Event Dates

A list of all our forthcoming events.

  • June: Thursday 7th, Stanley House 12 Noon to 2.15 pm

    Time - 10.30 am - 11.45 am

    Presenter - Amanda Jackson, Tigerfish PR

    Topic - How To Get Your Business Out Of Stealth Mode

    OK, admit it .. your company does a great job for it's customers, but you worry that you are Lancashire's best kept secret. You are not alone .. but you are quite probably in stealth mode!In this interactive session, you will learn how people make decisions to buy, why positive media coverage is important, and, how to find new angles about YOUR business. We will also be looking for some top tips to create award submissions, how you can maximise your return on the investment at exhibitions and how to craft the ultimate elevator pitch - after all, PR is about communication.Amanda Jackson runs Tigerfish PR, a specialist marketing communications agency working with manufacturers and supply chain companies. She chairs her professional association (CIPR) in Lancashire, lectures at Edgehill and is a Director of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.Amanda Jacksontigerfishpr.co.uk07881 621143

  • July: Wednesday 4th, Stanley House 12 Noon to 2.15 pm

    Time - 10.30 - 11.45

    Presenter - Ben Griffiths, Clever IT

    Topic - How Savvy SME's Can Use IT To Enhance Their Business

    Tech is the future - having a good IT strategy can help you attract the best millennial talent, improve productivity and exceed customer expectations.Knowing the best IT options for you is tricky for SMEâs but can also be crucial to get ahead of the competition.Keep up or get left behind â Like it or not, we live in a society which is becoming increasingly digital and reforms such as Making Tax Digital remind us that, for any industry, itâs a case of either keeping up with the times (and technological advances) or being left behind.The real value of IT - for small businesses IT can be very expensive but investing in the right solution doesnât need to cost the earth and done well your IT can help deliver substantial value, protecting your data, improving flexibility and productivity.Fitting into the bigger picture â IT is a crucial, over-arching link which connects all business areas together and gets them working in harmony. Investing in IT is sometimes overlooked as a way to improve growth and profit.A tech strategy which works for your business model â the traditional office is becoming a set-up of the past, with remote workers playing an increasingly prominent role in many SMEâs. IT can work for your business to provide flexible working for employees and less restrictions.Cybercrime â those businesses who invest in the right tech can protect themselves against cybercrime, a growing threat to businesses, particularly SMEs.Ben Griffiths, a well-respected entrepreneur from Bolton, shows how he takes a clever approach; combining commercial acumen and IT know-how to deliver highly effective IT solutions for SMEâs.Ben has been working with businesses across the North West for over 15 years, using his insight and expertise to provide IT solutions which align with the commercial strategy and growth plans of a business.Ben Griffithsben@clever-it.comclever-it.com07538 577 928

  • August: Thursday 9th, Stanley House 12 Noon to 2.15 pm

    Time - 10.30 - 11.45

    Presenter - Jean Atkinson, Jean Atkinson Consulting

    Topic - Winning Sales Strategies

    Jean will be sharing her winning strategies for attracting new business and getting more from your existing customers.With the use of case studies and activities, Jeanâs aim is for you to leave the seminar with a few take-aways to implement within your own business to achieve the goals you have set yourself for 2018-2019.Content- The importance of setting goals- Top 10 sales strategies businesses adopt- Art of negotiation- Identifying the right strategies for your businessJean Atkinson has been in sales and marketing for over two decades, working in both business and consumer markets within an international arena. Holding senior positions on a global level, Jean's wealth of experience has contributed to the growth of numerous SMEs and organisations over the years via her structured approach and ability to identify opportunities and deliver results.Jean's clients describe her as a no-nonsense, jargon-free individual who embeds herself within your company to get to know your market, your people and your proposition. All this is topped off with oodles of passion, fun and creativity.Jean seeks out opportunities, asks the questions others won't and works with you to achieve results via effective sales and marketing strategies, activities and measures.www.jeanatkinson.co.ukinfo@jeanatkinson.co.uk

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Come and join us at

OUR NEXT EVENT

Thursday 7th June

Stanley House 12 Noon to 2.15 pm

What members and guests say

"I would highly recommend The Business Network to companies wishing to expand their client and supplier base. It represents the right blend of formal and informal networking. Karen is dynamic, professional and supportive. There is a real buzz in the room and her infectious enthusiasm makes each event special.I look forward to meeting people from a broad spectrum of organisations and learning something new at the pre-lunch seminars.We have made some excellent business contacts and some really good friends."

Ros Nuttall
Chapelfield PR

"I can’t praise Business Network (Central & East Lancs) highly enough. It offers just the right blend of formal and informal networking and, crucially, a good mix of organisations to build relationships with. We’ve made some excellent contacts and some really good friends."

Chris Macpherson
Chapelfield PR