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Embrace leadership principles to get Lancashire SMEs back to growth

As SMEs around the North West look to rebuild from the coronavirus shutdown, Professor Sue Smith from the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Centre for SME Development explains the key steps small and medium sized business owners need to take to help boost their recovery.

Can technology end the construction industry’s gender bias?

As digital technology transforms the construction industry, does it also provide an opportunity for the sector to solve its greatest challenge – gender inequality? Dr Jenni Barrett from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) explores how digital innovation could help construction become a level playing field for all genders.

New model economy benefits business and the community

The Preston Model is showing the country how grassroots growth can drive business and community prosperity. Dr Julian Manley, Social Innovation Manager at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Centre for SME Development, explains how.



The coronavirus pandemic has shone a spotlight on how crucially important having a good quality online presence is to business success.

How a Social Media Strategy can give Your Business a Digital Marketing Boost

With all the hype around social media marketing it’s little wonder that so many small business owners are fretting about having a presence.

Apprenticeships – are they just a question of degree!

Higher and degree apprenticeships offer a fantastic way to develop the talent of the future. There are significant benefits for the individual and the employer alike, which make them a great win-win for all concerned.

Howzat? Who would have thought?

Businesses in Lancashire gain valuable Leadership Skills from an afternoon of cricket!

Mind the Gap - Supporting Lancashire’s SME’s to fill skill gaps

UpSkilling Lancashire tackles the skill gap conundrum in Lancashire’s SMEs by identifying those skill gaps and prioritising learning needs