Business at UCLan

Upcoming Events

Lancashire Forum Creative Think Tank - 18 January 2018

We are delighted to invite Creative and Digital businesses based in Lancashire to the latest Lancashire Forum Creative Think Tank. This event takes place on Thursday 18 January 2018, from 12.30pm- 5pm.

For this event we are delighted to welcome Simon Iredale, CEO of Motionlab Marketing, as our guest speaker. Simon will draw upon his experience of building a successful business to help you to step back and look at how your business and marketing activities might be transformed in the digital age.

Simon describes himself as a personal trainer for digital business and he has been involved in helping businesses understand digital since the late 1990s where he worked on the very first sites for Easyjet, Sony Music and Tesco. Since then he has helped 100s of companies navigate the complexities of marketing in the digital world. In this session you will be taken through the fundamentals of what makes a killer business and what you need to succeed in the always on world. With real life examples and processes that have been used on start-ups to multi-million pound businesses you will learn how to ensure your marketing is generating the maximum return on investment.

Please book via Eventbrite

Event Location:

Media Innovation Studion (MIS)
Media Factory
University of Central Lancashire
PR1 2XQ Preston
United Kingdom

Transmission Launch Event- 23 January 2018

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the official launch of the Transmission Project. The event will be held on Tuesday 23 January 2018, 4pm – 7pm, at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Media Factory, Preston.

Transmission will take the form of an innovative approach to building leadership capacity and capabilities within the advanced manufacturing, engineering, creative and digital sectors. The programme will also aim to add value and bring efficiency to businesses by embracing the competitive advantages that will accrue from a more digitalised economy.

The University is launching this support programme for the SME community within Lancashire to help prepare for the global effect of increasingly impactful developments in new technology. The support provided will act as a catalyst in helping to unlock the future productivity potential within these sectors.

Situated within the Centre for SME Development at UCLan this initiative will utilise both industry and academic expertise to:

  • Demonstrate the value of the programme in creating bespoke business solutions
  • Build on current awareness of the applications for digital technologies
  • Illustrate the organisational impacts of doing business in the digital age
  • Engage with leaders in different sectors to develop each other and their businesses

As part of the more intensive Transmission+ programme, access to simulated Non-Executive Director input for businesses with high growth potential will be available.

Media Innovation Studio (MIS)
4th Floor Media Factory, UCLan
Kirkham Street

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If you would like to contact us please call 01772 894632 or email

Introduction to Equity Investment for SMEs

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: Thursday 18th January, 12:00 -16:30
Location: UCLan, Greenbank Building, Victoria Street, Preston, PR1 7DR

Date & Time: Wednesday 14th February, 12:00 -16:30
Location: UCLan, Burnley Campus, Princess Way, Burnley, BB12 OEQ

These workshops are free and bookings are via Eventbrite


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