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    In the Driving Seat: Mike Damms MBE, Member of the Lancashire LEP Board and Chief Executive of East Lancs Chamber of Commerce

    Mike Damms gives some secrets away, including his link to Austin Allegros …

    Mike Damms

    East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

    Chief Executive

    Apart from that:
    Chair NW Manufacturing Forum, LEP Board Member (Lancashire), MBE for Services to Industry

    Association with NAA
    Primarily through the Regional Manufacturing Forum

     Why did you join the NAA?
    East Lancashire has many automotive suppliers and there are cross-sectoral supply chain interests. I worked in the car plants (Castle Bromwich and Longridge) in the early, infamous, 1970s – anyone for a square steering-wheeled Allegro?

    Distance Runner, Smallholder, Bridge, Theatre, Ale

    Favourite football team
    Sheffield United (to the tune of Annie’s Song)

    Musical performers
    Johnny Winter, Mike Oldfield


    Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

    Best motoring moment
    Driving an HGV recovery vehicle on the M6 at Spaghetti Junction in the rush hour

    Best business advice you’ve ever received?:
    Open minds – success will follow

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham