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Lancashare is a brand new concept and a unique business offering with the aim of bringing together Lancashire businesses to generate economic prosperity within our County.

Scheduled for launch September 2016, the site will be a free resource for local companies to aid growth.  Benefits include access to a wide range of funding opportunities, the ability to promote your business online,  drive traffic to your website, access exclusive online offers and discounts, advertise job vacancies, find and compare Lancashire’s’ skills and training providers as well as find information on local events, networking groups and annual business awards.

Whilst the site is free to visit and access information, for just £99 per annum, businesses can list themselves online and, being part of the Lancashare family gives members exclusive access to tenders.  Director of Lancashare, Lisa Edge said, ‘this will change the way we do business in this county, by local companies coming together to put their purchases online, not only does it show they are an ethical buyer using local suppliers, but they help to keep the money right here in Lancashire!  Confirmed members and sponsors include Forbes Solicitors, The Shout Network, BNI, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Royal Bank of Scotland, Laura Hartley Recruitment and Accrington and Rossendale College, to name a few!

 Here are just a few of the benefits on offer!

·         Raise your company profile and drive traffic to your website

·         Access a wider supply chain & let local suppliers come to you

·         Save time and get better value for money on your purchases

·         Relieve the pressure on your procurement teams and generate a local supply chain

·         Widen promotion of your businesses by showcasing your products and services online

·         Find funding opportunities to maximise your budgets and expand your business

·         Generate leads online and access exclusive discounts

·         Access low cost recruitment by advertising your vacancies online

·         Find and retain talent locally including apprenticeships

·         Locate the best skills and training providers in one place / advertise your training programmes

·         Find out about local business events relevant to your organisation

·         Find out which networking organisation is best for you

·         Nominate your business for one of the many prestigious business awards in Lancashire

The site has been developed after years of listening to the struggles and challenges that businesses in Lancashire face.  The development of Lancashare, is to support collaboration within our county and get as many businesses as possible working together to share opportunities to win work from one another, as well as equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need to prosper.  It's an independently run organisation which means we have no hidden agendas, no specific targets to hit, and no parameters in which to work.  If there is a business need in this county, and we can help facilitate, then we are happy to do so.  Lancashare provides a means of sharing products, services, knowledge and expertise between one another across our county.

The initial response has been phenomenal we have been overwhelmed by the need for such a support service to be in place.  Lancashire is a wonderful county, with many fabulous opportunities, Lancashare is here to provide a mechanism for us to share all this with one another and save time and money. 

Whilst the site is free to visit, membership starts at just £99 which gives you some fantastic benefits including access to tender opportunities.  I attach details of the packages we have on offer.  All members get a 'return on investment' report, which will ensure transparency in terms of the benefits you have received for working with us.

Our launch event is being scheduled for September (date and time to be fixed) but members are coming on board every day and some are already starting to benefit, so do let me know at your earliest convenience if you would like to become part of the Lancashire family by completing and retuning the new business form attached, otherwise, just enjoy the benefits the site will bring!  

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