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Preston Partnership meetings and events

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Keep up to date with Preston Partnership's quarterly meetings and attend added value events...

Preston Partnership hosts quarterly meetings for its members around supporting the continued growth, development and future potential of Preston. Members are also able to attend added value events looking at key issues or sectors.

Quarterly meetings

Details of upcoming quarterly Preston Partnership meetings for 2020:

Cancelled: Preston Partnership quarterly meeting - Thursday 21 May

We are looking forward to seeing everyone once restrictions have been lifted and it is safe to gather, but in the meantime please note we have cancelled our meeting on the 21 May.

Preston Partnership quarterly meeting

  • Date: Wednesday 23 September
  • Venue: Cotton Court
  • Theme: Procurement and the Preston Model

Procurement and the Preston Model.

Preston Partnership quarterly meeting

  • Date: November, tbc
  • Venue: tbc
  • Theme: Latest development and regeneration with the Forum for the Built Environment

Past events

Preston Partnership Quarterly Meeting

As our city grows and strives to attract fresh investment we must look to grow ourselves. At our first event of the year on 25 February, partners heard from the Lancashire Employment and Skills Hub, Preston’s College and UCLan about training, skills and employability and the role business plays in helping residents take advantage of opportunities presented by the City Deal and future investment.

With thanks to members St Catherine’s Hospice for their excellent hospitality as hosts.

A Real Wage for Preston

Preston City Council hosted an informal networking event on 23 January at The Harris Museum Café to introduce a new initiative for businesses to help Preston businesses on the path to becoming Real Living Wage employers. There was an introduction to the initiative, how it works and how it can help both businesses and the city of Preston. Speakers included Community Gateway Association who explained how paying a fair wage has helped them with staff retention, recruitment and staff wellbeing as well as improving performance of the company and raising its profile. More details at Preston Real Wage.

An Update on UCLan's £200 Million Masterplan

Partners attended a special value event on 12 November 2019 hosted at Preston Partnership member UCLan’s impressive new Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC). Business leaders joined with members of the Forum for the Built Environment (fbe) Lancashire at this joint meeting to find out more about UCLan’s transformational Preston Campus development plans, tour the award winning new EIC and see at first-hand how UCLan are investing their money.

Stoneygate Masterplan Launch

Preston Partnership Members were invited to an added value event in June for the launch of the masterplan for the Stoneygate area of the city centre. Covering around 25 hectares, Stoneygate collectively represents one of the largest regeneration opportunities in Preston city centre.

Preston, Encounter this

The Harris Museum was a fitting venue for this breakfast meeting in September about Culture and the economy. Businesses heard Debbie Lander from Marketing Lancashire reveal the exciting County Of Culture Bid and learn about the impact on the economy of culture and leisure.

Preston, Where are we now?

Hosted by Preston City Council the first Preston Partnership event took place in March at the iconic Harris museum. There were a number of speakers setting the scene and providing updates on key schemes happening in and around the city. Following the event there was an opportunity for questions and then networking.

Preston, Looking in

Key note speaker, Andrew Carter from Centre for Cities presented to a full room of local businesses and organisations on Preston and the city's current standing, its strengths, opportunities and weaknesses with benchmarking against similar cities across the UK. This was followed by a panel discussion featuring; Gillian Grey, Lancashire Post, Adrian Phillips, Preston City Council, Rob Binns, Cotton Court, David Cox, David Cox Architects and Andrew Carter.