2019 Exhibitors 

Lancashire Community Finance, a not for profit CDFI, provides affordable and ethical loans at fair market rates to individuals and businesses in Lancashire who may struggle to get assistance from mainstream providers such as banks and building societies.

LCF is a delivery partner for the government-funded Start-Up Loans scheme providing advice, loans and mentoring to startup businesses and businesses under two years old. The scheme offers a repayable loan up to £25,000 to individuals over the age of 18 who have a viable business idea but no access to finance and funds businesses in every sector.

Contact: [email protected]

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. We are a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by our members, for our members.

Members get an exclusive package of great value business services including advice, financial products and support. These cover a wide range of benefits such as tax, legal and HR, local network groups and business banking.

FSB is also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed.

Contact: [email protected]

Preston's College



Over the years Preston's College have worked hard to bridge the gap between education and industry. They work in partnership with employers ensuring they engage with them in the development of training services to ultimately provide a highly skilled workforce to meet their needs and ensure a positive return on investment. Led by a team of experts boasting years of experience working in partnership with employers, the ultimate aim is to provide THE most employable workforce through Apprenticeships, bespoke training, CPD programmes and Higher Education courses. There are various ways in which to get involved and Preston's College are keen to support business needs with placements, apprenticeships, funding advice, internships, projects, employer forums and networking opportunities.

Contact: 01772 225000

Runshaw College has been Ofsted Outstanding for over 20 years and is incredibly proud to serve the educational needs of the North West. It provides a wide range of learning and development opportunities for employers and their workforce’s right across the Preston and Central Lancashire area. The College offers learning programmes at all levels catering for those needing support with English and Maths right up to more advanced foundation and first year degree programmes through its HE partner UCLAN. Working with key stakeholders in the local community including county and local councils and Job Centre plus Runshaw College is actively involved in supporting and up-skilling those seeking employment and developing the local skills base required by employers.

Through its Apprenticeships provision the college offers work based training in over 20 vocational areas, providing support, advice and guidance in the development and implementation of training and learning programmes. It also has access to funding and financial support to enable employers and their staff to secure the right training and business education.

Lancashire Mind’s vision is Mental Wellbeing for All. We aim to:

• Build resilience, wellbeing and knowledge of mental health - working with children to build resilience from an early age and encouraging people to value and take care of their mental health

• Help people overcome barriers to wellbeing – providing 1-to-1 support for people at risk of developing a mental health condition

• Help people achieve and maintain recovery from poor mental health - providing housing and supporting people with a mental health condition to return to independent living

• Influence and develop partnerships to improve the mental health of Lancashire

We believe that supporting mental health and improving mental wellbeing in the workplace is everybody's business; and we work closely with employers to provide a range of support options and interventions regardless of the organisation's size or resources to raise awareness, challenge stigma and improve wellbeing in workplaces across Lancashire.

Contact: [email protected]

Established ten years ago, Pink Link connects and promotes women in business. There are a wide variety of platforms where like-minded women can expand their network, grow their business and generate leads. From local networking groups, masterclasses and social events to the LIFE Expo, an online directory, business conferences and the Enterprise Vision Awards. Outside London, the EVAS are the largest and most prestigious business awards dedicated solely to women.

Lots of business is done in a relaxed and informal manner, with a high energy environment that makes it both productive and enjoyable. Pink Link have built a reputation for being professional, friendly and offering an inclusive policy where everyone is welcomed and equal. 

To find out more, talk to the Pink Link team now.

Contact: [email protected]

Shout Network



Shout Network is the leading business networking provider across the North West. We offer a relaxed, professional networking environment where members feel sufficiently at ease to represent themselves, and their businesses with maximum authenticity. We are proud of our 80% membership renewal rate, which we attribute to developing our networking structure around our members’ needs and preferences.

Shout Network is not target driven. We do not keep track of referrals. We provide an unpressurised, successful networking platform at venues across the North West for our members to meet, collaborate and build relationships that benefit their business. Our members do the rest without the need to be told what great networkers they are!

Contact: [email protected]