Cotton Court Business Centre

Events

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.

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Get Started with Social Media, with Cotton Court and 3ManFactory

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Get to grips with your business’s social media presence

Let us show you how to engage with new and existing customers, increase your website traffic and improve your lead generation.

Cotton Court is hosting social media workshops in conjunction with 3ManFactory. This course is ideal for business owners, freelancers and anyone responsible for customer service, marketing or PR within their organisation that want to take the first steps into social media.

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These courses are hands-on and are carefully structured and designed so that each delegate will leave with complete profiles on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn., and will be linked with other businesses through these pages.

Social media has transformed the way that companies of all sizes interact with their customers. Businesses can use Facebook and Twitter to reach over 30 million users. LinkedIn however is 4 times better for b2b lead generation than Facebook and Twitter.

The facts:

  • 91 % of experienced social marketers have seen improved website traffic due to social media campaigns and 79% are generating more quality leads.
  • 75% of business owners have been put off a particular company due to their poor use of social media.
  • Social media users who receive great service tell an average of 42 people (compared to just 9 for social absentees)
  • 47% of customers are somewhat likely to purchase from a brand that they follow or like
  • 65% of the world’s top companies have an active Twitter profile
  • 90% of marketers use social media channels for business, with 93% of these rating social tools as “important”

These courses are held monthly within our IT Suite.

To book your place, or for more information, please call 01772 507767 or email info@cottoncourt.co.uk

Cotton Court joins winners & finalists at the E3 Business Awards

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Great night at the E3 Business Awards last night. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

Around 700 guests from the North West business community attended the first multicultural E3 Business Award ceremony at the Reebok Stadium.  Our director, Robert, was part of the independent judging panel of entrepreneurs and business experts.

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The winners were:

Business of the Year: Hockley International;

Employer of the Year: Fazila Foods;

Investment in Skills of the Year: Bank View Smile Studios;

Business Innovation of the Year: Mole Group;

Business Education Collaboration of the Year: NCC Resources;

Manufacturing Business of the Year: Designer Sofas 4 U;

International Business of the Year: Checkpoint Safety;

Sustainable Buisiness of the Year: Roaming Roosters;

Oustanding Woman in Business: Gail Hounslea, Wardworth;

Young Enterpreneur of the Year: Ria Meera Munshi, Ri Ri’s Dance Academy;

High Growth Business of the Year: Renewable Solutions UK;

New Business Start-Up of the Year: Staff Absence Solutions.

The evening concluded with a keynote speech by entrepreneur David Atherton, and a personal achievement award for Robina Mann, the founder of Blackburn-based clothing company, Amir Hosiery.

Please find below link to a snapshot of this years awards ceremony

E3 Business Awards Video

Cotton Court wins Bronze Green Tourism Award

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We are proud to announce that we received Bronze Award from Green Tourism for our continued commitment to sustainability.

This year we plan too:

Continuing our efforts into 2013, and are always for looking for new ways to further improve our practices. We already have a number of changes and schemes planned for this year, including:
– Offering our customers a Fairtrade refreshment option
– Using locally sourced food and catering, thus reducing food miles
– Promoting use of car sharing, public transport, walking and cycling
– Continue our drive to reduce, reuse and recycle!

This award recognises our compliance in keeping our premises and surrounding areas clean and tidy, recycling, and reducing our Co2 emissions. In 2012, we have installed water saving devices in all toilets, reducing our water consumption by 30%; promoting the use of stairs instead of the lift – walking up the stairs just 2 minutes per day burns approximately 20 calories and helps the environment.

Stay up to date with our changes on Twitter: Follow us @CottonCourt

 

LBV Article featuring Cotton Court & Downtown in Business

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Our very own Robert Binns recent attended the round table discussion at Stanley House hosted by Downtown Lancashire in association with Lancashire Business View. It’s a New Year for Lancashire business and one that our panel is keen to get cracking on.  They  brought together business lobbyists, owners, managers and
professionals to consider the year ahead.

The article is a great read and an insight into peoples thoughts and plans for the year ahead & certainly one Rob managed to get some great quotes in

“Keep going as we’ve always been going. Ignore the economy, ignore everything and trust instincts.” – Rob Binns

To read the article please follow this link: Lancashire Business View Article

Cotton Court Open Evening – Monday 15th October

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REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY 3PM ON FRIDAY 12TH OCTOBER

Cotton Court’s open evening on Monday 15th October from 6pm till 8pm.

The evening will give you an opportunity to find out about the following:

• Conference Facilities

• Training and Meeting Rooms

• Office Space

• Permanent Desk Space from as little as £25 per week

• Virtual Office Assistant call and mail handling service from £10 per week

In addition, there will be guest speakers including Neil Simpson from the Knowledge Transfer Service at UCLan discussing free business support. This event will be a great networking for both new and established businesses.

If you are just starting out please take this opportunity to speak to existing clients of Cotton Court who originally launched their business from our desk space facilities. Catering and reception drinks will be provided for and therefore registration is necessary.

For further information or registration please call 01772 50776 || Email events@cottoncourt.com

Enviroment Agency hold successful regional meeting

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In June 2012 Cotton Court was proud to host a large event for the Environment Agency. The event was a great success and we received some fantastic feedback from the event organisers and delegates.

“From a personal point of view I would like to thank all of your staff and John and yourself in particular for your hard work in making our event a success. The friendly and helpful nature of your support made the event run much more smoothly and it was good to know that you were there to help with our large number of requests!”

Michael Ainsworth – Assistant Nuclear Regulator