Dear Members and Guests

We are very excited about the return of our Sparkly Christmas Event, we have some fantastic entertainment in the shape of the hugely talented International Artiste Emily Clark to whet our appetite for the season.

Once more our members have donated some brilliant gifts for our Prize Draw and our Auction List is looking pretty impressive too.

Please remember to bring £10 to be in our Prize Draw and help raise funds for our Charity Members:

  • Advocacy Focus
  • Age UK Lancashire
  • Rosemere Cancer Foundation
  • The Creative Space Centre

Have a look at the projects that our money will be going towards.

Fancy a catch up soon?  Check our joint availability here:

Look forward to seeing you soon online, in person or both!



Paul Limb, ActionCOACH Bolton

The Ghost of Christmas Future

Includes a short webinar, hosted breakout room sessions where you have the opportunity to promote your business and a motivational speaker.



Emily Clark will be providing Christmas entertainment to whet our appetite for the season.

Please take a look at our prizes generously donated by our Members.  To be included please donate £10 on the day and have a 1 in 3 chance of winning a prize of a much greater value. 

Check out our Auction Lot and be prepared to bid!


At our Christmas event we will be raising funds for all 4 of our Charity Members. Learn more about how you will be helping each of our charities.

The Creative Space Centre

Any monies received will go towards our big project of transforming our wonderful gardens into that of an outdoor sensory area.  Plans have now been submitted to Preston Council and with the backing of Lancashire Gardens Trust, we hope to commence the physical work in spring 2022.  We are saving to put raised beds, resin paths, trees and sensory planting as well as sensory activities and equipment to compliment a coloured roof pergola in the gardens.

Rosemere Cancer

Paxman Scalp Cooling System

Hair loss is one of the most well-known side effects of cancer treatment. The Paxman Scalp Cooling System being funded by Rosemere Cancer Foundation at Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trust, is proven to be an effective way of combating chemotherapy induced hair loss and can result in a high level of retention or completely preserve the hair. For patients, this means the opportunity to regain some control, maintain their privacy and encourage a positive attitude towards treatment.

The system works by reducing blood flow to the scalp by 20-40% of the normal rate, resulting in less chemotherapeutic drug being delivered to the hair follicles.

Dan Hill, Chief Officer for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, says: “So often, patients tell us that coping with hair loss is one of the hardest parts of having cancer. Such a sudden and visible physical change can be incredibly stressful. That is why it is so important that we secure funding for new treatment support equipment such as this. Due to an increasing demand for this type of equipment the new units will compliment ones previously funded by Rosemere, increasing the availability of this service to many more cancer patients.”

Advocacy Focus

Sophie was a happy, go-lucky toddler, always up to mischief and on the go. She was a real daddy’s girl and proudly told people about her daddy’s as a fire-fighter. When she turned six years old, he father took his own life. Sophie couldn’t understand why her daddy wasn’t there anymore and missed him terribly.

12 months after the death of her father, Sophie was diagnosed with an eating disorder. Children as young as six have taken their own lives and the number of under 12s on anti-depressants is the highest it’s ever been. You can help us to help parents and carers understand more about mental health and the support that’s out there for their children?

Thanks to your donations, we can help children like Sophie and their families.

Age UK Lancashire

We are delighted to be receiving 25% of funds raised today thanks to Karen and all of the BNCEL members – thank you all so much for your support.

The funds raised will go to support our Winter Warmth Campaign which will help our older people stay warm and stay well this winter.

This campaign helps us reach more lonely and isolated older people and raises awareness of our Information & Advice line.  Here people can talk to a warm friendly person who will help them with support and advice, anything from heating their homes, overcoming loneliness, and also help to signpost them to benefits they may not be claiming (last year we helped people claim £1.2million in unclaimed benefits).

We don’t want people to have to choose Heat or Eat this winter and with your help we can overcome this.

Thank you so much.

Win a £1,000 Travel Voucher

Be in it to win it!

At our Christmas 2021 event, Lisa Edge of GB Shared won our voucher for the second time. Congratulations Lisa.

Our Members generously introduce guests who always add value to our events. Indeed a good proportion of guests express interest in joining our wonderful group. For every guest who then joins our group, our Member will get a ‘ticket’ for our draw at Christmas to win a £1,000 Travel Voucher.

All guests must be a Business Owner or a Senior Decision Maker

Business Categories

We keep business categories to 5% of the membership total to achieve balance and provide collaborative opportunities. If your guest is in a category that is currently full, they will be welcome to join a wait list.

Full Categories – IT, Digital and Creative, Videography, Legal, Business Coach, Charitable Services


Webinars and Speakers

Coming Soon…

  • Influencing Skills, Louisa Scanlan, Collaborate Business Solutions
  • Iconic Productivity Processes that WORK, Liz Hardwick, DigiEnable
  • The Fast Moving World of Telecoms, Patrick Mee, Avandda
  • Valuing The Precious Gift of Time, Pam Clark, All Thing Sorted
  • All Things IT, Abbey ICT, Stuart Lee
  • IP – On Your Side, Andy Platt, Simply Corporate
  • Introducing DECAMA, Catherine Dobson, CD Psychology
  • What’s New In IT, Stuart Lee, Abbey ICT
  • Mental Health First Aid Training, John Hutchison, Advocacy Focus
  • What’s New In Promotional Gifts, Pete Slater, The Purple Group
  • Follow Your Heart Career Change, Lauren Lane, BEE Coaching
  • Different Makes The Difference, Andy Henderson, Forward Thinking
  • My Life As A Walking Encyclopaedia, Suzanne Gibson, Ecompli
  • The Creative Space Centre, Andrea Baker

If you would like to share your expertise with the group in the form of a learning event, please let me know, I would love to hear from you Webinar and Speaker Slots available from August.

Dates for the Diary

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Kath Bell

I have been attending The Business Network events for nearly a year now and look back with real pleasure on these occasions. Having only attended online events until August 2021, Karen’s events have played an important role in teaching me how to network virtually and I am impressed by the way her events have been run. Karen is skilled at hosting and putting people at their ease, and I felt immediately welcome to the network. The learning elements, delivered by a good mix of speakers, have been valuable and interesting – there are many chances to take part in these to promote your business. The networking in smaller groups is effective and enjoyable. I have connected with many members over the past year and business has been generated through these new relationships. I particularly enjoyed my first in person event last month; a fine venue, a tasty lunch and finally a chance to meet Karen and the many members I knew only virtually! For anyone wishing to connect with fellow decision makers in Lancashire, I’d recommend speaking with Karen and joining The Business Network.

Kath Bell
Lancashire Business View