Post-Brexit Q&A Session To Be Held In Lancaster For EU Nationals

A special question & answer session is being held in Lancaster on Wednesday, the 18th of October from 6pm, about EU citizens’ rights to stay in the UK after Brexit.

It’s being hosted by the European Union Mobile Citizens group, which was set up to provide guidance for EU nationals after the referendum.‎

“The right to stay in the UK for EU citizens” Q&A will take place at Lancaster Town Hall.

A solicitor from Simpson Millar LLP will be on hand to answer questions about permanent residency and British citizenship, as well as outlining the options available to stay in the UK.

The event is being co-hosted with Lancaster City Council.

You can register your interest in the event on Facebook here, and keep up to date with further Q&A sessions here.

Councillor Oscar Thynne, who is helping to organise the event, said: “As such a diverse country, the result of the European Union Referendum has caused great uncertainty for a large number of our community. In collaboration with Migrants Rights Network, we are working hard to support the wider Lancaster community by providing this free Q&A session.”

Via The Bay

Over 2,400 attend region’s biggest ever eCommerce expo

Over 2,400 attendees, 106 exhibitors and sponsors, 71 speakers… the world of eCommerce was out in force for a superb eCommerce Show North last week.

An incredible array of companies, organisations and individuals were at Event City for the inaugural expo, the largest ever gathering of its type outside London.

Whether platforms, payments, analytics, security, marketing, hosting, logistics, mobile, psychology, hardware or innovation was your interest, eCommerce Show North 2017 had something to offer.

Read more at Prolific North

Northern eCommerce Awards 2017

A full list of winners from last night’s Northern eCommerce Awards 2017, in association with UKFast, and held at Manchester Cathedral last night, can be found over on the Prolific North site.

Particular congratulations to our friends at Exact Abacus for winning Delivery / Logistics Provider of the Year!

2,888 Lancashire Businesses Boosted By Growth Hub

Lancashire’s business growth hub, Boost, has surpassed another major milestone after helping 2,888 businesses in the county to access business support.

Latest figures show Boost has also led to the creation of an estimated 291 new jobs since January 2016 when the growth hub secured £7.8m of funding to run for a further three years.

In that time 119 new businesses have been established and £3.5m of new economic activity has been generated.

Boost is led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council, and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

A wide range of free and part-funded business support is available through Boost in areas including mentoring, access to finance, innovation, skills and training.

County Councillor Michael Green, Cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, said: “We’re approaching the half way point of the Boost funding period and these latest figures add up to a very positive mid-term report for the business growth hub.

“There have been some tremendous success stories of existing businesses and start-ups launching new products and services and creating new jobs. There’s no doubt that Boost has led to increased economic activity in the county.

“The Cabinet recently committed to providing £1m in match funding to help us to attract funding and continue Boost to the end of December 2021. We’ve already seen a lot of success from Boost and we’re determined to continue this important work.”

Read more at The Bay

eCommerce Show North – 11 and 12th October

Taking place on the 11th and 12th of October 2017 at EventCity, Manchester, #eCSN17 will be the biggest ever gathering of eCommerce companies, vendors and suppliers held outside London. With over 100 businesses exhibiting and up to 3,000 attendees visiting, this event will become the key eCommerce expo for the North for years to come.

eCSN is the only exhibition outside of London dedicated to eCommerce and reflects the huge commercial marketplace that is the North. Market leading companies across the globe are keen to exploit this huge marketplace. And all keynote theatre session are free to attend!

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Digital Transformation

DLX : Conversations in Digital Transformation

We are pleased to announce the launch of DLX – a new series of education based events, run in partnership with Lancashire businesses and continuing their ongoing work in raising digital awareness within the county.

For the launch of the DLX series, JP74 are hosting ‘Conversations in Digital Transformation’ – an event set to be inspiring and educational, discussing the much talked about industry buzzword, Digital Transformation.

We have sourced three expert speakers who are an absolute authority on the topic of Digital Transformation, promising attendees an interesting and discerning insight into this emerging industry.

Attendees will gain:

  • A clear understanding of what Digital Transformation is;
  • A unique insight into different businesses in Lancashire, and what Digital Transformation means for them;
  • Access to prominent business leaders in this unique digital sub sector, opportunity for questions and assistance; and finally
  • A fantastic networking opportunity.

We hope you can join us on

Thu 6 July 2017

18:00 – 21:00 BST

Register for the event click here.

Digital is key to the success of local radio station Ribble FM

This week we spoke to Kath Lord-Green, station manager and co-ordinator of Ribble FM. Discussing her accomplishments, Kath shared her experience of getting a radio station dedicated to the Ribble Valley up and running in just two years. Kath originally applied for the radio station licence back in 2013, and when the licence was granted in July 2014, Kath was given two years to get the station on air.

With experience in both commercial and community radio, as well as a BA Hons in Business, Kath was confident that the project could be achieved. The station is now approaching its one year anniversary, and runs a host of successful shows 24/7. Ribble FM is a non for profit community radio station based in Clitheroe, made up of approximately 30 volunteers, 20 of which present shows on a regular basis, including Kath herself.

However, it is the digital arm of the station that is really making an impact, allowing Ribble FM to reach listeners nationwide and overseas; “The app, and our online services are absolutely key to our growth and success”, says Kath. One show of particular interest to listeners further afield, is the specialist motoring show ‘Sunday driver’, which as the only dedicated motoring show on the air in the UK, gathers a lot of interest from enthusiasts nationwide.

Kath also highlighted that the digital element of the project, was one of the most challenging components, commenting “digital has been a huge learning curve”, with areas such as automation and security being particular challenges. The station relies on the expertise and knowledge of their fantastic group of volunteers, and it is through this team of people, that these problems were overcome.

Kath credits networking as one of the key activities helping get the station off the ground, by establishing herself amongst the business community in the area.

“I made sure I attended events, chatted to people, and that people knew who I was”.

Kath’s advice for anybody starting up, is to; ask for help, include people, update people, and apply for everything. The old adage applies ‘If you don’t ask…’, stating:

We were very lucky, with most people I asked saying yes. As long as you are happy to accept a no, there is no harm in asking people the next time”.

Ribble FM are currently looking to recruit female volunteers to join their growing team, and especially welcome anybody with tech/digital expertise to get in touch.

Digital Roundtable – Round 2


It’s time once again to gather talented digital creatives to discuss all things currently happening in the industry. Yes, it’s our next Digital Roundtable and we’re back in Lancashire!

If you’re new to the Digital Roundtable, the premise is that we bring together a group of senior digital creatives to:

Discuss what’s new in the industry

Find out who is looking for collaboration on projects

Investigate the best ways to generate leads

‘Crowd-source’ solutions to particular problems around the table

This is an opportunity to have a good chat with like-minded individuals over beer and butties.

We’ll also be joined by guest speaker Isla Wilson from Ruby Star Associates. who’ll be talking about Why your agency isn’t growing as fast as you’d like (and why it’s probably all your fault.) and will open the event up for the first hour with a blast of information that all agencies should be aware of.

The event is very informal but we do have 3 very strict rules:

  1. No selling. This is an opportunity to talk openly, not play cat-and-mouse with over-eager salespeople,
  2. Owners/Senior team only. By restricting this to owners or directors only, we get to address the issues that senior people face each day,
  3. Take it easy. Have fun and enjoy the chat. This isn’t a formal networking event!

If you are a digital agency then come and join us for a lively debate and discussion that is focused on your business.

Sign up NOW as places are limited as usual, we had over 30 agencies in the room at the last event.

Delivered in partnership with MyAccountancyplace and Society1.

Economic Benefit for Lancashire through digital transformation – In Partnership with Digital Lancashire

Burnley based company JP74 are launching The Initiative in partnership with Digital Lancashire. The Initiative is a pilot scheme that aims to improve Lancashire’s economy through digital transformation.

Formed in 2001, JP74 already help global businesses improve their profitability through modifying the technology and digital processes within their organisations – by offering a day of time to understand and diagnose opportunities for more profitable processes, JP74 are now looking to recruit local, Lancashire-based participants for The Initiative.  

JP74’s MD Pete Walker is a champion of the digital landscape in the county through his work on the board of Digital Lancashire, a community interest company who are working to support and celebrate the region’s digital landscape; He said:

We have done a lot of work with key stakeholders such as Councils, Local Authorities and numerous support organisations, and we realised the work JP74 do could really make an impact on businesses; we really can help them. The more profitable businesses in the county are, the better that is for everybody.”

The pilot scheme launches Wednesday 22nd March, and applicants for the pilot can register on the JP74 website, or call the studio direct.


Tech North discovery visit to Lancaster

Tech North has spent three days this week in Lancaster getting to understand the digital economy in the area. Community Engagement Manager, Jazz Hanley has been keen to revisit the area following his attendance at the successful launch of Digital Lancaster back in January.


The visit facilitated by Digital Lancashire included a day of meetings at Lancaster University, including meeting faculty heads and campus-based businesses, a day in Lancaster visiting the city’s businesses at workspaces including White Cross, CityLab and The Storey, and finally a trip to the country to meet B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North).


Digital Lancashire MD Stewart Townsend said, “This is another step to building on the rich foundations currently here and creating a nationally recognised digital city. Lancaster has a host of superb digital businesses, a world-leading research University, incredible connections around the UK and a historic city with a great culture that just needs to show itself off and grow. Digital Lancashire and Digital Lancaster will do all they can to make this a reality.”

Our thanks to Lancaster University, InfoLab21, QuantumBase, Relative Insight, Demopad, The Networking People, Novi Digital, NuBlue, Fat Media, OnDemand Projects, Loading Deck, Factored, Accessplanit, Vibe Tickets, Bucket and Spade, Miralis Data, Cross Bay Marketing, Shadowcat Systems, Lancaster City Council and B4RN for their time, passion and for showing off their fantastic businesses.