Cotton Court Business Centre


Christmas Party Promotional Video

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This year we thought to help promote our Christmas Party for Derian House we would put together a quick promotional video! All the team invite you on behalf of all the businesses at Cotton Court Business Centre to our annual Christmas party at Glovers Bar on Friday 6th December.

We’ll lay on a complimentary bar and buffet alongside live music from 6pm – late.

The event is free of charge; all we ask is that you bring a gift we can donate to our chosen charity Derian House Families & Friends, a Lancashire based children’s hospice.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please register via:

Lancashire Business Awards goes with a Bang!

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Leading companies, business owners and entrepreneurs from across the county were rewarded for outstanding efforts in a range of sectors at a glittering awards ceremony at the spectacular Stanley House hotel last night.

Downtown hosted its annual Lancashire Business Awards in association with Bowker BMW and Lancashire Life, where Michael Finnigan from i2i and Preston College Principal Lis Smith were among the winners at the sell out event.


Our very own Jon Nutten presented Donna Beckett of Beckett & Co with Best use of Social Media. He successfully didn’t trip or fall on his way to the stage! Our table received a number of awards with Lis Smith Principal of Preston college and also Giullio Braganini for his new venue Stratos the Cocktail bar & Italian tapas restaurant


Networker of the Year sponsored by Downtown Lancashire in Business

Ryan Gibson – The Write Angle
Sarah Warren – UCLan

Best use of Social Media sponsored by Cotton Cort
Donna Beckett – Beckett & Co. Solicitors

Employer of the Year sponsored by Champion Accountants
Magma Digital

Best PR and Marketing Agency sponsored by Preston’s College
Kara Rose PR

Best Digital Agency sponsored by Blackburn College
Fat Media

Best Newcomer sponsored by East Z East
Lantei Compliance Services

Best Legal Company sponsored by Jones Corporate
Forbes Solicitors

Best Financial Firm/Business Bank sponsored by Obas UK
Bibby Financial Services

Best Accountancy Firm sponsored by Red Star Wealth Management
Champion Accountants

Best Property Firm sponsored by 4Site Projects
Conlon Construction

Best Hospitality Venue sponsored by Hays Recruitment

Best Hotel sponsored by Lancashire Life
The Tickled Trout

Business of the Year sponsored by Bowker Motor Group

Woman of the Year sponsored by UCLan
Debbie Pettitt – Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors

Man of the Year sponsored by Stanley House
Michael Finnigan – i2i

Chief Executives Awards sponsored by Downtown Lancashire in Business
Bowker Motor Group

Contribution to Lancashire sponsored by Lancashire Life
Lis Smith – Preston’s College



A close friend to the Business Centre Daisy provided the evenings entertainment with a great stage performance. Her soulful voice accompanied by acoustic guitar, sax and cahon created a chilled sounds with an old school twist influenced by Sam Cooke, Melody Gardot, Paulo Nutini, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley and Motown.

Parts of this story has been taken from Downtown in Business Blog. Lancashire Business Awards 2013 Blog

Cotton Court Annual Christmas Party 2013

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On behalf of all the businesses at Cotton Court we’d like to invite you to our annual Christmas party at Glovers Bar on Friday 6th December. We’ll lay on a complimentary bar and buffet alongside live music from 6pm – late. The event is free of charge; all we ask is that you bring a gift we can donate to our chosen charity Derian House, a Lancashire based children’s hospice. We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Winckley Square Christmas Hangout

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The ever popular Winckley Square Business Hangout is back again thanks to Preston City Centre’s Business Improvement District (BID). Inviting businesses from across Lancashire to network in the gorgeous splendor of Preston’s Winckley Square.

Sponsored by Santander the under-cover networking event will be serving a light supper, together with a glass of something fizzy!

The ever popular Winckley Square washing line will be in full force….. If you’re great at architecture or web-design, think you’re the best legal eagle in the area, or manufacture some mean products, simply write it down and hang it up for all to see.

Similarly, if you’re looking to secure services or purchase products locally and want a good deal, pin that up too.

DATE: Wednesday 4th December
TIME: 4pm – 6pm
LOCATION: Revolution Bar, Preston
TO BOOK: with your company and the name of your representatives (max of two per company) For more information please call 01772 653 000


Apprenticeships and placement event with One Connect LTD

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One Connect Limited are hosting another apprenticeships and placement event with us. It will again highlight the benefits of working with One Connect Limited and how your team of business can be supported in a risk free and cost efficient way to meet your workforce planning needs.


An advisor from the National Apprenticeship service will be on hand so you can find out how your business could benefit from up to £15,000 in grants to support your recruiting young talent into your company. Also find out how you could benefit from free training for your existing staff.


Hear from a local company about the benefits they found from recruiting a young person with the support of One Connect Limited.

The event is on the 14th November running between 5:30 – 7:30pm with refreshments and buffet.

To attend please: Register here or email:

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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





Supermarket chain Morrisons opening new store

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Supermarket chain Morrisons are opening a new store on Blackpool Road in Preston.

The work for the new store is well underway and is due to be open in the next few weeks. The new store has created hundreds of new jobs, and we have hosted their interviews here at Cotton Court for the last three weeks.

They have first week was a very interactive group interview stage, then successful candidates were invited back for individual interviews over weeks two and three.

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Amongst the candidates were some of our client’s from Remploy and all of us here at Cotton Court would like to wish them the best of luck that their applications have been successful.

The chain, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket company, has previously announced its intention to create dozens more smaller convenience stores as part of a nationwide expansion. It is also developing its online offer with a new grocery ordering service.

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We really enjoyed hosting the interviews and working with the team at Morrisons…it is going to seem quiet without them. They will be back in the next few weeks for a series of training sessions for the new staff, and they are having a team building event at Glovers bar in the next few weeks…no doubt a few members of our team will see them down there!

We are looking forward to visiting the new store when it opens and seeing a few familiar faces.

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