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Cotton Court helps Alive After Five Hospitality Awards

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We are once again helping promote Preston By Night working alongside the Preston BID Team to promote Preston, Lancashire Why not cast your vote now!

About the awards:

The Alive After Five Hospitality Awards are staged by Preston BID to recognise those businesses in the night time economy who offer a great night out. Only venues that are based in the immediate city centre, that have nominated themselves, or been nominated by another venue, have reached the finals. The individual awards will be won on public votes and the venue awards will be judged both by public votes and mystery shoppers.

Voting closes on September 27th at 5.00pm.

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THE AWARD CATEGORIES:

 

NEW SECURITY OPERATIVE OF THE YEAR

NEW ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

NEW BARTENDER OF THE YEAR

NEW BEST EVENT OR REGULAR NIGHT

NEW OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE

ENTERTAINMENT VENUE OF THE YEAR

PUB OF THE YEAR

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

CLUB OF THE YEAR

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

WAITER OR WAITRESS OF THE YEAR

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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You can find more pictures via our facebook page

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Lancashire Markets a continuing success

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The popular Lancashire Market returned to the city streets and has become a major extravaganza for local food and drink. The rain didn’t hamper as food lovers braved the drizzle to sample cakes, drinks and much more local produce.

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The Lancashire Market, backed by Preston’s Business Improvement District, helps bring hundreds of extra people into the city centre and boost local trade.

Over 300,000 people have been visiting the Markets since they began in 2010.

A few from the office visited this years markets and left having enjoyed ourselves on the great food!

You can find more pictures of this years markets here

A very different weekend!

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We welcomed a very different customer to the building last weekend. The team at Crafty Vintage who offer a vintage, handmade & artisan food fair often seen in Clitheroe and at Brockholes transformed our outdoor space into a mix of food heaven and vintage shopping treats!

Here is just a few images from the weekend, to see more head to our facebook page

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North West Fashion Networking Event

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If you are the owner of a fashion related company or are a freelance individual based in the North West then this is a must attend event. The North West Fashion Network presents their first Fashion Networking Event where you can build business connections, meet other like-minded people and also learn how the North West Fashion Network can help to support you and your business.

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The meeting is free to attend and opens for arrivals from 8.30am – with tea and coffee provided. The event will officially start at 9am where member’s will be provided with welcome information and will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves. A short 10 minute presentation will be made by members of the North West Fashion Network team then you will be given the opportunity to ask questions, discuss future networking ideas and continue networking.

Event Organised By:
North West Fashion LTD
The North West Fashion Network – Social Enterprise is an online platform designed to promote local fashion related companies, freelance individuals, job vacancies and upcoming events. Our two social aims are;

– To promote the local fashion industry, to encourage consumers to shop locally and from independent retailers
– and to increase employability by promoting and providing local work experience opportunities including careers gudeince and support, competition and workshops within a range of creative areas

 

For more details, or to book your place, please contact claire@northwestfashion.co.uk or amy@cottoncourt.co.uk or call 01772 507767

 

 

North West Fashion Networking Event

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If you are the owner of a fashion related company or are a freelance individual based in the North West then this is a must attend event. The North West Fashion Network presents their first Fashion Networking Event where you can build business connections, meet other like-minded people and also learn how the North West Fashion Network can help to support you and your business.

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The meeting is free to attend and opens for arrivals from 8.30am – with tea and coffee provided. The event will officially start at 9am where member’s will be provided with welcome information and will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves. A short 10 minute presentation will be made by members of the North West Fashion Network team then you will be given the opportunity to ask questions, discuss future networking ideas and continue networking.

Event Organised By:
North West Fashion LTD
The North West Fashion Network – Social Enterprise is an online platform designed to promote local fashion related companies, freelance individuals, job vacancies and upcoming events. Our two social aims are;

– To promote the local fashion industry, to encourage consumers to shop locally and from independent retailers
– and to increase employability by promoting and providing local work experience opportunities including careers gudeince and support, competition and workshops within a range of creative areas

 

For more details, or to book your place, please contact claire@northwestfashion.co.uk or amy@cottoncourt.co.uk or call 01772 507767

Lancashire Markets set to return!

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Preston City Centre’s about to look bloomin’ marvellous as the ever-popular Lancashire Market returns to Friargate & Orchard Street on Saturday 17th August 2013.

The Market, funded and organised by the city centre’s Business Improvement District (BID) is the biggest Easter event to date, with more than 100 quality local producers offering the very best of Lancashire food, drink, gift & crafts.

With ever-increasing numbers of people both trading and visiting the Lancashire Market, Preston city centre has something unique to offer this Easter Weekend. Mark Whittle, BID’s event manager said: “Several towns regionally host markets, but no one does what we do, on this scale, which is why it’s proved to be ever so popular. We take the best that Lancashire has to offer and promote that as far and wide as possible.”

He added: “More than 340,000 people have visited the Lancashire Market since they began in 2010, travelling from all over the North West; proving there’s a healthy appetite for family friendly events that offer quality local produce”.

Patrons will have the opportunity to sample & purchase everything from artisan breads, locally produced cheeses, fresh meat, handmade chocolates, locally grown fruit & vegetables, honey produced up the road and much much more. The event is free to attend and all Lancashire Market visitors will be offered a discount voucher booklet with money saving coupons for businesses across Preston city centre

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BBC host successful North West screening at Cotton Court

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Sunday 16th June  saw the premiere of BBC 1’s medieval drama ‘The White Queen’.  Everyone at Cotton Court had been eager to watch the White Queen since Thursday 16th May, when we hosted the North West screening of the show!

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We were delighted to have been selected from a huge list by the BBC as their chosen venue it was really exciting to be part of the process. The event was a great success and we received fantastic feedback about the screening, venue and catering. The event was an invite only with many local leaders, mayors and dignitaries from around the area in attendance.

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The BBC team were great to work with and we would like to say thank you in particular to Hannah Hargrave, External Affairs Coordinator, who organised the event.

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The premiere on Sunday 16th June brought in an average audience of 5.3 million, winning the U.K. ratings in the Sunday 9 p.m. time slot.   The White Queen is based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling historical novel series The Cousins’ War, and is set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses. The series is the story of the women caught up in the conflict for the throne of England. Sunday’s episode was the first in a 10 part drama series, the next episode can be seen this Sunday at 9pm. We are looking forward to it!

Watch via BBC iPlayer The White Queen

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The StartUp Britain bus tour is coming to Preston!

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The StartUp Britain bus tour will be on Preston Flag Market on Tuesday 30th July providing information and support to new businesses in the area. It will give local start-up businesses the chance to network with local business advisors and entrepreneurs, and get expert advice from the StartUp Britain sponsors.

People in the Preston area that are wanting to start or grow their own business have the chance to get free expert advice and support on Tuesday 30th July , when StartUp Britain’s StartUp bus tour visits Preston as part of its third annual national tour. The bus, filled with start-up experts and business champions, will be on Preston Flag Market from 9am until 4pm.

People are invited to come along on the day, but can also register their interest in advance at http://prestontour.eventbrite.co.uk/# to get the latest news and information about the tour.

The StartUp bus tour is visiting over 30 locations in July and August to help boost the number of businesses started in the UK in 2013 to a record 500,000.

On the StartUp Britain bus you will be able to:

  • Meet local business advisers and entrepreneurs.
  • Get expert business advice about access to finance, selling online, accounting solutions and tips on how to get started from StartUp Britain’s sponsors (PayPal, BT Business, Intuit and Iris).
  • Read entrepreneurial books in the innovation station.
  • Discover how to pitch to large retailers.
  • Sign up for StartUp events.
  • Receive goodie bags, including useful information from the day.
  • Help Preston win the title for StartUp Britain’s Top Town!
  • Apply for a Start-Up Loan and learn about funding for small businesses and other helpful government initiatives.

 StartUp Britian Tour, Preston

Key stats and evidence on business start-ups in the UK:

  • 2012 saw a record high for start-ups: 484,211
  • In the UK there are 4.8m private sector companies employing an estimated 23.9m people with a turnover of £3,100bn.
  • SMEs account for almost half the net growth in jobs.

60% of new business started at home