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Welcome to the Member’s Bulletin Board, a community space for all the members of Lancaster & Morecambe Chamber of Commerce.

Read about opportunities, training, events and news from all our members. Want to share something? Simply click here to Submit Your News.

Free Funded Courses at LMC

Through the UK SPF Lancaster & Morecambe College have a large selection of fully funded courses to help upskill local business. Courses include Cyber Security Awareness, Mental Health Champions, Food Safety and Safeguarding.
Click here to visit the LMC website or email Leeanne Grayston-Aldren on L.Grayston-Aldren@lmc.ac.uk to chat through options and how the team could support your business.

Work Experience Placements Wanted

Chamber Members Our Ladies Catholic College in Lancaster is seeking to engage with local businesses who would be interested in hosting a Year 10 or Year 12 Work Placement student during June & July 2024. Work placements provide students with invaluable insight into the working world and can help ignite an interest in a career that hadn't previously been considered. The school works with all potenital businesses to match the right student to the right placement so that the experience is as rewarding as possible for all parties. If you are interested in how you can host a student placement email Juliet Duncan at j.duncan@olcc.lancs.ac.uk

Cross Bay Walk 1st June 2024

Are you ready to make strides in the fight against cancer? Join #TeamNWCR in support of cancer research in our region! Cover a distance of 7.5 miles, starting from Arnside and concluding at Grange. By taking on The Crossbay Walk in aid of North West Cancer Research you'll be supporting life-saving cancer research across the North West including locally at Lancaster University, as well as enabling the Charity team to reach communities across the region by visiting schools, clubs, and special interest groups to spread awareness of the cancers most prevalent in our region and educate on the ways to stay healthy. Click to find out more.

Talking to the next generation about money

Thursday 13 June, 11.00 – 12.00pm Join us for an insightful webinar to discuss how a family meeting can be used to talk to the next generation about money. Conversations about money are rarely straightforward, particularly when they involve family. How do you tackle the topic of inheritance, your will or other issues with your loved ones, so that everyone is on the same page? This webinar offers valuable insights into running a family meeting– from inheritance plans to making tax-efficient financial decisions and ensuring your affairs and wishes are in order.

Moonlight Walk Returns- Bigger and Better Than Ever

Lancaster and Morecambe will turn GREEN for one night only, representing all the local people who have been touched by St John’s Hospice care. Lancaster Castle will be looking splendent, illuminated in a glorious green glow! We have plans in store for an interactive experience for all participants to take part in at the castle, but we’re keeping that a secret for now… The event is a great opportunity to get together with friends, family and colleagues to remember those they love, celebrate their local hospice and simply – just have fun! You can also fundraise together as a team and set up a just giving page together to help raise as much money as possible for your Hospice. We would LOVE to give you the opportunity to sign up as a group and with that, we can offer a special group discount! Enter ‘GROUP’ on our website when you check out to receive 25% off! The code will work for any group size booking or individually if you are each booking your own place.

Net Zero Cluster North West

The "Net Zero Cluster North West" will be meeting every third Tuesday each month at the Fraser House Hub, White Cross, Lancaster, LA1 4XQ from 5pm to 7pm. The Cluster is a free and open space for all North West businesses who want to talk, learn, discuss and find solutions for your Net Zero journey. A really important part of the Cluster is "We do not have all of the answers - yet!" We are here to learn and inspire each other on this rocky road. We want to find a mix of businesses looking for solutions and suppliers who are willing to share & talk through the complexities of this ever changing new world. So who do you want to see in the room? What topics do you want to talk about? And how do you want to learn? Keep asking the questions and we will seek to find the right person who can share their experiences with us all. Come and create a new future for the North West.

Family Band Night, 28th June, Vale of Lune Rugby Club.

Get ready to rock the night away for a great cause. Join us for an electrifying evening of live music, laughter, and community spirit at the Unique Kidz and Co band night featuring the sensational Coastline! Known for their roof-raising performances, Coastline will take the stage to deliver a show-stopping performance that promises to keep you dancing and singing all night long. Open to everyone, young people must be accompanied by a parent or carer. This night is more than just great music; it's an opportunity to come together and support an incredible cause. Every ticket sold, every cheer, and every song will help Unique Kidz and Co continue to change the lives of disabled children and young adults. So, mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to be part of something truly special. Let's make a difference, one note at a time!

Helen Tebay launches new sales-based podcast, Sales Made Simple

Lancashire based Sales Coach Helen Tebay launches new sales-based podcast, Sales Made Simple Designed to help service-based business learn how to find and sign more clients in 2024! With fresh sales insights, expert guest speakers and hands on actionable tips and strategies to help business owners increase their sales these fortnightly episodes are not to be missed. Answering your questions around how to get more leads, how to sell and market your offering and how to increase conversions. Covering topics like what to do when you are in a sales slump or struggling to make decisions in your business which are all essential for consistent and repeatable sales in your business! Click to listen and don't forget to subscribe to learn more!

Business Bites- Free Business Workshops for local business owners and thier employees

Business Bites is a fortnightly event delivered by the Health Partnerships Team at Lancaster University in collaboration with local businesses, aiming to provide some basic business advice and skills to the wide variety of commercial and non-commercial partners in the local area – as well as valuable peer networking opportunities and the chance to make new contacts. The sessions cover a wide variety of topics including Harnessing CRM to Meet & Exceed SME Business Goals and Leveraging Partnerships and Networks for business success The events are free to attend and open to all including business owners and employees. Refreshments are included. Click to register.

Did you know that LMCoC Members TP Financial Solutions offer FREE Financial Wellness lunch and learns for your team?

Tarnia, Director and Financial Adviser at TPFS, is on a mission to ensure the workforce in the Lancaster and Morecambe district are financially savvy. She is offering a free session for your business and your team. Usually run over a lunch hour, but time can be accommodated to suit you. Tarnia covers topics including: saving, insurance, debt, pensions, and general financial myth busting. If you think your team (and you) would benefit from one of these sessions, do email Tarnia on: tarnia@tpfinancialsolutions.co.uk. “I saw the lunch and learn sessions about Pensions on LinkedIn and immediately thought what a fantastic idea! I contacted Tarnia who was so professional and efficient from the start, we arranged a date, I advertised the session on our internal notice board, I was surprised at how many of our team wanted to come along. The session was a HUGE success, and the feedback was so positive from all the staff!”

Bubblewrap- Your New Business Compliance Podcast!

Lancashire based Health & Safety Company, HSE Advice UK Ltd, have launched an exciting new podcast to provide invaluable insights, expert advice, and practical strategies to help business owners navigate the complex landscape of compliance requirements. The podcast promises to cover a wide array of topics essential for ensuring business operations run smoothly and legally in a fun and engaging way.
For further information, contact bubblewrap@hseadvice.co.uk
Listen on Spotify or Click to watch on YouTube

Lancaster BID Launch LOVE LANCASTER Brand Book

In 2023, Lancaster BID recognised the need for a central group to drive the creation of a brand that would assist them, and other organisations, to promote Lancaster as a destination. Through extensive meetings and workshops with a wide range of stakeholders, it was clear that Lancaster “has a good story to tell – we just need to tell it” and there was a need for a recognisable and consistent identity for us to do this. It was agreed that we already had a brand to take this forward – Love Lancaster – but that it would need to be refreshed and reimagined to create flexibility for multiple business, organisations, and groups across a variety of sectors to drive their own campaigns. Building on the existing Love Lancaster brand, the aim was to create a flexible brand identity that would bring to light the uniqueness of Lancaster and build an identity that enhanced all that was good, great, and distinctive about the city and uses that to our shared advantage. To create a sense of belonging and pride, making Lancaster a place people are proud to come from, a place people want to visit and a place people choose to stay and make their home. Click to read the new LOVE LANCASTER brand book.

Bay Health Festivals seeks corporate sponsors for its wellbeing events

Launched in 2017, Bay Health Festivals was created by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust lead chaplain Rev Ian Dewar with the aim of starting conversations that would lead to healthier, happier lives for people in our region. The festival team is now looking for corporate sponsors to help the events to continue to grow and reach more people. Rev Dewar said: “As Bay Health Festivals grows we’re looking for support from the community to fund our events.“ We’re looking for sponsors who share our wish to improve the health of our population and become a part of the Bay Health Festivals movement. “A healthy population is an economically-strong population. We know that people who live around Morecambe Bay are immensely proud of the region and want to see it thrive – we can all play a part in that by looking after our health. Forthcoming Bay Health Festivals events inc. Dalton Square, Lancaster, July 13 & 14: Free health checks, live entertainment and a huge selection of health and wellbeing organisations on Saturday, following by a ‘celebration of cycling’ event on Sunday To find out more about packages available, email ian.dewar@mbht.nhs.uk

Growth Catalyst – A Strategy programme designed for ambitious business owners that want to achieve sustainable growth and profits.

It is a group programme held online, (there is also an offline version available so you can work through the content at your own pace) that runs for 5-weeks. Throughout the programme we delve into all areas of your business to develop your strategy. We get into the business vision, the finances, operations, processes, systems, people, skills, sales & marketing and product development before creating the action plan and scorecard. By the end you will have a carefully considered, comprehensive plan of action for you to use to drive sustainable growth. Previous attendee’s on the programme have said: “Bex has helped me see things in my business that have been there for years and I've not yet taken advantage of, fixed, or analysed. Her no-nonsense approach to looking at the underlying nuts and bolts of a business is incredibly insightful. She has already helped me to develop a marketing strategy, refine my product offering, and analyse & tap into new undeveloped markets. Highly recommend any business owner looking to get more out of their existing business to give her a call and find out how she can help. Very, very good value.”