MORE than 30 businesses and representatives from in and around Saltney met for the inaugural meeting of the CH4 Business Club.

The first meeting for firms in the CH4 postcode area was held on Tuesday in the Oddfellows Hall, involving informative talks and a chance for firms to meet and greet each other.

A draw for a new Blackberry, donated by Saltney firm Parkway Telecom, resulted in Nannerch freelance copyrighter David Greave taking the prize.

Cllr Matt Wright, Flintshire County Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, stressed the importance of the event.

He said: “This is a great and exciting opportunity.

“We have just done a major review of the businesses in Flintshire and there are areas we can focus on.

“We want to see businesses networking together for the interests and we can facilitate the right conditions for them.

“For example, we have been working very hard to improve our town centres, such as the regeneration in Saltney.”

Saltney Town Mayor Veronica Gay said: “It has been a dream of mine to get businesses around the area together like this, it’s something I really wanted to happen.

“This is a way for Saltney to raise its game.”

Saltney Town Clerk Alan Thorniley added: “We want to make CH4 businesses a success.”

Oli Ryan, who organised the meeting, was happy with how the inaugural meeting went.

He said: “I am pleased. It shows there is a business community spirit and I think this meeting touched on that.”

The next meeting is scheduled to take place in the first week of December in the Oddfellows Hall.