Cotton Court Business Centre


Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great Christmas break, we are full steam ahead this month, and are looking forward to new projects and opportunities for 2014.At the beginning of a new year, many of us will have ideas about what we want to do better personally, in the year ahead. Making New Year’s resolutions for your business is just as important as setting personal goals for yourself.  Have you thought about what your goals and intentions for 2014.We took part in Lancashire Business View’s ‘Looking Ahead’ feature.  Take a look below at the interview with Rob outlining some of our goals for 2014:


What are the opportunities for your business over the next year?We’re keen to get more involved with training and development and have already started building partnerships with providers to be able to deliver a wide range of courses for business of all sizes. Courses so far range from social media and online reputation to improving your business by applying NLP and CBT techniques and we are always looking for other suitable courses to add to the catalogue. Cotton Court isn’t just a conference and training space or a collection of offices it is gradually becoming home to some of the brightest, up-and-coming businesses in the area, further positioning ourselves as a focal point of Preston’s business community. Better and deeper relationships with these businesses means growth for the Cotton Court brand.

What is the outlook for your sector for 2014?Well I see ‘our’ sector as being business more generally rather than simply being about rental space and conferencing. Cotton Court’s success is in line with the success of our clients and going by some of the stories coming out of the building things are looking good for 2014. 

What will your business do differently in 2014?Continue to work on our green policy and streamline some of our processes. The team here have worked hard to reduce the amount of paper, water and electricity we use, and in fact we achieved a bronze. We want to continue on this through 2014 and look to make a few more changes.

If you were Chancellor, what would be your New Year’s Resolution?To increase support programmes for start-up businesses, helping SMEs develop and become better equipped for growth. Investment in small business with growth potential is a sure-fire way to reduce unemployment through job creation. 

We would like to thank you all for your support over the last year and hope you all have a prosperous year ahead.

Practical Business Growth Event for Preston Businesses

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Headed up as No Fluff – No Theory—No B******* Event for Preston Business Owners. Just proper practical advice THAT YOU CAN IMPLEMENT IMMEDIATELY to make your business grow the next day.

So whats it about?

The 9 things super successful business owners know and do that most business owners don’t know or don’t do.

  • There are a lot of people working very hard out there – they are driven and passionate about growing their business but they are not achieving the levels of success they had hoped for.
  • At this session we will look at what the high flyers are doing to make their businesses grow massively – even in hard times – and pull out the tools, tricks and techniques that EVERY business owner could use, straight away to make a proper impact to their bottom line…that most business owners don’t know exist or worse still ignore.

What will you leave with?

  • Tools, tips, tricks, secrets and techniques that will help your business grow.
  • An understanding of WHAT tools are out there and HOW you can use them.
  • A whole stack of practical ideas that you can implement into your business THE NEXT DAY
  • A proper, dynamic, fast-paced session with no fluff, no theory and no B…….
  • A sense of motivation from a session that you’ll enjoy…I promise

Presented by duo Chris Richards & Steve Allen

The event is 10am – 12pm here at Cotton Court Business Centre

Twitter Fills Your Feed With Photos

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Remember the old days, when you used to have to click a link on Twitter to see see a picture? Not any longer. As of Tuesday, Twitter is making your photos and videos show up in your stream by default — making the service look a lot more like Facebook.

On one hand, that means less clicking around and a more visual timeline. On the other hand, you may be exposed to too many pictures — some of which you really didn’t want to see, especially not with someone looking over your shoulder.

As a business centre we are finding it very useful after running a successful event with Downtown in Business with guest speakers 3ManFactory and Magma Digital where customers actively tweeted and took photos during the event. To see the conversation Twitter search #smaa13

Awesome Analysis – Downtown in Business

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Today saw the last instalment of this years Downtown in Business & Cotton Courts Social Media Breakfast Seminars. We would like to thank everyone who has attended over the year and look forward to kick starting next year with a new twist.

In this instalment Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory, along with Jeremy Coates from Magma Digital explained their accessible analytics approach, looking at what tools to use, what information is important and how to use the data that is available to ensure return on investment and to refine your strategy.

If you missed any of the great social media tips from the guys at 3ManFactory and Magma Digital, here are some of the ‘most tweeted about’ tips:

– If you don’t want to unfriend on Facebook ‘hide’ people instead! You won’t see their posts anymore & they won’t know

– Bitly is great for shortening web links and measuring how often they are visited

– SocialBro is a useful tool for twitter analytics

– With Twitter, it’s about the instant. You’ve got to tweet a lot to over-do it

– Sometimes email marketing stats can be deceiving

– If you use MailChimp for newsletter distribution take a look at the Analytics feature – it’s great

– There is no way to know if your site is effective without Analytics – check them regularly

Klout is a measure of influence online; at a very basic level you can get a lot out of it

– If you want to monitor your tweets, Topsy is a great service for doing so. It’s easy to use, and it’s free!

– The time you post your message online is key

– You don’t need to use Facebook to sell; you can also use it for PR, talent acquisition and sharing company culture – we do!

– Statistics are great, but you have to act on them


We also briefly mentioned if anyone would be interested in getting a digital marketing apprentice. We’ll train them up and you’ll reap the benefits. If you would like more information please email us at





Finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013

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The team of Cotton Court Business Centre are pleased to announce we have reached the final for Conference & Meeting Venue Award at the Lancashire Tourism Award 2013!!! We are truly excited that we have made it into the final stages and up against some of our biggest competition.

In our category we are up against Blackpool Zoo and Brockholes Visitor Centre, Preston.


The impressive shortlist for the Lancashire Tourism Award 2013 has been revealed.  Having received more applications than ever before, this year’s list of finalists is also the longest in the event’s 10 year history.

The Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013 will take place on Thursday 7 November at Blackburn Cathedral and will be one of the cathedral’s first major corporate events, hosted by tourism expert, broadcaster and Travel Editor of The Independent, Simon Calder.

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire said “We have been so impressed by the quantity and quality of applications, especially in this the Lancashire Tourism Awards 10th anniversary year. The awards celebrate the significance of tourism’s current £3.4billion contribution to the Lancashire economy and a great deal of that success is due to the dedication and enterprise of the businesses and individuals named today.


“We congratulate them and ask that colleagues across the county show their appreciation and pride in Lancashire, by supporting these exceptional businesses and by joining us on the 7 November at Blackburn Cathedral when the winners will be announced.”

Businesses supporting this year’s awards include: Total Food Service, Naphens Solicitors, Workhouse Marketing, Dewlay Cheese Makers, Group Travel Organiser Magazine

A HUGE Success! Thanks to Care Quality Commission

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On 31st July and 5th August, Cotton Court hosted a series large conferences for the Care Quality Commission, a series of information sessions for service providers across the North West.

Each session had around 70 attendees and positive feedback was received about the content of the sessions and the venue.

It was one of the largest conferences we have held at Cotton Court, a PA system and interactive voting system were set up for the key speakers and lunch was provided by local caterers, Swarbricks.

It was great to work with CQC on this type of event and we are looking forward to working with them again in the future.

You can follow them on Twitter

You can find more pictures via our facebook page






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.


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.


Latest offers from Cotton Court

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Conference & Training Space

Stretch your conference budget further and get 1 day FREE! When you book 10 dates, or 1/2  day FREE when you book 5 dates.

Whether you need a meeting room for 2, or a conference for 100+ delegates, Cotton Court can provide the solution. Our fully equipped suites feature the latest interactive audio-visual equipment, Wi-Fi, and internet ready PCs with onsite IT support; plus a full range of catering options and a dedicated member of out professional team to ensure that your event is a success.

Conference Space info

Qoute: CC143 – terms & conditions apply


Permanent Desk Space

New year, New start! from £25 per week

If you have made New Year’s resolutions to reduce overheads, work more efficiently, build your business networks then why not take advantage of our latest offer?

Desk space allows businesses, individuals or occasional professionals to the Preston areaa cost-effective method of working within a business environment, without the large overheads. It enables users to conduct business obligations in a comfortable workspace, whilst presenting a professional appearance through a prestigious business address.

Permanent Desk Space info

Qoute: CC25 – terms & conditions apply

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Social Media Course – £99*

1/2 PRICE COURSE. When 2+ people book together

Explore how social media for businesses can’t be ignored in today’s ever changing society.

Get your social media working for you

Staff Linkedin Profiles

Cotton Court Linkedin page

Cotton Court Twitter page

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