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Skelmersdale Ambassadors Network

West Lancashire Borough Council together with influencing organisations and business leaders from Skelmersdale have developed an exciting place strategy, designed to put Skelmersdale firmly on the map as a place to do business.

The Ambassadors Network will be the driving force behind the strategy and Skelmersdale’s future, ensuring Skelmersdale is promoted, talked about and understood on a regional, national and international stage.

Is your business committed, proactive and positive about Skelmersdale? If so, then sign up as an Ambassador today.

For further details and to register as an Ambassador, visit the Skelmersdale Ambassadors Network page.

Boost Pop Up Cafe

Boost has launched a series of Pop Up Cafes across Lancashire. The Pop Up Cafe is very informal and is an opportunity for you to drop in and have a growth conversation with a qualified and experienced business advisor, Sue Denver. Sue will be available on the day to explain how to start and grow a business, what support is available across Lancashire and make recommendations for your next steps.

The West Lancashire Pop Up Cafe will be in West Lancashire Investment Centre, Skelmersdale on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 10.00am-2.00pm (no appointment necessary).

For further information contact the Borough Council's Economic Regeneration team on 01695 712692 or email lets.talk@westlancs.gov.uk

Community Connect, Skelmersdale

The North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce will launch their first Community Connect Network in Skelmersdale with a focus to foster greater business relationships and professional connections among the businesses and organisations in and around this area.

This free networking event will welcome, introduce and promote new commerce for greater economic development and growth in the Skelmersdale area. The event will be at Best Western Lancashire Manor Hotel, Skelmersdale on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 4.00-6.00pm.

If you are a member of the Chamber or you are a business in the Skelmersdale area, this event is free. For non-members and businesses outside of Skelmersdale, the event is £50 or free as one of the two available taster events.

For further information or to register your place, contact The North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce on 01772 653000 or email chamberevents@lancschamber.co.uk

Northern Lights Awards 2017

The Northern Lights Awards 2017 will highlight collaboration between and within businesses in the Northern Powerhouse geographical area and is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on your organisation. The awards are now closed for entries.

The awards winners will be announced at the Conference Dinner in Manchester on the evening of the Tuesday 21 February 2017.

For further information visit Northern Lights Awards 2017 (external link).

The Red Rose Awards 2017

The Red Rose Awards 2017 is now open for entries and will take place on Thursday 9 March 2017. The annual awards celebrate excellence across a wide range of sectors and provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on your organisation.

The ceremony will be held at Empress Ballroom at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Thursday 9 March 2017.

Awards are being delivered across 25 different categories. To enter and to view the full list of awards categories visit Red Rose Awards (external link).

The deadline to apply is Friday 13 January 2017.

OWL Business Focus

OWL (Ormskirk and West Lancashire) 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 and for further information visit OWL Business Focus (external link)

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).

Community-i West Lancs

Are you looking to optimise your online presence and access your local community?

Attract new local customers to your business with Community-i West Lancs, a fresh, community focused website designed to help maximise your business potential.

Community-i West Lancs (external link) features:

  • A business directory
  • Discount vouchers area
  • Community networks for different groups
  • Local events section
  • Classified adverts section

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)

Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

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