News and Announcements

Ex. Chairman Stands for New Seat

Posted by Stephen Ward, Tuesday, 26th November 2013 @ 12:20pm

  • Our former long serving committee member and past Chairman, David Kevill, has decided to stand for a new post in another small business organisation. David, who had four years in the Chair at CLBC, early in the new Millennium, is now standing for election as Chair of the Central Lancashire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses.

    David told us "I feel that every organisation benefits from a regular change in key committee positions to bring in new ideas and fresh enthusiasm."

    "I believe that my previous and present experience of chairing business groups and my connections in the local business community will be of benefit in working towards a fresher, brighter local FSB committee and also to build into that committee an effective succession policy."

    He certainly got very involved and gave both enthusiasm, and expertise, to his time on our committee. We wish him well and if any joint CLBC and FSB members wish to support David, the local AGM is on the 5th December. Further details here:

Charity Quiz Night

  • Tuesday, 21st January 2014 at 7:30pm - 10:30pm
    Location: Leyland Golf Club

    Our Charity Quiz Night last year was a roaring success, so we decided to do it again! Pit your…

December Meeting - Members' Presentations

  • Tuesday, 3rd December 2013 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Lancashire College

    Learn more about your fellow members' businesses! At December's monthly meeting we will hear…

November Meeting - Building a Community Interest Company

  • Tuesday, 12th November 2013 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Lancashire College

    For our November meeting we are excited to be joined by Donna Rowe-Green of Dig In North West,…

Chorley Oktober Bierfest 2013

Posted by Sally Gorton, Tuesday, 24th September 2013 @ 8:17pm

  • The Rotary of Chorley Astley will once again be holding their annual Bierfest, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th of October 2013.  The venue will be once again the Territorial Drill Hall in Devonshire Road, Chorley.

    Booth’s Supermarkets will be the main sponsor once more and all proceeds from this event will be in aid of charities supported by the Rotary Club.  Last year'sOktoberfest raised over £7,000 and helped the clubprovide over £12,00 in support of local, national and international charities.

    Find out more at

October Members Meeting: How auto-enrollment might affect your business

  • Tuesday, 1st October 2013 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: Lancashire College

    Our October members…

    • 7 people attended

September Club Meeting

  • Tuesday, 3rd September 2013 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Lancashire College

    Our September…

Strength in Numbers: The Birth of a Creative Collective

  • Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: Lancashire College

    Join us at our July member meeting, where we will hear from fellow CLBC members, Lindsay…

CLBC at Hepplestone's Fine Arts

Posted by Stephen Ward, Wednesday, 8th May 2013 @ 7:30am

Be inspired! Inspire Business Training bring you a deal to SHOUT about.

Posted by Sally Gorton, Friday, 26th April 2013 @ 8:53pm

  • CLBC members Inspire Business Training are offering club members some incredible discounts on their spreadsheet courses during the month of April.

    Book a distance learning package through their website - - before 30th April and get 10% off the cost. Simply enter SHOUT in the coupon code box when ordering.

    They are also offering a free 'try-before-you-buy' sample session for enquiries before 15th May, as well as running two FREE TASTER SESSIONS at Preston North End's Invincibles suite on 14th and 21st May (1-4pm).

    For full details of the above offers click on the document link below. To reserve your place, please email as soon as possible, as spaces are very limited.

    Inspire Business Training April Discount Offer.docx

Invitation to Choose Chorley | Let’s Do Lunch! on 15th May.

Posted by Stephen Ward, Tuesday, 16th April 2013 @ 2:00pm

  • Invitation to Choose Chorley Let’s Do Lunch! on 15th May.

    from Andy Poar of Let's Do Business

    As you may know I am a founder member and now Chair of a Chorley based business group call Let’s Do Business! which has been running or the past four years.  Supported by Chorley Council we are running a new and exciting business event called Let’s Do Lunch! on 15th May at Chorley Town Hall. 

    Let’s Do Lunch! is a business networking and support event aimed at business people in Chorley and the surrounding areas.  The aim of the event is to bring businesses together to discuss and share business successes, challenges and promote collaboration.

     The event includes a quality Hot Pot lunch and has a structured agenda with plenty of time for general networking.  To make sure you don’t miss out please visit to book your place. Please book early as we are expecting a high demand.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or queries and hopefully I will see you on the 15th May.

May Meeting - Art as a Business

  • Tuesday, 7th May 2013 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Hepplestone Fine Art Ltd

    We are delighted to annouce that our May meeting will be held at Hepplestone's Fine Art Gallery…

April Meeting - Guests Welcome

  • Tuesday, 9th April 2013 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: In The Zone

    Please note our April meeting will be on Tuesday 9th April, 8pm.

    The venue will…

BITC and Lancashire Probation partner for ex-offenders

Posted by Sally Gorton, Wednesday, 27th February 2013 @ 7:11am

  • On 7th March 2013, Lancashire Probation Trust and Business in the Community will hold an open event at the Marriott Hotel in Preston, with the aim of bringing employers together to explore the social and business benefits of working with recruiting ex-offenders.

    The event will also explore the connection between unemployment and reoffending and will provide of opportunity for networkingand developing links.

    The meeting will take place from 9:30am - 1:00pm. The full event agenda, with speaker details
    can be found here. Please RSVP to to confirm attendance. 

Like cats, competitions or keyrings?

Posted by Stephen Ward, Wednesday, 20th February 2013 @ 4:05pm

  • CLBC members Ad-Options Ltd have launched an interesting video competition on their Blank Keyrings website

    Lotus, the Ward family cat, stars in a short film selecting keyrings and viewers can win a suberb Sheaffer glossy, black, gift boxed ball pen.

    The video had over 150 views in the first hour on line and the company hope they may found the purrfect marketing vehicle.

March Meeting: Tips On How To Improve Your Corporate Image and AGM

  • Tuesday, 5th March 2013 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Lancashire College, Southport Road, Chorley

    Join us at our next meeting on Tuesday 5th March at…

February Meeting

  • Tuesday, 5th February 2013 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Lancashire College, Southport Road, Chorley

    February club meeting with guest speaker Malcolm Wyatt, journalist and author.

    • 2 people attended

Christmas Treats From Top Chef

  • Tuesday, 4th December 2012 at 8pm - 10pm
    Location: Lancashire College, Southport Road Chorley

    Top chef Philippa James will be giving us some hints and tips on how to make simple tasty…

CLBC Member Celebrates 40th Anniversary and Olympic Success

Posted by Sally Gorton, Friday, 19th October 2012 @ 11:29am

  • Impact Socket Supplies, based at Phoenix Works off Friday Street, Chorley, are celebrating 40 years in business this year. The niche business firm, which provides the sockets used with industrial tools in both light and heavy engineering applications, is the UK’s number one manufacturer and distributor of impact sockets and accessories.

    Established in 1972 as a one-man operation, the business expanded when Ron Barker became MD in 1990. With a background in overseas sales, he began exporting to countries such as Ireland and Belgium and transformed a small company with regional clients into an internationally recognised name with blue chip customers all over the world.

    Ron was in sole control of the business when he retired from hands-on operation in 2006 – although he remains close at hand to advise the company from time to time. His daughter, Alison, who has been with ISS since 2001, is now co-director together with Steve Topping, who joined as sales manager in 2002.

    ‘We’d like to thank all the customers who have contributed to our success,’ says Alison Barker. ‘We now employ 15 staff and we’ve grown the business on a continual basis over the last four decades. We have a large manufacturing base, using sophisticated machinery that enables the company to respond to specific requirements. The result is a product that’s designed and produced to perfectly match customers’ needs.’

    The company has survived and prospered due to its responsiveness, according to Steve Topping. ‘We have 99% of stock availability for next day delivery,’ he says, ‘and this is a major factor these days. Carrying a large product range, and being able to get it out to customers when they want it, that’s the key.’

    Three years ago was a major milestone for ISS when the company re-located from its original site off Deighton Road to spacious, modern premises at Phoenix Works. ‘We’re a Chorley company so there was no question of moving out of the area,’ said Alison. ‘While our customers might be based all over the world, the majority of our suppliers, and of course our workforce, are based here in Chorley.’

    So what is the Olympic connection? Over the years, ISS has played a role, albeit small, in several projects of national importance, from maintaining Big Ben to raising the hull of Tudor flagship, the Marie Rose. For London this summer, ISS supplied male torx drivers for the temporary arena seating at Horse Guards Parade, the iconic location for the Olympic beach volleyball.

    Alison laughs: ‘It might not sound a big deal, but every aspect to a job like that is very important, and having the right tools for the job is, as we all know, critical to its success.’

    It’s a focussed philosophy that should see ISS celebrate its 50th anniversary and beyond.

    ISS can be contacted on 01257 277205 or email Visit the website at

Chorley October Bierfest 2012 - Sponsorship Opportunity

Posted by Stephen Ward, Monday, 8th October 2012 @ 9:33pm

  • After the success of thier Beirfest last year The Rotary of Chorley Astley will be holding it again this year from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th October 2012.  The venue will be once again the Territorial Drill Hall in Devonshire Road, Chorley.

    Booth’s Supermarkets will be the main sponsor once more and all proceeds from this event will be in aid of charities supported by the Rotary Club.  Last year they raised £12,000 and each of the main charities got £1000 each.  They also helped other charities local and international.

    This year they will be offering 60 real ales, plus cider, lager, and a bottle bar. Free soft drinks will be available for drivers.

    Could your company sponsor a Real Ale at a cost of just £100?

    This will include.

    1)      Free entry for 6 people, together with a glass and programme
    2)      The name of your company displayed twice in the programme
    3)      The name of your company on the barrel you have sponsored.

    If you are interested in sponsoring our event, cheques should be made to “The Rotary Club of Chorley Astley”.  Any questions or anything you wish discuss please get in touch with Peter Bromley, e-mail: Tel:   01257 233585  Mob: 07785 762333.

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