Lancashire chamber reveal centenary year celebration timetable

Babs Murphy
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The North & Western Lancashire of Commerce has revealed a timetable of events to celebrate its centenary in 2016.

Events range from a proclamation and church service to start the year, to a House of Commons reception, a black tie business dinner, Armed Forces Day, the BIBAs, the Winckley Square Dedication and Preston’s Christmas Lights switch-on ceremony.

The Chamber won’t be forgetting local sporting clubs either as it has four match sponsorship packages in place in the first third of 2016.

Confirmed events are:

19th January: Church Service and Proclamation in Preston city centre

20th February: Fylde Rugby Match Sponsorship

2nd March: House of Commons Reception

3rd March: British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Conference

5th March: Preston Grasshoppers Match Sponsorship

22nd April: Lytham St Georges Day Annual Business Lunch Sponsorship

23rd April: Preston North End Match Sponsorship

30th April: Blackpool FC Match Sponsorship

19th May: Centenary Black Tie Business Dinner

5th June: Centenary Dragon Boat Challenge

25th June: Preston Armed Forces Day

16th September: The BIBAs

October (date TBC): Winckley Square Dedication

12th November: Preston Christmas Lights Switch-On

24th November: AGM and Annual Lunch

If you would like to attend any of our events, please contact the Chamber team on 01772 653000.

Meanwhile, law firm Slater and Gordon has signed up to become a patron member of the Chamber.

This will see the company step up its involvement with the Chamber and give it a greater influence on policy, as well as raise its profile in the local area.

Patron members of the Chamber pay an increased subscription fee and enjoy a bespoke package of membership benefits that are uniquely tailored to their individual needs and wants.

Babs Murphy, NWLCC chief executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Slater and Gordon as patron members as it is an established and very well-known company.

“We aim to have a patron business from each of the core sectors we represent and it is pleasing to have such a high-profile solicitor firm sign up.

“Our Chamber works hard for its members and for Slater and Gordon to enhance their membership in this way is a clear endorsement of what we do here.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the firm and enjoying a long association with it.”

Stephen Chalcraft, principal property lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said: “We have just opened new premises in Preston and we are keen to get involved with the local business community.

“We have been members of NWLCC for some time now but we wanted to become patrons so we help the Chamber in its work supporting Lancashire businesses and highlight to the local area our expertise.

NWLCC’s patron package is offered to businesses that want to demonstrate a strong commitment to working as a key partner with the Chamber to support local businesses and is the most exclusive business opportunity the Chamber 
provides.

Other patrons of NWLCC include 3D printer-makers Ultimaker and Preston’s College.