The Bondholders scheme is an "innovative and powerful network of organisations who believe what is good for Burnley is good for business." The scheme was set-up to promote Burnley and change the view of the town as being a run-down, deprived area of stereotypical empty mills, cobbled streets, flat caps and whippets.
Secure Thinking's contribution is more than just financial. Lee Hezzlewood, the founder of the company is a Burnley lad, born and bred. His background makes him proud and defensive of Burnley and he is keen to see the town prosper.
"Burnley and East Lancashire region is a fantastic area with amazing countryside and warm, welcoming people. The problem is that the media typically depicts the place as run-down and deprived. Whilst some areas are deprived, just like in any other decent sized town, there are also some truly great business leaders, innovation and opportunities in the area. And I want to do what I can to promote them."
Secure Thinking was created to help other businesses protect themselves and their clients from loss of data, identity theft and online fraud, and Lee believes that it's hi-tec companies like his which will lead the regeneration of the region and turn it into a truly great place for business.
"Companies are becoming much more cost conscious and looking at better ways of operating. With modern communications and technology, companies don't need to operate from City based, fixed offices with huge overheads. Instead, they can look at reducing those overheads and allowing staff to work with more freedom and operate from locations offering better value for money. In my view, Burnley is just such a place."