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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.”

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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!

WEST LANCS SCOUTS #TAKETHELEAD

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“You can do anything if you put your mind to it” – Pip, Chorley

So what’s this all about? Take the lead was held this weekend by West Lancs Scouts to help Explorer Scouts like us learn new skills so they can take the lead in their Scouting! It was a fantastic weekend where we met new people, learnt useful new skills and got to karate chop our DESCom! Planning our own Beaver/Cub fun day has helped us grow in confidence as leaders and proved that you can do anything if you put your mind to it!

“#takethelead has been inspiring and motivational!” – Adam, Lonsdale

On the Friday night after some exciting icebreakers we talked with some of the members of West Lancs Network about what it was all about. Network is the section after Explorers and it seems like a great opportunity! We are looking forward to when we are old enough to join, and hopefully the Network refresh will make Network even more exciting than it already is!

“I learnt lots about leadership and planning which I can use in both my Explorer unit and Cub pack” – Olivia, Preston

Our first session on Saturday was led by our Assistant County Commissioner for Cubs, Ann-Marie;
and was called ‘Major event planning’. Ann-Marie started off by talking us though how she planned events and what sort of paperwork she used and what ‘skill sets’ you should look for when forming a team for an event. Then she gave us different scenarios about different events to plan. Towards the end of the session we played a game highlighting the difficulties of planning an event! It was stressful and hectic, but a great and funny experience!

“An amazing way of meeting new people and developing leadership skills” – Chris – Ormskirk

After the event planning session we had a session on leadership from our County Youth Commissioner, Ollie. It was a great chance to develop my leadership skills and we will use the points and examples Ollie talked about to do that. We also set ourselves objectives to improve our skills and put them to the test in the future! Some of the most important skills we learnt were to listen to people when leading; and to do what we can to develop the skills of those in our team too!

“Great weekend with plenty of skills learnt as well as time for making new mates”- Adam – South Ribble

In the afternoon we had a session on Youth Shaped Scouting with Ollie and Jack. The session was influential to us in making us think about what should be on the programme and how we would go about adding it into our programmes. We believe that Youth Shaped Scouting is an important step in creating a better movement, a movement that is shaped and influenced by young people. It will be good because we know what we want to see and what we’d like to do!’

“I had a great time sharing views and experiences with Leaders and Explorers from other districts” – Elise-Marie – Fylde

After the Youth Shaped sessions we split into our Districts to plan an event! Our event in Fylde is a survival camp based on TV shows like ‘I’m a celebrity’ and ‘Lost’. We spent time planning details like the budget, location and what the camp would include. We had fun planning this as it gave us the independence and skills to organise our own events that we wanted to do. We can now go back to our own units, and plan our event further to ensure it happens in the next two years .The skills we have learnt will also come in handy later in life if we ever need to run an event in the future.

“This weekend has encouraged me to take on the role of a Young Leader” – Patrick – Blackpool

On the #takethelead weekend we planned a linking event between Scouts and Explorers to try and promote Explorers to the Scouts, called Linked-in. We thoroughly enjoyed planning our very own event! Blackpool doesn’t have one like it so we think it’s worthwhile. We can’t wait to get it going, and maybe carry it on every year. Planning this event has also opened our eyes to helping plan and lead other events.

“I will feel more confident when leading a team in the future” – Emily – Wyre

So why should you go on the next #takethelead? It’s a great way to meet new people and learn new skills; it’s full of information and really helpful tips to use for the future! We will all feel more confident when leading a group or event in the future. Overall the weekend was so fun and exciting, so I recommend it to anyone who wants to Take the Lead in West Lancs!

The next Take The Lead event is expected to be held on the weekend of 26-28th February! Keep checking Facebook for more details!


 

West Lancs Explorer Scouts | West Lancs Scouts

Twitter: @OllieScouts | @JackBullon | @WLSExplorers | @WestLancsScouts

Cotton Court Annual Christmas Party 2015

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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 27th November.

We’ll lay on a complimentary bar and buffet alongside live music from 6.30pm – late.

The event is free of charge; all we ask is that you bring a gift we can donate to our chosen charity Barnardo’s.

Barnardo’s support over 400 vulnerable young people from 0-25 years old, throughout the year across the Preston area. 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 register for the event here: book your tickets!

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Prestfest to return to the city with a bang!

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Cotton Court Business Centre has once again been asked to support the promotion of Prestfest by The North and Western Lancs Chamber of Commerce andPreston BID (Business Improvement District) to work alongside them on a project that will join together a selection of city centre venues in a steering group to bring you Preston by Night.  Preston by Night promote and raised awareness online for a new event called Prestfest, in the past a 3 day celebration of Preston’s evening entertainment. This year is going to be slightly different!

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So what is Preston by Night and why have they the venues come together to promote Preston as a good night out? Find out more from our past blogs

BID Preston Launches Prestfest Weekend!

Cotton Court Supports Prestfest Weekend 2014

Prestfest Weekend fills the streets with colour!

For more information about this prestigious award visit www.purpleflag.org.uk

Cotton Court Business Centre have been tasked with increasing the event awareness and their social media awareness, customer interaction, design, online branding, photography coverage, and the support of all the business within Preston City Centre that are taking part in the festival by promoting their offers and activities.

We are continuing to work with the ChamberBID and Preston by Night group to develop and evolve the project.

Get your FREE tickets for The Prestfest Party – Saturday 31st January 2016 Now! 

Superstar DJs MistaJam and Craig Charles will perform at Preston’s ‘biggest ever night-time party’ in January 2016 after agreeing to appear at Prestfest’s Purple Party. In the form of a huge free gig on the Flag Market, with thousands of free tickets being made available for the event.

A world-class sound and lighting system, together with a live visual and FX show, will create an outdoor nightclub with the special guest DJs performing to the audience from the balcony of the historic Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

MistaJam, an international name through presenting on BBC Radio One and performing at the UK’s biggest festivals and weekly residencies at some of the world’s best super clubs such as Ibiza Rocks and Mallorca’s BCM, will perform a headline set.

And BBC Radio Two’s DJ Craig Charles, well known for his TV career having played Lister in Red Dwarf, presented Robot Wars and spent 10 years in Coronation Street, will perform his hugely popular live funk and soul set.

BID manager Mark Whittle said: “We are delighted to announce two huge names from the DJ circuit to our Purple Party in January.

“We have been promising this will be the biggest free night-time party Preston has ever seen since we first launched the event in late September and now we can truly back that up.

“We have two acts that are incredibly well known between them and will appeal to a wide and varied audience, which is exactly what we want to attract to our great city.

“The whole point of the Purple Party is to get thousands of people into the city early on to enjoy a good time before heading out into our local nightspots to enjoy what Preston has to offer – award-winning nightlife and a huge welcome.

You can also follow Preston by Night & PrestFest on Twitter: @PrestonByNight & @PrestFest Or use the hashtag #Prestfest

Robert Binns Visits Number 10 DOWNING STREET!

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Our own Robert Binns was invited by The Prime Minister the Rt Hon David Cameron to No.10 Downing street as part of the celebrations of Black History Month alongside individuals from the Arts, Community, Business & Sport to celebrate the contribution that the African – Caribbean community has made to British society.

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Mr Cameron said “Black History Month has proven over many years to be a unique and valuable celebration of the African-Caribbean community and their immense contribution to Britain. By highlighting their stories, we are able to reveal the vital role those individuals have played in shaping our society.

But Black History Month is not just about learning from the past, but also a time to unlock tomorrow’s opportunities. Over generations, we have built something extraordinary in Britain – where people can come with nothing and in one or two generations can rise as high as their talent allows.

The African and Caribbean community embodies that spirit. Members of the community are at the top of every field in Britain – from leaders of multi-million-pound businesses, to sportsmen and Members of Parliament and government ministers like Sam Gyimah in the government I lead.”

Roberts thoughts after a special afternoon “Mr Cameron made a great speech, with some well timed punch lines, but with a very positive look towards the future.”

Celebrate British brands with second Buy British Day

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A Buy British Day pop-up event is coming to Preston to encourage shoppers to support brands and businesses that design and manufacture in Britain.

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The Best of Britannia event is the second of its kind to come to the city, and will also be visiting London to attract consumer support. Last year the national event was featured on BBC Breakfast and The One Show.

More than 200 of the best British brands will be showcased at the event, and will also feature retailers joining the pop-up stalls. These include The Leather Satchel Co and ‘free from’ chocolate specialist, Ayni Chocolate with more expected to be announced.

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Forthcoming events at Cotton Court

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It’s going to be busy in the next few weeks at Cotton Court, as we have some new, exciting events being hosted here!

On the 3rd and 4th of October, No Frills Wellbeing are hosting an intensive 2 day course about Mindfulness and Self-Empowerment. If you come along to this workshop, you will learn about the neuropsychological, emotional and social mechanisms of wellbeing, which will help you understand the limits in your emotional intelligence. Included at this course, is lunch and refreshments. For more info visit nofrillswellbeing.com or give Haley a call on 07482 456313.

Our customers, 123 Drive, are introducing a driving theory course which helps learner drivers to pass their theory test easily. It is a one day course that covers everything you need to know to pass your written driving test. The next date that this will be held is on Saturday 26th September. For further dates, or if you have any other questions, contact them on 01772 508113.

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Also, on the 14th September, Ideas Lancashire held an informative, informal meeting for adults with autism or Aspergers. At this meeting, there was more information on their current project at the moment, which is to set up social and support groups for people with autism. If you’re interested, why don’t you attend the next meeting? It starts at 6:30pm until 8pm on the 18th November.

Project Export will be holding some events for their surgeries here too. They will be held on Monday 28th September and Monday 30th November from 2pm-6pm. If you want to know more you can either go to meet someone for a half hour one-to-one at one, or you can book a 20 minute Skype or FaceTime session with them. You can give them a call on 07947 495259 or just go to http://projectexport.businesscatalyst.com/surgeries.html.