The Central Lancashire Business Event is an annual collaboration between Chorley Council, Preston 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.

Chorley Council


Chorley Council has a dedicated Business Engagement team undertaking a range of activities to develop a strong local economy – a key strategic priority for the Council. The Business Engagement officers within the team support local businesses with aspirations to grow, and financial assistance is available to qualifying businesses. Capital grants are available for expanding businesses creating new jobs, and prospective tenants taking on vacant retail premises who need to undertake capital works to improve the shop frontage. A Choose Chorley inward investment package is also available for relocating companies.  A key focus for 2019 are the Digital and Creative sectors with support available for businesses in, or moving into this sector complemented by Strawberry Fields Digital Hub, a three storey office development  on Euxton Lane and due for completion in Summer 2019.

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Preston is transforming and we want businesses to take part in and benefit from the opportunities from the City Deal and other investment. There is a wide range of exciting developments taking shape now and in the future across the city.

We are committed to helping our existing businesses and welcoming new businesses and investors, large and small. If you are a new or expanding business in Preston, we can help support you in many ways including local business support contacts, property searches, recruitment and training help, events and more.

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South Ribble is engineering the future with a £300+ million Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal investment programme, which will deliver substantial infrastructure improvements, promote skills development, bring forward new sites and create over 20,000 new jobs over ten years.

A commercial property search facility, local contacts, links to support organisations and information about funding initiatives are just part of the supportive business environment we provide to help businesses develop. 

Contact the Investment and Skills Team to find out more about City Deal, space to grow your business, excellent connections,

recruitment and skills through South Ribble Apprentice Factory and the quality lifestyle in South Ribble.

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