Hi there

We look forward to welcoming you to our Sparkly Christmas event at Stanley House where you will meet several of our members and guests.

We are here to help you meet business owners and decision makers, learn from each other to solve business challenges, build new relationships and opportunities and grow your confidence, your profile and your business.

11.15 – Welcome Drinks and Informal Networking

12.15 – Take Your Seats For Lunch

12.25 – Welcome from Karen

12.30 – Lunch

13.40 – Let the Fun Begin, Prize Draws, Auction, £1,000 Travel Voucher Draw

14.20 – Cash presentation to our Charity Members – Advocacy Focus, Age UK Lancashire, Positive Action in the Community and Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

14.30 – Close

Please don’t feel that you have to leave straightaway, enjoy a catch up and even more informal networking.

Look forward to seeing you there.


Champagne Toast Sponsor

Thank you to Sarah Rimmer, Secure Assure

Poinsettia Centre Piece Sponsor

Thank You to the team at Mytton Fold

Raising Funds for Our Charity Members

At our Christmas Event we raise funds to support our Member Charities – Advocacy Focus, Age UK Lancashire, Positive Action in the Community and Rosemere Cancer Foundation.  We ask you to bring £10 (Cash) that you are happy to donate and be in with a 1 in 3 chance to win a fabulous prize.  These are the projects that you will be supporting:

Age UK Lancashire, Sharon Watson

Age UK Lancashire offer a range of services to support older people across the county – from dementia support, the opportunity to join a day care centre or maybe getting involved in our digital inclusion project, we help older people and their carers to remain independent while living interesting and fulfilled lives.   

Many older more vulnerable people often face loneliness and isolation, and your support will help us reach out to them – thank you so much.

Advocacy Focus, Justine Forster 

We are raising vital funds for our Looked After Children Services and need your help.  Here is Stephen’s story:

Stephen is 7 years old and has ASD& ADHD.   He was placed with a foster family after a very difficult childhood and was soon thriving. The entire foster family thought of him as “their own” and he was settled for the first time in his life. However, a year later the decision was made by the local authority to move Stephen and place him with another foster family, due to his worrying proximity to his birth family. The impact for everyone was potentially devastating. Our Advocate worked with Stephen and fiercely championed his rights and highlighted the impact of such a move to the local authority. After a very lengthy and emotionally charged process – which involved gaining the support of the Children’s Commissioner for England – the local authority apologised for their actions and agreed that Stephen would not be moved.  They then agreed to support the foster family with a house move to mitigate any risks and keep Stephen and his new family together.  Stephen continues to thrive and is one happy young man thanks to the support of his committed and tenacious Advocate.

Positive Action in the Community, Leroy Philbrook

At Positive Action in the Community, we are a charity that supports Adults, Young People, and Children in East Lancashire to help them improve their lives. Our organisation is actively engaged in addressing crucial areas such as Youth Homelessness, Domestic Abuse, and Mental Health and Wellbeing.


Unfortunately, youth homelessness in the UK is on the rise. In 2023, more than 135,000 young people sought homelessness support from local authorities. We have seen the impact of the pandemic and inflation crisis locally, with our 33 apartments for supported accommodation for young people filling up in the last 24 months, leaving us with a waiting list.


We are committed to helping our community in various ways. Apart from providing accommodation and crisis support, we also focus on early intervention and prevention. Our efforts involve visiting schools and educating students about healthy family relationships and independent living. We also organise youth activities for children aged eight and above across East Lancashire. We believe working with younger children before facing a crisis is crucial. Our prevention activities aim to build confidence, promote positive relationships, and prepare them for the challenges of independent living. We also help them develop life skills that enhance their resilience and wellbeing.


Your Donations at the Business Networking Central and East Lancashire Christmas Event will support PAC’s early intervention and prevention programme and help us all work towards a future in East Lancashire where no young person has to worry about where they will sleep tonight. 

Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Susan Swire

We would like to mention our Complimentary Therapies which are offered to all patients affected by cancer.  Any money raised will help us to continue to support this free service.

Giving patients the option of complementary therapies helps with pain management and improves their emotional and physical well-being whilst undergoing treatment. All patients can self-refer themselves, plus family members, for a course of six free sessions (including aromatherapy massage, Indian head massage, and oncology facials). Each year, this service benefits 624 cancer patients from across Preston, Chorley, and South Ribble.

Holistic and oncology massage therapist Krista Chadwick said: “Sessions are designed to help patients feel like themselves again and to ease the pain of treatment side-effects. Patients are often very emotional and so incredibly thankful for the service. It really is a support and offers some respite against the traumas of what can at times be harsh treatments.”


Seminars and Speakers

Coming in 2024 …..

  • Lead Your Business With Your Head, Heart & Gut Sarah Fletcher, Transformational Coaching & Training 
  • Basic, Better Best, Ian Allison, Allison Protection Services
  • Your Brand Identity – What You Show and Say to the World, Sarah Clemson, Latitude
  • Marketing Trends for 2024, Jean Atkinson, Jean Atkinson Marketing
  • How To Save Costs and Grow Your Business Through Outsourcing, Scott Hannah, DITO Business Solutions
  • Change not Chains, Liz Anning, Pillow Partners
  • How To Handle Difficult Behaviours In The Workplace, Harrison Drury
  • Surviving Domestic Abuse, Sarah Coulson, Halcyon
  • Leadership – The Missing Component of Cyber Security, Tom Austin, Orca IT
  • How To Ensure A Steady Flow of Qualified Leads, Amal Loring, MBD Coaching Ltd 
  • GDPR: Dispelling Those Data Protection Myths, Chris Burn, CSRB 

If you would like to share your expertise with the group in the form of a learning event, please let me know, I would love to hear from you

Dates for the Diary

Remember that you can book or pass apologies for as many events as you wish, go to your Member Login area


18 Jan

15 Feb

14 Mar

25 Apr

16 May

13 Jun

18 Jul

22 Aug

12 Sept

17 Oct

14 Nov

5 Dec


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