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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!!

https://www.vmbvoom.com/pitches/vibe-tickets-1

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.

Work Hard, Play Hard – Office Social!!

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On behalf of all the team we’d like to invite you to our second office social here at Cotton Court on Friday 6th May. We’ve planned table football, ping-pong, giant jenga, food and drinks from 5pm – late.

We know some of you are competitive (without naming anyone) so we’ ll make sure everything is set up for you to pop in and get some practice in!

 

Cotton Court to Host Boost Programmes

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We are pleased to be hosting a series of workshops for Boost

Growth Support Programme is a fully funded programme delivered by Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all, targeted at supporting potential entrepreneurs across Lancashire to start their own high growth business and existing Lancashire enterprises already trading to achieve their growth aspirations.
The Growth Support Programme is designed to support entrepreneurs who would benefit from deliberately challenging support to start and grow a business. The programme is designed to help ambitious young businesses to achieve their growth potential by providing credible, tailored and expert support, which is easy to understand and delivered face-to-face.

This support includes 1-2-1 coaching, seminars & master classes action learning, networking and signposting to other relevant support.This highly specialist programme of support is only available to businesses that have an overwhelming ambition to grow, raise investment and create jobs.
Features of the Growth Support Programme and wider support available:
• A specialist high growth coaching session designed to examine the business model and assess growth potential.
• Access to bespoke, tailor made, intensive workshops designed to equip entrepreneurs with the tools and techniques to launch a successful enterprise.
• Access to a wide range of innovative tools, including lean start up techniques.
• 1-2-1 coaching with a range of specialist growth coaches, focusing on the specific growth constraints your business is facing right now from a team of highly experienced and proven high growth entrepreneurs.
• Personal Action Planning – unlocking the potential in entrepreneurs and their enterprise.
• Specialist Master Classes through a tailored programme of Grow How Seminars, to up skill yourself and your team in the latest business growth techniques.
• Networking for Growth opportunities – access to a structured and informal networking group operating across Lancashire.
• Your own dedicated relationship manager supporting your growth journey
• Regular Lancashire wide Pop Up Cafes for business advice and Growth Summits aimed at celebrating business successes
• Access to wider support and finance through our partner network What are the benefits?
• Output focused coaching designed to provoke, challenge and drive for success
• Access to a wide range of core and sector growth specialists
• Two-way growth conversation which explores your business model and it’s ability to be high growth
• Access to an extensive toolkit, exclusive for this programme
• Introduction to lean start up techniques designed to minimise risk of starting a new business
• Opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and share experiences
• Personal Action Plan designed to help you reach your growth potential

The Growth Support teams at Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all have extensive industry experience and proven track record of working with high growth entrepreneurs and enterprises. Start your growth conversation now and contact Enterprise4all on 01254 693999 oboost_launchboost2info@enterprise4all.co.uk

PRESTON CITY COUNCIL HOSTS PROCUREMENT PLAYERS

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Delegates from 9 cities across Europe have gathered in Preston with us to discuss boosting the local economy this week as part of an URBACT project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

This network of cities, known as Procure, is being led by representatives of Preston City Council. Procure is interested in investigating how procurement processes can be changed to better support the local economy. If they are successful in their application to enter Phase 2 of the URBACT project, they will be examining themes such as EU legislation, spend analysis, the role of social value in procurement, raising awareness of the procurement processes of SMEs, the impact of procurement and environmental procurement.

While visiting Preston, the delegates have discussed how they will proceed if their application to continue is successful; visited a traditional country pub; and had opportunities to experience our city centre.

Councillor Matthew Brown, Executive Member of community social justice, inclusion and policy for Preston City Council, says “It has been our pleasure to welcome our European partners to Preston. There’s a growing demand for innovative ways to boost the local economy and we are proud to provide leadership in this project. Much of our income is raised locally and it is important that we re-invest tax-payers money for the benefit of the local economy.

Now’s the time to rebalance the economy towards a fairer, democratic and more community-minded future. It’s great to have Preston at the heart of this initiative, which is gaining strength across Europe.”

Best of Britannia Returns to Preston!

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The Best of Britannia are bringing their unique pop-up Department Store to Preston.

BOB North will include brands from the genre’s of menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, footwear, furniture and furnishings, jewellery and accessories, food, drink and entertainment, showcasing the best of what the North West, and Britain, has to offer. With products available to buy on the day you can shop til you drop or conveniently order for delivery.

The weekend will offer style-conscious shoppers a unique retail experience in the historic centre of Preston. Come and explore the Old Post Office to see what local and national designers, manufacturers and makers have to offer for 2016.

BOB celebrate British design, manufacturing, makers & their incredible skills so make sure you visit and celebrate Made in Britain with them.

Opening Times

Friday 11 March – 5.00pm – 11.00pm
Saturday 12 March – 10.00am – 11.00pm
Sunday 13 March – 10.00am – 6.00pm
Please note on Friday and Saturday inside areas close at 8pm with outside entertainment, food and drink until late as specified.

*Trade only entry is available on Friday 11th March 10.00am – 4.00pm. For more information please contact the organiser – details below.

Tickets

BOB North is an event experience not to be missed.

Purchase your tickets here

One ticket gives you unlimited access all weekend. The ticket is exchanged for a wristband on entry.

*Information courtesy of prestonguildcity.co.uk

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

 

UK TWITTER HASHTAG HOURS – PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS

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Twitter hours are scheduled events that allow you to contribute and interact with others by adding a # hashtag to your tweet. They are typically held at a specific date and time and are a great way of promoting your business and services through social interaction. You should be polite and helpful and try and add value to the group. For example, a financial advisor may share money saving advice, etc. This way you are building relationships, trust, and gaining exposure for your brand.

Below is a list a selection of UK Twitter hours. If we’ve missed a good one let us know and we will update the list. Get involved and promote your business through a networking hour.

MONDAY

12-1pm #UKBizLunch
1-2pm #1pmlunch
2-3pm #BizHour
2-3pm #SouthWestHour
3-4pm #B2BHour
3-4pm #NorthWestHour
7-8pm #CumbriaHour
7-8pm #LeylandHour
8-9pm #BlackburnHours
8-9pm #BrandYorkshire
8-9pm #CheshireHour
8-9pm #CreativeBizHour
8-9pm #Didsburyhour
8-9pm #Enterprisehour
8-9pm #HarrogateHour
8-9pm #LincsHour
8-9pm #NorthEastHour
8-9pm #OurYorkshire
8-9pm #PrestonHour
8-9pm #StockportHour
8-9pm #YorkHour
9-10pm #OldhamHour

TUESDAY

12-1pm #GlasgowBizHour
12-1pm #UKBizLunch
1-2pm #1pmLunch
2-3pm #BizHour
2-3pm #NorthEastHour
3-4pm #B2BHour
4-5pm #ColchesterHour
7-8pm #SMEhourUK
8-9pm #ChesterHour
8-9pm #ChorleysHour
8-9pm #MerseyBiz
8.30-9.30pm #KentHour
8.30-9.30pm #SouthEastHour
9-10pm #SmallBizHour

WEDNESDAY

12-1pm #UKBizLunch
1-2pm #1pmLunch
1-2pm #BuyYorkshire
1-2pm #LocalLunch
2-3pm #BizHour
2-3pm #NewcastleHour
2-3pm #TeesTime
2-3pm #EssexHour
3-4pm #B2BHour
7.30-8.30pm #CornwallHour
8-9pm #CardiffHour
8-9pm #DevonHour
8-9pm #EastMidlandsHour
8-9pm #MidlandsHour
8-9pm #NorthWestHour
8-9pm #ShropshireHour
8-9pm #StaffordshireHour
8-9pm #StaffordshireHour
8-9pm #YorkshireHour
9-10pm #ScotlandHour

THURSDAY

12-1pm #UKBizLunch
1-2pm #1pmLunch
2-3pm #BizHour
3-4pm #B2BHour
8-9pm #BarnsleyHour
8-9pm #BlackpoolHour
8-9pm #BradfordHour
8-9pm #ChesterfieldHour
8-9pm #DerbyshireHour
8-9pm #ExeterHour
8-9pm #HalifaxHour
8-9pm #HuddersfieldHour
8-9pm #HullHour
8-9pm #LancashireHour
8-9pm #LeedsHour
8-9pm #LiverpoolHour
8-9pm #LondonHour
8-9pm #ManchesterHour
8-9pm #NorthantsHour
8-9pm #SheffieldHour
8-9pm #SomersetHour
8-9pm #SouthWestHour
8-9pm #SunderlandHour
8-9pm #UKStartUpHour
8-9pm #WakefieldHour
8-9pm #WarringtonHour
8.30-9.30pm #SussexHour
9-10pm #BNIHour

FRIDAY

10-11am #ClevelandHour
10-11am #ConnectFriday
10-11am #NWHour
11am -12pm #LondonHour
11am -12pm #YorkBizHour
11am-12pm #NewcastleHour
12-1pm #UKBizLunch
1-2pm #1pmLunch
2-3pm #BizHour
3-4pm #B2BHour
4-5pm #GBHour
9-10pm #NorthWestHour

SATURDAY

8-9.15am #SatChatUK
11am-12pm #WeekendHour

SUNDAY

11am-12pm #WeekendHour
6-7pm #HartlepoolHour
8-9pm #WalesHour
9-10pm #EnglandHour

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY IN SUPPORT OF BARNARDOS

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Last Friday saw the third instalment of the annual Cotton Court Christmas Party 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.

Guests enjoyed the finest Indian cuisine courtesy East Z East, photo-booth fun, live entertainment and a complimentary bar at Glovers.

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Barnardo’s works to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people, and aims to enable them to fulfil their potential. The charity 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.

It’s still not too late to donate! We are collecting presents at Cotton Court until Mon 7th December, so feel free to drop in some gifts to our reception.  Presents for teenagers are particularly valuable as is young carers and homeless units that are most in need of presents. Barnardo’s have also advised that the gifts are best not wrapped.

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

We’re already looking forward to next year and we hope to see you all there again!