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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

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.

Tickets

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 prestonguildcity.co.uk

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.

UK TWITTER HASHTAG HOURS – PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS

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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.

MONDAY

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

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

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

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

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

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

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

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY IN SUPPORT OF BARNARDOS

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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.

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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 www.barnardos.org.uk 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.

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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.

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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.