Lancashire Business Week 2020

Celebrating the county with Lancashire Business Week!

Lancashire Business View has been celebrating #LancashireDay with the business community for several years.

In these extraordinary times, 2020 will be no exception, but rather than gather on just one night, this year we are expanding our programme into a week of online events with #LancashireBusinessWeek in association with CG Professional

A series of five themes will underpin the programme of Lancashire Business Week events, which aim to both champion the county’s successes to date and plot its post-coronavirus future.

Join us for one or all our Lancashire Business Week events this November, by registering below.

Monday 23 November to Friday, 27 November (Lancashire Day) 2020

Online via Zoom

A week of great events!

Lancashire Business View will once again bring the business community together to celebrate Lancashire Day, but this time with a whole week of activity.

We’ll have breakfast briefings with some of the biggest business names in the county and we’ll conclude on #LancashireDay itself, Friday 27 November, with a lunch time roundtable discussion with questions from readers and viewers, and a finale featuring some very special guests!  

Join us to:

  • Meet and network with businesses from across the county
  • Showcase your commitment to the county and help drive our #LancashireBusinessWeek campaign
  • Remind yourself just how good Lancashire is for doing business – what we make, service and deliver!
  • Be inspired by our guest speakers and learn from their experiences

All events in this series are free to attend, use the below to register to each event now.

Lancashire Business Week: The Breakfast Blasts!

Monday 23 November – Thursday 26 November, daily 9 - 9.45am.

We’ll be presenting a rapid-fire interview and discussion forum featuring top names from business. These interactive sessions will focus on a different theme each day.

Monday: opportunities and challenges

Every business and organisation has faced unprecedented challenges over recent months and there are more ahead with uncertainties around coronavirus and the looming end to the EU transition period.

We’ll hear about those challenges, how they are being met, how some businesses have forged ahead and what we can learn from their experiences.

The flip side to challenge is opportunity. Some have emerged as a result of the crisis, others are more long-term.

We’ll be looking at some of the big-ticket opportunities such as Eden Project, HS2, the Lancashire 2025 City of Culture bid, BAE’s Tempest project – how can Lancashire businesses contribute and benefit?

Register here to attend one or all dates.


Opportunities and Challenges speakers

Gill Hall, owner of
Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses
Julien Parven, director of partner business and marketing at
Daisy Communications

David Harland, chief executive of
Eden Project

Jamie Grimshaw, investment executive at FW Capital

Ben Blackman, operations consultant at
Lancashire 2025
Daniel Cochlin, head of external affairs at The Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Tuesday: jobs and skills

The nature of work is always changing, and skills requirements change too. New roles emerge with new skills demanded to fulfil them.

And as our businesses adapt to new market needs, we need to ensure they have work-ready personnel with the flexibility to adapt to fast-changing circumstances.

In this session, we will draw together the employers who provide the jobs and those who help provide the skills. How do our skills providers ensure they are meeting present and future workforce needs?

And as the ways we work change, how can we ensure Lancashire is prepared for the challenges and opportunities on the horizon?

Register here to attend one or all dates.


Jobs and Skills speakers

Neil Burrows, assistant principal of Burnley College Mo Isap, founder and CEO of
IN4.0 Group

Michele Lawty-Jones, director of Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub

Susan Scurlock, CEO and founder of Primary Engineer

Kam Kothia, chair of
Star Academies
Victoria Nixon, site training manager at Westinghouse

Wednesday: wellbeing and inclusivity

Health and wellbeing were already rising as a conversation point in business, but the past few months have focused the attentions of leaders.

People have responded differently to the circumstances thrown at them. Some have relished their new working environments, but that is not universal.

What we have learned, for sure, is that we need to engage better with all our people, and we’ve had to change the nature of that engagement.

At its heart, creating inclusive workplaces is about valuing people as individuals who are provided with opportunities and support to achieve their potential.

We’ll look at the barriers that remain and how we can smash through them for the benefit of Lancashire businesses and communities.

Register here to attend one or all dates.


Wellbeing and Inclusivity speakers

Louise Myers, founder and managing partner at CG Professional Rob Binns, managing director of Cotton Court

Lee Chambers, founder of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing

Sherry Kothari, director of
Lancaster University
Health Innovation Campus
Dave Scholes, director of Mindsight

Kate Quinn, operational director of HR and OD for ELHT and associate director of workforce transformation for TAHF

Thursday: leadership and change

The speed of change in business this year has been remarkable. And leaders have had to change too.

Projects which might have taken years to plan and implement were up and running in days and weeks. Enormously difficult decisions have been made, and quickly.

What are the new leadership qualities that have emerged in recent months? What have we learned and what will we carry forward with us when working restrictions are relaxed?

Workplaces have changed too. For some, it has been a revolution to remote working; for others an evolution in their product and services offerings – necessitated by rapidly changing customer needs.

How do we best lead through these changes?

Register here to attend one or all dates.


Leadership and Change speakers

Melissa Conlon, commercial director of AMRC North West Ian Steel, keeper of the flame of
Atkinson's Coffee

Iain Round, partner at
Beever and Struthers

John Morrissy, director of change and organisational development at Lancashire County Council

Yasemin Sunbul, Lancashire and Cumbria area manager at Openreach Annette Weekes, managing director of
PDS Engineering

Lancashire Business Day: Aspiration and Celebration!

Friday 27 November, 1 - 2.30pm
Theme: celebration and aspiration

In our extended Lancashire Day event, we’ll be tying together the themes discussed throughout Lancashire Business Week, and consider them through the prism of aspiration and celebration.

Lancashire has earned its reputation as being hard-working, innovative, collaborative and inventive.

This has helped our business community weather storms before and we’ll consider that spirit in the context of #BeMoreLancashire – focusing on those key qualities and working our strengths hard.

We’ll hear from Steve Fogg, chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, on the county’s economic strategy and what it means to businesses on the ground.

And we’ll have a panel of experts and opinion-shifters to offer their thoughts and answer your questions live.

We’ll also be celebrating – this is Lancashire Day after all!

Simon Entwistle, twice named Lancashire Tourism Superstar, will give the Lancashire proclamation; and more special guests will be announced soon.

Register here to attend Lancashire Business Day


Aspiration and Celebration speakers


Dave Walker, managing director of +24 Marketing Melissa Conlon, commercial director of AMRC North West Iain Round, partner at
Beever and Struthers
Karen Buchanan, principal of Burnley College Stacey Turner, founder and managing partner of CG Professional

Julien Parven, director of partner business and marketing at
Daisy Communications

Jamie Grimshaw, investment executive at FW Capital

Michael Finnigan, CEO of
Mo Isap, founder and CEO of
IN4.0 Group

Steve Fogg, chairman of
Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

Tony Attard, CEO of Panaz Annette Weekes, managing director of
PDS Engineering

Lancashire Business Week is backed by a cohort of business from around the county.

Headline partner: CG Professional

Patrons: AMRC North West, Beever and Struthers,, Burnley College, Daisy Communications, FW Capital, IN4.0 Group, Lancashire 2025, PDS Engineering.

Supporter: Utiligroup

Media partners: Downtown in Business, Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce and lovelocalnetworking.

Become a Patron of Lancashire Business Week
There are a limited number of Patron Packages available in association with Lancashire Business Week. Click here to view or contact Stephen Bolton, commercial director on 07966 090 175 or