Pendle Connects provides a platform for sharing of best business practice, innovation, ideas and business generation. Quarterly breakfast meetings combine networking with themed panel interviews. Events are open to all Pendle based businesses and those doing business in Pendle. All sectors, private, public and voluntary are welcome to attend.

As well as the opportunity to meet, hear from and network with our expert speakers and other local businesses, a business update for the borough is given by Dean Langton, the Strategic Director of Pendle Borough Council. Current and upcoming projects within Pendle will be summarised in addition to available support for local and incoming businesses.

Pendle Connects is a new initiative to connect businesses across Pendle, set up in response to business feedback throughout 2016. It will provide a platform for networking, sharing of information and business generation. Events are open to all Pendle based businesses and those doing business in Pendle. All sectors, private, public and voluntary are welcome to attend.

Events will run quarterly and combine networking with panel interviews. Expert speakers will focus on themes key to success within the Pendle economy. As well as the chance to learn from and network with these speakers and other local businesses, a business update for the borough will be given by Dean Langton, the Strategic Director of Pendle Borough Council.

Next event:  Focus on Skills & Recruitment

Thursday June 15th at Nelson & Colne College, 8am-10am.

Join us to discuss the challenges and changes in how companies recruit and find the best fit and skills sets for their needs. Our expert speakers will examine the impact of automation, the rising importance of apprenticeships, how an effective skills pipeline between education and employment can be created and maintained, the new Apprenticeship Levies, funding for up-skilling current workforces and much more.

Dr Julie Dix

Training & Development Manager, Silentnight Brands

Philip Heyworth

Managing Director, JD Engineering

Dr Michele Lawty-Jones

Director, Lancashire Skills Hub

Amanda Melton

Principal, Nelson & Colne College

Breakfast and refreshments will be provided at 8am, networking will take place until around 8.35am when the borough update will be given, followed by the panel interview. A Q&A session will round up the event which finishes at 10am. Tickets are £15 plus booking fee. Click below to book via Eventbrite, includes breakfast and refreshments.

Pendle, a hotspot for UK manufacturing

With a population of just 90,000 Pendle boasts the highest concentration of manufacturing companies per square mile in the UK, a thriving tourism market and a wealth of businesses of all shapes and sizes.

The expansion of the Lomeshaye Industrial estate and regeneration of the old Smith & Nephew Mill will allow local businesses to grow and others from further afield to lay down new roots in Pendle

Pendle, a hotspot for UK manufacturing

With a population of just 90,000 Pendle boasts the highest concentration of manufacturing companies per square mile in the UK, a thriving tourism market and a wealth of businesses of all shapes and sizes.

The expansion of the Lomeshaye Industrial estate and regeneration of the old Smith & Nephew Mill will allow local businesses to grow and others from further afield to lay down new roots in Pendle.

Event Hosts

Events are hosted by Rachel Kay, Pendle Connects organiser and Director of lovelocalnetworking, with an introduction by Dean Langton, the Strategic Director of Pendle Borough Council

Please contact Rachel via the Contact Form with any queries.

Event Hosts

Events will be introduced by Dean Langton, the Strategic Director of Pendle Borough Council and hosted by Rachel Kay, Pendle Connects organiser and Director of lovelocalnetworking.

Please contact Rachel via the Contact Form with any queries.

Pendle Connects Partners

Pendle Borough Council identified a desire in 2016 for educational, professional networking within Pendle, but due to financial & other pressures were not able to resource or develop an event. lovelocalnetworking have run events in Pendle for two years and are committed to supporting local businesses so we offered to help. Thus with input and support from Pendle Council and Business in the Community, lovelocal have set-up and will be running Pendle Connects. Please click below to find out more about any of Pendle Connects founder organisations.

Pendle Connects Partners

Pendle Connects is managed by lovelocalnetworking in conjunction with Pendle Borough Council and Business In The Community. Please click below to find out more about any of our partner organisations.

Pendle Connects Supporters

We would like to thank the following organisations for their support of Pendle Connects. To discuss sponsorship opportunities please Contact Us via the form below.

Pendle Connects Supporters

We would like to thank the following organisations for their support of Pendle Connects. To discuss sponsorship opportunities please Contact Us via the form below.

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