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Lancashire Forum Creative

Centre for SME at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Cohort 3 of the Lancashire Forum Creative Extra will start 19th April 2018.

This in-depth programme is for senior/owner managers of Creative or Digital businesses who want to develop their leadership skills, innovate, and grow their business. The programme features:

  • An induction session to set the scene and introduce you to your peers on the programme;
  • Sector-specific, expert-led Think Tanks including: Strategic Thinking and Planning, Lego Serious Play, Exploring Leadership, Innovation;
  • Site visit to a large regional business;
  • Learning reflection/consolidation sessions to embed learning and establish actions;
  • Innovative ‘Hack Jam’ event that uses creative thinking, technology and diverse expertise to work on a pertinent topic defined and agreed by the participants;
  • Final reflection/consolidation day and graduation.


At UCLan the Lancashire Forum Creative is designed specifically to meet the learning and development needs of creative and digital SMEs.

The Lancashire Forum Creative is a fully-funded ERDF-funded programme (meaning there is no cost to participants) so all companies involved must be:

  • Based in Lancashire
  • Employ Fewer than 250 full-time employees
  • Have an annual turnover less than £40 million
  • Have received less than £160,000 of publicly funded support in the last 3 years
  • Be a business to business company


Every company has different aims, objectives, needs and goals. Our highly experienced facilitators can work with you to decide which Lancashire Forum Creative route is best for you and your business, be it joining an Action Learning Set with other SME leaders, attending innovative and expert-led workshops, or joining a cutting-edge business development programme.

All aspects of the Lancashire Forum Creative are underpinned by peer-to-peer learning that means you work with others ‘in the same boat’ to help you learn and collaborate with other SME leaders who understand the world in which you operate. As the programme is specifically designed for the creative and digital sector so you will have the chance to shape the programme yourself.


The Lancashire Forum Creative team has more than 30 years’ collective experience of working with SME leaders and this experience has allowed us to develop a deep understanding of how to help SME leaders develop themselves and their companies. Participants we have worked with on previous development programmes have reported:

  • Business growth and increased profits
  • Increased confidence as leaders
  • Becoming more strategic in their thinking
  • ​Better equipped to delegate and empower staff
  • New products and services developed and brought to market
  • Extended and greatly developed network of like-minded peers

Alongside this, participation also provides access to a huge range of further entrepreneurial programmes, services and opportunities across UCLan.


To find out more about Lancashire Forum Creative, please email us on or call us on 01772 892858.

Lancashire Forum Leaflet (.pdf) 2.95mb

This project is run in collaboration with Lancaster University Management School.

As part of this project, Lancaster University deliver the Lancashire Forum, a six month peer-network and business growth programme, open to directors and managers of Lancashire-based SMEs. If you would like to discuss which route may work best for you, please get in touch.