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Brightly knitted jumpers, bears and famous faces spotted at prestigious Liverpool event

Hundreds of influential guests from the Liverpool City Region gathered for the business dinner of the season.

On Friday, the business community of Liverpool gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on Liverpool’s waterfront for the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants Annual Dinner. The headline event is known for its high profile and entertaining speakers and this year was no exception. The audience were left in raptures with the irreverent and witty remarks of this year’s guest speaker Gyles Brandreth.

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers. A veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show and a regular on Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness. Known for his love of a brightly coloured jumper and a teddy bear Gyles did not disappoint – bringing neither with him on the night.

The dinner was sponsored by Bridging Finance Solutions, Leonard Curtis, Insider Media, Notion Business Coaching and Mantle Analytics.

Steve Barber, Managing Director at Bridging Finance Solutions commented: “The Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants annual dinner is undoubtedly a key event in the sector’s calendar where professionals gather each year. “We continue to work with accountants who are utilising bridging more and more to support clients in reaching their own personal financial goals. Sponsorship of the event is a fantastic way for us to demonstrate our commitment to the sector whilst raising awareness of bridging to those who aren’t necessarily aware of the opportunities bridging presents.”

Notion’s Director of Coaching, Laura Ashley-Timms is delighted to be championing this headline event, “many of our clients work in the financial and professional services sector so we are delighted to sponsor the annual dinner in November as another way to show our unwavering support for this industry. Congratulations to the LSCA for providing this brilliant event!”

The President of the Liverpool Society, Carol McLachlan, said “It was wonderful to see such great support from the business community. As chartered accountants, we work closely with many other professionals and events such as these are a great opportunity to build on existing relationships and to create new ones.

“I was delighted to be able to have such a prominent and well-known guest speaker as Gyles; he did not disappoint with some excellent anecdotes and the very generous time he gave in taking questions, as well as numerous selfies, on top of his address.”

The event, which took place on Friday 23rd November, raised over £2,000 for a small local charity, the Terral Morgan Memorial Fund who provide support for those with a terminal diagnosis to be cared for in their own homes.