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Join Lancashire at UKREiiF again for an unparalleled opportunity to connect with our vibrant county.

Led by a dynamic delegation of public and private sector leaders, we invite you to explore the Invest in Lancashire stand (K44), experience our renowned hospitality, and participate in our exclusive session on the Cinema stage on March 22nd at 2:15 PM.

Discover why Lancashire is the ideal destination for investment, innovation, and collaboration. See you there!

Lancashire County Council

Committed to economic growth, Lancashire County Council is championing world class. It’s world class business base in energy and advanced manufacturing and fostering emerging sectors including low carbon and cyber. Accelerating strategic site development and business support, we’re fuelling growth and fostering skills. With aligned responsibilities in transport, highways, and digital infrastructure, we’re poised to achieve our goals.

Through active engagement and a robust project pipeline, we listen and adapt, ensuring our efforts align with investor’s evolving needs. By creating quality opportunities and vibrant communities, we’re not just building a prosperous future, but a Lancashire where people and their families thrive.

Simon Lawrence, Director of Growth & Regeneration

Steve Burns, Head of Service – Strategic Development

Andy Walker, Head of Service – Business Growth

Tom Turner, Project Officer – Strategic Development

Electricity North West

We are the North West’s Distribution Network Operator, providing power to 5 million people in 2.4m homes and business across the North West. We invest billions of pounds in the region, focusing on key areas of safety, reliability customer service and net zero.

  • We will deliver at least 9/10 level of customer service and provide additional support to customers in vulnerable circumstances and fuel poverty
  • We are investing more than £1 million per day into the network between 2023 and 2028 – a total of £2bn
  • A £33m investment in Lancashire will increase capacity at 11 substations across Lancashire

Preston City Council

Preston is an ambitious Council which is making a real and positive impact for our city and its communities. We are delivering city centre regeneration on a scale which is sub-regionally significant, while maintaining strong ties with our citizens. With £1bn already invested or committed to regeneration projects within the city by public and private sector partners, we are dedicated to delivering transformational improvements for Preston and have been successful in attracting significant funding into the city, driving regeneration on scale not seen for decades, whilst remaining committed to nurturing a fair and thriving economy for all.

Adrian Phillips, Chief Executive Officer

Chris Hayward, Director of Development and Housing

Julie Palmer, Regeneration Manager

Eric Wright Group

An award-winning leader in the NW property and construction industry.  Based at Bamber Bridge in Central Lancashire for over 40 years.  Active across all sectors of the industry including: Education, healthcare, residential, commercial and infrastructure.  Its culture of quality and excellence ensures long term relationships with partners and clients.  The Group is 100% owned by The Eric Wright Charitable Trust.  Eric’s philosophy and this unique structure means that all profits generated by the Eric Wright Group are either reinvested in the Group’s business or distributed to the Trust for its charitable work.  

Karen Hirst, Managing Director, Maple Grove Developments

James Scott, Director, Maple Grove Developments

James Eager, Director, Eric Wright Construction

Lesley McGregor, Managing Director, Eric Wright Partnerships

Martin Morrow, Pre-Construction Director, Eric Wright Civil Engineering

Forbes Solicitors

Forbes Solicitors, a well-established Lancashire firm with offices across the North of England, prides itself on providing a comprehensive range of legal services to both individuals and commercial clients. Their expertise extends beyond general legal matters, with a focus on specialised sectors where they’ve earned national recognition.

What truly sets Forbes Solicitors apart, according to their clients, is their down-to-earth approach. Their team is passionate about achieving the best possible outcome for each client. They prioritise clear communication and collaboration, ensuring clients receive genuine and practical advice tailored to their specific needs.

Adam Bromley, Partner and Head of Property

Catherine Kennedy, Housing and Regeneration Property Partner

Lancaster City Council

Lancaster City Council is a district council in the north of Lancashire, providing services to around 140,000 people living in the Lancaster district. The cornerstones for the Council’s ambitions are: a Sustainable District; an Inclusive and Prosperous Local Economy; Happy and Healthy Communities, and; a Co-operative, Kind and Responsible Council. 

The City Council is ambitious and leading on the delivery once in a lifetime projects to support its wider vision. This includes the delivery of Eden Project Morecambe alongside wider change in Morecambe Town Centre and Canal Quarter in Lancaster. This is all being achieved in a sustainable growth model. 

Jonathan Noad, Chief Officer Sustainable Growth

Pendle Borough Council

Our vision for Pendle is a richly characterful place with ambition, opportunities and strong connections.

We have four priority areas:

•          providing high quality services

•          proud & connected communities & places

•          good growth

•          healthy communities

Against each priority are pledges and actions to show how we’re going to fulfil them.

This includes providing good quality affordable housing; responding to climate change; protecting our green spaces; improving community safety and keeping our clean streets clean. We’ll prioritise street level issues to ensure our neighbourhoods are great places to live.

Phillip Spurr, Director of Place

Preston Partnership

Preston Partnership is a private sector led membership organisation of nearly 200 members. We bring together businesses and the public sector to help make Preston a prosperous city to live, work, visit and invest in. We are an ambitious community of people determined to help Preston realise its potential and positively impact its people, communities and businesses. We work with local authorities and partners to generate ideas, shape place direction, support investment opportunities and help build a positive brand profile for the City.  We Chair Preston Town’s Fund Board, are a founding partner of the Preston Regeneration Board and deliver bespoke networking and panel events.

John Chesworth, Director and Chair Preston Partnership

Alban Cassidy, Director

Beckie Joyce, Business Development Lead

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