Free events to boost businesses

Lancaster City Council is hosting a number of free business support events over the coming months for local businesses of all types and stages, whether new, pre-start or well established.

In September, Boost Business Lancashire, in partnership with the council, is holding two workshops for new or pre-start businesses.

Business Planning for Growth takes place on Tuesday, September 3 and is a workshop for entrepreneurs that need support in achieving their strategy and aspirations for growth. You will design and define your unique value proposition, bringing life to the capabilities and assets that your business has that clearly differentiates you from the competition.

On Thursday, September 26, a Marketing for Growth workshop will cover a number of topics including what is marketing, targeting your customers, the Marketing “Mix”, the 5 step buying process, digital and traditional marketing methods, public relations and writing a press release. 

  • Both these events will be held at Lancaster Town Hall from 9am to 3.30pm and include lunch.

If you're a business looking to enter international markets then the Export Masterclass which will take place on Wednesday, September 4 at The Story in Lancaster might be the one for you. 

This half day workshop on exporting and the use of agents and distributors is being hosted by the Department for Trade and Industry, in partnership with Lancaster City Council and Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce.  Topics include the difference between agents and distributors, other possible routes to market, how to find the right agents and distributors for your business, and much more.

  • This event runs from 9.30am - 12.30pm and includes a networking lunch.

On Thursday, September, 19, Lancaster City Council has teamed up with local digital marketing expert Luke Bolger of Instantly Digital to deliver an interactive workshop that will help you to put in place practical measures to kick-start or improve your digital marketing.

  • The Digital Know How workshop will take place at The Storey, Lancaster - 3pm – 5pm.

All the events are free of charge and open to all businesses within the Lancaster District. For more information and to register, visit

Careers and employment fair

Local businesses are also being given the chance next month to promote career and recruitment opportunities at their organisation by attending the Raising Aspirations employment fair.  This will take place in the Ashton Hall at Lancaster Town Hall on Thursday, September 12 (10am – 1pm).

This free event will being hosted by Lancashire Adult Learning in partnership with Lancaster City Council and Department for Work and Pensions. For more information and to register an interest in having a stand at the event, contact Lancashire Adult Learning on 0333 003 1717.

Last updated: 19 August 2019