Chamber Chat with Jon Powell

Enterprise Team Manager & Director of Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce featured on Chamber Chat

jon powell

Our Enterprise Team Manager, Jon Powell, discusses this year’s general election and the impact on small businesses and entrepreneurship.

He says;

“We heard a lot about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the general election. Well actually no…we didn’t. If you read the manifestos from the three main parties in England (Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats) you will see the word entrepreneur, or derivatives of it, a grand total of 11 times. Yes 11 times in three documents with a combined word count of 86,772 words. The same documents mention the NHS 124 times, the police 117 times and schools and education featured 340 times. The BBC gets 10 mentions alone!

The economy is at the heart of every election and businesses are the engine that drives the economy. 99.3% of all private sector businesses are small and we have seen the business population grow 51% since 2000 (5.2 million businesses, an increase of 1.8 million)*. Every new business needs an individual or team to be entrepreneurial, to invest their time or money, to take a risk, to try and create something new.”

Read more from Jon here.

The BIG Breakfast Networking Event

The BIG Breakfast, 25th September 2015, Lancaster House Hotel, 8.30am – 10.30am


Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Ethical Small Traders Association (ESTA), are inviting participants to their second BIG Breakfast event; network and engage with local business from across the district.

The event is open to members, non members and Lancaster University students and staff, and tickets can be purchased through the Chamber here. This informal breakfast event is a great opportunity to hear from local business representatives and professionals, and promote your own business – you are also welcome to bring along a banner to get your activities noticed.

Find out more by following this link.

Women in Business Conference

Women in Business Conference, Tuesday 19th May


Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce are holding their first solo Women in Business Conference for aspiring and ambitious business women on Tuesday 19th May 2015, 9.30am-2.30pm, The Globe Arena, Morecambe

If you’re an aspiring business woman, and want to network, share ideas and hear inspiring stories, add this event to your diary now. The day includes a workshop with Jane Lowe from Business Room 52 and Jennie Edmondson of GO Health and Fitness, as well as a guest speaker, Kirsty Henshaw, a young entrepreneur who successfully gained significant investment for her range of frozen desserts following her pitch on BBC’s Dragons Den.

Tickets start from £45 (+VAT) and limited exhibition space is available for £35 (+VAT)

To buy your tickets or for further information, click here.

Business 2 Business Lunch 2015

Chamber of Commerce ‘Business 2 Business’ Lunch 2015


Join the Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce for their first Business 2 Business Lunch for 2015 on Tuesday 17th March.

The focus for this networking event will be Morecambe Bay where you will have the opportunity to hear all the latest news on future plans for the area and meet key partners involved in making Morecambe Bay a first class tourist destination. Paul Bury, manager of the Lothersdale Hotel, will also be on hand to show you around the newly renovated hotel during the event.

What you need to know:

Tuesday 17th March 2015, 11.30am to 2pm, The Lothersdale Hotel, Morecambe

£25+VAT for members, £45+VAT for non members. There are also exhibition spaces available at £35+VAT.

To book a place at the lunch, email Rebecca Walker on, or visit the Chamber of Commerce website here.

3-1-5 Health Club Business To Business Breakfast Meeting

Speed Networking at 3-1-5 on Friday morning – get an early morning workout first!


This Friday! 30th January 3-1-5 is hosting Business 2 Business breakfast meeting in partnership with Audi Blackburn from 7.45am until 10am. What do you need to do to run the business you really want to run? And, what would it feel like? Would you like to discuss this further with like-minded business colleagues? Then come along to our Speed Networking morning at 3-1-5 Health Club and if you are really keen, why not have a workout beforehand with our world class trainers from 6.45am? Just RSVP to before 28th Jan 2015.

Click here for more information.

BIG Breakfast Networking Event

The ‘Big Breakfast’ Networking Event


Wednesday, 04 February 2015 | 8.30am – 10.30am | Lancaster House Hotel, Ellel, Lancaster, LA1 4GJ

Join the masses at this exclusive ‘Big Breakfast’ Networking Event and engage with a whole host of businesses from across the district.

This informal breakfast event is a perfect opportunity to make valuable connections with other business professionals, shout out about your business and inspire others.

Aaron Crewe, Managing Director of SEO 24/7 will be speaking about why it’s “Good practice to share business connections”, as well as encouraging people to engage with each other.
All attendees have the opportunity to bring along a banner to further promote their business.
Book today and be part of something BIG – it could be the perfect opportunity to grow your business!

Click here to book

NuBlue E-Commerce For Growth Workshop

If you’ve been selling on-line for a while and are looking to invest significantly into your ecommerce strategy, you need to know what you’re doing. This is a no-commitment workshop, teaching you the ins and outs of the serious ecommerce world, delivered by people who live and breathe e-commerce every day.

This workshop, which will be delivered by NuBlue, will start by exploring the strategic side of ecommerce, planning priorities and the important aspects for building your on-line store. In the second half, we will look at cart optimisation, up and cross selling, analytics and much more.

Who should attend?

Existing ecommerce businesses who are looking to grow their online platform and/or make more of what they already have

Retailers with significant ambition to exploit the online channel to grow their business

This workshop is aimed at established online businesses only.

FREE to Chamber Members. Tea and coffee provided.

If you wish to register please book here by Thursday 13th February . Places are very limited to 1 per company.

Members Price: £0 +VAT Associate Members Price: £0 +VAT Non Members Price: £0 +VAT