Save the date!

Have you booked your exhibition space at our showcase event ‘The Venue Show’ yet?

I wouldn’t like to see you miss out on this major opportunity to meet conference and meeting buyers. Especially if you are a venue with a difference. We have amazing businesses (that’s you) in fantastic settings that can accommodate a whole array of delegates from across the North. Lets book in some conferences and create some happy delegates in Lancashire!

Following on from the success of the 2008 show the 2010 show is on Thursday 25th March 2010 and  it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before!

Join us at Park Hall Hotel, Leisure & Conference Centre. On the day there will be a variety of entertainment, catering, free prize draws and giveaways for attendees.

You can only exhibit if you join our conference initiative. Compared to other shows your exhibition space here is great value for money. Only £450 for your space and a free listing on the website for the year! Also you will then be included in our conference venue finding service  for 12 months (hurrah – more business!).

We’re also launching a new Conference website in April which you can feature in.

ring Catherine Redshaw now on 01257 226615 to book your place.

sarah lundy

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40 miles of unforgettable food

As part of my job, I recently had to spend a morning by a beautiful canal, tasting local food, cooked up by a chef/comedian – someone’s got to do it!

The occasion was the launch at Owd Nells, Guys Thatched Hamlet of a new joint campaign by British Waterways and the Tourist Board to promote places to eat in the Taste Lancashire quality scheme along and near the Lancaster Canal.

I feel I have to get the mention of the weather out of the way first, as, like it or not, it can make such a difference to an outdoor occasion like this, but in the midst of an otherwise pretty wet week, we were lucky to get one of the few fine days.

Phillipa James Cookery Demonstration

Phillipa James Cookery Demonstration

The main event was the cookery demonstrations from local chef and food advocate, Philippa James, who cooked up some bite size treats using mainly ingredients from food producers close to this beautiful 40 mile stretch of water. I won’t list every single item as your computer keyboard would be wet with drool, but here’s a flavour: Lancashire tortilla with Dewlay’s crumbly Lancashire cheese, mini butterfly cakes with Pennine Way Preserves Lemon Cheese, Gracemire Lamb with rosemary, Lancashire honey and garlic and my personal favourite, Port of Lancaster Smokehouse smoked mackerel pate mini melbas with a splash of vodka! The coffee on arrival was provided by J Atkinsons and Co from Lancaster. Guests also went away with goodie bags filled with local produce as well as a copy of the canal-shaped leaflet, 90,000 of which have been printed and delivered to households in the area.

As well as celebrating a great partnership between British Waterways and the Tourist Board, the launch itself turned out to be a great team-building event. A catalogue of life’s ill-timed inconveniences had resulted in our master chef running slightly behind schedule so everyone pitched in. Even our own Mike Wilkinson went from Chief Executive to Chef Executive in a morning, as Philippa called in his assistance to pour on cream and zest lemons!

Almost all of the 15 places listed are offering 20% off a meal until end of November, all you need to do is download your voucher from tastelancashire.com and most importantly…………

TELL YOUR CUSTOMERS!

THIS IS A SUPERB ADDITION TO THE LANCASHIRE FOOD AND DRINK OFFERING FOR VISITORS AND WILL ENRICH ANY VISIT!

Barbara Howorth

Do you know where to get support?

As a tourism business in Lancashire do you know where to go for any suppport you might need? This support can come in many forms and some of the pathways to help can seem confusing.

There is a document that can help you look for support available to businesses in the Northwest. Written by the Northwest Development Agency it gathers into one source the broad help that you can get as a business.

This is not an exhaustive list – nor is it tailored to tourism. But it is a great one-stop-shop as a starting point for your business.

Support For Northwest Businesses

Don’t forget the most important thing…… your very own Tourist Board! Our business development team are here to help you find the help you need – this might be funding applications, skills development for your staff, networking suggestions or just plain and simple questions answered. Don’t hesitate to call for help. Call us on 01257 226600 or find the person you want to speak to here

Sarah Lundy