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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 autumn and winter event programme includes an Apprenticeship Fair on Friday 16th November, offering apprenticeship opportunities and training advice ​through South Ribble Apprentice Factory and two Google Digital Garage events for businesses.

Google Digital Garage offers 'Building a Digital Marketing Plan' on 24th October and 'Know Your Business with Data' (Google Analytics) on 15th November. Please contact us to book your free place. Come along and hear from the experts!

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.

We offer the free annual Central Lancashire Business Support & Networking Events to help your business. These events, held in partnership with Chorley and Preston Councils, offer the opportunity to network with up to 200 business people and to discuss all the latest business support on offer.

The Central Lancashire Business Event 2018 will take place on Tuesday 2nd October at the Civic Centre in Leyland.

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

In an ever-changing economic climate, the need for determination, resilience and hard work within business has never been more necessary. A willingness to adapt, reskill and retrain is also key to both business and career development.

Who better then to share their personal story than former British Ski Jumper and Winter Olympian, Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards. He is the embodiment of resilience. Hear his amazing personal journey of 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 will give local business owners the inspiration they need to dig deep and continue to strive for their own success.

Our event MC for the evening will be Mike Ode, Owner and Director of Potential Unearthed, who design and deliver memorable and engaging Management and Personal Development training programmes.

Bookings are now open so please book your place at CLBE 2018 here.

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

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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