Business at UCLan

Upcoming Events

Mock Employment Tribunal - 21st March

The Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the Institute of Directors Lancashire (IoD) welcomes the team from Vista to UCLan on 21 March 2018. The team from Vista who will present a Mock Employment Tribunal using a thought provoking case study to illustrate the risks and pitfalls employers and HR advisers face when contesting unfair dismissal and discrimination proceedings.

The event will involve the audience, who will be provided with a trial bundle of evidence. Pre-selected volunteers will play the role of the witnesses in the case study, and the Vista team will play the legal roles as instructed by participant teams. It will be an insightful event and attendees will have the opportunity to get involved and have their say in what the outcome should be…let’s see if the judge agrees!

Please note, the event is free to attend for students and staff at UCLan, as well as IoD members. Please contact Lauren Mullan to secure your free place

IoD link to book your tickets

Event Location
Darwin Lecture Theatre, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

Event Date
Wednesday 21 March 2018, 7.30am- 11am


  • IoD member or UCLan staff/student - 0.00 GBP + VAT
  • Non-Member - 15.00 GBP + VAT


07.30     Registration and Networking
08.00     Welcome Introduction from Dharma Kovvuri, IoD Lancashire Committee Member and Dean of UCLan Burnley Campus
08.10     Darren Maw, Managing Director at Vista
09.30     Refreshment break & Discussion of the case
10.00     Judgement & Debrief
10.30     Close by Stuart Thompson, Chair at IoD Lancashire
10.45     Event closes



Introduction to Equity Investment for SMEs -  20th March / 19th April / 23rd May

The University of Central Lancashire has launched a FREE investor led Investment Readiness Programme, offering unique insights into what is needed to secure equity investment for your business.  Led by experienced investors, the programme helps SMEs raise venture capital and business angel investment by ensuring they are properly prepared and understand the process.  The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Whether you're looking for first round investment or larger funding sources this programme will outline what equity investment opportunities are available and what different investors are looking for.

Join us at an introductory workshop to find out what venture capital is, whether venture capital or business angel finance is right for you and ensure when you do apply, you are well equipped to clearly present your proposition.

*Eligibility: - Please note: The event and programme are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and so is only eligible to Lancashire based SME's seeking investment into their business.

Date & Time: Tuesday 20th March, 12:00 -16:30
Location: UCLan Media Factory, Kirkham St, Preston, PR1 2XQ

Date & Time: Thursday 19th April, 12:00 -16:30
Location: The Globe Arena, Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe, LA4 4TB

Date & Time: Wednesday 23rd May, 12:00 -16:30
Location: East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Red Rose Court, Clayton Business Park, Clayton-le-Moors, BB5 5JR

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

If you are unable to attend on these dates or would like to speak to our investment director or manager about the programme please call Robert Sheffrin or Chris Wynne on 01772 895656 or email


GDPR - Make sure your business is ready – UCLan Lancashire Law School Breakfast@8... - 8th March

What is Breakfast@8?

Lancashire Law School’s Breakfast@8 quarterly events bring together lawyers, businesses small and large, students and academics to discuss and debate aspects of work and the professions. This Breakfast@8 will be jointly hosted by the Lancashire Law School and the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise.

Event Details

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) heralds a new era of change for all businesses, small and large. Coming into force on 25 May 2018, businesses need to start preparing now, to ensure compliance and best practice with the new requirements on the collection, storage and usage of personal information.

The talk will be led by Omar Mashjari a Solicitor and Lecturer in Law at Lancashire Law School, he will explore some of the top tips for avoiding the major GDPR pitfalls.

Breakfast & networking

Join us for breakfast from 7.45am and meet other businesses to discuss this important & interesting topic. You can also grab another brew and continue your conversations after 9am with Omar and other attendees from businesses large and small.

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

Event Location:

Scholars Boardroom, Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2UQ

Event Date:

Thursday 8 March, 8-9am


Re-branding and Relaunching Age Concern - 8th March

Iain Pearson, Executive Director at Age Concern, a charity that helps adults to live well and age well, will deliver a presentation to illustrate how the non-profit considers marketing and public relations as crucial ingredients to its future success.

Iain has lead responsibility for public relations and marketing and has worked at the charity for six years. During his time Iain has secured over £8.6 million of funding through a range of successful tenders, grants and collaborations.

Book your place via Eventbrite

Iain's presentation will cover:

  • Pop quiz and what Age Concern does
  • Marketing and the third sector
  • Age Concerns’ brand challenges
  • Phase one – the re-brand process
  • The new brand
  • Digital transformation, the journey begins
  • Age Concern and public relations

At the end of the event there will be time for Question and Answers

Registration and networking is from 6pm, the session starts at 6.30pm and finishes at 8pm.

For more information please contact or Tel: +44(0)1772 894609.

Event Location
Harrington Lecture Theatre, Adelphi Street, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 7DR

Event Date
Thursday 8 March 2018, 6pm- 8pm



Celebrating Apprenticeships Breakfast – Wednesday 7 March

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are hosting an 'Apprenticeship Network Breakfast' on Wednesday 7 March 2018, 8am - 10am.

We would like to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week with employers and apprentices, to celebrate we will be showcasing a number of new Degree Apprenticeship programmes developed in partnership with industry.

Hear from businesses and delegates already involved in Degree Apprenticeships and the benefits of working with UCLan.

This breakfast will give you the chance to:

  • Network with other employers, businesses and apprentices
  • Hear from businesses about their apprenticeship experience
  • Share your experiences
  • Learn about the latest opportunities for you and your business

Book your free place through Eventbrite.

For more information please call 01772 895500 or email

Event Location:

Media Innovation Studio, 4th Floor, Media Factory, Kirkham Street, Preston, PR1 2XY

Event Date:

Wednesday 7 March, 8am-10am


UCLan Innovation Clinic- Developing a New Product, two-day Workshop March 5 & 6

As part of Lancashire Manufacturing Week and the Lancashire Business Festival 2018, the Innovation Clinic are offering a free two-day workshop at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Our expert-led workshop will equip your business with the knowledge needed to get your product transformed from a good idea into a bestseller.

Event Dates: Monday 5 March and Tuesday 6 March, 8.30am-4pm

Event Location: MIST, 4th floor Media Factory, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

Contact Details: Toni Murtagh (Project Administrator)
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894093

Book your place through Eventbrite



UCLan Business Breakfast- Thursday 1 March 2018

We are delighted to invite you to join us for breakfast at the next UCLan Business Breakfast. The event will be held on Thursday 1 March at 8am – 10.30am in the Media Factory at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Kirkham Street, Preston, PR1 1JN.

We have an agenda crammed with best practice, support and an exclusive look at the future of business engagement at UCLan and how you can ensure you are part of it!

Book your free place here via Eventbrite

Event Agenda

The Importance of Resilience in Business Success
In a fast-changing world, the growth of technology and an always-on culture, staying balanced and at your best is paramount. We are delighted to welcome Rupert and Aidan from Carter Corson, Business Psychologists who will lift the lid on developing your resilience. Through a deeper understanding of yourself, your values, and your stress triggers (and how this links to your job), you will find ways to become more resilient during times of stress and pressure. This session will give you time out to think and give you practical tools to apply as you develop the best version of yourself.

Funded Business Support for Lancashire Businesses
UCLan has a range of funded business support projects ranging from, leadership development for digital & creative industries to making sure you are investment ready and help taking new innovations to market. We have challenged our Project Managers to get across how they can help your business in just 5-minutes! You can then chase to find out more by ticking the appropriate box on the expression of interest form.

UCLan Business Connect - Membership
On March 1 the Centre for SME Development will be launching a new complimentary membership open to the business community, social enterprises and intermediary organisations. Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and sharing our expertise with the business community is a priority area of strategic importance for the University. UCLan is far more than a place to study and our aim is to widen engagement and create an economic impact in your business or organisation. The membership will provide you with access to a host of UCLan services as well as keep you informed of opportunities open to businesses. A new newsletter will launch alongside a new look business area of the UCLan website. Exciting times ahead, we want to work together with you to build the future of Lancashire.

If you would like to contact us please call +44 (0)1772 894321 or email
The Centre for SME Development, UCLan.


Transmission ‘Collaboratory’ Event- Digital Future for Manufacturing and Engineering SMEs in Lancashire? - Wednesday 28 February 2018

Following the successful launch of Transmission – the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan’s) new development programme for Lancashire-based advanced manufacturing, engineering, digital and creative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - we are delighted to invite you to join us for the first of our ‘Collaboratory’ events on Wednesday 28 February 2018, 10am – 4pm, at the UCLan Media Factory, Preston.

UCLan has devised this business and leadership development programme to help Lancashire’s SME leaders prepare and plan for the opportunities of the digital age. This European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded programme is free at point of contact to eligible businesses and will act as a catalyst in helping to unlock the future productivity potential within these sectors.

Transmission takes an innovative approach to building leadership capacity and capabilities. We have designed our ‘Collaboratories’ (collaborative learning laboratories) to add value and bring efficiency to businesses by embracing the competitive advantages from a more digitalised economy. Participants in this event will hear from two of UCLan’s experts in applying digital technologies to the business world, backed up by cutting-edge facilitation to ensure you come away with a clearer understanding of what the digital age might mean for your business as well as practical steps to take to apply what you’ve learned to your own business.

Dr John Pinder and Carl Berry from the Digital Manufacturing Group at UCLan will be the speakers for the day, focusing on:

  • Demystifying digital jargon by raising awareness of various technologies
  • Explaining why and how digital technology will be important for businesses - now and in the future. 
  • The opportunities the digital age can bring to businesses and their customers.

The presentations will be used to facilitate discussion amongst attendees about the relevance and relatability of the topics to their own businesses and some of the requirements for implementing a digital transformation.

You can read more about the Transmission programme here.

To register your place at this event, please use EventBrite.

If you would like to contact us please call +44 (0)1772 894632 or email


 UCLan GDPR Best Practice Workshop- Tuesday 20 February 2018

The Centre for SME Development is delighted to invite you to their next event, hosted in association with HM Network. The event will take place on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 4.30pm-6.30pm in the Media Factory at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston. 

The topic of the event is the forthcoming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) - a new regulation which is set to replace the current Data Protection Act on 25 May 2018. Whether you run a marketing company, store customer data on a loyalty card, have XLS spreadsheets of names and addresses it WILL affect your organisation in some way.

GDPR is not just about IT or HR or Marketing. Everyone in a business plays a part and existing cultures will need to change.

Will it affect my business?

This will affect all businesses that hold or process personal/customer/staff data. Whether you market to customers, hold staff records or collect/process personally identifiable information, this will affect you in some way.

This workshop will help you to understand how your business can become GDPR ready. Join us to hear from expert speakers and enjoy an interactive Q&A where you can learn more and ask questions about the impact of the GDPR, how your business can introduce these changes, and what you need to do in order for your business to become (and remain) compliant.

Contact Details

If you would like to contact us please call 01772 894321 or email

The Centre for SME Development, UCLan