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Winners at the annual Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs) were revealed in a ceremony at Blackpool Tower. Around 1,000 delegates attended the event hosted by actress Stephanie Beacham.

Lancastrian of the Year

Winner: Ian Hall, chairman, James Hall and Co.


Most Inspiring Business of the Year:

Winner: Jobs, Friends & Houses Community Interest Company, Blackpool


Build Up, Blackpool

Conlon Construction, South Ribble

Fylde Executive Cars, Fylde

KTG Social Care, Preston

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston

Our Local Heros Foundation, South Ribble

Windrush Initiatives CIC, Preston


Exporter of the Year:

Winner: Evans Vanodine, South Ribble


Chemical Innovations,South Ribble

Colossal Group, Blackpool

Excel Cheer Centre, Chorley

GA Petfood, South Ribble

Pakawaste, Preston

Scorpion Automotive, Chorley

Synergy Health (UK), Chorley


Small Business of the Year:

Winner: Power Efficient Systems (EnergyAce), West Lancashire


Business Insight 3 (Bi3), Chorley

Building Careers, West Lancashire

Excel Fostering, Fylde

Forepoint, Preston

Innova Solutions, Pendle

MendIT, Burnley

Vedas Group, Burnley


Medium Business of the Year:

Winner: ROQ IT, Chorley


MAC Clinical Research, Blackpool

Direct 365, West Lancashire

Lakeview Rest homes, Fylde

Scorpion Automotive, Chorley

Service Care Solutions, Preston

Star Tissue UK , Blackburn

The Cartford Inn, Wyre


Service Business of the Year:

Winner: Cleanall Services, South Ribble


Colossal Group, Blackpool

Excel Fostering, Fylde

Lakeview Rest Homes, Fylde

Our Local Heroes Foundation, South Ribble

Pakawaste, Preston

ROQ IT, Chorley

Springhill Care, Hyndburn


Professional Services Business of the Year:

Winner: Physiofusion Ltd, Burnley


Barcadia Media, Blackpool

Bespoke Internet, Preston

Farleys Solicitors LLP, Blackburn

FTS Merit, Blackpool

Home Angels, Chorley

MJH Accountants , Preston

TUTIS Concepts, Blackpool


Micro Business of the Year:

Winner: GROUP55, Ribble Valley


Bizzi Growin, Chorley

Blackburn Distributions, Pendle

Gconnect, Lancaster

Love Displays, Blackpool

QiSOFT, South Ribble

The Ink Squid, Blackpool

The Little Big Voice, Preston


Entrepreneur of the Year:

Winner: Phil Lawson, Virtue Technologies, West Lancashire


Lee Kirton, Collosal Group, Blackpool

Nicolla Moran, Home Angels, Chorley

Anthony Payne, Love My Gifts, Blackburn

Hannah Warren, Oxygen Personnel, Preston

Gary Vizard, Power Efficient Systems Ltd (EnergyAce), West Lancashire

Steve Pearson, Our Local Heroes Foundation, South Ribble

Adrian Meakin, The Ink Squid, Blackpool


Business of the Year:

Winner: Danbro, Fylde


Chemical Innovations, South Ribble

Cleanall Services, South Ribble

Conlon Construction, South Ribble

Gold Medal Travel Group, Preston

Scorpion Automotive, Chorley

Springhill Care, Hyndburn

Warden Construction, Fylde

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New Business of the Year:

Winner: KaBo, Chorley


Astute Motoring, Wyre

JCK Professional Building Services, Blackburn

Love My Gifts, Blackburn

Rope Access Inspection – North West, Blackpool

The Property Family, South Ribble

TUTIS Concepts, Blackpool

World Travel Lounge, Blackpool


Best Use of Information Technology:

Winner: Direct 365, West Lancashire


Virtue Technologies, West Lancashire

ROQ IT , Chorley

MendIT, Burnley

The Ink Squid, Blackpool

Business Insight 3 (Bi3), Chorley

Blackburn Distribution, Pendle

Love My Gifts, Blackburn


Employer of the Year:

Winner: Gold Medal Travel Group, Preston


Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Preston

Danbro, Fylde

Service Care Solutions, Preston

Cleanall Services, South Ribble

Direct 365, West Lancashire

Cummins Mellor, Hyndburn

Innova Solutions, Pendle


Best Use of Creativity in a Business:

Winner: Bizzi Growin, Chorley


Business Insight 3 (Bi3), Chorley

G A Petfoods. South Ribble

Inside Studio, Preston

Knightime Creations, Lancaster

Little Gargoyle, Lancaster

The Little Big Voice, Preston

WUK Media, Lancaster


Excellence in Customer Service:

Winner: Cleanall Services, South Ribble


AM Support Services, Morecambe

Direct 365, West Lancashire

Innova Solutions, Pendle

Springhill Care, Hyndburn

TVS, Chorley

Wyrebank, Wyre

EQ Woman, Ribble Valley


Business Woman of the Year:

Winner: Louise Wilkinson, Lomeshaye Village Day Nursery / Carousel, Pendle


Hannah Warren, Oxygen Personnel

Helen Harker, Simon Jersey, Hyndburn

Lisa Brady-Munro, Perfect Recruitment, Chorley

Niccolla Moran, Home Angels, Chorley

Rose Watkins, Centaur Training, South Ribble

Ruth Quaglieri, North of England Training, Chorley

Tamsin Marlowe, Building Careers, West Lancashire


Leisure Business of the Year:

Winner: The Cartford Inn, Fylde


Blackpool Zoo, Blackpool

Catering Elite, Blackpool

Fylde Executive Cars, Fylde

Little Gargoyle, Lancaster

Preston Marriott, Preston

Wyrebank, Wyre


Manufacturer of the Year:

Winner: Scorpion Automotive, Chorley


Chemical Innovations, South Ribble

GA Petfoods, South Ribble

Pakawaste, Preston

Power Efficient Systems, West Lancashire

Star Tissue UK, Blackburn

Tetrad, Preston


Construction Business of the Year:

Winner: Conlon Construction, South Ribble


Approved Inspectors, Lancaster

Build Up, Blackpool

Building Careers, West Lancashire

FTS Merit, Blackpool

JCK Professional Building Services, Blackburn

Pinington, Lancaster

Warden Construction, Fylde

Lancashire Business Awards 2015

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On 23rd July, Cotton Court attended Lancashire Business Awards 2015, which was hosted at Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa.

At this great event, Lancashire’s best businesses attended and were nominated for 21 awards.

Cotton Court was sat at a prime spot at table 5 on the night. The team on our table included Robert Binns, Amy Blundell, Chelsea Chard and Penny Howard. We also invited guests from Allied Lighting, Bird, Custard and Vibe Tickets, to sit with us.

We were nominated for two awards on the night, one of them being ‘Best Business Enabler of the Year’, and the second; our Amy Blundell was up for ‘Best PA of the Year’.

amy award

Cotton Court unfortunately didn’t win ‘Best Business Enabler’, but we’re very proud to announce that Amy won ‘Best PA’!

On behalf of Cotton Court sponsoring the award, Rob Binns presented ‘Best Digital and Creative Business of the Year’, which Fat Media won!

rob presenting awards

Other great Lancashire businesses attended the awards, including 3ManFactory, Preston’s College, Recycling Lives and Boost Business Lancashire.

Frank Mckenna, from Downtown in Business, hosted the awards, helping to keep everyone entertained. While Marmalade Toast, took photos of the exciting night.

We had a brilliant time at this year’s Lancashire Business Awards, and hopefully we’ll be there again next year!

(Header image courtesy of Marmalade Toast photography.)


Preston is STILL the best night out in Lancashire

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Preston City Centre is officially still the best place to go for a night out in Lancashire after it was awarded a Purple Flag for the fifth year in a row.

The award – similar to the Blue Flags for beaches and Green Flags for parks – recognises areas that provide a safe, vibrant and inclusive night time experience and has only been given to two other areas in the North West.

The Purple Flag was first brought to the city by the Preston City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) in 2011, and the BID team has successfully gone through the rigorous assessment process each year since then.

Awarding the Purple Flag, judges said Preston had ‘a strong Purple Flag programme demonstrating good practice, development and management of the evening and night-time economy (ENTE)’ and ‘a particularly great media presence for the city centre ENTE and activities focusing on keeping the Purple Flag profile in the limelight’.

BID manager Mark Whittle said: “At a time when some of our neighbouring boroughs are experiencing an unfortunate period of decline and closures, Preston has encountered a significant profile-raising with four new venues opening in the past 12 months alone.

“There has been a surge in positivity around the city’s evening and night time economy and the general atmosphere is great.

“And it isn’t just about alcohol, Preston offers the whole package so there really is something for everyone. They will be welcomed, safe and looked after.”

The rigorous application process includes the submission of a formal application which evidences the offering within a town or city applying for Purple Flag and is followed up by a formal assessment from industry experts, including senior police officials.

BID organisers highlighted the city’s thriving early evening and late-night economy, which is boosted by a wide variety of nightclubs and bars and laid-back cocktail lounges.

The city centre also has a lively and accessible entertainment scene and is home to two comedy clubs, the Guild Hall and a number of smaller independent entertainment venues.

Some of the biggest national acts have performed in recent times in Preston, including Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, John Bishop and Jake Bugg and there will soon be a glittering array of soul legends at David Gest’s show at the Guild Hall and a home-coming show from Andrew Flintoff.

And BID also points out people are never short of a place to dine in the city centre, with a variety of independent restaurants and grills sitting side-by-side with nationally recognisable chains offering a plethora of international cuisines.

The city’s leisure sector is now stronger than ever, with continual independent and national chain investment.

Mr Whittle said: “We are officially the proudest place to live in England, according to the property website RightMove.

“This was backed up when almost 100,000 votes were submitted to our recent ‘Preston, It Smiles Better – The Awards’ celebrating the city’s nightlife and retail offering.

“Why not pay us a visit and find out for yourself?”

Winners of the LBV – Young’Uns 2015 Announced

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The Cotton Court team enjoyed a night at the Lancashire Business Views Young ‘Uns Awards in Blackpool.  100’s of business celebrated at the sell-out event, with 24 businesses collecting specially crafted trophies to mark their exceptional business performance.

The winners, along with five firms which were highly commended in their categories, were cheered on by a capacity audience  – filling the vast & spectacular Spanish Hall, lavishly themed with its three-dimensional frieze representing an Andalucian village, provides a unique backdrop for any grand occasion, from a banquet to a wedding reception. Retaining many original fittings from the 1930s, this art deco venue was designed by Andrew Mazzei, a renowned name in the emerging cinema industry of the time.


A huge congratulations to all the winners!


Entrepreneurial Young ‘Un

  • Dawood Fard, Centurus
  • Alan Frew, Community Life Choices – WINNER
  • Kerrie Norman, Flinders Chase
  • Alexander Shannon, SousVide Tools

Young ‘Un in International Trade

  • Dawood Fard, Centurus
  • Ben Ferguson, H2o Designs UK
  • Daniel Tynan, New Call Telecom
  • David Lenehan, Northern Industrial – WINNER

Young ‘Un in Construction and Property

  • Ryan Stocks, Aldrock Surveyors
  • Daniel Brearley, Bryan Lee Building Contractors – WINNER
  • Russ Leonard, Chosen Homes
  • Emma Mycock, Globe Enterprises

Young ‘Un Apprentice of the Year

  • Richard Gill, Burnley Leisure Trust
  • Brittany Mollart, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – WINNER
  • Lyle Davy, Roaming Roosters
  • Chelsea Parker, Silentnight

Young ‘Un in Creative and Digital

  • Amelia Worrall, Aware Communications – WINNER
  • Kate Silvers, Farleys Solicitors LLP
  • Helen Stuart, Farm Creative
  • Natasha Robson, Wyldfire PR and Marketing

Young ‘Un in Manufacturing and Engineering

  • Ben Ferguson, H2o Designs UK
  • Paul Hardy, Hardy Services
  • Annette Weekes, PDS Engineering – WINNER
  • Paul Peak, REM (UK)

High Flying Young ‘Un

  • Henry Worsley, Andrew Porter – WINNER
  • Chantel O’Reilly, Community Life Choices
  • Chris Porter, Denwa
  • Lisa Mullally, Fairport Containers

Young ‘Un in Law

  • Stephen Greenwood, Farleys Solicitors
  • Pauline Rigby, Forbes Solicitors – WINNER
  • James Robbins, Harrison Drury & Co
  • David Edwards, Harrison Drury & Co

Young ‘Un in Retail

  • Joe Taylor , Allied Lighting
  • Jordan Kemp, Benedicts of Whalley – WINNER
  • Andrew Derbyshire, MendIT
  • Sophie Nash, Ruby & Daisy

Young ‘Un in Finance

  • James Morris, Baker Tilly
  • Jo Fulthorpe, Business Enterprise Trust
  • Laurence O’Connor, Financial Affairs
  • Nick Howarth, Taylor Patterson – WINNER

Young ‘Un in Tourism and Hospitality

  • Lyndsey Wilson, Culturapedia
  • Laura Crabb, Marketing Lancashire
  • Josh Gartside, The Cartford Inn – WINNER
  • Megan Gallacher, With a Twist Catering

Young ‘Un Business of the Year

  • Aware Communications
  • Grassroots Wholesale Foods
  • SignDox
  • Tom Grattan – WINNER

Cotton Court Shortlisted for 2 LBA 2015 Awards

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In this year’s awards, we are pleased to have been nominated for ‘Best Business Enabler of the Year’ and our Account Manager, Amy, has been nominated for ‘Best PA of the year’!
The 2015 Lancashire Business Awards will take place in Blackburn at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa on 23rd July at 18:30. This event congratulates and rewards companies and individuals in Lancashire.There will be 18 awards given out, which will included awards like ‘Best Employer of the Year’, ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’ and ‘Best Hotel of the Year’.
Also, we give big congratulations to our friends at 3ManFactory, who have been nominated for ‘Best PR & Marketing Agency of the Year’, ‘Best Digital & Creative Business of the Year’ and ‘Networker of the Year’.
We were also nominated for some exciting awards last year too. These categories were ‘Best Social Media Presence’, ‘Best Employee of the Year’, which Jon was nominated for. Also, Rob won ‘Business Personality of the Year’. The awards last year was held at Stanley House Hotel.
To attend this year’s Lancashire Business Awards, click on the link below:
To support Cotton Court and Amy, please vote by clicking here.

Team Attend the Red Rose Awards

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The Cotton Court team enjoyed a night at the Red Rose Awards in Blackpool. More than 1,000 celebrated at the sell-out event, with 24 businesses collecting specially crafted trophies to mark their exceptional business performance.

The winners, along with five firms which were highly commended in their categories, were cheered on by a capacity audience of more than 1,100 – filling the vast Winter Gardens’ Empress Ballroom.

The twitter campaign, backed by, had the #RRA15 hashtag trending UK-wide, bringing the eyes of the twittersphere to Lancashire.

It was the fifth time the Red Rose Awards had been held, which coincided with the tenth anniversary of Lancashire Business View, the magazine behind the event.

BBC Radio Lancashire host Graham Liver compered the evening, whilst Burnley businessman and TV star Dave Fishwick providing the voiceover.

Headline sponsors for the event were Forbes Solicitors and Barclays. Our friends 3ManFactory sponsored the Green Business Award.  Entertainment included Lancashire-based international opera singer Sean Ruane backed by the BAE Systems MAI Choir, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and the Ian Hooper Band.

Full list of winners:

Online Business of the Year sponsored by Lloyd Blackpool BMW

Finalists –

  • Chard (1964)
  • iflorist
  • EkmPowershop
  • Personnel Checks
  • The Hot Tub Superstore

WINNER – ekmPowershop, Darwen

Skills Provider Award sponsored by Ascentis

Finalists –

  • Access Ability CIC
  • Themis at Burnley College
  • Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Colossal Training
  • Training 2000
  • WEC Group

WINNER – Themis at Burnley College, Burnley

Rural Business of the Year

Finalists –

  • Cedar Farm
  • Farm Creative
  • Ginger Recruitment Services
  • Potters Barn
  • The Cartford Inn

WINNER – Farm Creative, Billsborrow

Green Business Award sponsored by 3ManFactory

Finalists –

  • Acorn Cleaners
  • Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Carbon Footprint Experts Lighting
  • Crowberry Consulting
  • Neales Waste Management
  • The Low Carbon Energy Company

 WINNER – The Low Carbon Energy Company, Burnley


Not-for-profit Business of the Year

Finalists –

  • Caritas Care
  • Incredible Edible Rossendale
  • Lancashire Community Finance
  • Lancashire Sport Partnership
  • Spring into Action CIC
  • The Foxton Centre

WINNER – The Foxton Centre, Preston

Customer Service Award sponsored by Napthens Solicitors

Finalists –

  • BAKO North Western
  • Gold Medal Travel Group
  • Lakeview Rest Homes
  • Lloyd Motors
  • Primary Teaching Services
  • StoneHouse Logic

WINNER – StoneHouse Logic, Clayton le Moors

New Business of the Year sponsored by Business & Enterprise Trust

Finalists –

  • Ascent Scaffolding UK
  • Bertram’s Restaurant
  • CliniCall CiC
  • Praetura Asset Finance
  • Ruby & Daisy
  • WECJet

WINNER – Ruby & Daisy, Rossendale


International Achievement Award sponsored by Cassons

Finalists –

  • Andrew Porter
  • ekmPowershop
  • Group55
  • iflorist
  • Natures Aid
  • Tangerine Holdings

WINNER – Natures Aid, Preston

Innovation of the Year sponsored by Preston’s College

Finalists –

  • Andrew Porter
  • Azotic Technologies
  • Khans Quality Foods
  • Morow
  • OneFit Software
  • Prefix Systems


WINNER – Morow, Nelson

Growing Business of the Year sponsored by Boost Business Lancashire

Finalists –

  • Bertram’s Restaurant
  • Carbon Footprint Experts Lighting
  • Colossal Training
  • MAC Clinical Research
  • MendIT
  • Service Care Solutions

WINNER – Service Care Solutions, Preston

Creative Sector Business of the Year sponsored by Peter Scott Printers

Finalists –

  • Academy Print & Design (UK)
  • Bigtank Productions
  • Creativeworld
  • Cuffe and Taylor
  • Fat Media
  • We Love PR


WINNER – Cuffe and Taylor, Preston

Retail Business of the Year sponsored by 2BR and The Bee

Finalists –

  • Cakes by Ruth
  • Freeport Fleetwood
  • Khans Quality Foods
  • Leonard Dews Jewellers
  • Ruby & Daisy
  • The Ink Squid

WINNER – Freeport, Fleetwood

Tourism and Leisure Business of the Year sponsored by Marketing Lancashire

Finalists –

  • After Dark Entertainment
  • Crow Wood Leisure
  • Gold Medal Travel Group
  • Seafood Pub Company
  • Sunshine Events UK
  • Winter Gardens Blackpool

WINNER – Crow Wood Leisure, Burnley

Construction Business of the Year sponsored by Just Construction & Property Networking

Finalists –

  • Anderton Gables
  • Ascent Scaffolding UK
  • Bryan Lee Building Contractors
  • Lea Hough Chartered Surveyors
  • Prefix Systems
  • Truemans (Holdings)

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Truemans (Holdings)

WINNER – Prefix Systems, Blackburn

Engineering Business of the Year sponsored by BAE Systems

Finalists –

  • BCW Engineering
  • CoolKit Limited
  • Hardy Services
  • Merc Engineering
  • PDS Engineering
  • WECJet

WINNER – PDS Engineering, Nelson

Health and Care Business of the Year sponsored by North West Coast Academic Health Science Network

Finalists –

  • Lakeview Rest Homes
  • MAC Clinical Research
  • Mosaic Community Care
  • Physiofusion
  • Springhill Care
  • Stocks Hall Nursing & Care Group

WINNER – MAC Clinical Research, Blackpool

Legal Business of the Year sponsored by Allied Lighting

Finalists –

  • Farleys Solicitors
  • Harrison Drury solicitors
  • JFS
  • Napthens Solicitors
  • Taylors

WINNER – Joseph Frasier Solicitors, Blackburn

Manufacturing Business of the Year sponsored by Barclays

Finalists –

  • CoolKit
  • Khans Quality Foods
  • Laila’s Fine Foods
  • Prefix Systems
  • REM (UK)
  • Woodscape


WINNER – Prefix Systems, Blackburn

Property Business of the Year sponsored by Slatescape

Finalists –

  • Aldrock Surveyors
  • Anderton Gables
  • Cassidy + Ashton
  • Cleanall Services
  • Lantei Compliance Services
  • Lea Hough Chartered Surveyors

WINNER – Anderton Gables, Preston

Financial Services Business of the Year sponsored by Financial Affairs

Finalists –

  • Beever and Struthers
  • Cassons
  • KR Group
  • Marsden Building Society
  • PM+M Solutions For Business
  • XLCR Vehicle Management

WINNER – Marsden Building Society, Nelson

Employer of the Year sponsored by Four Recruitment

  • Clayton Recruitment
  • Danbro
  • Lanway
  • Pennine Events
  • Primary Teaching Services
  • The Foxton Centre

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Primary Teaching Services

WINNER – Danbro, Lytham

Family Business of the Year sponsored by Laura Hartley Recruitment

Finalists –

  • Chorley Group
  • Cummins Mellor Recruitment
  • Laila’s Fine Foods
  • The Hot Tub Superstore
  • Trilanco
  • Woodscape

WINNER – The Chorley Group, Chorley

Small Business of the Year sponsored by FSB

Finalists –

  • Chard (1964)
  • Colossal Training
  • Gconnect
  • Group55
  • Sous Vide Tools
  • Tufties Hair & Beauty

WINNER – Tufties Hair and Beauty, Rossendale

Medium Business of the Year sponsored by Businesswise Solutions

Finalists –

  • CoolKit
  • ekmPowershop
  • Prefix Systems
  • Service Care Solutions
  • The Hot Tub Superstore
  • Trilanco

WINNER – Prefix Systems, Blackburn

Large Business of the Year sponsored by Forbes Solicitors

Finalists –

  • Gold Medal Travel Group
  • KR Group
  • Laila’s Fine Foods
  • Simon Jersey
  • Springhill Care
  • Winter Gardens Blackpool

WINNER – Simon Jersey, Accrington

Publisher’s Award
Winner – Truemans (Holdings), Padiham


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Image courtesy of 3Man Factory 

DIB – Lancashire Business Awards 2014

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Downtown Lancashire in Business in association with Boost Business Lancashire, Bowker BMW, Hays Recruitment, Preston’s College, Champion Accountants and UCLan hosted a SELL OUT Lancashire Business Awards 2014 at the marvellous Stanley House Hotel on Thursday 13th November 2014.

The big winners on the night were Jeff Taylor from Hays, who took the award for best CEO, Our very own Robert Binns who took the Business Personality gong and Ruth Connor from Marketing Lancashire deservedly winning the Contribution to Lancashire award.


Frank McKenna chief executive of Downtown in Business commented: “The Lancashire Business Awards have become a key part of the calendar in the region and it’s great to see so many different types of companies involved.

“These are companies and individuals who have made immense contributions to making the Lancashire region a great place to do business, and I’d like to convey my congratulations to all the winners.”

The full list of winners for the Lancashire Business Awards 2014 were:

Award Winner Sponsor
Networker of the Year – Male Mark Jones – Jones Corporate Stanley House Hotel
Networker of the Year – Female Lisa Edge – Preston’s College Obas UK
Best Social Media Presence of the Year Garratt’s Insurance 3ManFactory
Best Employer of the Year Preston’s College Geason
Best Employee of the Year Katie Beckham – The Write Angle High Performance Consultancy
Best PR & Marketing Agency of the Year Freshfield Champion Accountants
Best Digital Agency of the Year 3ManFactory Cotton Court
Best Newcomer of the Year Howdan Marketing Boost Business Lancashire
Best Legal Company of the Year Harrison Drury Jones Corporate
Best Business Bank of the Year NatWest UCLan
Best Accountancy Firm of the Year PM&M Lancashire Business View
Best Property Business of the Year Conlon Construction James’ Places
Best Hospitality Venue of the Year Italian Orchard Restaurant Hays Recruitment
Best Hotel of the Year Tickled Trout Hotel Bowker
Best Business of the Year Logma Systems Design Preston’s College
CEO Award Jeff Taylor – Hays Recruitment DLIB
Business Personality Rob Binns – Cotton Court DLIB
Contribution to Lancashire Ruth Connor – Marketing Lancashire DLIB






Lancashire Business Awards 2014

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We are pleased and proud to announce that we have been nominated for ‘Best Social Media Presence’ and Jon has been nominated for ‘Best Employee of the Year’ in the Lancashire Business Awards 2014.


The Lancashire Business Awards is a business awards gala evening that rewards companies, business owners and entrepreneurs. There are 15 awards to be given out . This year, it will be hosted at the Stanley House Hotel on Thursday 13th November from 18:30 till late.


Cotton Court attended the awards at Stanley House last year, where we presented the ‘Best use of Social Media’ award. Some of the winners from last year included Michael Finnigan from i2i and Lis Smith, the Principal from Preston College.

We are very happy to announce that our good friends at Glovers Bar have been nominated for ‘Best Hospitality Venue’.

To vote for us & Jon, please click on the link here: VOTE 

To buy tickets for this amazing event, please click here: BUY TICKETS

The Enterprise Vision Awards #EVAS2014

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The Enterprise Vision Awards (The Evas) have been created to specifically recognise those ladies in The North West who are inspiring others by successfully running their own businesses or are at the forefront of their profession.

Eva celebrates these ladies, who our championing entrepreneurial growth in our region and recognises the efforts they have made to start and develop businesses whilst facing challenges along the way. We welcome you to enter to win an award or to nominate a lady in business that has inspired you.

This year the event is set to be the largest yet with 600 plus business guests from across the North West gathering to celebrate female enterprise in our region, we hope that you will want to join us to network and make new connections.

The evening will commence with Welcome Drinks at 6.30pm followed by a three course meal with with a choice of menu, and entertainment throughout including a live band.

The awards will be presented by TV Broadcaster Penny Haslam and the evening will close at 2am.

For Ticket information please go to: Eva 2014 Site

Lancashire Business Awards goes with a Bang!

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Leading companies, business owners and entrepreneurs from across the county were rewarded for outstanding efforts in a range of sectors at a glittering awards ceremony at the spectacular Stanley House hotel last night.

Downtown hosted its annual Lancashire Business Awards in association with Bowker BMW and Lancashire Life, where Michael Finnigan from i2i and Preston College Principal Lis Smith were among the winners at the sell out event.


Our very own Jon Nutten presented Donna Beckett of Beckett & Co with Best use of Social Media. He successfully didn’t trip or fall on his way to the stage! Our table received a number of awards with Lis Smith Principal of Preston college and also Giullio Braganini for his new venue Stratos the Cocktail bar & Italian tapas restaurant


Networker of the Year sponsored by Downtown Lancashire in Business

Ryan Gibson – The Write Angle
Sarah Warren – UCLan

Best use of Social Media sponsored by Cotton Cort
Donna Beckett – Beckett & Co. Solicitors

Employer of the Year sponsored by Champion Accountants
Magma Digital

Best PR and Marketing Agency sponsored by Preston’s College
Kara Rose PR

Best Digital Agency sponsored by Blackburn College
Fat Media

Best Newcomer sponsored by East Z East
Lantei Compliance Services

Best Legal Company sponsored by Jones Corporate
Forbes Solicitors

Best Financial Firm/Business Bank sponsored by Obas UK
Bibby Financial Services

Best Accountancy Firm sponsored by Red Star Wealth Management
Champion Accountants

Best Property Firm sponsored by 4Site Projects
Conlon Construction

Best Hospitality Venue sponsored by Hays Recruitment

Best Hotel sponsored by Lancashire Life
The Tickled Trout

Business of the Year sponsored by Bowker Motor Group

Woman of the Year sponsored by UCLan
Debbie Pettitt – Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors

Man of the Year sponsored by Stanley House
Michael Finnigan – i2i

Chief Executives Awards sponsored by Downtown Lancashire in Business
Bowker Motor Group

Contribution to Lancashire sponsored by Lancashire Life
Lis Smith – Preston’s College



A close friend to the Business Centre Daisy provided the evenings entertainment with a great stage performance. Her soulful voice accompanied by acoustic guitar, sax and cahon created a chilled sounds with an old school twist influenced by Sam Cooke, Melody Gardot, Paulo Nutini, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley and Motown.

Parts of this story has been taken from Downtown in Business Blog. Lancashire Business Awards 2013 Blog