Rally cars and a race track were the focus of a cross-border business networking meeting that took place at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park.

Thornton, which is home to the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, and also to many businesses in the advanced manufacturing, automotive, energy and environmental sectors, played host to the Mersey Dee Alliance (MDA) Innovation Network Business breakfast. The event was sponsored by Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, which was accompanied on the day by GoMotorsportand local rally clubs.

Professor Tim Wheeler, the University’s Vice Chancellor, gave a welcome address to the event, explaining that the institution is proud to be a strategic partner of the MDA. The MDA Innovation Network is a bi-monthly gathering bringing together local businesses from the four local authorities partnering together as the MDA; Cheshire West and Chester, Flintshire, Wrexham andWirral. It offers a unique cross border networking opportunity, where businesses can showcase their offering with an exhibition stand, as well as the option to present a short two minute pitch about their business.

Wales Rally GB – the UK round of the FIA World Rally Championship – is coming to the region between October 27 and 30, and will be based in Deeside. Following the business meeting, a mini rally track was created on one of the large car parks on site, to give delegates a flavour of rally car racing. Local rally clubs were on hand to offer delegates a passenger ride. Full details about Wales Rally GB can be found at www.walesrallygb.com.

Paul Vernon, Executive Director of Commercial Operations at the University of Chester, said: “It was great to welcome the Mersey Dee Alliance, Wales Rally GB, GoMotorsport and the local rally clubs to Thornton. We have received excellent feedback about the event, which saw over 200 delegates registered and seven business pitches made. The added highlight of the race track and rally ride proved very popular among the attendees.”

Pictured: Wales rally gb_1: Dayinsure Wales Rally GB sponsored the Mersey Dee Alliance Innovation Network breakfast, held at Thornton.