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International Festival for Business

The International Festival for Business (IFB) 2014 is the largest global concentration of business events during 2014. The 50-day festival runs across 7 weeks in June and July and will attract business delegates and trade intermediaries from around the world.


IFB 2014 offers you the choice of more than 150 business-focused events of all shapes and sizes, spanning seven broad IFB 2014 themes:

  • Cities, Enterprise and Urban Business
  • Creative and Digital Industries
  • Financial and Professional Services
  • Higher/Further Education and Research
  • Low Carbon and Renewables
  • Manufacturing, Science and Technology
  • Maritime, Logistics and Energy

IFB 2014 is very ambitious. It is a key part of the government's target of rebalancing the economy and achieving its export and investment objectives. A festival like this has never been held before and it’s a chance for you to develop your business. To find out more or to register with the IFB business club visit International Festival for Business (external link)


Inspirational retail workshops

Marketing Lancashire has joined forces with leading TV expert in customer service Kate Hardcastle for a second series of free inspirational workshops in 2014, ideal for businesses keen to develop their customer relations, increase sales and enhance profile.


Each workshop runs from 1pm - 4pm with refreshments included.  To book your free place and for further information email catherine@marketinglancashire.com or call 01772 426465.


Social Enterprise: Making it Official

Event Provider: Selnet

Date: Tuesday 22 April 2014

Time: 10.00am-1.00pm

Venue: The Ecumenical Centre, Northway, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LU

Price: Free


Learn the practicalities of how to start a new business using a Social Enterprise model, make sure you have the right controls in place so the business can operate to maximise its social advantage.


If you are in the process of setting up a Social Enterprise, this is one seminar you do not want to miss. Delegates will understand the range of models available and be better equipped to choose the right one for their organisation.


Other elements include:

  • Understanding the social enterprise leadership model
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the legal structure available
  • Where to go for more information

To book please visit Selnet Events (external link) or email tracy@selnet-uk.com


FREE co-working group for home based businesses in West Lancashire

The Southport and West Lancashire Jelly group meets on the third Thursday of every month between 9.30 and 12 noon at The Villa, Southport Road, Scarisbrick, L40 8HF.


Jelly is an international concept aimed at bringing business owners, freelancers, homeworkers and entrepreneurs together in a relaxed, informal working environment to maximise creativity and minimise the isolation that being your own boss can bring. Just turn up with your laptop, switch on and connect. Attendance is free, more information visit the Southport and West Lancashire Jelly group (external link)


OWL (Ormskirk and West Lancs Business Focus)

OWL Business Focus is a group of business people who live, work or trade in the Ormskirk or West Lancashire area. It is a member-led organisation which enables connections to be made between individual members, their organisations, other business groups and the wider community.


The group meet regularly to provide members with the opportunity to network with other businesses, hear project updates from the group and guest speakers, and to find out more about our training programmes and social events.


If you are interested in becoming a member visit OWL Business Focus (external link) for more information.



Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is a member-led organisation and is the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group representing 200,000 members across the UK, promoting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.


Visit the Federation of small businesses (external link) or to get involved in their latest campaign 'Real-Life Entrepreneurs' (external link)



North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Membership of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is open to any business, irrespective of size. The Chamber of Commerce is an important part of the regional business community due to its strong membership base and the range of services it offers.


For further information visit: North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (external link)



North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce needs your expertise

Four committees will be set up to ensure the views of Lancashire's businesses help to shape the policy agenda for Lancashire. The North and Western Lancashire Chamber are focusing on four areas of activity, the economy, access to finance, transport and infrastructure and skills. The Chamber are looking for a balance of specialists and "lay" members in each subject area who are willing to come together as a group to help develop the policy agenda. This would be done by commissioning research, publishing reports, acting as the authoritative voice of the Chamber, and calling to account decision-makers (MPs, local authorities, other public bodies) in the manner of a Select Committee hearing.


If you would like to become involved please contact the Chamber setting out which area you are interested in and what skills you could bring to the table. Tel: 01772 653000


Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Sefton Chamber of Commerce

Many West Lancashire businesses have strong commercial links with neighbouring Merseyside.  For further information visit: Liverpool Chamber of Commerce (external link) and  Sefton Chamber of Commerce (external link)


Social Enterprise Hub

If you are looking to set up - or already run - a social enterprise, visit West Lancashire Social Enterprise Hub (external link) to find out how to get involved with the hub.



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Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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