Event Dates

A list of all our forthcoming events.

  • June: Thursday 13th, Stanley House 12 Noon - 2.15 pm

    Time - 1030 - 1145

    Presenter - Phil Badley, DiamondNine

    Topic - Take Your Thinking To Another Level

    An introduction to a different way of thinking about that problem you are pondering on: you know, the one that runs around in your head that you never get time to resolve.

    This is an interactive event that will give you the opportunity to experience and learn a straight forward process that will help you solve a real time problem or two and help you to achieve a plan that moves your thinking forward.

    Phil Badley is the Managing Director of DiamondNine, an organisation designed with the purpose to help people develop better habits and enable them to be at their best more of the time.

  • July: Thursday 11th, Stanley House 12 Noon - 2.15 pm

    Time - 1030 - 1145

    Presenter - Sarah Collier, KBL Solicitors

    Topic - What is (Workplace) Sexual Harassment? #WorkToo

    What is (Workplace) Sexual Harassment? #WorkToo

    Following the allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein and the uprising of the #MeToo movement, the focus on sexual harassment has spread not only to encompass individuals but also companies to which these individuals are employed. Sexual Harassment is a serious workplace issue but often staff and employees do not know what is or is not sexual harassment. Our session will examine the issues surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace including answering the question ?what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace??   

    We will include group work / anecdotal examples to explore the issues of sexual harassment in the workplace and ask what constitutes sexual harassment? We will then look at the legal definition of sexual harassment and revisit the feedback from the earlier group work to establish whether they were right!

    We will also look at dealing with allegations raised by employees in the workplace and how businesses can protect against this and deal with it in a manner that will minimise the risk of Employment Tribunal claims.

    Sarah Collier ? Sarah has practised exclusively in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2009. Sarah advises businesses on a multitude of HR/employment law issues and has particular expertise advising on discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Sarah also delivers training to clients at external events and also in-house training to the wider workforce on a range of employment topics including sexual harassment.  

    Sarah Collier 01204 527777 scollier@kbl.co.uk
    KBL Solicitors ? Blackburn and Bolton

  • August: Thursday 8th, Stanley House 12 Noon - 2.15 pm

    Time - 1030 - 1145

    Presenter - Bernadette Willems, Business Peacemaker

    Topic - Finding your Inner Genius for Ultimate Business Success

    Could happiness and success really be as simple as doing tasks that we love and are good at?

    Join us and enjoy:

    ? Understanding the Art of Communication enables you to resolve internal and external conflicts in both your business and personal life. Many disputes or problems between individuals, in both personal or workplace relationships, or within teams are compounded or aggravated because clients do not understand each other or each other?s way of thinking.

    ? Understanding your Inner Genius enhances the levels of trust which quickly improve behaviour (leading to Revenues) and increasing the flow of natural energy which impacts bottom line results (leading to Profit)

    ? When applying these principles, sustainable improvements and results occur very quickly between individuals, entire teams, your clients and stakeholders, bringing ultimate business success, enabling them to identify ways of building or maintaining Trust, and what keeps people in flow doing what they naturally love to do.

    ? The resources Bernadette uses are both life and personal development tools, which are there for the clients to use to help them achieve a satisfactory and healthy work/life balance.

    About the presenter

    Bernadette is a Business Peacemaker and helps business owners enhance the dynamics of the natural talent which already exists in a business. With more than 20 years? experience as a Solicitor, Mediator and Coach, Bernadette is committed to helping clients identify the best within themselves in order to give the best of themselves. Be this in a mediation seeking to resolve Commercial, Family, and Workplace disputes, or in helping businesses identify the natural talent of their employees to develop greater trust within a team or organisation to ensure they can provide value consistently and sustainably.

    With her legal background, she is regularly asked to develop training courses for mediators and lawyers, and her training work has expanded into the business environment where she is an accredited Trainer in Talent & Wealth Dynamics and a Trainer?s trainer in DiSC.

    Her drive is to help people lead a better life and live a brighter future free from debilitating disputes, anxiety, fear, procrastination and feeling overwhelmed, thereby helping to create a better world for all of us. Bernadette is passionate about being able to make a difference in how people choose to think and communicate with each other ensuring that vulnerable and emotionally fragile clients feel heard and empowered. She is very driven to help people function at their best and find and utilise their natural skills for the benefit of the people around them and in their team.

    Contact details:

    E: Bmw@bernadettewillems.com

    M: 07740 438341

    W: www.GreaterManchesterMediation...

  • September: Thursday 12th, Tbc

    Time - 1030 - 1145

    Presenter - Tara Maynard, Laura Bolton and Neil Welsh

    Topic - Programming the SatNav to #AchieveMore From Your Money

  • October: Thursday 17th, Stanley House 12 noon - 2.15 pm

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  • November: Thursday 14th, Barton Grange Hotel 12 noon - 2.15 pm

    Time - 1030 - 1145

    Presenter - Harrison Drury

    Topic - A Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

    This seminar will provide a practical guide to help attendees to manage mental health in the workplace. It aims to assist an employer in determining what they can, can?t, should and shouldn?t be doing in different types of circumstances involving sensitive, challenging and varied mental health issues with employees.

    Managing mental health in the workplace can often be difficult and intimidating. In particular, there tend to be two kinds of situations that employers have to deal with:

    1) Known conditions

    2) Conditions which are not known to the employer or which take them by surprise

    In this seminar, we will look at the approaches available to employers when an employee makes a condition known to them.

    We will also look at how an employer should deal with conditions that are not made known / pro-actively declared / formally diagnosed as these can be particularly difficult to deal with if, perhaps, an employee?s behaviour changes.

    The next section of the seminar will cover preventative measures that an employer can look at ? one primary example of this is flexible working.

    About the presenters

    Helen Darbyshire

    Helen is an HR Advisor who works within the Employment & Regulatory team at Harrison Drury to provide support to employers both for discrete activities / individual cases and routine matters under the HR Compass retainer service.

    In her role, Helen is able to provide clients with practical advice, guidance and coaching covering everyday HR issues which all employers encounter at some point. Using her extensive experience in operational HR roles, she supplements the service provided by the legal professionals within the Employment Team by coaching managers how to best translate legal advice into practice in sometimes difficult circumstances.

    Sarah Astley

    Sarah is an Associate Solicitor at Harrison Drury. Sarah deals with HR issues for businesses. She primarily advises on the employment aspects of business sales and acquisitions, drafting employment documentation and dealing with day to day queries regarding employees.

    Roger Spence

    Roger is a Solicitor and Director at Harrison Drury, he is also head of the Employment & Regulatory Department at the firm. Roger advises businesses on the full range of day to day HR issues and provides Employment Tribunal representation. He also advises on the employment aspects of business sales and acquisitions. Roger is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association

    Emily Leeming

    Emily is a Solicitor at Harrison Drury. Having enjoyed her seats within Employment during her Training Contract, Emily qualified into the Employment Law team in October 2018. Since then Emily has worked with Roger, Sarah and Helen to deal with a wide variety of activities across the employment legal and HR spectrum. She has focussed particularly on aspects on business sales and acquisitions, contentious tribunal matters and advises businesses on a wide range of day to day HR issues and technical legal queries.

     Contact details

    If you have any queries about the content of the upcoming seminar, or any queries in general, then please contact a member of the team on any of the following:





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  • February: Thursday 13th, Stanley House

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Come and join us at


Thursday 13th June

Stanley House 12 Noon - 2.15 pm

What members and guests say

"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

"Imagine a networking group that runs like clockwork, with no scary moments, no feeling of wasting your time and no dread when it's time for the next one! I tried a number of different networking groups in the early days of my business and the Preston Business-Network was the only one I have kept on. It is run superbly well by experienced businesswomen Karen Tems supported by warm, friendly helpers. They only allow professionals, senior staff and decision-makers to join, which ensures that contacts made are top-quality. Just the number of strategic business partnerships I have made makes it worth my membership fee, but I have also made sales and had referrals. The free seminars are also excellent and have included some top speakers - including Ian Brodie and Will Kintish. Come along as a guest one month, we will all make you very welcome. "

Michelle Scott
Pitman Training