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Supporting Business Networks & Events

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 such as BOOST Lancashire.

Our 2019 event programme has included the Place North West Lancashire Update, apprenticeship and recruitment events ​through South Ribble Apprentice Factory and Google Digital Garage training.

The 13th Annual Central Lancashire Business Event will be hosted in Chorley on Wednesday 2nd October 2019. Central Lancashire Business Events are the result of a long standing collaboration between Chorley Council, Preston City Council and South Ribble Borough Council. Our key aim is to assist businesses to develop their skills and growth potential while connecting them with other local entrepreneurs.  'The Wellbeing Approach to Boosting Productivity' will take place from 5.30 - 8.30 pm in the Lancastrian Suite, Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1DP. #CLBE2019 Please book your free place through the CLBE Eventbrite Link or the Central Lancashire Business Events website.

Supporting Business Networks

Local business leaders have the opportunity to discuss the growth opportunities with the Leader of the Council, Cabinet Members and other leading businesses. Please watch our short South Ribble Breakfast Brief video .

Other events focus on the City Deal. Please visit our City Deal Downloads page to find out all about the events. Please contact us if you would like to be involved in future events.

Logistics Group sponsored by Specialist Training & Consultancy Services Ltd is a brand new network for 2019 aimed at the Logistics sector, including HGV warehousing distribution. This group will provide Lancashire businesses with access to information, opportunities and best practice insights as well as providing a forum to meet with their peers. Unlike many networks, this is a closed group and focuses on the needs of Logistics businesses only. This event is free to attend, however places are limited and will be allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis so please book your place here.

​Here is a flavour of some of our local events. The Central Lancashire Business Event 2018 took place on Tuesday 2nd October at the Civic Centre in Leyland.

'Never Say Never!' Building Business Resilience and Adapting to Change.

Former British Ski Jumper and Winter Olympian, Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards shared his story. He is the embodiment of resilience and his amazing personal journey shows how determination and resilience have shaped his career from Olympian to Law Graduate and continue to do so today. His ‘Never say Never’ attitude and compelling story gave local business owners the inspiration to dig deep and continue to strive for their own success. Please see our short video below.

The 13th Annual Central Lancashire Business Event will be hosted in Chorley on Wednesday 2nd October 2019. 'Wellness in the Workplace' will take place from 5.30 - 8.30 pm in the Lancastrian Suite, Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1DP. #CLBE2019 Please book your free place through the Central Lancashire Business Events website or register to receive business news.

The short video below shows the Central Lancashire Business Event 2017 ​at The Invincibles Lounge.

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) and Thursday Link Up.

BB4B meets in Leyland on the first Friday in every month, the Shout 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). 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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South Ribble Borough Council
Civic Centre, West Paddock
Leyland, Lancashire PR25 1DH
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