Lancashire Forum

Lancashire Forum

A six-month programme, as part of Boost Business Lancashire, designed to help owner-managers, MDs and senior decision makers of SMEs to grow their businesses.

About the Programme

This six-month programme, as part of the Boost Business Lancashire, is designed to help owner-managers, MDs, and senior decision makers of SMEs to grow their businesses.

You'll begin with an overnight experiential, which is a two-day event made up of leadership exercises, focused discussions and peer-to-peer learning. Stepping outside of your workplace, you'll be encouraged to think about your business differently and reflect on your current practices. This experience is designed to develop trust amongst the participants, breaking down the barriers to learning and providing opportunities to connect your new knowledge to real-life situations.

Following this, you'll participate in a series of workshops to help you develop your business model in preparation for growth, and how to access finance to facilitate the growth of your business. 

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Programme Elements

The Lancashire Forum programme includes sessions each month, taking place over 1-2 days. You'll participate in a range of challenges, workshops and tasks to develop strategic thought processes and skills, and the focus on practical learning means there are no formal assessments.

An overnight experiential to build trust and start the challenge.

Access to Masterclasses from world-class speakers such as Jonathan Warburton, Edwin Booth and John Timpson.

Interactive workshops including Developing dynamic business models, Innovation and Branding, and Business Finance for Growth.

A company visit, with access all areas within a large regional business.

Learn from leading academics at Lancaster University Management School and business experts. 

Introduce a fresh perspective with our student projects.

Get in touch

To discover more about the Lancashire Forum, and how it could transform your organisation, please call 01524 593632 or email

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The Benefits

The programme fully integrates into your business, so you will spend time actively working on your business not in it. The peer network provides the support and the University provides the challenge to your thinking and ways of working. The programme will provide you with the tools to develop a strategic approach to your business and ultimately generate the growth you need.

Lancashire Forum inspires new vision for growth

Chorley-based Logma Systems Design Ltd, home of OneFit software, has created five new permanent jobs and increased its profit margins after participating in the Lancashire Forum, a business growth programme delivered by Lancaster University Management School. Audrey Odell, who set up the business and still runs it as CEO, says that the tools she gained on the Lancashire Forum has enabled her not only to restructure the company but also to rekindle the youthful vision that has sustained her business for nearly 40 years.

Building on its extensive experience of a wide range of industries, Logma specialises in providing Enterprise Requirement Planning in a modular form that is accessible for SMEs and puts them on a level playing field with larger corporates.

It was targeting this gap in the market that first brought Audrey into contact with the Management School, when she worked with them to engage students on a project examining barriers to ERP solutions in the region’s SME manufacturing market.

Having gained useful feedback from this project, she took up the invitation to join the new Forum. “Because our business had been through significant change, I decided it might be good for me to be made to focus on what I should be doing. So I went on the programme and it did exactly that!”

The six-month programme, part of Boost Business Lancashire, brings together like-minded directors and managers of Lancashire-based SMEs and provides them with activities and tools to stimulate self-development and business growth. As Audrey emphasises, this opportunity to network, across a fascinating cross-section of businesses in different transitional stages, not only enabled her to learn from others and to pass on what she had learned but also made her feel more confident about moving forward and bringing in fresh talent.

“I was holding back on going ahead,” she explains. “But based on the Forum – and the project, too – I’ve made the decision to restructure: minimising impact on our highly experienced core team by creating a collaborative team of new people who can share information and recognise their own training needs. It’s working brilliantly!”

It was going on the Lancashire Forum that put Audrey back in the driving seat, she says. “The tools that we went through supported me in what I needed to do, which were quite radical things. The experience handed me back that belief and that decision-making mindset. It put me on track – for making further changes and growing the business.”

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Business people

"This programme is a fantastic opportunity for growth orientated small and mid-sized companies in Lancashire, helping them grow skills and confidence in equal measure." Matt Hutchinson, Programme Manager 

Costs & Apply

This programme is fully funded, and available to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) eligible businesses. Businesses must meet the ERDF criteria as below:

  • Based in Lancashire
  • Employ fewer than 250 full-time employees
  • Has an annual turnover less than £40 million
  • Has received less than £160,000 of publicly funded support in the last 3 years
  • Is business to business

Our next programme starts in June 2018. To discover more about the programme, please get in touch with us below.