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We Launch Digital Marketing Training

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Lancashire Digital Academy is offering a new funded training course to eligible businesses in the Lancashire area. The training course is about Digital Marketing Essentials.

On the 22nd May, I attended the first part of the new training course, which was run by Tom Stables from 3ManFactory.

Throughout the first session, I learnt about different ways of marketing on different social media. On the social media subject, I also learnt about social media as lead generation, brand monitoring and intelligence, and case studies to illustrate best practice.

The second part of the training was on the 29th May, in this session, I learnt about finding an audience when digital marketing, analysing current marketing activities and also looking at a digital marketing checklist development.

As well, we also discussed what language is appropriate to be used on Social media. For example, what tone you should be using when speaking to someone on social media.

At the training, the thing that I found useful was when we learnt about using different social media to market and advertise the business. For example, I learnt how to use Flickr, Instagram and Pinterest to advertise Cotton Court’s services.

This training was delivered in one of our conference rooms, here at Cotton Court.

Best of Britannia – North

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BOB is an event that showcases British companies that design or manufacture in the UK and opens with an exclusive preview evening to trade buyers and media on the first day, followed by two days of selling to the public and trade visitors.

In May this year, Best of Britannia is hosting its first BOB North, right here in Preston!

The event will take place in the historic Post Office building and Flag Market in Preston, which will follow the winning format of previous BOB events in London. Here, you will see that there will be the best of British brands, a first-class opportunity to meet and do business with other like-minded companies and to sell directly to a targeted group of discerning consumers, who are keen to buy products that are made in Britain.

Best of Britannia will be working with Marketing Lancashire to make sure that all the best brands from the North will be represented at the event, including the finest food, drink and entertainment!

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Also, on the 3rd of February this year, we held a Best of Britannia event at our venue, which 80 people attended.

The leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Peter Rankin said “Councillor Peter Rankin, leader of Preston City Council, said: “The Best of Britannia in ‘Proud Preston’ will be a marvellous showcase for quality products and for the city. It is a vote of confidence from great British manufacturers that Preston has been selected to host such a prestigious event.”

Agenda 2015 debate in LBV

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The Owner of Cotton Court, Rob Binns, featured in this month’s Lancashire Business View Magazine. The article that he is in covers Downtown in Business’s‘Round Table’ discussion, which was hosted at Preston’s College in December last year.

Experts from across the sectors and across the country were asked to consider Lancashire’s place in the Northern economy.

People that were also present for the discussion, included:

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Business Breakfast Success at Uclan Event!

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Business leaders from across the North West took part in the inaugural Breakfast Forum held by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Inaugural forum attracts regional business leaders including our very own Robert Binns.Business_Breakfast_rdax_500x536

Business leaders from across the North West took part in the inaugural Breakfast Forum held by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Representatives from major banks, including Natwest, Yorkshire and the Co-operative, were in attendance alongside directors from Lancashire based firms such as 3ManFactory and Freshfield.

The popular event, held in UCLan’s Media Innovation Studio, focussed on leadership challenges and was run by UCLan’s Lancashire Business School and UCLan’s Innovation and Enterprise Team.

Dharma Kovvuri, Dean of the Lancashire Business School, said: “It was a fantastic event and a great opportunity for business people from across the region to meet and discuss relevant issues affecting the industry.  “It was also excellent that we could showcase what relationships UCLan has with a vast array of businesses and demonstrate how we can continue to help provide opportunities for funded business support, training and knowledge transfer partnerships with these companies.”

He added: “It was the first event of its kind for us and as it was so successful we’re hoping it will be a regular event on the UCLan calendar.”

The next forum will take place in March and it will be themed around a topic based on feedback from this recent event.

Cotton Court Business Centre is backing Boost

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Cotton Court Business Centre has thrown its weight behind Boost Business Lancashire, the £7.2million Lancashire Business Growth Hub.

Boost is led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and offers a range of funded programmes to Lancashire businesses looking to grow.

The development and delivery partnership is between Lancashire Country Council Community & Business Partners, UCLan, Lancaster University, Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and Winning Pitch.

The aim of Boost is to grow the county’s economy by £20m and create at least 1,200 new jobs and safeguard 700 more by 2015.

As part of the project, the growth hub has joined forces with the business support community to create Boost & Co, a membership group aiming to stimulate growth among businesses across the county.

Andrew Leeming, senior projects officer for Lancashire County Council, said: “We passionately believe that the wider business support community provides an invaluable service to growing businesses within Lancashire.

“Simply put, without the accountants, law firms, venture capital firms, banks, colleges, professional and business membership groups, media organisations and other relevant bodies, Lancashire would not be a great place to do business.

“By being part of Boost & Co, member firms can help their clients and members access and benefit from Boost’s funded business support programmes.”

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has provided £3.6million of funding to the Lancashire Business Growth Hub.

For further information visit www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk.

LEP Article: Cotton Court Focal Point for City!

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Great to find ourselves featured inside this weeks  Lancashire Evening Post Business Supplement. We are truly made up! A huge thank you to our accountants Wallwork Nelson & Johnson (WNJ) for a fantastic article.

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Here’s the story!

Bringing business to the heart of the city

An innovative business hub in Preston city centre continues to go from strength to strength with support from WNJ.

Cotton Court – the brainchild of entrepreneur Robert Binns – is home to some of the brightest up and coming businesses in the city.

The high-tech hub is also becoming a focal point for the business community. Cotton Court offers purpose-built, state-of-the-art training and meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 200 delegates.

It also provides office and desk space, call answering services, and virtual office solutions for a growing number of businesses.

Cotton Court has been created from an old iron and wire mill in the heart of the city and the result is a modern 21st business centre with stylish professional spaces in a place of work that dates from Victorian times.

Paul Woodburn, partner at WNJ, worked with the Cotton Court team to help arrange the funding for the original purchase of the mill and has given support and advice throughout its development and growth.

That includes helping with a capital allowance claim and advising on strategic financial performance.

Robert Binns, who also has interests in property, leisure and technology, said: “We have received great support from WNJ from day one of the development and that has continues as the business hub has opened and continued to grow.

“Paul and the team at WNJ have met our individual requirements with a tailored service, they have also helped with our strategic financial performance and their advice has been invaluable.”

Robert, “a serial entrepreneur”, is a former worker at BAE Systems. Cotton Court was created on the back of his interest in technology.

He says: “Our values are accessibility, a friendly and personal approach, and the provision of service that consistently exceeds expectations.

“Our conference facilities are versatile and are regularly used for conferences, meetings, training courses, networking events and exhibitions.

“We work with a lot of corporate clients, but also with a lot of smaller training companies who are running open courses. With companies like this, we will support them in the promotion of their event via our newsletter, social media and website.

“The virtual office is ideal for start-ups and freelancers, or for larger organisations wanting a presence in Lancashire.

“And we offer more than just office and desk space, becoming home to some of the brightest up and coming businesses in the area. Clients in the building grow from networking opportunities and business referrals.

Cotton Court is home to Cotton Studios, a fully equipped studio which has been designed or planned by technicians and photographers. Robert said: “We also have regular resident photographers that we work with to offer studio portrait packages.”

Paul Woodburn at WNJ said: “Cotton Court is becoming an important centre for business in the Preston area and is attracting a wide range of young, vibrant companies at the very start of their journey.

“We have been able to offer support and advice for Robert and his team throughout the project, including playing a part in securing funding for its initial stages.

“We look forward to continuing this relationship and offering our services and advice to the Cotton Court team as the growth of the business hub continues. There are exciting times ahead.”

 

 

 

As part of our continued commitment

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Here at Cotton Court we are committed to enriching the area within which we serve. As well as inviting local businesses to make the most of both our office space and facilities, we make a conscious effort to work alongside local organisations and groups to help nurture Lancashire.

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It is for this reason that we have lodged such a close relationship with the West Lancashire Scouts. Offering our training and meeting space to the group allows them to plan, improve & grow – in fact they were the largest growing Scouting community this year. They regularly book out space with us to hold meetings and training sessions, and building manager Jon has an extremely close relationship with their internal communications team, aiding with social media and graphic design.

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The Scouts aren’t the only people we work with; we regularly invite Lancashire Adult Learning in to help unemployed people in Preston and the surrounding area expand their skills in the hope of landing employment. Furthermore, those of you who came to our Christmas party back in December will know we donated a large collection of presents to Derian House, a local hospice for children in Lancashire.
If you’d like to find out more about the work we do in the community, get in touch on info@cottoncourt.co.uk.

 

We agree Corporate Social Responsibility – West Lancs Scouts

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Cotton Court is proud to be working with the West Lancashire Scouts, who this year announced a tenth consistent year of growth with 836 more members in Lancashire than in 2013. Made up of eight districts between Ormskirk & Lonsdale, including of course Preston, the West Lancs Scouts boasts the biggest growth in the UK with figures of 7.5%. Chorley were the largest growing district specifically, showing growth of 33%.

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Here at Cotton Court we maintain a close relationship with the organisation, helping to aid their ongoing growth by providing training space for both youths and adult volunteers, as well as meeting facilities for planning and paving out the future for West Lancashire Scouts. We also aid in their online presence, curating social media content and assisting their communications team.

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The Scout Association seeks to transform the lives of young people through provision of training programmes adventure, and is consistently committed to increasing the number of young members year on year. If you’d like to find out more about the work we do here at Cotton Court in the community, get in touch with us via info@cottoncourt.co.uk.

Lancashire Business Week 2014

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We are proud to be involved in this years Lancashire Business Week organised by Downtown in Business this year it offers a series of round table events that will focus on current issues that impact on the future of the counties business community. Experts from a variety of sectors will join the series of  discussions and debates ensuring they are lively and informative. Outcomes and ideas will help to format agenda’s for the forthcoming Growth Conference also organised by Downtown in Business.

Join us for part 2 in the series on Tuesday 24th June 8:30 – 10am

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Social Media: Doing It Like A Boss

Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory will go through their short social media do’s and don’ts to help you hit the grounding running and avoid making any major mistakes. Plus some awesome tips and tricks on how to get more out of all the major social networks. If you want to achieve social media mastery then you need to attend this event!The social media series are all fast paced presentation sessions followed by a Q&A panel giving you the chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. These sessions are being hosted by Cotton Court and are a perfect way to network, soak up some knowledge and even get a bit of breakfast – they fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance!

Social Media Seminars are back!!

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Following on from 3ManFactory’s immensely popular social media series last year here at Cotton Court Business Centre. they will be returning with another four part social media series starting in May.

This time the sessions will be one a month over four months covering;

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Social Media: What’s All The Fuss About?

With over 1+ billion users on Facebook, 500+ million on Twitter and 200+ million on LinkedIn there’s no denying that people are using social media in big numbers. But are they the right people? Should your business be getting involved? Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory are here to make their case on why social media needs the attention of your business.

The social media series are all fast paced presentation sessions followed by a Q&A panel giving you the chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. These sessions are being hosted by Cotton Court and are a perfect way to network, soak up some knowledge and even get a bit of breakfast – they fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance!
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Social Media: Doing It Like A Boss
Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory will go through their short social media do’s and don’ts to help you hit the grounding running and avoid making any major mistakes. Plus some awesome tips and tricks on how to get more out of all the major social networks. If you want to achieve social media mastery then you need to attend this event!

The social media series are all fast paced presentation sessions followed by a Q&A panel giving you the chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. These sessions are being hosted by Cotton Court and are a perfect way to network, soak up some knowledge and even get a bit of breakfast – they fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance!

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Social Media: Successful Strategies
Signed up for Facebook? Mild Twitter addict? Instagram junkie? Are you using social media but without a strategy? Then this event is for you! Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory will go through their 10 successful social media strategies showcasing some of the simplest and most effective ways for you to engage with your connections and get more business!

The social media series are all fast paced presentation sessions followed by a Q&A panel giving you the chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. These sessions are being hosted by Cotton Court and are a perfect way to network, soak up some knowledge and even get a bit of breakfast – they fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance!

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Social Media: Awesome Analysis
Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory will go through their accessible analytics approach looking at what tools to use, what information is important and how to use the data that is available to refine your strategy. So if you you’re already immersed in social media but just need to know if what you’re doing is working then you need to attend this!

The social media series are all fast paced presentation sessions followed by a Q&A panel giving you the chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. These sessions are being hosted by Cotton Court and are a perfect way to network, soak up some knowledge and even get a bit of breakfast – they fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance!