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Skelmersdale Ambassadors Network Lauch

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

This is the first of an exciting programme of events for the Skelmersdale Ambassadors Network which will provide you with the opportunity to make business connections; raise your organisation’s profile and hear from influential guest speakers.

As well as this you will have the opportunity to enjoy a coffee and light refreshments, network and meet with the Skelmersdale Place Board members.

The event will take place on Wednesday 23 November 2016, 7.45am-9.30am at Best Western Lancashire Manor Hotel, Skelmersdale.

Booking is essential for this free event. For further information and to register your attendance, email your details to lets.talk@westlancs.gov.uk or call the Economic Regeneration team on 01695 712692.

UCLan Innovation Clinic Biomechanics Workshops

The UCLan Innovation Clinic is running a free half-day workshop for small-to-medium sized businesses to show how the independent scientific support they offer can enhance your business product. This event is primarily for companies developing products that will physically impact users.

The workshop will take place at UCLan Brook Building, Preston on Tuesday 22 November, 12.30pm and Wednesday 23 November, 9.00am.

For further information or to book your place, please download the Biomechanics Workshop Flyer (PDF, 418kb)

UK Northern Powerhouse Awards 2017

The UK Northern Powerhouse 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 open and are free to enter with 16 different categories to choose from.

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

For further information and to view the full list of awards categories visit UK Northern Powerhouse Awards 2017 (external link). The deadline to apply is Tuesday 15 November.

The Red Rose Awards 2017

The Red Rose Awards 2017is 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).

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).

Community-i West Lancs

Are you looking to optimise your on-line presence and access your local community? Get found and attract new local customers to your business with Community-i West Lancs, a fresh, contemporary, 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)

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 on 01772 653000.

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)