBE, Managing Director of Playdale Playgrounds.

Barry is MD of Playdale Playgrounds, the UK’s leading manufacturer of Outdoor Children’s Playground Equipment, based from three sites in South Cumbria. Playdale has distributors in 48 countries, covering 57% of the global population. They have won ‘UK Family Manufacturer’, FSB ‘UK SME Exporter of the Year’ as well as being named DIT and Commonwealth Export Champions.

Barry received his MBE for services to International Trade and Exports.  In 2018, he was named IoD North West ‘Global Director of the Year 2018’ as well as ‘Cumbria Business Person of the Year’. He was recently featured in The Telegraph’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders and inducted into The Manufacturer Top 100 people in the Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Key details

Date & time: 11 Apr 2019 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn, Clitheroe
CPD Hours:

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Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 806 0890
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17:30 Registration and networking

18:00 Welcome and introduction from Andy Mann, IoD Lancashire Ambassador and Director/ Editor for Business Lancashire

18:15 Barry Leahey MBE, Managing Director of Playdale Playgrounds | A Masterclass in Exporting

18:55 Panel Q&A with discussion:

Mandy Lockett, International Business Director at East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Easter, Managing Director at Trutex

Barry Leahey MBE, Managing Director of Playdale Playgrounds

Event closes

Venue Partner

Browsholme Hall is a privately owned, nationally listed Grade I listed historic house. The Hall has a pre-eminent collection of historically associated antiques, paintings and furniture of museum quality. Furthermore the red sandstone house has a genuine claim to be the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire. Browsholme certainly is an historic house unique in so many ways.

Set within the Forest of Bowland, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Hall is surrounded by ‘picturesque’ gardens and parkland. Visitors are invited to relax and wander in unspoiled countryside, woodland, views to the distant Fells and most noteworthy the lakes or ‘Fish Pond’.

Branch Media Partners


Matthew Easter
Managing Director

The Qatar Foundation is just one of the Middle Eastern institutions whose school uniforms are supplied by this Lancashire company. Established in 1865 as the Clitheroe Shirting Company, Trutex is now owned by the management team, which bought the business from private equity firm Endless in 2014. Demand for bespoke, British-style school uniforms in Dubai and Abu Dhabi helped overseas sales hit £2.3m in 2017. Trutex is led by managing director Matthew Easter.



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  • Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn
  • Clitheroe Rd
  • Clitheroe
  • BB7 3DE

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