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As part of our networking group, we tell each other about events in the local area which may be of interest to our members.

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Tue 14 Jan, 9.30 – 3pm Start your own business workshop Get help to start up and succeed in business with FREE start-up workshops brought to you by Preston, South Ribble and Chorley councils.This one day workshop provides you with an overview looking at all aspects of starting and running a business from marketing and business planning to understanding financial aspects within your business. At the end of this workshop you will be able to undertake your own research to see if your business idea is viable, put together a draft business plan and have an understanding of profit and loss. Starting your own business can be exciting and daunting at the same time. This workshop will make it a little easier by guiding you through starting and running a business.The workshops are designed for pre-start individuals and newly launched businesses in Central Lancashire.
The workshops are free but booking is required as places are limited. Email: linda.edmonds@orvia.co.uk

Tue 14 Jan, 4pm – 7pm Propeller NetworkingWhat it Takes to Start and Scale a Business in 2020, Preston at UCLAN. When you read up on business advice, it’s important to keep it current. The world we work in is constantly changing and those changes effect our businesses. So what challenges are we facing right now? If you’re looking to start a business in 2020, what do you need in order to get ahead?
Matt Pyke from Fly High Media is leading this Propeller Networking event to help you get ready to start and scale a business in the current climate. As well as sharing his own experiences, Matt will share some of the key tools and techniques he is currently using to manage his business.
FREE to attend. Buffet and refreshments included.

Wed 15 Jan, 8am – 10.30am The Business Clinic ‘Peerworking’ Business Support Surgery at Surgeries are facilitated confidential “peerworking” sessions and it’s your opportunity to discuss opportunities and challenges bespoke to you and your business. You will innovate with other business owners who will give you impartial support and advice. Their only interest is to support you. It’s FREE to attend your first surgery.

Thu 16 Jan, 4pm – 8pm Presentation Skills at Burnley FC
By Boost. Nobody is as passionate about your business service or product than you, the business owner.However, we are all human with different qualities and not always able to translate and transfer that passion over to others.
Learn to better understand the perfect pitch when meeting and presenting to clients and colleagues, through learning tools and techniques to help you feel relaxed, calm and more confident to win that business!
FREE to attend.

Thu 16 Jan, 5.30 – 7.30pm Link Up Networking at The Halfway House, PR6 7JB. Sponsored by Lea Hough Chartered surveyors, Free to attend with food and drink provided. Details on Twitter and LinkedIn

Fri 17 Jan, 1 – 4pm Inner Sales Superhero with NW Lancs Chamber. Details on their website

Tue 21 Jan, 4pm – 8pm Turn likes into business using Facebook at UCLAN. Burnley
By Boost. If you are using (or want to use) Facebook to enhance and drive your business forward come along to our session to discover how this huge social platform can work.
We will discuss your business Facebook page, its performance, promotions, events, live events, stories and much more. Understand Facebook for business not just as a social network for staying in touch.

Tue 22 Jan, 8am – 10.30am NPIF Seminar – Access to Finance Business Breakfast Blackburn
The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), in partnership with TheBusinessDesk, is launching a series of breakfast seminars across the North of England.The aim of the events is to educate entrepreneurs about the funding options available to them.The first in the three-part series of events will take place in Lancashire.Delegates will hear from like-minded business owners who have grown following NPIF investment along with experts who will demystify the complexities surrounding corporate finance and offer sound guidance.The £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund was established in 2017 with the ambition to transform the funding landscape across the North of England and create economic prosperity on par with London and the South East. To date, NPIF has directly invested more than £135m, in deals that have attracted an additional £123m of investment from the private sector. This investment is helping business owners that had previously been under-served by traditional lenders to expand, enter new markets and create thousands of new jobs.FREE to attend.

Tue 11 Feb, 3 – 7pm Lancashire Think Tank: Growth at UCLAN. Panel discussion, networking and pizza, looking at three different stories of growth. Small and agile or think big ? Book via Eventbrite


Manchester Growth Hub have their usual workshops on their website: www.businessgrowthhub.com

Pink Link Ladies have a number of events on their website: www.pinklinkladies.co.uk

FSB Events visit www.fsb.org.uk/regions/north-west/events 

Local Networking Groups, see their websites for details

Shout Network

Business for Breakfast

Business Over Breakfast


Regular Events

Lets Do Business! – Every Friday morning 07:00 – 09:00 at Oak Royal Hotel, Golf and Country Club, Withnell, Chorley.
Link Up networking – on the third Thursday of the month 17:30 to 19:30 at Dantes Restaurant, Chorley. Contact Julia Monks of Handelsbanken for more information and follow on Twitter.
Chorley Tweetup – a networking meet-up for local tweeters, find details online
First Thursday Club, Bistrot Pierre, Preston – first Thursday of the month. Contact Jacqueline Balllard

UCLan – Northern Lights Monthly Meeting – Second Tuesday of the month 16.00 to 18.30 (Free – Buffet provided) Venue – 4th Floor, Media factory, near main roundabout at bottom of Corporation Street (Put note on dashboard that you are attending a Northern Lights event and park in the CTT Car park opposite). Contact Janet Worsley on 01772 895950 – e-mail: – jmworsley@uclan.ac.uk
Manchester Growth Hub – Last Friday of the Month, 12.00 to 14.30, Venues around Gtr Manchester, See www.businessgrowthhub.com to join the Hub. Details of next meetings on site and you can book on line

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