Survive and thrive: access to finance event
Date: Tuesday 11 March
Lancashire Investment Centre, Skelmersdale.
Are you a business owner looking for information about accessing
finance to grow your business? Access to Finance and the
Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) are partnering with Lancashire
County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council to host a
free Survive and Thrive business breakfast.
If you're an ambitious business owner or part of the management
team in the manufacturing or supporting sectors
and are looking to find information and support about accessing
finance to grow your business, this event is aimed at advising you
on funding options available.
Content will include an overview of the availability of finance
and types of finance products including debt, equity, grants,
banking products and alternative sources of finance. Attendees will
gain expert advice to help you prepare to raise finance and will
also hear first hand experiences from businesses that have been
through recent finance raising experiences.
Book your free place online at
Business Growth Hub (external link)
Growing your tech business by design
Date: Friday 21 March 2014
Venue: Cotton Court, Church Street, Preston, PR1 3BY
Time: 9.30am - 14.00pm
This Design Council workshop is for businesses in the early
stages of realising growth ambition and establishing market share
through their technology innovations.
This event is FREE to attend but places are limited, book your
place online at
Design Council Workshop (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.
- Wednesday 26 February 2014, Farrington Lodge, Leyland
- Thursday 27 February 2014, Towneley Hall, Burnley
- Friday 11 April 2014, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
Each workshop runs from 1pm - 4pm with refreshments
included. To book your free place and
for further information email email@example.com
or call 01772 426465.
Where search meets social: Grow your business
Date: Thursday 27 March 2014
Lancashire Investment Centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 9TG
Regenerate Pennine Lancashire in partnership with Boost Business
Lancashire will be holding a free seminar which will look at how
your business can stay ahead of the game by utilising the latest
tools and techniques for Search and Social Media marketing. The
topics covered will include Search Engine Optimisation (SEO),
Social Media Marketing, Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising and Content
West Lancashire Apprentice Awards 2014
The search continues to find West Lancashire's most outstanding
employers and apprentices as the West Lancashire Challenge presents
the Apprenticeship Awards 2014. Award applications now open and are
free to enter. The categories include:
- West Lancashire Apprentice Employer of the Year 2014
- West Lancashire Apprentice of the year 2014
To download the applications forms and for more information on
entering visit the West Lancashire Challenge page.
The awards will be presented at a breakfast event on Friday 4th
April at the Wrightington Hotel and
Country Club (external link). The event will be a fantastic
opportunity to shine a spotlight on your business and award
applicants will be leading the way for other businesses thinking
about taking on an apprentice.
The awards will give recognition for the hard work apprentices
put in to excelling in their chosen field and recognise the
employers who put apprenticeships at the heart of their
The event will also feature special guest speaker Max Steinberg
CBE, CEO of Liverpool Vision who will be discussing the
opportunities open to the West Lancashire business community
through the International Festival For Business.
FREE co-working group for home based businesses in West
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
Visit the Federation of small businesses (external
link) or to get involved in their latest campaign
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
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
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
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
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