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February Meeting:

  • Tuesday, 3rd February 2015 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: Leyland Golf Club

    Following on from our Quiz Night last week, on Tuesday 3rd February 2015 we have our usual…

    • 9 people attended

Charity Quiz Night 2015

  • Tuesday, 27th January 2015 at 7:30pm - 10pm
    Location: Leyland Golf Club

    Our Fun Charity Quiz Night returns on 27th January 2015! Pit your wits…

    • 4 people attended

December Meeting: Wine Tasting - Presented by Barrica Wines

  • Tuesday, 2nd December 2014 at 8pm - 11pm
    Location: The Best Western Leyland Hotel, Leyland Way, Leyland, PR25 4JX

    The return of a Wine Tasting...

    Our next meeting is a wine tasting on Tuesday 2nd…

    • 11 people attended

Go On Lanacshire

  • Thursday, 27th November 2014 at 1am - 5pm
    Location: County Hall, Preston

    Go On Lancashire – Business Event


November Meeting: Lancashire Time Credits

  • Tuesday, 4th November 2014 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: The Best Western Leyland Hotel, Leyland Way, Leyland, PR25 4JX

    Time credits are a way of thanking people for the time that they give to their local community.…

Open invitation to CLBC Members from the FSB

Posted by Stephen Ward, Friday, 17th October 2014 @ 10:03am

  • Dear Fellow CLBC Members

    Please find below details of the FSB Central Lancashire branch events for October and November. All our local FSB events are open to non-members and we would love to see you there.

    If you want any further information about any of the events please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Kind Regards

    David Kevill FCCA FCMA (Past Chairman, CLBC)

    The Central Lancashire Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses invites you to the following events:-

    Tuesday 14th October 2014 at Salmesbury Hotel - commencing at 6:30pm
    Grow Your Business - Joint Meeting with Growth Accelerator

    Find out what support is available to help you grow your business and also listen to a very interesting presentation from our keynote speaker Ann Jordan.
    This meeting is being held in conjunction with Growth Accelerator.
    GrowthAccelerator is a service helping England's brightest growing businesses achieve their ambitions with rapid, sustainable growth. It's a partnership between private enterprise and government. And it's affordable.

    Tuesday 18th November 2014 at Preston's College - commencing at 6:30pm
    The Seven Deadly Sins of Customer Service
    It is hard enough to find and secure customers.  Today customers are not loyal and are always looking for excellent service as well as competitive prices. If we don't give 110% service to customers they may leave and go to one of your competitors.  It is well researched that if a customer gets good service they will tell 5 others about this yet if they get poor service they will tell 18 others about it, and maybe even more, through Social Media.
    Our presenter at this meeting will be David Baker of Perrite Business Solutions.

    This meeting will also include our agm therefore it would be good to see a crowded room. We would also be delighted to welcome some new faces on to our committee.


    Friday 28th November 2014 at Hoghton Tower
    Ghost Walk - commencing at 6:45pm
    A Ghostly Evening at Hoghton Tower
    Come and join in the spirit of Hoghton Tower's ghost walk.
    As you ascend the long drive of reputedly the third most haunted house in Britain we will be waiting for you. A glass of mulled wine to take away the chill prepares you for what is to follow.
    Silent torchbearers guide you through the darkened halls of the Tower, where you will encounter spectres from the past who regale you with ghostly happenings from across the centuries. Venture, if you dare, through the underground passages where footsteps from another time may echo alongside your own. Do you see the black dog who haunts the Well House? Stare into the painting where mysterious faces may reveal themselves, before finally dining in warmth and comfort with an opportunity to reflect on what you have seen and heard.
    Please ensure that you wear warm clothing and sensible shoes as there are uneven steps, staircases and very cold underground passages!
    The evening will commence with a short presentation by Lisa Brice about the challenges of running a business/charitable trust at Hoghton Tower and explaining how other small businesses can work with them and we will end the evening with a two course meal and networking.

    Numbers for this event are limited and must be booked and paid for no later than 27th October 2014. No bookings can be accepted after that date. There is a charge for this event of £23.50.



Rotary Club Beer Festival Invitation to CLBC Members

Posted by Stephen Ward, Monday, 29th September 2014 @ 10:51am

A Chance To BOOST Your Business

Posted by Stephen Ward, Tuesday, 23rd September 2014 @ 7:15pm

  • The Big Growth Conversation

    1st October 5-8pm, Preston’s College

    CLBC members are invited to this event by our past Chairman David Kevill.

    The Big Growth Conversation brings together the FSB, Boost Business Lancashire and some of the county’s successful SME’s to focus on the challenges and opportunities facing Lancashire businesses.

    By attending this event, you will get:

    • An overview of how the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is helping the county’s businesses to prosper
    • A panel discussion featuring policymakers, influencers and successful local business people will consider the opportunities and challenges facing growing businesses in Lancashire
    • Insight from your peers in the county on the ‘secrets of their success’
    • Your opportunity to put your questions to the panel
    • Chance to find out more about the support available from the FSB and a range of public sector partners (including Boost Business Lancashire) to help you grow your business

    For more information about this FREE event, please contact Paul Foster at the FSB on 07917 628909 or

FSB Networking Opportunity

Posted by Stephen Ward, Tuesday, 23rd September 2014 @ 5:52pm

  • Invitation to CLBC Members

    The Central Lancashire Branch of the FSB in partnership with Growth Accelerator invites you to our next event.

    Tuesday 14th October 1830-2030

    The Samlesbury Hotel, Preston New Road, PR5 0UJ

    Growth Accelerator will talk about their support that is available to business owners across the County while we will also have a presentation from Ann Jordan. Ann is a former High Sherriff of Lancashire, Director of Benetimo, TiE UK, founder member of Childline Business Committee and a member of the Women's International Network.

    For more information and to book please go to:

    We hope you will join us for this free event which will also feature a complimentary buffet and networking aplenty!

    Next CLBC meeting, Tuesday 7th October 8pm, Leyland Hotel


October Meeting: What's all the fuss about Google Plus?

  • Tuesday, 7th October 2014 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: Best Western Leyland Hotel,Leyland Way, Leyland, PR25 4JX

    Have you heard of Google Plus but don't really understand what it is? Do you currently use…

CLBC: 30 Years in Business Celebratory Cruise with Tapas

  • Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 at 6pm - 8pm
    Location: Canal Boat Cruises of Riley Green

    We are delighted to invite club members and their partners to join in a celebration of 30-years…

July Meeting - Brian Ashman - Preston FM

  • Tuesday, 1st July 2014 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: Best Western Leyland Hotel,Leyland Way, Leyland, PR25 4JX

    First founded in 2005, Preston FM commenced full-time broadcasting in 2008. It began life as a…

Networking Opportunites Outside CLBC

Posted by Stephen Ward, Monday, 28th April 2014 @ 9:49pm

  • Check out these opportunities that you can attend as guests. Just mention your CLBC membership when booking.

    SHOUT Network:

    Dear All

    We are holding our first Shout! Network Curry Night on Thursday May 1st (THIS WEEK) and we have secured a few extra places due to popular and high demand…… So don't miss out and register here -

    Enjoy relaxed networking with food and drink at East Z East - one of Preston's most respected restaurants. At a cost from £15 per person, it should be a great night!!!!

    We hope to see you there - at 6.30pm on Thursday.

    Kind Regards

    Ian Coupe
    Posted By Ian Coupe 

    Federation of Small Businesses:

      Have Fun This Spring

    This spring the Central Lancashire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses are planning two meetings with a social aspect.

    Each meeting will include networking and a business presentation but the emphasis will be on having fun. Everyone, both members and non-members, will be made very welcome.

    Ten Pin Bowling and Networking - Tuesday 13th May 6:30pm

    Join us for an evening of bowling and networking at MFA Bowl in Preston.

    Everyone is welcome so why not enter a team (6 people) from your business or friends. We will also make up teams on the night from those entering as individuals.

    The bowling will commence at 7pm prompt and will be followed by networking whilst enjoying refreshments. There will also be the awarding of prizes to the winners.

    There is a charge of £10 for this event to cover the cost of bowling and refreshments but we can assure you an enjoyable evening. Numbers are limited so please book early.

    To book please visit

    Canal Cruise and Networking - Wednesday 25th May 6:30pm

    Please join us for a 3 hour cruise through some beautiful Lancashire countryside aboard Canal Boat Cruises’ MV Romance. Whilst cruising you will be served with Tapas.

    The meeting starts at 6:30pm and the boat will sail at 7pm prompt, so please don’t be late. We will cruise aboard Romance from Riley Green to the Top Lock at Wheelton, where we will descend two locks. Tapas will be served on the outward journey. On the return journey we will enjoy networking and a presentation from Lesley Duxbury from Canal Boat Cruises about setting up an award winning tourist business – not always plain sailing.

    Numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 40, due to the capacity of the boat. Half the places have already been booked therefore please book as early as possible to avoid missing out.

    There is a charge of £15 for this event to cover the cost of the boat and tapas.

    To book please visit

    We really look forward to meeting you on the above events. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact David Kevill on 07980 972367.

June Meeting - Simon Buckden – Inspirational Speaker

  • Tuesday, 3rd June 2014 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: Leyland Hotel

    We hope you will join us for what could be a memorable evening with Simon…

May Meeting - Autism Awareness in the Workplace

  • Tuesday, 6th May 2014 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: Best Western Leyland Hotel, Leyland Way, Leyland, PR25 4JX

    More often than not we hear about Autism in the context of young children - yet autism is a…

April Meeting - British Commercial Vehicle Museum

  • Tuesday, 1st April 2014 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Leyland Hotel

    Club Meeting - Guest Speaker Keith Moyes - BCVM

    Hear from Keith Moyes - the man at the…

March Meeting and AGM

  • Tuesday, 4th March 2014 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Leyland Hotel

    Andy Dobson of Atlas Sailing will be talking about his business Atlas Sailing Limited "How and…

February Members Meeting: Adventures in LinkedIn

  • Tuesday, 4th February 2014 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: Leyland Hotel, Leyland Way, Leyland, Preston, Lancashire, PR25 4JX

    LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network – and it continues to grow rapidly. You'll…

Have you renewed your CLBC subscription for 2014?

Posted by Sally Gorton, Wednesday, 8th January 2014 @ 2:25pm

  • If you haven't already paid your CLBC membership fee of £25 for 2014, which became due on 1st January, you can now do so quickly and easily online by clicking here.

    Payment is taken securely via PayPal (which you can use with a credit or debit card even if you don't have a PayPal account) and is processed directly into CLBC's account.

    A small transaction fee of £1.09 will automatically be added to the charge, to cover the cost of taking payment online. Alternatively, if you wish to pay by cheque, please make you cheque out to 'Central Lancashire Business Club' and post to: Derek Westall, CLBC Treasurer, 2 Parkgate Drive, Leyland PR25 1BU.

Thank you Donna and Dig In North West!

Posted by Sally Gorton, Wednesday, 8th January 2014 @ 2:12pm

  • CLBC Committee member, Sally Gorton, was delighted to present a cheque for £50 to Donna Rowe Green of Dig In North West as a token of our appreciation after Donna attended a CLBC member meeting late in 2013 to give and enlightening and inspiring talk on her journey to creating and running a community interest company.

    Dig In offers peer-led support to member of the military community, serving or veteran, and their families - who may be experiencing emotional issues as a result of their service. They operate within a private walled garden in Preston. Find out more at

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