At UCLan, we believe in establishing collaborative partnerships with our business customers. What sets us apart is our strong reputation for applied business research, entrepreneurship, innovation and bringing academic excellence to life. Innovation is part of our culture and we work hard to establish links with local, regional, national and international businesses, sharing and exchanging our expertise and research to help give you that competitive edge.
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Collaborative working to achieve business growth
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been working with Downtown Business in Lancashire to further understand the challenges facing the region’s business community.
Downtown in Business (DiB) was established in 2004 as a business club aimed at providing leadership to the private sector by articulating the views of its members to public sector agencies. The aim has always been to create networking environments that attract entrepreneurs, high growth companies and the regions big hitters.
Over the years DiB has earned a reputation as one of the most influential business organisations in the North West, influencing public sector agendas. They achieve this by organising events across the North West and beyond, hosting award dinners, and attracting prominent speakers and political figures to share views and best practice.
More than two thirds (68 per cent) of Lancashire business owners are expecting to create new jobs in 2014, according to a survey conducted by Boost Business Lancashire, of which the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a partner.
The Lancashire Growth Forecast 2014 found that two fifths (41 per cent) were expecting growth of more than 15 per cent in 2014.
Giving an indication of strategic priorities and investment plans, 70 per cent of business owners said improving their sales and marketing was the biggest opportunity to grow their business.
However, business owners also identified a number of growth challenges with almost half (47 per cent) of those surveyed saying a shortage of skills among the existing workforce would be a potential barrier to growth in the next 12-months.