South Lakeland business to business events

We hold regular free working lunches and networking events throughout the year across South Lakeland. These events help us engage with businesses in South Lakeland and provide a forum for businesses to discuss issues that directly affect them. They also provide a ideal opportunity to network with other businesses and make new contacts.  

Exporting your goods around the world

South Lakeland District Council is holding a free Business and Networking Event on Friday 16 October at Carus Green, Kendal.  Doors will open from 10.30am for networking and registration and the event will start at 11am.

Speakers will include the UKTI International Trade Association and local companies who will be talking about their exporting experiences.   

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and a buffet lunch after the event where you can meet some of the speakers.

This free event is open to all South Lakeland businesses, including those wanting to re-locate to this area.  Please note that places are limited to 2 attendees per company.

Business Event Online Registartion

Free window dressing workshop

Window dressing and visual merchandising guru, Helen Goodwin, of ‘Made You Look!’ is returning to South Lakeland next month to run four further hands on events for independent retailers.

Following the success of the recent workshop at Kendal Town Hall, Invest in South Lakeland are inviting independent retailers from our high streets to attend a free 3 hour workshop, in the art of window dressing.

Fully funded by Invest In South Lakeland, the workshop will focus on the basic principles of visual display training which breaks down the art of window dressing into simple steps.

Helen will deliver an insight into the science of window dressing and divulge the secret of making our town centre shops busy. By following a few simple steps it is possible to turn passers by into buyers.

The workshops are as follows;

  • Tuesday 15 September at The Beehive (University Campus) in Ambleside
  • Wednesday 16 September at The Coronation Hall in Ulverston

Places are limited to 20 places per day. 

If your shop could benefit from a makeover masterclass then please email your interest to econ.dev@southlakeland.gov.uk to register for the event. 

Previous events

Previous topics have covered:

  • Google Juice

  • The Future High Street

  • Marketing your business effectively online and social medial for business

  • Business Crime, minimising the risks

  • Business Skills for Growth: Retail special

  • Reduce your Business Costs and Business Rates Update

  • Green Deal Opportunities

  • Improving Your Business Retail Revitalisation

  • Employment sites and how these can be brought forward

  • Environmental advice and waste management for businesses

  • Advice and help available to South Lakeland businesses

  • Help with finding and accessing finance

  • Superfast Broadband and Connected Cumbria - to keep up to date visit Connecting Cumbria 

  • Business Skills for Growth: Higher Education Special

You can view the presentations from our previous events at Invest in South Lakeland.

Future events

Please visit Invest in South Lakeland for full details of up and coming events.  

If you would like to receive details of our events and be kept up to date with news, opportunities, grants and business advice please visit Invest in South Lakeland and complete our very short online registration form. 

We provide a free listing of business events taking place in and around South Lakeland.  

Your details will only be used by our Economic Development Team and are not passed onto third parties without your consent.



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  • Fax 01539 740 300