New apprenticeship schemes would benefit Lancashire's businesses and help to keep talent in the local area.

That is the view of entrepreneur Elizabeth Clark, co-founder and CEO of Ramsbottom-based advertising tech firm Dream Agility.

Clark is one of nine panellists confirmed to speak at BusinessCloud's 'Going for Growth' event near Preston next month, where several of Lancashire’s most successful businesses will be sharing their own stories of obtaining investment. Sign up for free here.

"We need to do something about transport and better higher level apprentices to keep our young people in Lancashire and stop them heading into Manchester away from the local employers," Clark (pictured below) said.

Lancashire is an economic powerhouse and is proving a fertile breeding ground for entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses. From state-of-the-art tech businesses to traditional manufacturers, the Red Rose county is home to all sectors and sizes, from the smallest start-up  to the largest multi-national company.

For a fast-growing business one of the most important decisions will be when to take investment and what type is right for them.

Liz Clark 

The 'Going for Growth' event on Thursday 8th February is being sponsored by UCLan Ventures and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Lancashire and South Lakeland.
  
Supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), UCLan's Investment Readiness Team are specialists in helping fast-growing businesses acquire equity finance.

UCLan Ventures investment director Robert Sheffrin; ICAEW Lancashire and South Lakeland president Gillian Bardin; and Peter Leather, head of IP & commercialisation at Lancashire Investment Readiness Programme will be speaking at the event.

They will be joined by Dave Furlong, investment director at Maven Capital Partners and North West Business Angels manager Steve Wall.

Darrin Robinson of cycling brand Beaconfell; Trak RAP CEO Martin Leeming; and Mark Wood, chief executive of The Printed Paper Cup Company, have also been confirmed as speakers.

Click here to register for the event, which is FREE to attend.