A business network “with a difference” has been created so people can share stories and promote growth in the town.

Watford Football Club launched the Premier Network in association with Watford Chamber of Commerce to “inspire and celebrate” all the town has to offer.

The football club’s commercial director, Paul O’Brien was the driving force behind the initiative. He hopes a mutual love of Watford and sport can unite businesspeople and maximise new opportunities.

He said: “We want Watford FC’s Premier Network to be different from other business networks; we want the events to connect local businesses through a love of sport and create an environment where lessons can be learnt from success stories from either discipline.

“It isn’t about selling to each other, it is about growing together – united by a connection to Watford”.

More than 100 people attended the Premier Network’s recent launch event at Vicarage Road, headed up by Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden managing director and senior vice president, Dan Dark.

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Dan Dark

Mr Dark said to those gathered: “Well done Watford FC - you’ve managed to launch a network event where there are people in the room that I don’t know.”

The Warner Bros. boss then gave examples of how his company is supporting not-for-profit organisations in the wider Watford community through its partnership with the Chamber of Conscious. He added: “It’s about giving practical help to local charities not just financial support.”

Mr Dark then encouraged those present to focus on “community development”.

Guests then participated in a Q&A with former Watford FC player Tommy Mooney, hosted by Local Jobs for Me businessman, Lee Partridge.

Watford Football Club’s next Premier Network event will be held at Vicarage Road on March 8.