This is a collaboration between Chorley Council, Preston City Council and South Ribble Borough Council. 
Our key aim is to assist businesses to develop their skills and growth potential while connecting them with other local entrepreneurs. 

We are firm believers in the power of networking.



Our main aim is to assist businesses in Central Lancashire to develop their skills and grow sustainable businesses as a result. We also believe in the power of Networking, and this is why we aim to “Connect Local Businesses” through these events.

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

5:30pm - 8:30pm

The Civic Centre, West Paddock

Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 1DH

This year's 12th Annual Central Lancashire Business Event will be hosted by South Ribble Borough Council.

'Never Say Never!'
Building Business Resilience and Adapting to Change.

In an ever-changing economic climate, the need for determination, resilience and hard work within business has never been more necessary. A willingness to adapt, reskill and retrain is also key to both business and career development.

Who better then to share their personal story than former British Ski Jumper and Winter Olympian, Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards. He is the embodiment of resilience. Hear his amazing personal journey of how determination and resilience have shaped his career from Olympian to Law Graduate and continue to do so today.

His ‘Never say Never’ attitude and compelling story will give local business owners the inspiration they need to dig deep and continue to strive for their own success.

Our event MC for the evening will be Mike Ode, Owner and Director of Potential Unearthed, who design and deliver memorable and engaging Management and Personal Development training programmes.

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Meet the Speakers

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The event starts at 5:30pm and there will be the opportunity to chat to other local businesses and get expert advice from local business support organisations.

Organised by Preston, South Ribble and Chorley Councils, this event is free for all businesses across Lancashire. We look forward to welcoming you to this ever popular annual fixture, hosted this year by South Ribble Borough Council.

5.30 pm - Arrivals and registration.

Opportunity to network and speak to the exhibitors.

Buffet and refreshments available.

6.30 pm - Welcome and Introduction by Mike Ode

6.45pm – Michael 'Eddie' Edwards Keynote and Q & A

7.45pm - Coffee & Networking

8.30pm - Event Closes

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2018 Exhibitors

See the 2017 photos here.

2017 Highlights

Feedback from 2016 Attendees

Great Networking Event and Excellent Keynote Speaker.

Kirsty Henshaw was excellent and it was great to meet other businesses in a similar position to myself.