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PLACE Penninne Lancashire
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Business Leaders Forum

The Business Leaders Forum was formally established in January 2009.  The establishment of the Forum built on the existing informal arrangements of the private sector coming together to discuss areas of common interest.


The forum performs a key role as part of the wider governance structures across Pennine Lancashire.  Members of the Forum are drawn from the respective Local Strategic Partnerships in each local authority area and the Chair of the Business Leaders Forum is also the Chair of the Pennine Lancashire Employment and Skills Board. This approach allows us to embed business leaders in existing local authority structures and has ensured that local businesses play a crucial role in shaping and influencing our approach to economic growth and stability. 


The private sector plays a prominent role on the Pennine Lancashire Employment and Skills Board alongside local authorities, education and skills providers and third sector partners.   The aim of the board is to ensure we have a responsive skills system to support our local business base and stimulate long term sustainable economic growth.  


The chief executive of East Lancs Chamber of Commerce also represents the private sector at the PLACE Chief Executives group and the PLACE Leaders group.