Lynda Brady stands at the front of a lecture theatre and addresses the audience.
Lynda Brady, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University, addresses Skelmersdale Ambassadors.

Place leaders across Lancashire have pledged their commitment to working together to shape the future success of the local economy at an event hosted at Edge Hill University.

At the Skelmersdale Ambassadors’ business breakfast on campus, there was real passion and commitment from both public and private sector partners to build on the great relationships in place to boost growth and create a thriving economy.

During the event, the University’s Productivity and Innovation Centre highlighted the significant progress that Lancashire businesses had made since completing the Innovation Sprint Programme offered by the University – designed to help companies develop new strategies for profitable growth.

Professor Simon Bolton, Associate Dean for Enterprise, Skills and Employability, said: “We’re proud that we have supported 99 Lancashire SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and those who have been sticking to their action plan have been able to go on to achieve between 22% and 40% growth, which is a huge achievement. Some businesses we have helped have been able to create new job opportunities, which is boosting the local economy.”

At the event, the Skelmersdale Ambassadors were able to highlight their work in bringing together the knowledge, networks, passion and determination of local businesses, organisations and individuals as a powerful force of good.

Steve Fogg chats with guests after giving a talk.
Steve Fogg, (left) Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and MD of Shared Services at BAE Systems, talked about his ambitions for the Lancashire economy.

Other speakers at the event included Steve Fogg, Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and MD of Shared Services at BAE Systems, who talked about his role and ambitions to grow the economic fortunes of Lancashire.

“The LEP needs to steer inclusive growth and to do that we have to be aspirational and visionary,” said Steve. “Driving forward culture, inclusion and collaboration will help us to do some fantastic things and to be able to make a difference.”

Skelmersdale’s new Legacy Project, an internship for young adults with additional needs, was also officially launched at the event by Katie Whitehead, Managing Director of Divine Days CIC. While Ian Gamester talked about the exciting ‘Skem I Love You’ film project to celebrate the amazing things about the town and its people.

Embedding best practice management is a key element of business productivity and growth, and Edge Hill’s Business School flagged up at the event how they offer a range of fully-funded Chartered Management Institute (CMI) courses to the employees of Lancashire SMEs, designed to build leadership and management capabilities.

The courses are short and offered through a flexible delivery model, created with the busy professional in mind. For more information, visit

To find out more about the Skelmersdale Ambassadors and the work of the Skelmersdale Place Board, which Edge Hill University is a member of, visit