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Best of Britannia Returns to Preston!

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The Best of Britannia are bringing their unique pop-up Department Store to Preston.

BOB North will include brands from the genre’s of menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, footwear, furniture and furnishings, jewellery and accessories, food, drink and entertainment, showcasing the best of what the North West, and Britain, has to offer. With products available to buy on the day you can shop til you drop or conveniently order for delivery.

The weekend will offer style-conscious shoppers a unique retail experience in the historic centre of Preston. Come and explore the Old Post Office to see what local and national designers, manufacturers and makers have to offer for 2016.

BOB celebrate British design, manufacturing, makers & their incredible skills so make sure you visit and celebrate Made in Britain with them.

Opening Times

Friday 11 March – 5.00pm – 11.00pm
Saturday 12 March – 10.00am – 11.00pm
Sunday 13 March – 10.00am – 6.00pm
Please note on Friday and Saturday inside areas close at 8pm with outside entertainment, food and drink until late as specified.

*Trade only entry is available on Friday 11th March 10.00am – 4.00pm. For more information please contact the organiser – details below.


BOB North is an event experience not to be missed.

Purchase your tickets here

One ticket gives you unlimited access all weekend. The ticket is exchanged for a wristband on entry.

*Information courtesy of

LBV Magazine’s RR2016: 21 Preston firms are finalists

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Twenty-one businesses from the Preston area have made the shortlist of a countywide business awards.

The Red Rose Awards, organised by Lancashire Business Views, celebrate the best of what the county’s businesses have to offer. And Preston is not short of entrants who want to show they are the best in the business.

Three creative firms are on the list for the Creative Business Award with every1, Soap Media and Wash Design all shortlisted. BAKO North Western are up for Customer Service Award and Service Care Solutions make the list for Employer of the Year, Medium Business Award and Growing Business Award.

Family Business Award sees Lovania Nurses make the shortlist, they are also nominated for the Medium Business Awards. Community Life Choices are shortlisted for the Health and Care Business Award.

Two legal firms represent the city with Harrison Drury and Napthens Solicitors up for Legal Business Award.

GB Energy Supply are shortlisted for New Business Award and in the Property Business Award category Anderton Gables and Lantei Compliance Services both make the list.

Two agricultural firms are competing for the Rural Diversification Award, Farm Creative and SRH Agribusiness are on the list.

Skills provider Award sees Myerscough College and ROI Solutions at Preston’s College both nominated.

For the Small Business Award Edison Pope are shortlisted and finally in the Tourism and Leisure Business Award there’s a nomination for Bartle Hall Country Hotel and Restaurant.

Preston firms shortlisted now face an interview and presentation stagee during two days of judging at the Red Rose Suite at Blackburn Rovers.

Winners are revealed at a ceremony at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Sunday 20 March.



Twitter hours are scheduled events that allow you to contribute and interact with others by adding a # hashtag to your tweet. They are typically held at a specific date and time and are a great way of promoting your business and services through social interaction. You should be polite and helpful and try and add value to the group. For example, a financial advisor may share money saving advice, etc. This way you are building relationships, trust, and gaining exposure for your brand.

Below is a list a selection of UK Twitter hours. If we’ve missed a good one let us know and we will update the list. Get involved and promote your business through a networking hour.


12-1pm #UKBizLunch
1-2pm #1pmlunch
2-3pm #BizHour
2-3pm #SouthWestHour
3-4pm #B2BHour
3-4pm #NorthWestHour
7-8pm #CumbriaHour
7-8pm #LeylandHour
8-9pm #BlackburnHours
8-9pm #BrandYorkshire
8-9pm #CheshireHour
8-9pm #CreativeBizHour
8-9pm #Didsburyhour
8-9pm #Enterprisehour
8-9pm #HarrogateHour
8-9pm #LincsHour
8-9pm #NorthEastHour
8-9pm #OurYorkshire
8-9pm #PrestonHour
8-9pm #StockportHour
8-9pm #YorkHour
9-10pm #OldhamHour


12-1pm #GlasgowBizHour
12-1pm #UKBizLunch
1-2pm #1pmLunch
2-3pm #BizHour
2-3pm #NorthEastHour
3-4pm #B2BHour
4-5pm #ColchesterHour
7-8pm #SMEhourUK
8-9pm #ChesterHour
8-9pm #ChorleysHour
8-9pm #MerseyBiz
8.30-9.30pm #KentHour
8.30-9.30pm #SouthEastHour
9-10pm #SmallBizHour


12-1pm #UKBizLunch
1-2pm #1pmLunch
1-2pm #BuyYorkshire
1-2pm #LocalLunch
2-3pm #BizHour
2-3pm #NewcastleHour
2-3pm #TeesTime
2-3pm #EssexHour
3-4pm #B2BHour
7.30-8.30pm #CornwallHour
8-9pm #CardiffHour
8-9pm #DevonHour
8-9pm #EastMidlandsHour
8-9pm #MidlandsHour
8-9pm #NorthWestHour
8-9pm #ShropshireHour
8-9pm #StaffordshireHour
8-9pm #StaffordshireHour
8-9pm #YorkshireHour
9-10pm #ScotlandHour


12-1pm #UKBizLunch
1-2pm #1pmLunch
2-3pm #BizHour
3-4pm #B2BHour
8-9pm #BarnsleyHour
8-9pm #BlackpoolHour
8-9pm #BradfordHour
8-9pm #ChesterfieldHour
8-9pm #DerbyshireHour
8-9pm #ExeterHour
8-9pm #HalifaxHour
8-9pm #HuddersfieldHour
8-9pm #HullHour
8-9pm #LancashireHour
8-9pm #LeedsHour
8-9pm #LiverpoolHour
8-9pm #LondonHour
8-9pm #ManchesterHour
8-9pm #NorthantsHour
8-9pm #SheffieldHour
8-9pm #SomersetHour
8-9pm #SouthWestHour
8-9pm #SunderlandHour
8-9pm #UKStartUpHour
8-9pm #WakefieldHour
8-9pm #WarringtonHour
8.30-9.30pm #SussexHour
9-10pm #BNIHour


10-11am #ClevelandHour
10-11am #ConnectFriday
10-11am #NWHour
11am -12pm #LondonHour
11am -12pm #YorkBizHour
11am-12pm #NewcastleHour
12-1pm #UKBizLunch
1-2pm #1pmLunch
2-3pm #BizHour
3-4pm #B2BHour
4-5pm #GBHour
9-10pm #NorthWestHour


8-9.15am #SatChatUK
11am-12pm #WeekendHour


11am-12pm #WeekendHour
6-7pm #HartlepoolHour
8-9pm #WalesHour
9-10pm #EnglandHour



Last Friday saw the third instalment of the annual Cotton Court Christmas Party at Glovers bar. There was a great party atmosphere, with around 150 people in attendance, and it was great to see so many familiar faces.

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The team at Cotton Court would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that attended and made the night so enjoyable, and an even bigger thank you to everyone for the amount of gifts that were brought for the children of Barnardos, our chosen charity.

Guests enjoyed the finest Indian cuisine courtesy East Z East, photo-booth fun, live entertainment and a complimentary bar at Glovers.


Barnardo’s works to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people, and aims to enable them to fulfil their potential. The charity provides a comprehensive range of local support, counselling, fostering, adoption, education, residential and training services for more than 100,000 children, young people and their families.

It’s still not too late to donate! We are collecting presents at Cotton Court until Mon 7th December, so feel free to drop in some gifts to our reception.  Presents for teenagers are particularly valuable as is young carers and homeless units that are most in need of presents. Barnardo’s have also advised that the gifts are best not wrapped.

You can find out more about the work of Barnardos on their website or by following them on Twitter @barnardos

We’re already looking forward to next year and we hope to see you all there again!

Cotton Court Annual Christmas Party 2015

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On behalf of all the businesses at Cotton Court we’d like to invite you to our annual Christmas party at Glovers Bar on Friday 27th November.

We’ll lay on a complimentary bar and buffet alongside live music from 6.30pm – late.

The event is free of charge; all we ask is that you bring a gift we can donate to our chosen charity Barnardo’s.

Barnardo’s support over 400 vulnerable young people from 0-25 years old, throughout the year across the Preston area. Presents for teenagers are particularly valuable as is young carers and homeless units that are most in need of presents.

Barnardo’s have also advised that the gifts are best not wrapped.

You can register for the event here: book your tickets!

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Robert Binns Visits Number 10 DOWNING STREET!

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Our own Robert Binns was invited by The Prime Minister the Rt Hon David Cameron to No.10 Downing street as part of the celebrations of Black History Month alongside individuals from the Arts, Community, Business & Sport to celebrate the contribution that the African – Caribbean community has made to British society.

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Mr Cameron said “Black History Month has proven over many years to be a unique and valuable celebration of the African-Caribbean community and their immense contribution to Britain. By highlighting their stories, we are able to reveal the vital role those individuals have played in shaping our society.

But Black History Month is not just about learning from the past, but also a time to unlock tomorrow’s opportunities. Over generations, we have built something extraordinary in Britain – where people can come with nothing and in one or two generations can rise as high as their talent allows.

The African and Caribbean community embodies that spirit. Members of the community are at the top of every field in Britain – from leaders of multi-million-pound businesses, to sportsmen and Members of Parliament and government ministers like Sam Gyimah in the government I lead.”

Roberts thoughts after a special afternoon “Mr Cameron made a great speech, with some well timed punch lines, but with a very positive look towards the future.”

Celebrate British brands with second Buy British Day

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A Buy British Day pop-up event is coming to Preston to encourage shoppers to support brands and businesses that design and manufacture in Britain.


The Best of Britannia event is the second of its kind to come to the city, and will also be visiting London to attract consumer support. Last year the national event was featured on BBC Breakfast and The One Show.

More than 200 of the best British brands will be showcased at the event, and will also feature retailers joining the pop-up stalls. These include The Leather Satchel Co and ‘free from’ chocolate specialist, Ayni Chocolate with more expected to be announced.


Welcome Minerva Business Women to the building

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Cotton Court is happy to welcome Miranda from Minerva Business Women to the building!

Minerva Business Women, is a business growth club launching in the North West which focuses on helping women to create success on their own terms and works through connection, collaboration and taking business learning into personalised action.

We are looking forward to having Minerva Business Women run some events at Cotton Court in the future.



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

Why using a professional meeting space is important

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It is very important for any small business to create a good impression. Whether it’s a potential employee or a big-money client, appearances and perceptions are everything in business.

An increasing number of small business startups have indicating that coffee shops are no longer an appropriate venue for holding business meetings. Business critical concerns are now being raised about hosting an important meeting in a café or coffee shop, with problems such as safety and security, professionalism and eavesdropping raised by SME owners.


Professionalism is everything. A dedicated meeting or conference room is therefore much more beneficial to improve productivity and avoid any data or confidentiality leaks that could occur when holding a meeting in a public place.

It may also be the difference between instilling confidence in a potential client that you are adequately equipped to carry out the task at hand.

Some business feel they won’t be able to afford to book a meeting room until they are making mega bucks, but with us it is in fact possible to secure proper meeting space in a professional working environment.

We work with a host of business owners still happy to work from home and simply hire meeting space on an ad-hoc basis. We provide space for a whole host of business and are also ideal for job interviews, consultations and client briefings.meeting-space1Some small businesses often choose to use our serviced offices and our shared workspace as a flexible solution to finding meeting space as well as the next step up from working from home. Flexibility is the buzzword with serviced office space as most startups can secure workspace within days on short term contracts with minimal notice periods.

Our serviced offices and desk space come fully furnished, complete with manned reception staff and a host of additional services such as telephone answering, shared workspace, access to meeting rooms and conferencing facilities.desk-space-3With NO hidden costs for internet connectivity, line rental or business rates. We make it easy!

Our meeting space from an hour to as long as an entire week, depending on your requirements. Ask a member of our team for more information by either calling 01772 507 767 or email

The importance of professional meeting space should never be underestimated by any new business. It will almost certainly be the difference between winning and losing new business.

We wish you the best of luck in your business and look forward to welcoming you to Cotton Court Business Centre