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RISE 2011, the week-long series of events organised by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, looks set to be the most popular ever arranged.

Starting today, the Chamber is hosting five specialised meetings in the next five days – with three held on the Fylde coast.

And such is the popularity of the sessions, there is already a waiting list in operation after entrepreneurs and business owners jammed the phone lines at the business group.

The Chamber’s head of policy Hugh Evans said: “I think there’s a couple of spaces on today’s session, but we are looking full.

“We have waiting lists in operation.

“In terms of a collection of events, which culminate with the BIBA Awards on Friday, we have pulled together a programme that has shown what can be done .

“It is a great showcase for Lancashire.”

Today, Blackpool International Airport boss Paul Rankin, Moore and Smalley’s Rob Kenmare, David Brewer of Global Renewables and Mike Wilkinson of the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board are among the speakers at the free-to-attend event at the De Vere Village Hotel, from 9.30am to 2pm.

On Tuesday night, a networking and Women Mean Business event at Preston Audi has already sold out, as has the Get Lancashire Selling event to be held at Blackpool’s Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, from 9.30am to 3pm. Merlin Entertainments, BAE Systems and Liquid Plastics are among the attendees.

On Thursday, the Best Western Hotel in Leyland is hosting an Investing in Lancashire session from 9.30am to 2pm which is also free-to-attend and looks at various ways of securing funding for a business.

Friday, the final day of Rise 2011, sees the prestigious Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBA) awards held at Blackpool Tower’s famous ballroom

More than 1,000 applications were received by the Chamber for the awards, which are judged by business people from across the county. Anyone interested in attending the events should call (01253) 347063.