The annual Downtown Lancashire Business Growth Conference is always a sell-out event. In 2017 we dig deep into the core issues and opportunities that face Lancashire over the coming year.


8.00am – 8.45am
Registration //Breakfast // Networking // Marketplace

8.45am – 9.00am
Welcome by Frank McKenna

9.00am – 9.15am
Presentation // Lancashire update from the Leader
The Leader of Lancashire County Council gives a brief outline of Lancashire’s achievements over the past 12 months, and highlights the continuing success of BOOST throughout Lancashire.

9.15am – 10.15am
Panel Session // A Powerhouse Progress in a Global Economy
Lancashire has taken significant steps during the past twelve months to muscle its way into the Northern Powerhouse agenda. Now fully integrated into the powerhouse, a shadow combined authority, Marketing Lancashire now paying dividends and agreement to have an elected Mayor by 2019, this session explores how the county intends to be at the heart of this important initiative going forward – and how businesses can take advantage.
Cllr Jennifer Mein // Lancashire County Council
Ruth Connor // Marketing Lancashire
Chair: Jim Hancock

10.15am – 11.00am
Panel Session // Adopt & Adapt: The Digital Divide
This session will address the numerous digital issues that impact on business communities across all sectors. Increasingly we have become more reliant on technology as a business growth tool, however, unless you are of a certain age, or haven’t kept up to date, you are a digital dinosaur and vulnerable!
Our panel of experts will explore solutions to bring businesses up to speed to meet future digital needs and address issues around the current skills gap.
Michael Gibson // Lancashire Digital
Coral Grainger // Capital Relations
Chair: Jeremy Coates

11.00am – 11.30am
Networking // Marketplace

11.30am – 12.15pm
Interview // Growing your business
The one thing that every business has in common is the desire and ambition to grow. How we go about implementing a growth strategy is very diverse, and varied in levels of success. This session explores two very different routes to growth and how funding and investment can play its part.
Melanie Fourie // Strategic Partnership Manager Ratesetter
Luke Massie // Managing Director Vibe Tickets
Chair: Frank McKenna

12.15pm – 1.00pm
Interview // To be announced soon

1.00pm – 1.30pm
Lunch // Networking // Marketplace

Ticket Costs:

  • £35 + VAT for Downtown Lancashire members and businesses working with Boost Business Lancashire
  • £55 + VAT for Non-members
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