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Social Media: Getting It Right Seminar Photos

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Quick Snapshot from the Downtown in Business Social Media: Getting it right seminar.

A huge thank you to Tracey & Roger – Downtown in Business, The cheeky chaps Nathaniel Cassidy & Tom Stables from 3ManFactory, Hiran Panchal – Cotton Studios, Robert Binns – Cotton Court Business Centre for his referee skills & everyone who attended.

Follow us on twitter #DTsocial – fast paced social networking…..

Here’s a few tweets from the seminar

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A couple of pictures from todays event

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Getting ready to kick of the Social Media: Getting it right seminar hosted at Cotton Court Business Centre with Downtown in Business

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Tom Stables & Nathaniel Cassidy – 3ManFactory discussing customer service interaction with social media. Nathaniel telling us about watches? Christopher Ward Watches – Great example of good customer service – They made 100 limited edition watches after a customer tweeted them.

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Creating a check list for you social media to target your key objectives month by month! Helps target and encage your customers and followers.

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Nathaniel Cassidy – 3ManFactory showing twitter search tools during the seminar. Who is Frank McKenna??? – Downtown in Business Chief Executive.

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National Apprenticeship Week

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This week marks the UK’s National Apprenticeships Week. This week intends to raise awareness of apprenticeships and the positive impact they can have on businesses and the UK economy. Forecasts indicate that apprenticeships could add a further 3.4bn a year in economic gains to the UK.

Apprenticeship schemes will give young people the chance to learn a trade and build their careers. The Government are looking at ways they can expand apprenticeship opportunities so that they can become more widely available to young people. Barclays have also announced an expansion of its national ‘Bridges to Work’ programme, which is designed to help companies find and employ apprentices.

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future. The mixture of on and off job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business.

Over 130,000 workplaces offer apprentice places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring to their business – increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force.

Improve your bottom line – Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, with Apprenticeships helping them to improve productivity and to be more competitive. Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

Fill your skills gaps – Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you need for the future. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

Motivate your workforce – Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. Remember, an apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

One Connect Limited will host an Apprenticeships and Placements event on 20th March 2013 at Cotton Court.  The event will commence at 5.30pm until 7.30pm. Refreshments will be provided along with free parking onsite.

5.30pm Refreshments and networking

6.00pm Welcome: One Connect Limited – Sarah Walmsley

County Councillor Michael Green

One Connect Limited – An insight into our services

Charlotte Iddon and Rachel Briggs will highlight the benefits of working with One Connect

Limited and how your business can be supported in a risk free and cost effective way.

With offerings of accessing free training, saving costs on recruitment and sourcing free staff.

TO BOOK ON TO THE EVENT

Looking to grow your business?

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Looking to grow your business? Want a new way to recruit young talent?

This event is for any business owners in Lancashire who are looking to grow their businesses.  With offerings of saving on recruitment costs, providing you with independant advice and guidance on recruiting and training, information on grants and funding available.

One Connect Limited is hosting an Apprenticeship and Placements event on March 20th at 5.30pm-7.30pm in Cotton Court Business Centre, Preston Lancashire.

Refreshments and networking from 5.30pm speakers from 6pm

You will leave knowing more about grants of up to £15,000 for your business to support young people, One Connect Limited’s programmes which offer Lancashire businesses young adults for up to 8 weeks at no cost to the business.  This hugely successful programme offers businesses young adults on a trail basis, to enable skill matching.

Presentations from

Sarah Walmsley of One Connect Limited and Councillor Michael Green

Dawood Fard and Louis Rollenson of Centurus Ltd

Charlotte Iddon and Rachel Briggs of One Connect Limited

Paula Gibson of National Apprenticeship Service

Your business can’t afford to miss out on this great opportunity, book your place to find out more.

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Cotton Court joins winners & finalists at the E3 Business Awards

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Great night at the E3 Business Awards last night. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

Around 700 guests from the North West business community attended the first multicultural E3 Business Award ceremony at the Reebok Stadium.  Our director, Robert, was part of the independent judging panel of entrepreneurs and business experts.

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The winners were:

Business of the Year: Hockley International;

Employer of the Year: Fazila Foods;

Investment in Skills of the Year: Bank View Smile Studios;

Business Innovation of the Year: Mole Group;

Business Education Collaboration of the Year: NCC Resources;

Manufacturing Business of the Year: Designer Sofas 4 U;

International Business of the Year: Checkpoint Safety;

Sustainable Buisiness of the Year: Roaming Roosters;

Oustanding Woman in Business: Gail Hounslea, Wardworth;

Young Enterpreneur of the Year: Ria Meera Munshi, Ri Ri’s Dance Academy;

High Growth Business of the Year: Renewable Solutions UK;

New Business Start-Up of the Year: Staff Absence Solutions.

The evening concluded with a keynote speech by entrepreneur David Atherton, and a personal achievement award for Robina Mann, the founder of Blackburn-based clothing company, Amir Hosiery.

Please find below link to a snapshot of this years awards ceremony

E3 Business Awards Video

Thank Frank its Friday – Mention

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Just read the Downtown in Business Thank Frank its Friday post. Have you? Our very own Jon Nutten – Building Manager was asked to complete “Who are yer?” for the latest instalment from Downtown in Business weekly newsletter.

Find out how Jon answered and shed some light on what he enjoys getting up to in his spare time.

Thank Frank its Friday – Downtown in Business

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LBV Article featuring Cotton Court & Downtown in Business

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Our very own Robert Binns recent attended the round table discussion at Stanley House hosted by Downtown Lancashire in association with Lancashire Business View. It’s a New Year for Lancashire business and one that our panel is keen to get cracking on.  They  brought together business lobbyists, owners, managers and
professionals to consider the year ahead.

The article is a great read and an insight into peoples thoughts and plans for the year ahead & certainly one Rob managed to get some great quotes in

“Keep going as we’ve always been going. Ignore the economy, ignore everything and trust instincts.” – Rob Binns

To read the article please follow this link: Lancashire Business View Article