The Lancashire Forum is a peer network and business growth programme designed specifically for growth orientated small and medium sized businesses in Lancashire.

Designed to give participants the tools to grow their business by working with a world-class University.

The Forum is a six-month programme aimed at owner-managers, MDs, and senior decision makers of SMEs with a growth aspiration.

The programme will help SMEs to develop their strategic thought processes and provide the skills and tools to successfully describe, design, challenge and pivot business models.

Elements of the programme include:

  • Overnight Experiential to build trust and start the challenge
  • Masterclasses from world class speakers such as Jonathan Warburton, Edwin Booth, Loyd Grossman, John Timpson, Mark Adlestone of Beaverbrooks and Peter Cowgill of JD Sports.
  • Business workshops: The Business Model Canvas, Innovation and Finance
  • A company visit: an access all areas visit to a large regional business
  • An online forum: to discuss and debate with your peers
  • Student consultancy projects: an opportunity to have a group of MBA or undergraduate students work on a specific area of your business

The benefits

The Lancashire Forum programme fully integrates into your business, you will spend time actively working on your business not in it.  The peer network provides the support and the University provides the challenge to your thinking and ways of working.  The programme will provide you with the tools to develop a strategic approach to your business and ultimately generate the growth you need.

We’ve already helped more than 90 businesses to grow and have had some excellent feedback:

“The programme enables you to focus your objectives in an informed environment on how you can take your business forward.”
– Stephen Thorpe, CME Medical

“The quality of the inspirational and motivational speakers at the masterclasses was excellent.”
– Kate Mallaband, Oglethorpe, Sturton & Gillibrand

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Who is it for?

Lancashire based ambitious SME businesses*. As the programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund you must not be a retailer or business-to-consumer focused organisation.

* SME – Small to Medium Enterprises must employ fewer than 250 full-time people with a turnover of less than £40m.

How does it work?

  • You can find out more about the programme by filling out the application form on this page or calling Boost Business Lancashire on 0800 488 0057.
  • An advisor will contact you to collect further information about you and your business.
  • You will be sent an invitation to the next cohort of the programme. Each cohort runs for six months and starts with an overnight experiential.
  • You’ll be invited to a series of masterclasses and growth workshops.
  • You’ll be encouraged to stay in touch and network with your peers on the programme.

Additional information:

The programme is delivered by Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  For specific information about the programme please contact Pete Cornwall (Business Liaison Officer at LUMS) on 01524 510728 or visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/lancashireforum

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