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MORE than 100 business leaders were entertained by comedian and actor Neil Mullarkey at a networking event organised by PETA.

Neil is most famous for being half of a double act with Nick Hancock and together the pair appeared in many spoofs of popular television shows such as Doctor Who and Dad’s Army.

His talk was part of a networking event at PETA’s training and conference centre, One Access Point, on Northarbour Road, Cosham.

It focused on his experiences co-founding the Comedy Store Players in 1985 with Mike Myers – which is now one of Europe’s top improvisation troupes.

For the last decade Neil has been bringing the skills of theatre and improvisation to some of the world’s biggest organisations including Microsoft and Saatchi and Saatchi, and has been credited with transforming the way businesses operate.

He was introduced to the floor by PETA director, Bob Hiskey at the event and quickly had the visitors laughing.

He said: ‘I had a very enjoyable time at the PETA open day.

‘I was given a great stage – literally and metaphorically.

‘Bob set things up by talking about the importance of collaboration, a theme I was able to develop with an audience who were willing to see how improv theatre could apply to organisational life.’

Bob said: ‘We pride ourselves in delivering the highest quality services and hospitality and our guests were not disappointed.

‘With many being new to PETA, we took the opportunity to show them why we have been at the forefront of training on the south coast for over 40 years – delivering to over 6,000 delegates in the last year alone.’

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