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Supporting Business Networks

South Ribble Borough Council and partners offer advice and support to businesses and help to grow the networks that you need for your business development.

We deliver events directly and also with City Deal and other partners. For example, we held a special breakfast event, chaired by Leyland Trucks, to brief our businesses about the growth opportunities in South Ribble including the Cuerden Strategic Regional Site development and the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

Supporting Business Networks

Supporting Business Networks

Local business leaders discussed the growth opportunities with the Leader of the Council, Cabinet Members and leading businesses. Please watch our short South Ribble Breakfast Brief video . The Lancashire Hotspots Event on 23rd February 2016 focussed on the City Deal. Visit our City Deal Downloads page to find out all about the event. Please contact us if you would like to be involved in future events.

We offer free annual Central Lancashire Business Support & Networking Events to help your business. The Central Lancashire Business Event 2017 is on Tuesday 3rd October at The Invincibles Lounge.
The 2016 event, which took place on 19th October, featured Kirsty Henshaw who shared her experience of growing a business. Please see the Central Lancashire Business Events website for details of future events.

Our 2015 event featured Neil Clough, well known for his appearance on the BBC show The Apprentice, speaking about sales success and motivation, and Mike Ode, Director of Potential Unearthed, who discussed how to prepare your business for tenders and procurement.

Big Do is a new type of networking event bringing all types of organisations in South Ribble together, including businesses, voluntary and community organisations, to make new contacts and build relationships. Big Do offers guest speakers, interactive workshops, a promotional marketplace and the ‘South Ribble Awards’. Please contact us if you would like to hear about the next event.

Boost Lancashire organises and supports a series of growth-focused business events from conferences and inspirational master classes, to networking sessions, practical workshops and seminars. Please see the Boost events page for details of events organised by Boost and partners.

The borough is home to a number of enterprising groups and organisations striving to boost the local economy. Meet local customers and suppliers through Central Lancashire Business Events, Central Lancashire Business Club, Breakfast Before Business (BB4B), the Creative Network and Thursday Link Up.

BB4B meets in Leyland on the first Friday in every month, the Central Lancashire Business Club has a programme of monthly meetings, usually on the first Tuesday and the SHOUT Leyland Thursday Group meets every two weeks. There are also events hosted by Thursday Link Up (@ThursdayLinkUp) and the Creatives Network runs on-line. Please follow the links to find out more.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) can offer a wide range of business services including advice, financial expertise, support and networking. Please see FSB Lancashire and Cumbria Region for more information.

We work with partners to offer business advice events during the year. Please contact us if you would like more information.

The North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and other organisations also run events in South Ribble. If you would like further information regarding the events then please contact the Chamber on 01254 356400 or see the flyers on our downloads page. 

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