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Glovers Finalists – 128,000 Votes cast In Awards

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The results are in; 128,520 votes have been cast in Preston BID’s ‘Smiles Better Awards’, which recognise outstanding businesses and people in Preston city centre.

The awards, sponsored by Fishergate Shopping Centre and St. George’s Shopping centre, highlight the achievements of owners and employees of city centre businesses, and this year attracted more than 165 nominations from 142 businesses.

There are fifteen prizes up for grabs, including Independent Retailer of the Year, Multiple Retailer of the Year, Customer Service Champion and Restaurant of the Year.

Selected categories will now undergo mystery shopping visits, in order to find the outright winners.

The highest award, ‘the Special Recognition Award’ which cannot be voted for, will be awarded to someone who’s made a significant contribution to the city.

Last year the honour went to Friargate florist, Margaret Mason, who’s operated a business in Preston for almost fifty-five years.

Upon winning the special recognition awards, Margaret, who was visibly moved said: ‘I am speechless, I didn’t expect to win but I am thrilled.  It’s a team effort and I thank all my team for all their hard work, it’s a lovely thing to have been awarded and I am very, very grateful’.

Mark Whittle, from Preston BID which organises the competition said: ‘The businesses in Preston city centre consistently offer outstanding service, and the ‘Smiles Better’ awards are our way honouring these people and organisations.  It’s their efforts that keep people returning to our city centre time and time again, and for that, we thank them’.

Keith Mitchell, manager of the Fishergate Shopping Centre, said: “The large amount of votes cast is a tribute to all the great customer-focused work being carried out by staff in Preston’s shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.

“This positive response to the awards from the general public again highlights Preston’s growing and deserved reputation as a vibrant shopping and visitor destination that delivers fantastic levels of service.

“We’re very pleased to be backing this initiative which shows why Preston really is Smiles Better and recognises and rewards those people whose efforts make our city centre the special place it is.”

General manager at rSt George’s Shopping Cente, Andrew Stringer, said: “The Smiles Better Awards are a great way to recognise the hard work and efforts of the city’s customer services teams.

“The amount of votes cast reflects the exceptional service these teams deliver. Everyone who has been nominated does an excellent job in promoting Preston – we couldn’t operate without them.”

The prizes will be handed out at an invitation only ceremony on Tuesday 21st June, hosted by Radio’s John Gillmore and Danny Bee.

Click here for Official Finalists

Vibe Tickets #VOOM Round 1 & Heading To The Pitchathon

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It’s over! And Vibe Tickets finished in a VERY impressive 9th position. They just wanted to say thank you for your support throughout the whole competition. Over 2000 people voted for them, and they are SO grateful of each and every single vote-  Vibe Tickets mission is to #OutTheTout and they know so many of their followers, and people worldwide have been affected by this and so they are campaigning for CHANGE!

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HOWEVER, it isn’t over yet! The public vote may be done, but there are still more rounds we have to get through before they can Pitch To Rich! The Pitchathon starts next week- This will be a 29-hour, live-streamed attempt at a Guinness World Record! The 40 entrepreneurs with the most impressive pitches will be taken through to the next round… They are working hard on there pitch at Vibe Tickets HQ so they can get closer to pitching to Rich, and explaining to  him why so many of their fans need their help! Vibe Tickets are really passionate about helping as many fans as possible and beating ticket touts so that the secondary market is changed for the better. Every day we see stories in the media of tickets being sold for thousands of pounds, or fans being ripped off after being sold fake tickets….this isn’t how the industry should work and they are here to disrupt and change this.

They really hope you keep supporting them throughout the rest of the #VOOM Pitch To Rich competition and that your support will help to see them through RIGHT till the end!! We’ll keep you informed…but in the meantime keep spreading the #GoodVibes of Vibe Tickets!!

Our friends at Glovers Bar are up for multiple awards!

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Our friends at Glovers are excited to have a number of nominations in the It Smiles Better Awards 2016!

Vote for them here: http://bit.ly/1Vmdm88

They are up for the prestigious ‘Preston’s ‘Bar of the Year’ and Preston’s ‘Club of the Year’

Their wonderful members of staff are also up for individual awards including:

 

Sophie McBride – ‘Best Customer Service in a Leisure Business’?

Her quirky charm, endless energy and never-ending smile Sophie is the shining star in the customer service award category.

Jay Whalley – ‘Entertainer of the Year?

The man defined not only by his ever-evolving musical style,but also his numerous hairstyles! He has kept at the cutting edge of his craft and always leaves the crowds wanting more.

Chelsea Chard – ‘Leisure Manager of the Year’?

Chelsea deserves your vote for her passion and drive in the hospitality industry, her wholehearted leadership and being one of the consistent managers in the city’s nightlife scene.

Rob Binns – ‘Outstanding Achievement in Leisure’?

Rob started out in 1991 as a promoter, he then started putting events on in many of the city’s venues and creating iconic venues of the past including Mystic Productions, Cheeky Monkey, Browns, Truth; and 25 years later with Glovers. Rob is a very worthy contender in the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Leisure’

Vibe Tickets enters #VOOM Pitch To Rich!

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Vibe Tickets has entered the #VOOM Pitch To Rich competition this year, to be in with a chance to pitch their idea to Richard Branson, and win £50,000 to go towards improving the product, £250,000 for a marketing budget which will hugely help with Vibe’s efforts in continuing the #OutTheTout campaign and connecting more fans worldwide.

The Pitch To Rich competition gives Vibe a great platform to shout about the work they’ve been doing so far, and allows more fans to learn about the services Vibe Tickets can offer them. The exposure and support from Virgin Business could provide Vibe with a bigger audience to help and build the community- the more people using Vibe, the less people have to use secondary ticket sites that rip them off, and charge hugely inflated prices.

They are currently at position 10 in the rankings! They have had great support so far from fans, but they need to keep sharing and voting till they are at Number 1!! If you want to #VoteForVibe, and help them help more fans around the world then please vote here and share with them on social media!!

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Welcome to the Cotton Court team, Ella!

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Hello everyone, I’m Ella Worthy, Cotton Court’s Business Centre Administrator, and I can’t wait to get going and explore even into the ins and outs of everything that’s going on in and around the building.
I began my journey with Cotton Court a few days ago and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment so far. I have prior experience of working within office environments through working as a digital marketing assistant and as an administration and accounts assistant at a nursery. I also have a level Three Diploma in Social Media and Digital Marketing for Business and three A-levels.
I am no stranger to Cotton Court as I have attended many courses and have even taken part in the studio’s camera club on several occasions.
I feel like I have really slotted well into the team and so far Amy and Jon have really helped me understand the business as a whole. I’m really looking forward to working with Amy on the accounts as this is something I take a keen interest in.
Outside of my the office bubble, I have been an adult leader for Girlguiding at St Andrews Brownies and Guides for just over five years and my love of the outdoors has made me a keen photographer.

Scouts now bigger than ever in Lancashire!!

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West Lancashire Scouts are celebrating becoming bigger than they have ever been, after enjoying their 12th consecutive year of growth. After becoming the 8th largest Scout County in the UK in 2015, West Lancashire Scouts have continued to grow and now number 12,769 members in total, making them become bigger than at any point in a history which spans more than 100 years.

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The recently released census data shows that West Lancashire Scouts have grown in every one of their youth sections for girls and boys aged 6-25 years old. Over 9,500 young people are benefitting from Scouting in 154 Scout groups across West Lancashire which provide a varied programme of fun, challenge and adventure to support young people develop their social skills, make friends and enjoy new experiences together, with activities ranging from archery and camping to rock climbing and kayaking. The growth of Scouting is also benefiting communities across West Lancashire as Scouting has experienced nearly 10% growth in its teenage provision through Explorer Scouts and has recruited 183 new Young Leaders, aged 14-18, who volunteer their own time to have a positive impact on their communities as well as enjoying the Explorer Scouting programme.

Growth isn’t just about numbers though, and West Lancashire Scouts are celebrating becoming a more diverse organisation as female membership has grown by 9% and this is a success story seen across the country as female members now make up 25% of the movement nationally. Ellie Baker, 17 from Chorley, said, “Scouting has helped me so much by building my confidence. There is so much on offer for girls and boys. On my visit to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015 my friends and I met people from all over the world, and worked together learning more about each other as well as how to look after ourselves and each other.”

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And its not just young people that are enjoying the fun, challenge and adventure of Scouting as adult membership has grown across all eight districts in the Scout County, showing that Scouting has something to offer for everyone. Carl Hankinson, Lead Volunteer for West Lancashire Scouts, said, “I am proud to be part of a successful organisation which is growing. Scouting is making itself more accessible in many parts of Lancashire and aims to grow further by welcoming more adults and young people, and becoming as diverse as the communities it serves.”

 

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said:

“I am super proud to see so many young people and adults learning new life skills, and achieving personal rewards through Scouting in the UK.  I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise across the UK, especially the numbers of girls.

What I’m most pleased about is that Scouts across the UK are putting their time in to helping their local communities. Through our A Million Hands campaign we are pledging one million hands to supporting four of the biggest social issues currently facing the UK and the wider world, but we can’t do it on our own. We want all young people to come and give Scouting a try and to get involved. This is how we can all play a vital role in shaping tomorrow’s world for the better.

 

WLS – Wildest Beach Party Ever to celebrate #Cubs100

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Cub Scouts and volunteers from around the city and region have, yesterday, held the Wildest Beach Party Ever to celebrate one-hundred years of Cub Scouting.
The party, held exclusively at Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Saturday, was a great way to kick off the year of celebrations by having fun and meeting up with nearly 8,000 Cub Scouts from across the UK.
Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10½ years old. Over 150,000 Cubs take part in life-changing adventure every week, with the help and support of adult volunteers, up and down the Country by providing an inspiring programme of everyday adventure. Over 200 different activities, including adventure camps, climbing and water zorbing are on offer.
The Cubs were able to have exclusive use of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which boasts top attractions such as ‘The Big One’ which is the UK’s tallest and fastest roller coaster standing at 235 feet. The exclusive event meant that Cub Scouts from west lancs scouts were able to ride on all their favourite attractions as many times as they liked before gathering together for a World Record Attempt by the Guinness Book Of World Records of the most people singing “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands!”.

 

Ethan, part of 1st Broughton Cubs in Preston, Lancashire said “I joined for the fun and adventure! I’ve met loads of new friends”.
David, who led the Cub Scouts to Blackpool Pleasure Beach said “It’s the Satisfaction of seeing girls and boys developing their start in lives”.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said “I’m super proud that Cubs Scouts from West Lancs Scouts are getting out and about to take part in the Wildest Beach Party Ever at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It’s great that nearly 8,000 Cub Scouts from all over the UK are getting together to celebrate our centenary. This will be one of the biggest celebrations that Scouting will see this year. I am so proud of all the Cub Scouts and all of the volunteers who give them so much fun, challenge and life changing adventure every week”
Cubs 100 aims to provide 150,000 Cub Scouts with the opportunity to get involved with the Widest Birthday Ever! experience, allowing them to create new friendships and memories throughout the year.
The Scout Association hopes that Cubs 100 will help to increase the number of adult volunteers by raising the profile and understanding of the impact of Cub Scouts today, including how the Movement helps to build and develop a young person’s character, resilience, leadership and responsibility.
More broadly, the Movement continues to grow year-on-year and remains on track to open new Scout groups in the UK’s 200 most deprived areas by 2018, the majority providing

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.

PRESTFEST SHOWS CITY CENTRE CAN DELIVER A PARTY!

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Preston turned purple on Saturday night as thousands of people descended on the Flag Market for Preston Business Improvement District’s (BID) ‘Purple Party’.

The event, organised to highlight the city’s award-winning status as a Purple Flag destination, saw people come to Preston to enjoy a free, live gig before experiencing the best of what the city has to offer. Official figures saw 3,018 people enjoy the event, across the course of the evening.

Headline performances from Craig Charles and MistaJam, supported by local DJ Nick Carter, created a celebratory atmosphere on the city’s Flag Market as they performed from the Harris Museum balcony.

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BID manager, Mark Whittle, said:  “The premise was to attract people to Preston for a special event, encourage them to visit our bars, clubs and restaurants, and even stay in our hotels, before and after the event.

“It’s the first large scale, free to attend event of this nature anywhere in the North West, which celebrates and promotes a city’s leisure sector by throwing a party for people.”

Party-goers were treated to a two-hour, live full production show, following a welcome from the SPARK! Drummers, GlowBots, carnival showgirls, stilt-walkers, fire eaters and more.

Those applying for tickets were predominately from Lancashire but some had traveled from locations including Leeds, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Inverness.

One of them, Sally Walsh (32), from Leeds, said: “As soon as we heard about this event we had to go; it was amazing, using a beautiful building like a museum to throw a party for so many people and for it to be free of charge was fabulous. We traveled down from Carlisle and are making a weekend of it in Preston; we’ve had a great time and will come back.”

Andrea Mellon, owner of Duk~Pond on Cross Street and a member of the BID Committee, added: “It was a great night, events like this are really important to show people what Preston has to offer – that it’s got something for everyone as well as being safe and vibrant.

“Preston does have a great offer post-5pm and so many people arriving in our great city and supporting our local economy was fantastic; I hope it’s a regular event.”

Check out the video thats ben produced by RTR Digital

 

Vibe Tickets family expands with new recruit Emily

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Clients Vibe Tickets have a new member of team who is going to be managing our Social Media and PR side of things.

Emily comes from a Marketing and PR background, focusing on mainly fashion (so look out for the Pinterest fashion tips: Best festival outfits!) and has worked with different companies including luxury fashion brands and recruitment companies, but has more recently been working with Vibe on an overall marketing approach for the business. Emily has got some exciting new ideas and plans for the Vibe community including more competitions, blogger takeovers and partnering with some well-known brands to bring the Vibe users some great collaborations.

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Emily joined Vibe because she is passionate about making a change in this industry- she has seen how ticket touts have slowly become more and more aggressive in their approach throughout the music industry and wants to help the fans get access to what they deserve:

‘Through working with Vibe, I have seen an overwhelming amount of truly passionate and avid fans of so many different music types and artists, that actually cant go and see their favourite artist because tickets are so hard to get hold of, and a lot of the time, hugely expensive. I want to shout about Vibe, and get the recognition it deserves which in turn will help the fans and the secondary ticket market”

She will be the #VoiceofVibe on all our social media channels, so make sure you are following for the latest news, updates and competitions that Vibe will be putting on throughout the year! We have a variety of new, exciting social platforms coming in 2016 such as Pinterest, which has just launched and Periscope which will be coming soon. Also, make sure you download the Vibe Tickets app, as we will have some new exciting and exclusive content on there soon! ‪onelink.to/usxeeb