Free training and advice for all Pendle companies during October

Local business people are invited to a series of free workshops, drop-ins and seminars aimed at helping them get the best out of their business.

KateHardcastlePendle Council and Pendle Vision Board have organised the month of sessions for new and existing businesses.

Focus on Your Business month brings together a wide range of business specialists and this year retail analyst Kate Hardcastle, a highly respected and multi-award winning businesswoman, is headline speaker.

Formerly lead singer of a successful band, Kate can now be seen regularly on TV and radio talking passionately about business and retail. Kate’s in high demand internationally and has given her views alongside names such as Bill Clinton and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re established or just starting out in business – you’re sure to find something which can help you,” said councillor Paul White, who oversees enterprise, growth and promotion for Pendle Council.

He explained that the overall aim of Focus on Your Business is to boost business growth in Pendle: “We’re seeing a number of local businesses invest in growth projects and staff development.

“These workshops and seminars will support you in your development, however big you are and whatever stage you’re currently at.”

Subjects of seminars and workshops include social media, business basics, how to import safely and apprenticeship and employer services.

Headline speaker Kate, who founded business transformation organisation Insight with Passion, will be running a master class on how to give your business some oomph.

She explained: “The course will be modelled on our oomph workshops which have been delivered worldwide. It will provide attendees with the stepping stones for how to offer the best service to a consumer and achieve that loyalty.”

Hanna Latty, business development officer at Pendle Council, said: “This is the third year that we’ve organised a month of free workshops and seminars for local companies.

“They help attendees to gain the skills they need to get the most out of their businesses. My advice is register on any of the free events and find out how you can make your business even more efficient. Sessions run at various times of the day to make them accessible to busy business people.”

Various venues are being used to deliver the sessions including the ACE Centre on Cross Street in Nelson and the Rainhall Centre in Barnoldswick.

The Focus on Your Business e-programme is being emailed to local business people this week. It can also be downloaded from