Lancashire Business Day 2019

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Crow Wood Hotel, Burnley

If you’re #Lancashireandproud, this event is not to be missed!

Lancashire Business View will once again bring the business community together to celebrate all things Lancashire on this year’s official #LancashireDay.

This unique event will take place from 7pm on 27 November at the brand new £12m Crow Wood Hotel in Burnley as the first business event of its kind at the venue which has just opened its doors in October.

Now in its third year, the event will see Lancashire’s leaders from across the county come together for a night of celebration and inspiration.

And of course, there’ll be first class local entertainment and food delivered by head chef of global award-winning Bertram’s Restaurant.

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Tables and tickets are now available.

Individual ticket - £80 +VAT
Bundle of five tickets - £380 +VAT
Table of ten - £750 +VAT

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Confirmed speakers

Ian Steel
Keeper of the flame
Atkinsons Coffee

Atkinsons first opened its doors in 1837. At the time it was one of seven tea and coffee merchants in Lancaster.

By 2005, it was the last one remaining, with a single outlet and just two part-time staff and a manager.

That’s when Ian Steel, who had previously been making television advertisements, stepped in.

Now more than 40 are employed in this growing venture across five locations in the city: The Coffee Shop and Roastery, Mackie Mayor, The Hall, The Music Room and, most recently, The Castle.

Very much a family affair – there are four Steels involved in the business – Ian will tell the story of a seismic career change, a passion for great products, the explosion in demand for a great brew… and what is next on the horizon.

We’ll also ask him how to make a decent cuppa!


Gary Entwistle
Found and managing director
Cherrytree Bakery

Gary founded Cherrytree Bakery in 1984, primarily making fruit slices and Chorley cakes for independent and major retailers such as Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. The business entered the burgeoning coffee shop market in 2005 and now supplies high street names such as Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero and Nandos with 48 million goodies going out each year.

Andrew Brown
Owner and founder
Crow Wood Hotel and Spa

Andrew retired at 40 after turning a loss making business into the most profitable privately owned company of its type in the UK. He eventually found a 100-acre farm in Burnley to realise his vision of creating a high-quality health and leisure club. Crow Wood Leisure opened in 2001 at a cost of £8 million. Since then, and with a further £27 million investment, Crow Wood Resort is now complete with the Spa and Hotel.


Sarah Page
Managing director

Sarah is a third generation member of this family business set-up more than 50 years ago. The business started out as a stall on Blackburn market and is now a national market leader in the soft furnishing industry, based in Preston. 

Kam Kothia
CEO of Time 2 Technology and chair of the board for Star Academies Trust
Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire

Kam is founder and CEO of global Time 2 Technology based in Blackburn, a supplier of smart home security and alarm systems. He is also chair of the board of trustees for Star Academies Trust and supports the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire in carrying out his public duties as deputy Lieutenant.


In addition to hearing from our guest speakers / panellists, join us on Lancashire Business Day to:

  • Meet and network with like-minded leaders of businesses from all sizes and sectors from across the county
  • Showcase your commitment to the county and be part of the #Lancashireandproud campaign
  • Celebrate Lancashire in style!
  • Reward your team, clients and suppliers with a night to remember
  • Remind yourself just how good Lancashire is – what we make, service and deliver!
  • Help drive and be at the forefront of the #LancashireDay and #Lancashireandproud campaign
  • Be inspired and learn from our guest speakers

The event will also feature an update on Lancashire Business View’s ‘Buy it in Lancashire, bring back a billion’ campaign.

Make #LancashireDay part of your marketing strategy

If you and your business are #Lancashireandproud make sure you are part of this campaign to celebrate the county. This event is not just a fantastic networking opportunity, it’s a chance to make #LancashireDay part of your marketing strategy to showcase your roots and shout about your business.

Attending will unlock a whole host of marketing materials to help you do this, plus the support of Lancashire Business View’s multi-channels with 30,000 readers in print, 12,000 email subscribers, over 40,000 combined social media followers and 34,000 monthly website visitors.

Lancashire Business Day Patrons 2019:

  • AMRC
  • Beever and Struthers
  • Curtis Law Solicitors
  • FW Capital
  • HSBC
  • PDS Engineering
  • Preston's College
  • Speakman Contractors 
  • VEKA
  • XLCR

The event is supported by 21 Digital and Peter Scott Printers.

The official charity partner for Lancashire Business Day 2019 is Community Foundation for Lancashire.

Media partners:

  • Downtown in Business Lancashire
  • East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
  • Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce
  • lovelocalnetworking
  • North and Western Chamber of Commerce


There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available in association with this event. Click here to view the sponsor pack or contact Stephen Bolton, commercial director on 01254 297870 or

See below for some of the businesses attending this year's event:

21 Digital

Adhoc PR

Albert Harrison


Baines Wilson


BBC Radio Lancashire

Beever Struthers


Blackpool Council

Burnley Council

Cherrytree Bakery

Colne Tyre Centre

Community Foundation for Lancsahire

Crow Wood Hotel and Spa Resort

Curtis Law Solicitors


Downtown in Business

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

eBusiness UK / Time 2

Forbes Solicitors

FW Captial

Harrison Drury Solicitors


Innovation Agency

Lancashire County Council

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce


Mattioli Woods

Mercure Dunkehalgh Hotel and Spa

North and Western Chamber

PDS Engineering

Pendleside Hospice

Perrys Vauxhall Preston

Peter Reed International

Peter Scott Printers

Pink Link



Preston's College

Profit Optimiser

Rebus Recruitment


Reorient Consulting

Speakman Contractors

Sunderland Peacock & Associates

Top Hat Tours

Training 2000

True Bearing

TWA Marketing and Communications



YFM Equity Partners