Pendle Connects provides a platform for networking, sharing of information and business generation. Events are free to attend and open to all Pendle based businesses as well as those doing business in Pendle. All sectors, private, public and voluntary are welcomed.



Next event:  Weds 30 October 8am-10am

Our next Pendle Connects event will take place on Weds 30 October. We are kindly being hosted by the Pendleside Hospice team at Brierfield. Speakers to be confirmed. Following a networking session with complementary refreshments, we will have a borough update from Pendle Borough Council. Our speakers will then share their recent business journeys and challenges with the audience and take questions as a panel at the end.

Tickets are FREE for Pendle Connects events, booking is via the Eventbrite button below.

NB! Limited places are available, please only book if you know you will be able to attend. 

Pendle Employer Skills Summit, 17 May

 Pendle Connects was proud to run the first Pendle Education Summit in July 2021. Now rebranded to the Pendle Employer Skills Summit it returned on Friday 17 May 2024 at Pendle Community High School.

A guest panel from Pendle companies shared the myriad roles they have within them, the difficulties they have recruiting people with the right skills, the work they do with schools now, the benefits this brings for them and why more businesses need to engage with their future workforce to ensure a future skills pipeline.

A guest panel from skills and education shared different aspects of the need and mechanisms for education and employer engagement on a local and regional level. Also the vast benefits that employer engagement gives to pupils both for developing future careers and interpersonal skills.

We also discussed regional and national support schemes and the unique opportunities that living, studying and working in Pendle can bring. A buffet lunch was created and served by the students from 12pm. Many thanks to Debra, Jo and the PCHSC team for hosting us.

Watch this space for the 2025 summit date.

Joining the Lancashire Skills Pledge allows any business to pledge their time to support a local school, commitment starts at just one hour. If you’d like to take on the role of Enterprise Advisor and support local schools on an ongoing basis please do click the link below to find out more about this crucial role, and how you can make a real difference. Start Lancashire is a great place for employers to advertise opportunities, apprenticeships and for students to find them.

The events were made possible by the Lancashire Careers Hub which is managed by Inspira and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

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Pendle, a hotspot for UK manufacturing

With a population of just 90,000 Pendle boasts the highest concentration of manufacturing companies per square mile in the UK, a thriving tourism market and a wealth of businesses of all shapes and sizes.

The expansion of the Lomeshaye Industrial estate and regeneration of the old Smith & Nephew Mill is allowing local businesses to grow and others from further afield to lay down new roots in Pendle

Event Hosts

Quarterly breakfast events combine business networking with business speakers, who will share their business journeys and challenges with the room, then take questions as a panel. As well as the chance to learn from and network with these speakers and other local businesses, a business update for the borough will be given by Pendle Borough Council.

We will also have updates from Boost Lancashire on the support available and from Inspira regarding supporting local schools.

Events are hosted by Rachel Kay, Pendle Connects organiser and Director of lovelocalnetworking. Please contact Rachel via the Contact Form below with any queries.

Pendle Connects Partners

Pendle Borough Council identified a desire in 2016 for educational, professional networking within Pendle. lovelocalnetworking had run events in Pendle for three years and were / are committed to supporting local businesses. With input and support from Pendle Council and Business in the Community, lovelocal set-up and now run Pendle Connects on a quarterly basis. Please click below to find out more about any of Pendle Connects founder organisations.

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