The BOSSES of Accrington Stanley Football Club were proud to use their new state-of-the-art hospitality facility to welcome business leaders from across Hyndburn.
One of the first events to take place at the new £2.5million hospitality and conference venue, over 80 local business leaders had the opportunity to take a closer look at the development, which includes a hospitality suite, the 1968 lounge and a supporters’, aptly named Coley’s, named after Stanley manager John Coleman.
After a light breakfast, Amazing Accrington Chairman Murray Dawson opened the event in the 1873 Salon, before Stanley Owner Andy Holt and Managing Director David Burgess gave an overview of the continued development of the club, hospitality and conference facilities, the new bar and Stanley’s role. in the local community, before a Q&A with the public.
Hyndburn MP Sara Britcliffe and Hyndburn Borough Council Leader Cllr Miles Parkinson then provided an update on the borough, which was followed by networking and an exclusive tour of the venue and of the stadium.
Mr Holt said: “This is our first event for business leaders and I hope this is the first of many. We hope everyone had a great day and we hopefully we impressed them enough to want to bring them back.
“We have three bars, we have a small space that can hold around 50, 170 people in the reception area which is the 1968 Lounge and in the main bar which is Coley’s we can accommodate up to 250 people.”
David Burgess, general manager of Accrington Stanley Football Club, added: “It’s something the fans have been looking forward to and deserved.
“We’ve had the old clubhouse there for about 40, 50 years, it had run its course and it was time to get new facilities which could help us generate revenue for the football club.
“If we can generate income, we can attract the best players, attract more spectators, but also on match days, it’s for the fans.”
Cllr Parkinson said: “Wow, what a fantastic new facility for our borough. It was an absolute privilege to be here today and we cannot thank Andy Holt and Accrington Stanley enough for this investment.”
Ms Britcliffe said: “It’s fantastic to be here this morning in Accrington Stanley and to see the transformation they’ve made here in our local community and one thing that’s so important to us here in Hyndburn is that the chiefs #AmazingAccrington are coming together and truly working together to transform our borough for the betterment of all citizens.”
Mr. Dawson, also Managing Director of Scott Dawson Advertising, said: “We are very proud to have hosted one of the first events to take place at this wonderful new venue.
“A big thank you to Andy Holt, David Burgess and the club for their investment of money and time showing their commitment to the borough.
“We would also like to thank them for hosting us today – it has been a great opportunity to introduce the new investment to Hyndburn business leaders and the comments and reviews have been sensational.
“Although this is not primarily a networking event, the number of deals completed this morning is immense.”
Next up at the 1968 Lounge is a ‘Meet the Players’ night on Tuesday March 8, while hospitality and matchday event bookings can also be booked.