Lifting the lid on the Lancashire LEP

East Lancashire businesses will get the chance to find out first hand what the new Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will mean for them at a special forum later this month.

Guest speaker Steven Szostak, head of investment at Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, will discuss the impact of the LEP and other key strategic developments.

He said: “The LEP will play a very important role in the future. It will be the conduit for Government initiatives coming into the region and it will also be the way businesses in the area get their voices heard by the policymakers in Westminster. The good thing is the newly formed Lancashire LEP is well populated with people representing this region.”

“While the LEP is one of the major changes that will impact on business there are other things, like the demise of Business Link and the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and the implications of this. That’s why a forum like this is such an important event.”

The forum will take place on June 22 at 11.45am at the Blackburn Enterprise Centre on Furthergate in Blackburn.

Amin Verpari of Community and Business Partners, who are organising the forum said: “This is the first of our new-style Employers’ Forums and the aim is to bring employers in the area up to speed with developments that will have an impact on them.

“It will give them a chance to question the decision makers at first hand and become involved in initiatives and developments that create opportunities and business growth.”

To book a place contact Amin Vepari at or fax to 01254 505051, or for more details, call Amin on 01254 505050.