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Boost to sponsor Lancashire Business Festival - March 2018

Lancashire Business Expo

The inaugural Lancashire Business Festival will take place in March 2018. This exciting new venture will be backed by Boost; Lancashire's Business Growth Hub alongside organisations and companies in the county including MHA Moore and Smalley, the North & Western Chamber of Commerce, Shout Network, Lancashire Business View and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The aim of the festival is to provide a focal point for business events taking place across Lancashire during March 2018. Lancashire is renowned for the support it delivers to the vast array of businesses in the region through targeted events, and this festival will bring together as many seminars, exhibitions, conferences, awards, etc as possible.

The festival website will feature a calendar of events providing fast and easy access to details of all the individual events in the region. Andrew Leeming from Boost, one of the founding partners, commented, “We’re thrilled to be launching this festival in Lancashire. It’s a fantastic way to showcase the vibrant and diverse businesses we have in the region.

In addition, Lancashire has some of the most comprehensive business support packages available anywhere in the UK, however, of the 50,000 businesses across the region we know a substantial number of them are unaware of the support available to them, so we’re keen to use the festival to promote this too.”

Events already confirmed include the Lancashire Business Expo, The Smiles Business Awards, the Ultimate Network, Lancashire Manufacturing Week, Pink Link International Women’s Day, Lancashire Apprenticeship Expo, Chorley Annual Business Event and the Red Rose Awards. Commenting Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of commerce said: 

“We are delighted to partner with such an exciting initiative. This Festival will provide a superb trading platform for Lancashire Businesses to engage with.” Dharma Kovvuri, Dean of UCLan Burnley Campus, another partner of the festival, concluded,

 “This is a unique opportunity for the region and we encourage as many businesses as possible to attend events that are of interest to them, as well as let us know of any events they are planning to host during March 2018. We can then include them in our festival programme and provide an additional vehicle for promotion of their event. This is an exciting year for us as UCLan is celebrating its 190th Anniversary in 2018, so we’ll be utilising the Lancashire Business Festival to promote a range of exciting events we’re organising.

We’re hoping to attract visitors to the festival from across the whole of the UK and maybe further afield!” A dedicated Lancashire Business Festival website will be launched later this year.


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