To create a positive, enthusiastic feeling for the area, to promote, celebrate and communicate the success of businesses both retail and commercial within the area and to create confidence to draw new businesses into the area.

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Initial Objective and Priorities of the Group.


To build a database to create awareness of the 1700 registered businesses and inward enquiries and develop trade between local businesses wherever possible to boost the local economy

Registered Businesses
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  • To lobby for inward investment, improved transport links (road and rail) to create new trade opportunities
  • To support the council on collective initiatives
  • To challenge the status quo for the good of the borough
Local Investment


  • To lobby for an improved IT network to create a fertile territory for large-scale businesses and geographically independent businesses which can leverage low property prices as a potential town centre initiative
  • To support manufacturing and distribution space to attract inward investment
  • Strategic focus such as housing stock as a plan to be communicated to increase the affluence of the area and to ensure affluent resident don’t move out
  • To engage in good PR and marketing which celebrates the success of local businesses, promotes the area as a good place to do business.


  •  Make local businesses aware of financial support for apprenticeship schemes.
  • Provide the people for the 2,500 jobs being created a 90-acre site at Whitebirk (Frontier Park) a Euro Garages Development.


  • Website
  • Video
  • Magazine – Nex edition out late Autumn 2018
  • Blog
  • Social Media


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Murray Dawson
Murray DawsonChairman

As the owner and operator of Scott Dawson Advertising, Murray has one of the largest independent, full-service marketing agencies in East Lancashire.  A passion for all things Accrington, from football, business, leisure and education.

Mark Schofield
Mark SchofieldTreasurer

Director and owner at Haworths, Chartered Accountants in Accrington. I am a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and I volunteered to live and work in Accrington

Mark Hope
Mark HopeSecretary

As a former Managing Director with experience of starting and growing IT business StoneHouse Logic Mark brings a wealth of knowledge of the varied challenges of business

Charlotte Scheffmann
Charlotte ScheffmannCommittee Member

Assistant Principal Higher Education & Business Development, Accrington & Rossendale College. Governor of a local Primary School and current Chair of the Education & Training Consortium with Huddersfield University. Possess a strong interest in education and health inequalities and research.

Andrew Turner
Andrew TurnerCommittee Member

Managing Director of Langtec Limited. A graduate in economics, accountant by profession and have owned Langtec for 20 years. Our products are made in Accrington and exported all over the world – we send the spirit of Accrington with each consignment.

Sharon Benson
Sharon BensonCommittee Member

Sharon Benson joined Express Gifts in August 2017 as the group’s first HR Director, tasked with overhauling its HR approach and supporting the wider business transformation to drive enhanced commercial return for shareholders.