Aberdeen City & Shire businesses set to dive into event with Patrick Miley


A free networking event is set to help local businesses make new contacts while learning just what it takes to raise and coach a European and Commonwealth champion in the pool. 

Organised by Business Gateway Aberdeen City & Shire, Go Network’s ‘Training for Success’ event will see business owners from across the North East line up on the indoor track at Aberdeen Sports Village to listen to Hannah Miley’s father, Patrick. 

The ex-solider, inventor, helicopter pilot, dad, and sports coach, will provide an insight into what it takes to become the best in your field during the session that takes place on Thursday, September 21st, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The afternoon, which is aimed at anyone thinking of starting, running or growing their own business, is the second of four Go Network events that will take place in locations throughout Aberdeen City & Shire over the coming year. 

Following the initial organised networking opportunity provided by the afternoon, Patrick will give his inspirational talk. Further networking will then take place until the close of the session when attendees will be able to take a tour of Aberdeen Sports Village.

Andrew Burnett, Operations Director, Business Gateway Aberdeen City & Shire, said: “Hannah Miley is a leading light in British Swimming and her father’s passion, drive, encouragement, and strategic thinking have been key factors in helping her become the champion that she is. Those attributes parallel what it takes to run a successful business, and his stories and insight will undoubtedly provide motivation and inspiration to all those in attendance.”

With a lifelong love of swimming, Patrick has honed his coaching skills working with swimmers including Brooke Bennett, Paul Palmer, and Ian Thorpe. Having passed his love of the sport to his daughter, he encouraged her natural talent right from the start in their local pool in Inverurie. 

His passion and knowledge have helped mould her into the powerful swimmer that won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Last year, he was appointed High-Performance Swim Coach with the University of Aberdeen. 

Mr Burnett added: “Patrick knows the sacrifices that are needed to succeed, and understands the pressures that surround not only working with family but juggling career commitments with family life. His unique view on success will not only get people thinking, it’ll spark conversation that will ultimately help business owners make new connections and expand their network during the afternoon session.”

Business Gateway advisers, accountants, lawyers, and representatives from major banks will also be in attendance all Go Network events. 

Booking for Go Network’s ‘Training for Success’ is essential. To reserve your free space and to find out how Business Gateway Aberdeen City & Shire can help you visit their local pages or call 01224 968174.

Outwith the area? Find your local Business Gateway office or call 0300 013 4753.

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