Business at UCLan

Upcoming Events

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

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!

This event will take place as part of the Lancashire Business Festival 2018’

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

Transmission 'Collaboratory' Event: Developing a Digital Readiness Strategy for SMEs in Lancashire - 25 April

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the next ‘collaboratory’ of the Transmission programme of business support events at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The event will be held on Wednesday 25 April 2018, 10am – 4.30pm, UCLan Media Factory, Preston.

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

For SMEs to survive and grow in the current environment a strategy to manage the digital world is essential. For this strategy to be successfully implemented and for the business to thrive, then strong, effective leadership is paramount. This event will help with both the development of an effective digital strategy and with the leadership skills needed to make it work.

We will hear from experts in the field of digital strategy, to provide you with the opportunity to begin analysing your business’s digital readiness. We will also look at ways that you, as the leader or key decision maker within the business, can apply the learning from this event and champion the implementation of a strategy to ensure that you, your team and your business can benefit.

Each Transmission ‘collaboratory’ is designed to meet the specific needs of businesses within the target sectors. The event will provide you with a number of concrete actions, producing a real impact on your business. Alongside this, you will have met and networked with a wide range of like-minded business leaders all keen to share their knowledge, experience and expertise.

Book your free place through Eventbrite

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

Read more about Transmission.

Event Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 10am – 4.30pm

Event Location: Media Innovation Studio (MIS), 4th Floor Media Factory, UCLan, Kirkham Street, Preston, PR1 2XQ