Cotton Court Business Centre

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UCLan Launchpad Celebration Ball!

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The Cotton Court team enjoyed a night at the UCLan LaunchPad ball at The Samlesbury Hotel. We also invited some of our clients including Tienda Digital, Ambledeen, Together We Balance, Bird, Lancashare and Invoke Media!

 

The LaunchPad ball is a celebration of all of the groups of students that have been through their programme.

The LaunchPad leadership development programme is unique to the School of Business and the School of Management at UCLan and provides students with opportunities to enhance their professional skills allowing them to become the global leaders of the future.

LaunchPad students learn about the challenges of the current job market from employer and graduate perspectives and the leadership approaches needed to address them, in both theory and practice.

We are also welcoming back the LaunchPad team and their new selection of students into Cotton Court for a weekend of challenges!

Thanks again to Fran and the LaunchPad team for inviting us! We had a great time!

Clients HM Network presents “GDPR Express” Session

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HM Network Ltd have taken the initiative following interest from a number of councils, chambers of commerce and ERDF supported growth programmes, to set up a number of awareness events with a simple aim – to help share knowledge on how the current Data Protection Act will be replaced with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as of 25th May 2018. That’s just over a year away. They recently held an event at Cotton Court highlighing what business need to do in order to keep up with the new regulations! Below is just a sample of what was covered! To find out more visit their website here!

Too small?

This will affect all businesses that hold any type of personal customer/staff data that can be traced back to an individual whether B2B or B2C. Whether you market to customers or simply hold staff records this will affect you in some way. No market sector is outside the scope – some sectors are even classed as ‘sensitive’. So where do you sit?

Consequences?

Financial consequences are potentially huge. Data Breaches could result in fines of €10M / 2% of Global turnover or, for serious breaches, €20M / 4% of Global turnover whichever is higher. Whether you run a marketing company, store customer data on a loyalty card, have XLS spreadsheets of names and addresses it WILL affect you. Regardless of Brexit these fines the UK ICO will enforce this as GDPR standards will become part of UK Law.

Reputation?

Some of your B2B or B2C partners may not be able to do business with you if you are non-compliant and lastly the reputational effect to customers of not treating the protection of data privacy seriously means steps must be taken.

So, your questions to ask are:

● What to prepare and understand your current situation?

● Do I need a Data Protection Officer (DPO)?

● How to ensure your business becomes and stays compliant?

● Could a malicious competitor of ours use GDPR against us?

● Do we have the knowledge and resources internally? If not

● Who can help providing advice throughout the process?

Please find below a very useful link for reference. It is a list of recent actions from the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) for fines / prosecutions issued to individuals / companies / charities and governmental departments, who have been found in breach of the existing regulations such as the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and also the Privacy and electronic communication (EC) directive 2003 (PECR). Please note that these are fines under the current regulations, even ahead of the more stringent GDPR coming into effect.

Expertise coming to You!

HM Network have made more plans to arrange some awareness sessions, with help and advice from specialists in a number of fields including:

  • Data Connectivity and digital marketing
  • The legal implications of data privacy and GDPR (solicitor)
  • Cyber security advice (serious crime squad / cyber security specialist)
  • Data Protection Audit Services, GDPR processes and advice
  • Data Disposal / Hardware recycling advice

Get a head start by downloading this free 12 steps guide provided by the ICO

https://ico.org.uk/media/1624219/preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf

 

How to Make Business Networking Work for You

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Boost Business Lancashire and Castela Consulting Ltd are hosting a unique networking event designed for new businesses in Lancashire to explore how to make networking for you and your business. Join like-minded business to learn about the benefits of networking and identify if it should be an essential part of your sales and marketing strategy.

They will explore the following topic areas;

• Does it help your business

• Does it fit your business

• Does it support your business

• Does it provide a return on investment

• How do you measure success

You will understand the following and how it applies to your business;

• The power of networking

• Make networking work for you

• How to value your networking

• Maximise your networking success

 

This unique event takes place at Cotton Court on Wednesday 21st December, 08:30am-11:00am. To sign up click the link below!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-make-business-networking-work-for-you-tickets-29744194687

 

Boost, Winning Pitch & Enterprise4all choose us for next business event

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Next month we welcome Boost Business, Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all to Cotton Court again for another one of their Lean Launchpad events.

The Lean Launchpad is part of the Growth Support Programme, a fully funded programme delivered by Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all. The Launchpad is a 2-day programme of support that has been specifically designed to equip you with the tools, knowledge and techniques not only to launch a successful new enterprise but also to accelerate your growth.

Day 1 has been created to establish the motivation and ambition of you as an entrepreneur and to provide you with the proven lean tools and techniques to help you assess your position in the market place and develop your sales strategy for growth.

Day 2 is designed to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools to scale your new business rapidly and the essential building blocks needed to scale including support from Access to Finance specialists.

Features and benefits of the Launchpad:

  • Access to bespoke, innovative workshops tailored to examine your business model and assess the growth potential.
  • Access to a wide range of tools developed to minimise the risk of starting a business.
  • 1-2-1 coaching with a wide range of sector specialist growth coaches, trained to provoke, challenge and drive for success.
  • Personal Action Planning designed to help you reach your growth potential.

To find out more about how boost can help you and your business? Have a look at their website here!

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Downtown in Business Crowns Lancashire’s Elite!

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On Thursday 16th June 2016, Downtown Lancashire in Business celebrated the best in the business at the annual Lancashire Business Awards.

Rob presented Forbes solicitors with best legal practice of the year award at glittering Downtown in Business awards. The awards were a great excuse for many hard working individuals and businesses to let their hair down and enjoy a night of celebration.

Rob represented the Cotton Court team and said “Once again a great awards night put together by Downtown in Business at the Dungenhalgh hotel”

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Awards given away on the night ranged from ‘Networker of the year’ to ‘Business Personality of the Year’.

Frank McKenna, chief executive at Downtown in Business, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees for this year’s awards. It is always fantastic to celebrate the hard working companies in Lancashire each year and see the level of support they are able to gain from their peers and their customers.”

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The winners were:

Male Networker of the Year – Daniel Rich, Barton Grange
Female Networker of the Year – Katie Beckham, The Write Angle
Best Employer of the Year – Denwa
Best Employee of the Year – Rebecca Kay
Best Newcomer of the Year – Eat My Logo
Best PR & Marketing Agency of the Year – The Write Angle
Best Digital Agency of the Year – Blush Digital
Best Social Media Presence of the Year – Marketing Lancashire
Best Legal Company of the Year – Forbes
Best Accountancy Firm of the Year – Beever and Struthers
Best Business Bank of the Year – NatWest
Best Property Business of the Year – Barnfield Construction
Best Recruitment Company of the Year – Laura Hartley Recruitment
Best Customer Focussed Business of the Year – Burnley FC
Best Hospitality Venue of the Year – The Emporium
Best Hotel of the Year – Tickled Trout
Best Business Enabler – Choose Chorley
Best Business of the Year – Magma Digital
Chief Executive Award – Marmalade Toast
Business Personality of the Year – Michael Conlon
Contribution to Lancashire – Tony Attard OBE

2nd office social – laughs, jokes & table football

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Last Friday we treated our customers to our second office social. We had a night filled with beer, pizza and most importantly table football and ping pong! The guys from Remploy beat everyone in the office in the table football competition, and the guys from Intelligent fleet management smashed the ping pong competition! It was a great night had by all!

Look out for details of our summer social coming soon!
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Our friends at Glovers Bar are up for multiple awards!

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Our friends at Glovers are excited to have a number of nominations in the It Smiles Better Awards 2016!

Vote for them here: http://bit.ly/1Vmdm88

They are up for the prestigious ‘Preston’s ‘Bar of the Year’ and Preston’s ‘Club of the Year’

Their wonderful members of staff are also up for individual awards including:

 

Sophie McBride – ‘Best Customer Service in a Leisure Business’?

Her quirky charm, endless energy and never-ending smile Sophie is the shining star in the customer service award category.

Jay Whalley – ‘Entertainer of the Year?

The man defined not only by his ever-evolving musical style,but also his numerous hairstyles! He has kept at the cutting edge of his craft and always leaves the crowds wanting more.

Chelsea Chard – ‘Leisure Manager of the Year’?

Chelsea deserves your vote for her passion and drive in the hospitality industry, her wholehearted leadership and being one of the consistent managers in the city’s nightlife scene.

Rob Binns – ‘Outstanding Achievement in Leisure’?

Rob started out in 1991 as a promoter, he then started putting events on in many of the city’s venues and creating iconic venues of the past including Mystic Productions, Cheeky Monkey, Browns, Truth; and 25 years later with Glovers. Rob is a very worthy contender in the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Leisure’

Work Hard, Play Hard – Office Social!!

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On behalf of all the team we’d like to invite you to our second office social here at Cotton Court on Friday 6th May. We’ve planned table football, ping-pong, giant jenga, food and drinks from 5pm – late.

We know some of you are competitive (without naming anyone) so we’ ll make sure everything is set up for you to pop in and get some practice in!

 

Cotton Court to Host Boost Programmes

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We are pleased to be hosting a series of workshops for Boost

Growth Support Programme is a fully funded programme delivered by Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all, targeted at supporting potential entrepreneurs across Lancashire to start their own high growth business and existing Lancashire enterprises already trading to achieve their growth aspirations.
The Growth Support Programme is designed to support entrepreneurs who would benefit from deliberately challenging support to start and grow a business. The programme is designed to help ambitious young businesses to achieve their growth potential by providing credible, tailored and expert support, which is easy to understand and delivered face-to-face.

This support includes 1-2-1 coaching, seminars & master classes action learning, networking and signposting to other relevant support.This highly specialist programme of support is only available to businesses that have an overwhelming ambition to grow, raise investment and create jobs.
Features of the Growth Support Programme and wider support available:
• A specialist high growth coaching session designed to examine the business model and assess growth potential.
• Access to bespoke, tailor made, intensive workshops designed to equip entrepreneurs with the tools and techniques to launch a successful enterprise.
• Access to a wide range of innovative tools, including lean start up techniques.
• 1-2-1 coaching with a range of specialist growth coaches, focusing on the specific growth constraints your business is facing right now from a team of highly experienced and proven high growth entrepreneurs.
• Personal Action Planning – unlocking the potential in entrepreneurs and their enterprise.
• Specialist Master Classes through a tailored programme of Grow How Seminars, to up skill yourself and your team in the latest business growth techniques.
• Networking for Growth opportunities – access to a structured and informal networking group operating across Lancashire.
• Your own dedicated relationship manager supporting your growth journey
• Regular Lancashire wide Pop Up Cafes for business advice and Growth Summits aimed at celebrating business successes
• Access to wider support and finance through our partner network What are the benefits?
• Output focused coaching designed to provoke, challenge and drive for success
• Access to a wide range of core and sector growth specialists
• Two-way growth conversation which explores your business model and it’s ability to be high growth
• Access to an extensive toolkit, exclusive for this programme
• Introduction to lean start up techniques designed to minimise risk of starting a new business
• Opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and share experiences
• Personal Action Plan designed to help you reach your growth potential

The Growth Support teams at Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all have extensive industry experience and proven track record of working with high growth entrepreneurs and enterprises. Start your growth conversation now and contact Enterprise4all on 01254 693999 oboost_launchboost2info@enterprise4all.co.uk