Great to find ourselves featured inside this weeks Lancashire Evening Post Business Supplement. We are truly made up! A huge thank you to our accountants Wallwork Nelson & Johnson (WNJ) for a fantastic article.
Here’s the story!
Bringing business to the heart of the city
An innovative business hub in Preston city centre continues to go from strength to strength with support from WNJ.
Cotton Court – the brainchild of entrepreneur Robert Binns – is home to some of the brightest up and coming businesses in the city.
The high-tech hub is also becoming a focal point for the business community. Cotton Court offers purpose-built, state-of-the-art training and meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 200 delegates.
It also provides office and desk space, call answering services, and virtual office solutions for a growing number of businesses.
Cotton Court has been created from an old iron and wire mill in the heart of the city and the result is a modern 21st business centre with stylish professional spaces in a place of work that dates from Victorian times.
Paul Woodburn, partner at WNJ, worked with the Cotton Court team to help arrange the funding for the original purchase of the mill and has given support and advice throughout its development and growth.
That includes helping with a capital allowance claim and advising on strategic financial performance.
Robert Binns, who also has interests in property, leisure and technology, said: “We have received great support from WNJ from day one of the development and that has continues as the business hub has opened and continued to grow.
“Paul and the team at WNJ have met our individual requirements with a tailored service, they have also helped with our strategic financial performance and their advice has been invaluable.”
Robert, “a serial entrepreneur”, is a former worker at BAE Systems. Cotton Court was created on the back of his interest in technology.
He says: “Our values are accessibility, a friendly and personal approach, and the provision of service that consistently exceeds expectations.
“Our conference facilities are versatile and are regularly used for conferences, meetings, training courses, networking events and exhibitions.
“We work with a lot of corporate clients, but also with a lot of smaller training companies who are running open courses. With companies like this, we will support them in the promotion of their event via our newsletter, social media and website.
“The virtual office is ideal for start-ups and freelancers, or for larger organisations wanting a presence in Lancashire.
“And we offer more than just office and desk space, becoming home to some of the brightest up and coming businesses in the area. Clients in the building grow from networking opportunities and business referrals.
Cotton Court is home to Cotton Studios, a fully equipped studio which has been designed or planned by technicians and photographers. Robert said: “We also have regular resident photographers that we work with to offer studio portrait packages.”
Paul Woodburn at WNJ said: “Cotton Court is becoming an important centre for business in the Preston area and is attracting a wide range of young, vibrant companies at the very start of their journey.
“We have been able to offer support and advice for Robert and his team throughout the project, including playing a part in securing funding for its initial stages.
“We look forward to continuing this relationship and offering our services and advice to the Cotton Court team as the growth of the business hub continues. There are exciting times ahead.”