Chorley Council
 Employment, Skills & Business Support, 01257 515300, [email protected]


Chorley Council has a dedicated team undertaking a range of activities to develop a strong local economy, one of the Council’s key strategic priorities. The business advisors within the team focus on supporting business start-ups and intensively assisting existing businesses who have aspirations to grow. Financial assistance is available to qualifying applicants, through start-up grants and loans; capital grants to existing businesses who are expanding and creating new jobs; and a ‘Choose Chorley’ inward investment package to relocating companies. In addition, given Chorley’s strong market town heritage, support for retail businesses is a key area of assistance. The Council also offers employability support to individuals and businesses through the Chorley Works 8 week placement programme. 

Job Centre Plus


Job Centre Plus can support Employers across Central and South Lancashire with all their recruitment needs. The team can offer advice on recruitment methods to support the local community and local job vacancies.

They can also update Employers and Partners on Welfare Reform, Universal Credit and support employers via Disability Confidence throughout Lancashire.

Lancashire Business Expo

[email protected]


This annual event provides limitless opportunities for businesses across the region that want to thrive and succeed.

With over 2,000 professionals attending on an annual basis, the Lancashire Business Expo provides a unique platform for organisations throughout the region’s thriving business community to network, promote their business and of course generate new business.

The Expo features a wide range of businesses promoting their products and services from both the private and public sectors, corporates and SMEs.

The event also offers delegates the chance to attend keynote sessions from leading Lancashire figures who will be sharing their experience and knowledge to inspire you to develop your business.

Lancashire Community Finance

[email protected]


Lancashire Community Finance, a not for profit CDFI, provides affordable and ethical loans at fair market rates to individuals and businesses in Lancashire who may struggle to get assistance from mainstream providers such as banks and building societies.

LCF is a delivery partner for the government funded Start Up Loans scheme providing advice, loans and mentoring to startup businesses and businesses under two years old. The scheme offers a repayable loan up to £25000 to individuals over the age of 18 who have a viable business idea but no access to finance and funds businesses in every sector.

Preston City Council 
 Katherine Ashton, 01772 903414, [email protected]


Preston is transforming and we want businesses to take part in and benefit from the opportunities from the City Deal and other investment. There is a wide range of exciting developments taking shape now and in the future across the city.

We are committed to helping our existing businesses and welcoming new businesses and investors, large and small. If you are a new or expanding business in Preston, we can help support you in many ways including local business support contacts, property searches, recruitment and training help, events and more.  

South Ribble Borough Council
 Jennifer Clough & Karen Shaw, Economic Development Team,
01772 625567, [email protected]


South Ribble is engineering the future with a £300+ million Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal investment programme, which will deliver substantial infrastructure improvements, promote skills development, bring forward new sites and create over 20,000 new jobs over ten years.

A commercial property search facility, local contacts, links to support organisations and information about funding initiatives are just part of the supportive business environment we provide to help businesses develop. Contact the Economic Development Team to find out more about the City Deal Investment Programme, the space to grow, excellent connections, strong skills base and quality lifestyle in South Ribble. 

Central Lancashire Business Event 2018, Tuesday 2nd October