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21 July 2014

Karren Brady spoke at Fratton event

Portsmouth Football Club were delighted with the turn-out from local businesses for last week’s brunch, which featured Karren Brady as guest speaker.

More than 80 people attended the event, which was the third to help facilitate local business hosted by the club in as many months.

Pompey’s business club continues to grow in popularity, attracting a vast array of firms who are keen to expand their network of contacts and work together to increase economic growth.

Guests enjoyed an update on how the Blues are progressing off the field.

Chairman Iain McInnes spoke about the club’s ambitions and the integral work chief executive Mark Catlin and finance director Tony Brown are undertaking to bring stability and growth.

Pompey manager Andy Awford was also on hand to thank local businesses and fans for their support of the fanfunding campaign – which is aiming to raise £250,000 to fund two academy pitches at the new training base at Roko.

Brady, who had travelled to Portsmouth in her role as small business ambassador for the Conservative Party, then addressed the room and gave an insight into her time at Birmingham and current post as vice-chairman of West Ham.

The brunch proved to be a huge success, with Mark Gowing from MB Air Systems Ltd saying: “Thank you for a well-run event – a very good insight into your club and, as expected, an excellent speech from Karren Brady.”

Aaron Butson of Chichester College added: “Thanks for organising the brunch. I thought it was a great event and look forward to attending more in the future.”

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