Rugby league legend Micky Highams was the star guest at a packed launch of the latest group, in Leigh, of the networking organisation Business for Breakfast.

Micky mingled with members of the local business community, gave his support to the new group, and talked about the link between sport and business: not just as a commercial partnership, but in terms of achieving success in a very competitive world.

He said: “There are many similarities: preparation, competition, winning, losing, passion, hard work – there’s no doubt we can learn from each other, and I always love talking to successful business people to hear their stories, and find out what motivated them, and so on.

“But what I have learnt from this meeting is that there is a lot of great business people in Leigh, all very ambitious to be successful and to serve the local community, and it was great to hear of so much enthusiasm for rugby league, and in particular the Centurions, which was great.”

The new group launched at The Greyhound Hotel, Sporting Lodge Inns, Leigh, where it will now meet every other Friday, from 6.45am to 9am, including breakfast.

“It was an awesome meeting, and having Micky there added a real buzz to the room; he’s a top guy, and we really appreciate his support,” said Adam Vause from Express IT Group, and the driving force behind the launch of the new group.

“It was a fantastic turn out from the local business community, proving to me the enthusiasm to support each other, make connections, share knowledge and experience, and ultimately do business with each other!

“Off the back of our first meeting, we’re looking to encourage more local business owners to get involved with us – our next meeting will be on April 5th, at The Greyhound, it’s just £10, including breakfast, and we want to make this a really vibrant group that thrives on the virtue of referral marketing.”

Among those who supported the first Leigh Business for Breakfast meeting was Mel Fisher, managing director of the BforB franchise nationwide. She said: “This has been a fantastic meeting, and I thoroughly congratulate Adam and his team for making the launch so successful.

“It’s always exciting when a new BforB group is launched around the country, but when a first meeting is as good as this, and seeing the enthusiasm of all those gathered there tells me not only are we on a winner, but there’s clearly a thriving and dynamic business community in and around Leigh, which is great news.”

Anyone interested in attending the BforB meeting on April 5th, or future meetings, should contact Linda Tonge: via email: lt@expressit.group, by calling her on 01942 604222.