Cotton Court Business Centre




Have I got human rights for you

The thing about Human Rights is it protects humans. That means everybody…  not merely the people the Tories deci de are human. – Marcus Chown

The newly installed government are looking at replacing the existing Human Rights Act. You can’t avoid reading about this, it ‘s everywhere we look.

So what’s it all about? Is the HRA as the media often portrays it a “Villain’s charter” a ‘Get out of jail free card’ for the twenty tens?’  Well not really, rights of humans aren’t a new thing, the individual rights of people here in England originate back to the signing of Magna Carta some 800 years ago at Runnymede by Richard the Lion-heart. Since then we have seen the modern Human Rights legislation passed following the atrocities of the Second World War and the HRA as we know it receiving royal ascent here to allow us to try cases on UK soil in 1998.

Human rights information which often interlaces my presentations has all been gathered from reliable sources, published works and the newspapers.

Thanks has to go as far as legitimate resources are concerned to Edexcel’s brilliant qualification based learning on the Use of force, vast  input from my mentor on the subject of the use of force Mark Dawes, and my bedfellows and driving companions; Michael Mansfield QC, Professor Gary Slapperand the world renowned human rights lawyer John Wadham  (Amazon, iTunes and Waterstones receipts are entirely legitimate and tax deductible business expenses).

Answering queries on self-defence, pupil restraint, the searching of prisoners and which holds are safe to use with the infirm or vulnerable has over the years become a bit of a speciality for me.

“Do certain types of restraint amount to torture?” or, “If we do defend ourselves against an attacker and they are injured, then
have we breached his or her human rights?


Questions like these are brilliant introductions which immediately seize the attention of others in the group. This allows me a public platform (something which the new charter aims to restrict further) to convey, in a language which frontline people, management & health and safety professionals alike can understand, the ways in which the law can be interpreted. Regularly I find immense job satisfaction when I can see that by passing on this information, people are empowered in their job-roles, enlightened with the facts and more often than not along the way I find I dispel a few myths, misconceptions and well, massive untruths.

Within this short 11 minute video which I have taken from a seminar I delivered at Cheshire Police HQ earlier this year is my interpretation of the HRA in relation to restraint and the use of force in general. Absolute and qualified rights are explained and without these safeguards in place I do worry if the interests of the vulnerable will be prioritised in this new charter at all.

Surely before a complete repeal, it would make sense to weigh up the alternatives, the motives for the choices that have been made and their associated consequences? Is there actually anything wrong with the law? Wouldn’t it make sense first to consider implementing;

A better awareness of the law within counter-terror, the police and in government departments, both central and local?
Improved information sharing and communication channels between these departments?
Let’s say we don’t? We give the cold shoulder to Europe and we blank a constitution, established over centuries which has been built on the sacrifices of others. Turning on our heels we throw it all away and get the first bus home? Well for the children, elderly and vulnerable members of society, it could be a long, scary walk back to say the least.

Client Success Story – EJT Associates

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One of our newest clients, EJT Associates, are going from strength to strength having secured a number of high profile contracts including Transport for London, Babcock International, Bank of New York Mellon, Keolis Amey and the London Fire Brigade.

EJT Associates Ltd is specialist provider of resilience, health and wellbeing services to a range of organisations. Their“fitforlife” brand has been specifically designed to support your resilience, health and wellbeing by delivering a range of bespoke fitforlife events including the provision of Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Personal Trainers and Nutritionists.

Russell Francis said “I am delighted to announce our new office at Cotton Court Business Centre, Preston after working from my home address for the past two years. Now in our second month of tenancy we find the building, the support and the staff to be exactly what we require in order to run our business.”

EJT are passionate in designing and providing the right event for your organisation and staff alike.
For further information on our services please visit: / or call us on 01772 508110.

3ManFactory create video to get brands thinking!

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We first spotted this in the days running up to Lancashire Business View’s Young ‘Uns Awards. Low and behold we didn’t realise the advert lead to this very clever video from the team.

Marketing on Fleek from 3ManFactory on Vimeo.

Need to connect your brand with 18-30s or teens? Want to build brand awareness, get your products or services in front of them, or attract the best and brightest talent?

3ManFactory are experienced in delivering high performance cross-platform marketing strategies and campaigns to engage and excite youth demographics.

Our sectors specialisms include: education, fashion, technology, entertainment and consumer.

So if your brand needs to be in front of Generation Y, Z, Millennials or teens, get your marketing right or rather, on fleek. Get in touch with 3ManFactory today.

Great Reasons To Consider Co-Working Space With Us

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1. No Guilt

Resorting to hourly coffee purchases might be the best way to avoid glares from café employees after you plunk yourself down for an eight-hour work day at one of their tables. But you don’t have to feel guilty about working at a co-working space. You can plug in your laptop and take that phone call without the guilt of breaking the vibe.

desk space up2. Meet Potential Clients

Co-working spaces offer loads of opportunities for collaboration. Many of our clients talk about how they been working together on projects, sharing the workload and outsourcing to each other.

3. The Office Set Up

The desk chair can be a seriously under-appreciated piece of office equipment unless you are forced to leave it behind. Co-working allows you to enjoy desk chairs (with wheels and back support!) as well as enough desk room to spread out all of your computer equipment, papers, and work utensils. At Cotton Court, once you stake out a spot on a desk, you’re welcome to leave your things there overnight so that you can pick up right where you left off in the morning.

4. Network Without Trying

You could meet dozens of people with interesting projects by simply working alongside them during the day. We also know everybody’s business and enjoy nothing more than making introductions between people who might be able to help each other.about5. Legitimate Meeting Space

Although you might be comfortable working from home, it’s hardly a place that you’d like to invite clients. Belonging to a co-working space allows access to meeting & conference rooms, which can lend some credibility to your business meetings. Cotton Court has a meeting & conference space ranging from 4 to 100 people. Try pulling that off in your kitchen!

6. Learn Something

As a member pf our co-working space, you will be first to know about events, training courses and seminars that we deliver in partnership with networking groups such as Downtown in Business & Lancashire Business View, plus local colleges and businesses.

UCLan Partners With tenants 3ManFactory

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Leading University Entrusts Preston Agency With Supporting Their Marketing Team

3ManFactory have continued their fantastic start to 2015 by securing a contract with the University of Central Lancashire. The work was awarded after an intense tender process that covered producing a variety of work including promotional video and a full digital campaign, with the process culminating in a formal presentation. Despite tough competition from national agencies they secured a place as one of a small number of agencies supporting the Universities marketing team.

UCLan now has over 32,000 students and is in the top 1% of universities worldwide for international students. Their marketing team not only have to look at areas such as undergraduate and postgraduate recruitment and retention but also liaising and partnering with business and industry. This wide audience means work will no doubt be challenging but equally exciting and rewarding.

They have been working with UCLan for a number of years already having delivered many lectures and workshops, developed brand concepts and designed websites for projects and schools across the University but this new contract will really deepen that relationship. 3ManFactory know first hand their high standards, and as UCLan looks to push forward with with their own plans for the future, they feel this sits nicely with their own future plans and business growth.

We wish them the best of luck!


We Add Cycle Storage Facility

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We now offer a safe place for staff & customers to store their bikes with our new storage facilities. We are looking to encourage more people to cycle to work with the new cycle storage, as cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK – and after the success of the British leg of the Tour de France, no doubt a new wave of cyclists will be inspired.

Working with local family run business, Broadgate Cycles in Penwortham, we have equipped the area with safe secure racks for people to locate and lock their bikes too, which is also in a secure locked area for extra peace of mind.

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Why did we look to provide cycle storage?

We noticed an increase in visitors enquiring and also arriving on their bikes, we thought it was only right to provide them with somewhere safe to keep their bike. With Preston’s Guild wheel on our doorstep as well as a host of other cycle paths and routes, we are very much at the heart of the national cycle network it has made us extremely accessible for cyclists.

What is the Guild Wheel? 

A 21 miles of greenway around Preston opened to celebrate the 2012 Guild. The new route circles Preston, linking the city to the countryside and river. Highlights of the route include the section of the route along the river from Preston Docks to Brockholes Nature Reserve by the M6.

This circular cycling and walking route takes you on a tour of the parks, rivers, docklands and countryside around Preston in Lancashire. Route highlights include the delightful Avenham park with its riverside gardens and a stretch along the Riversway Docklands and Marina. There are also long waterside sections along the River Ribble and a visit to the peaceful Brockholes Nature Reserve.

To find out about all cycling routes in Preston please visit Lancashire County Council – cycle routes in Preston. We have also added a number of popular cycling routes in Preston, which can be downloaded from the documents section.

We would like to thank Dave Butcher & Dave Wilson from Broadgate Cycles in Penwortham for all their help and assistance and to working with them closely in the future.

Who are Broadgate Cycles?

They care passionately about every element of their business, your cycling requirements and the community. This passion has been in their DNA since we opened our doors in 1950.

Broadgate Cycles is popular with professional athletes, club cyclists and cycle enthusiasts looking for performance bikes. A quick view of their website and you can see some of the leading specialist brands they have in stock. In addition, David Wilson, a co-owner, has a UK reputation for his technical engineering ability and is on hand all week to offer advice on the real serious stuff.



The Latest from our Studio!

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The team at Cotton Studios have been busy these past few weeks working on tons of exciting projects!

Family Photoshoots

We have introduced some fantastic new offers for our customers, including family photoshoots with canvas, prints and DVD montage for only £35!

Sports Clubs

We are also working with local sports clubs to provide portraits of their club members , we have created stunning photos with highly competitive packages to suit everyone.

Prom Season

Plus, with prom season fast approaching we have been doing we’re busy planning loads of exciting things. We’ve created tons of packages for schools and colleges that include key-rings, portrait photos, photo-booths and much more!

And of course, we still have our Studio Sessions photography club running every Thursday and we are always on the look out for models and photographers.

If you are interested in getting involved with any of our work, give them a call on 01772 367500.

Team Attend the Red Rose Awards

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The Cotton Court team enjoyed a night at the Red Rose Awards in Blackpool. More than 1,000 celebrated at the sell-out event, with 24 businesses collecting specially crafted trophies to mark their exceptional business performance.

The winners, along with five firms which were highly commended in their categories, were cheered on by a capacity audience of more than 1,100 – filling the vast Winter Gardens’ Empress Ballroom.

The twitter campaign, backed by, had the #RRA15 hashtag trending UK-wide, bringing the eyes of the twittersphere to Lancashire.

It was the fifth time the Red Rose Awards had been held, which coincided with the tenth anniversary of Lancashire Business View, the magazine behind the event.

BBC Radio Lancashire host Graham Liver compered the evening, whilst Burnley businessman and TV star Dave Fishwick providing the voiceover.

Headline sponsors for the event were Forbes Solicitors and Barclays. Our friends 3ManFactory sponsored the Green Business Award.  Entertainment included Lancashire-based international opera singer Sean Ruane backed by the BAE Systems MAI Choir, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and the Ian Hooper Band.

Full list of winners:

Online Business of the Year sponsored by Lloyd Blackpool BMW

Finalists –

  • Chard (1964)
  • iflorist
  • EkmPowershop
  • Personnel Checks
  • The Hot Tub Superstore

WINNER – ekmPowershop, Darwen

Skills Provider Award sponsored by Ascentis

Finalists –

  • Access Ability CIC
  • Themis at Burnley College
  • Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Colossal Training
  • Training 2000
  • WEC Group

WINNER – Themis at Burnley College, Burnley

Rural Business of the Year

Finalists –

  • Cedar Farm
  • Farm Creative
  • Ginger Recruitment Services
  • Potters Barn
  • The Cartford Inn

WINNER – Farm Creative, Billsborrow

Green Business Award sponsored by 3ManFactory

Finalists –

  • Acorn Cleaners
  • Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Carbon Footprint Experts Lighting
  • Crowberry Consulting
  • Neales Waste Management
  • The Low Carbon Energy Company

 WINNER – The Low Carbon Energy Company, Burnley


Not-for-profit Business of the Year

Finalists –

  • Caritas Care
  • Incredible Edible Rossendale
  • Lancashire Community Finance
  • Lancashire Sport Partnership
  • Spring into Action CIC
  • The Foxton Centre

WINNER – The Foxton Centre, Preston

Customer Service Award sponsored by Napthens Solicitors

Finalists –

  • BAKO North Western
  • Gold Medal Travel Group
  • Lakeview Rest Homes
  • Lloyd Motors
  • Primary Teaching Services
  • StoneHouse Logic

WINNER – StoneHouse Logic, Clayton le Moors

New Business of the Year sponsored by Business & Enterprise Trust

Finalists –

  • Ascent Scaffolding UK
  • Bertram’s Restaurant
  • CliniCall CiC
  • Praetura Asset Finance
  • Ruby & Daisy
  • WECJet

WINNER – Ruby & Daisy, Rossendale


International Achievement Award sponsored by Cassons

Finalists –

  • Andrew Porter
  • ekmPowershop
  • Group55
  • iflorist
  • Natures Aid
  • Tangerine Holdings

WINNER – Natures Aid, Preston

Innovation of the Year sponsored by Preston’s College

Finalists –

  • Andrew Porter
  • Azotic Technologies
  • Khans Quality Foods
  • Morow
  • OneFit Software
  • Prefix Systems


WINNER – Morow, Nelson

Growing Business of the Year sponsored by Boost Business Lancashire

Finalists –

  • Bertram’s Restaurant
  • Carbon Footprint Experts Lighting
  • Colossal Training
  • MAC Clinical Research
  • MendIT
  • Service Care Solutions

WINNER – Service Care Solutions, Preston

Creative Sector Business of the Year sponsored by Peter Scott Printers

Finalists –

  • Academy Print & Design (UK)
  • Bigtank Productions
  • Creativeworld
  • Cuffe and Taylor
  • Fat Media
  • We Love PR


WINNER – Cuffe and Taylor, Preston

Retail Business of the Year sponsored by 2BR and The Bee

Finalists –

  • Cakes by Ruth
  • Freeport Fleetwood
  • Khans Quality Foods
  • Leonard Dews Jewellers
  • Ruby & Daisy
  • The Ink Squid

WINNER – Freeport, Fleetwood

Tourism and Leisure Business of the Year sponsored by Marketing Lancashire

Finalists –

  • After Dark Entertainment
  • Crow Wood Leisure
  • Gold Medal Travel Group
  • Seafood Pub Company
  • Sunshine Events UK
  • Winter Gardens Blackpool

WINNER – Crow Wood Leisure, Burnley

Construction Business of the Year sponsored by Just Construction & Property Networking

Finalists –

  • Anderton Gables
  • Ascent Scaffolding UK
  • Bryan Lee Building Contractors
  • Lea Hough Chartered Surveyors
  • Prefix Systems
  • Truemans (Holdings)

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Truemans (Holdings)

WINNER – Prefix Systems, Blackburn

Engineering Business of the Year sponsored by BAE Systems

Finalists –

  • BCW Engineering
  • CoolKit Limited
  • Hardy Services
  • Merc Engineering
  • PDS Engineering
  • WECJet

WINNER – PDS Engineering, Nelson

Health and Care Business of the Year sponsored by North West Coast Academic Health Science Network

Finalists –

  • Lakeview Rest Homes
  • MAC Clinical Research
  • Mosaic Community Care
  • Physiofusion
  • Springhill Care
  • Stocks Hall Nursing & Care Group

WINNER – MAC Clinical Research, Blackpool

Legal Business of the Year sponsored by Allied Lighting

Finalists –

  • Farleys Solicitors
  • Harrison Drury solicitors
  • JFS
  • Napthens Solicitors
  • Taylors

WINNER – Joseph Frasier Solicitors, Blackburn

Manufacturing Business of the Year sponsored by Barclays

Finalists –

  • CoolKit
  • Khans Quality Foods
  • Laila’s Fine Foods
  • Prefix Systems
  • REM (UK)
  • Woodscape


WINNER – Prefix Systems, Blackburn

Property Business of the Year sponsored by Slatescape

Finalists –

  • Aldrock Surveyors
  • Anderton Gables
  • Cassidy + Ashton
  • Cleanall Services
  • Lantei Compliance Services
  • Lea Hough Chartered Surveyors

WINNER – Anderton Gables, Preston

Financial Services Business of the Year sponsored by Financial Affairs

Finalists –

  • Beever and Struthers
  • Cassons
  • KR Group
  • Marsden Building Society
  • PM+M Solutions For Business
  • XLCR Vehicle Management

WINNER – Marsden Building Society, Nelson

Employer of the Year sponsored by Four Recruitment

  • Clayton Recruitment
  • Danbro
  • Lanway
  • Pennine Events
  • Primary Teaching Services
  • The Foxton Centre

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Primary Teaching Services

WINNER – Danbro, Lytham

Family Business of the Year sponsored by Laura Hartley Recruitment

Finalists –

  • Chorley Group
  • Cummins Mellor Recruitment
  • Laila’s Fine Foods
  • The Hot Tub Superstore
  • Trilanco
  • Woodscape

WINNER – The Chorley Group, Chorley

Small Business of the Year sponsored by FSB

Finalists –

  • Chard (1964)
  • Colossal Training
  • Gconnect
  • Group55
  • Sous Vide Tools
  • Tufties Hair & Beauty

WINNER – Tufties Hair and Beauty, Rossendale

Medium Business of the Year sponsored by Businesswise Solutions

Finalists –

  • CoolKit
  • ekmPowershop
  • Prefix Systems
  • Service Care Solutions
  • The Hot Tub Superstore
  • Trilanco

WINNER – Prefix Systems, Blackburn

Large Business of the Year sponsored by Forbes Solicitors

Finalists –

  • Gold Medal Travel Group
  • KR Group
  • Laila’s Fine Foods
  • Simon Jersey
  • Springhill Care
  • Winter Gardens Blackpool

WINNER – Simon Jersey, Accrington

Publisher’s Award
Winner – Truemans (Holdings), Padiham


From Lancashire Business View

Image courtesy of 3Man Factory 

Cotton Court Christmas Party in Aid of Barnardos

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On Friday 5th December it was the annual Cotton Court Christmas Party held 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.

We offered guests a free bar, buffet and live music and asked them in return to bring a gift or a small donation for Barnardos.

Barnardo’s is a British charity founded by Thomas John Barnardo in 1866, to care for vulnerable children and young people. As of 2013, it spends over £191 million each year on more than 800 local services, aimed at helping these same groups. It is the UK’s largest children’s charity, in terms of charitable expenditure. Today, Barnardo’s 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. The charity works to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people, and aims to enable them to fulfil their potential.

You can find out more about the work of Barnardos on their website or by following them on Twitter @barnardos

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Finally, we would also like to say thank you to Jay and the team from East Z East, who provided the catering, Dani Gallagher, who kept our audience entertained; and to Chelsea and all the staff at Glovers bar for looking after us and making sure the event was a success.

DIB – Lancashire Business Awards 2014

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Downtown Lancashire in Business in association with Boost Business Lancashire, Bowker BMW, Hays Recruitment, Preston’s College, Champion Accountants and UCLan hosted a SELL OUT Lancashire Business Awards 2014 at the marvellous Stanley House Hotel on Thursday 13th November 2014.

The big winners on the night were Jeff Taylor from Hays, who took the award for best CEO, Our very own Robert Binns who took the Business Personality gong and Ruth Connor from Marketing Lancashire deservedly winning the Contribution to Lancashire award.


Frank McKenna chief executive of Downtown in Business commented: “The Lancashire Business Awards have become a key part of the calendar in the region and it’s great to see so many different types of companies involved.

“These are companies and individuals who have made immense contributions to making the Lancashire region a great place to do business, and I’d like to convey my congratulations to all the winners.”

The full list of winners for the Lancashire Business Awards 2014 were:

Award Winner Sponsor
Networker of the Year – Male Mark Jones – Jones Corporate Stanley House Hotel
Networker of the Year – Female Lisa Edge – Preston’s College Obas UK
Best Social Media Presence of the Year Garratt’s Insurance 3ManFactory
Best Employer of the Year Preston’s College Geason
Best Employee of the Year Katie Beckham – The Write Angle High Performance Consultancy
Best PR & Marketing Agency of the Year Freshfield Champion Accountants
Best Digital Agency of the Year 3ManFactory Cotton Court
Best Newcomer of the Year Howdan Marketing Boost Business Lancashire
Best Legal Company of the Year Harrison Drury Jones Corporate
Best Business Bank of the Year NatWest UCLan
Best Accountancy Firm of the Year PM&M Lancashire Business View
Best Property Business of the Year Conlon Construction James’ Places
Best Hospitality Venue of the Year Italian Orchard Restaurant Hays Recruitment
Best Hotel of the Year Tickled Trout Hotel Bowker
Best Business of the Year Logma Systems Design Preston’s College
CEO Award Jeff Taylor – Hays Recruitment DLIB
Business Personality Rob Binns – Cotton Court DLIB
Contribution to Lancashire Ruth Connor – Marketing Lancashire DLIB