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The Lancashire Forum is designed and delivered by Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) to help leaders of Lancashire-based SMEs who want to build businesses, which focus on both profit and purpose.

As businesses start to move on from the immediate effects of the pandemic and the end of the Brexit Transition Period, it is time to look to the future. In that future, the old ways of doing business will not be enough.

Organisations of the Future need to be responsible – not only to their employees and customers, but also to society and the planet. These are the success measures against which consumers and stakeholders now judge companies.

Covering topics such as business resilience, innovation and leadership, under an overarching theme of Responsible Recovery, the Lancashire Forum is delivered in a safe and trusted peer-learning environment over four months.

Elements of the programme include:

  • Programme Induction sets the strategic context to build trust and start the challenge
  • Identify Growth Opportunities with online interactive workshops that include business resilience, innovation and leadership under an overarching theme of Responsible Recovery
  • Facilitated Learning Journey learn from leading business experts and world-class academics at LUMS
  • Peer Consultancy gain fresh insights to your business strategy
  • Access to Masterclasses delivered by world-class speakers

The benefits:

The Lancashire Forum will help you to develop a plan for a business, which is not just economically successful, but is also socially and environmentally responsible. With the support of the programme’s peer network and the challenge of the University and leading business experts, you will forge a clear path to turn your business into an Organisation for the Future.

Since launching Lancashire Forum project in 2016, it has assisted more than 315 businesses and has helped those businesses to create more than 75 new jobs and has had some excellent feedback:

“The Lancashire Forum definitely gave me the tools I needed to grow the business. If you’re an established business looking for growth the Lancashire Forum will help you see things in a whole new light, and take time out of the business to work on your business.”  Minhaz Moosa, Intelligent Payroll Limited

“The programme provided excellent facilitated learning during each of the sessions. It enabled me to pause, and step away from the day-to-day grind and really challenged me to think about my business model and the services we have to offer. Taking time away from the business, to work on the business, was really beneficial.” Kate Houlden, Like Technologies Ltd.

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Who is it for?

This programme is fully funded and available to businesses, which are eligible under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) criteria, as follows:

  • Based in Lancashire
  • Employ fewer than 250 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Annual turnover of less than €50 million (or the equivalent in GBP)
  • Received less than €200,000 of de minimis State Aid in the last three years

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 over four months.
  • You’ll be invited to a series of growth workshops and LUMS masterclasses.
  • You’ll be encouraged to stay in touch and network with your peers on the programme.

Additional information:

The programme is delivered by LUMS and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. For specific information about the programme please contact Jane Hunter (Business Liaison Officer at LUMS) on 01524 593632 or visit

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