Cotton Court Business Centre

Lancashire

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great Christmas break, we are full steam ahead this month, and are looking forward to new projects and opportunities for 2014.At the beginning of a new year, many of us will have ideas about what we want to do better personally, in the year ahead. Making New Year’s resolutions for your business is just as important as setting personal goals for yourself.  Have you thought about what your goals and intentions for 2014.We took part in Lancashire Business View’s ‘Looking Ahead’ feature.  Take a look below at the interview with Rob outlining some of our goals for 2014:

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What are the opportunities for your business over the next year?We’re keen to get more involved with training and development and have already started building partnerships with providers to be able to deliver a wide range of courses for business of all sizes. Courses so far range from social media and online reputation to improving your business by applying NLP and CBT techniques and we are always looking for other suitable courses to add to the catalogue. Cotton Court isn’t just a conference and training space or a collection of offices it is gradually becoming home to some of the brightest, up-and-coming businesses in the area, further positioning ourselves as a focal point of Preston’s business community. Better and deeper relationships with these businesses means growth for the Cotton Court brand.

What is the outlook for your sector for 2014?Well I see ‘our’ sector as being business more generally rather than simply being about rental space and conferencing. Cotton Court’s success is in line with the success of our clients and going by some of the stories coming out of the building things are looking good for 2014. 

What will your business do differently in 2014?Continue to work on our green policy and streamline some of our processes. The team here have worked hard to reduce the amount of paper, water and electricity we use, and in fact we achieved a bronze. We want to continue on this through 2014 and look to make a few more changes.

If you were Chancellor, what would be your New Year’s Resolution?To increase support programmes for start-up businesses, helping SMEs develop and become better equipped for growth. Investment in small business with growth potential is a sure-fire way to reduce unemployment through job creation. 

We would like to thank you all for your support over the last year and hope you all have a prosperous year ahead.

Latest Photo-shoot Offers

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We are pleased to announce the partnership with Victor Trusch as Cotton Studios’ resident photographer, from December 2013.

We have worked alongside Victor to put together a series of packages to ensure that our customers get best value for money, and provide ideal gifts for loved ones, family members and or friends. Whether you need a photo shoot gift voucher, or a pre-paid all-inclusive package, we have something for everyone.

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With over twenty years’ experience, Victor can deliver beautiful portraits whatever your age. Always making his customers feeling relaxed and confident, he is considered as one of the best in the region.  Victor will go that extra mile to produce very informal, relaxed portraits; his ability to see in an instant when to capture a photograph is key to the success of the photoshoot. 

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The studio

Cotton Studios is a professional, modern photography studio situated in the heart of Preston City Centre. The studios are comfortable and well equipped, we pride ourselves on being able to provide a welcoming atmosphere, and a personal and friendly service is guaranteed.

Your photoshoot

Before your photoshoot we will give you a call to confirm your booking arrangements and give you tips to make sure your shoot is perfect! Your day starts with a meet & greet and a tour of our studio and changing facilities.

  • Consultation: Creating ideas that will ensure your photos are unique
  • Photoshoot: 1 hour shoot in our state of the art studio (with up to 4 outfit changes )
  • Image preparation: Your images will be edited and enhanced  by our creative team
  •  Viewing: You will be invited back for a personal viewing where you choose the photos you want to take home

If you are looking for an extra special experience, we have a professional styling team available to work on your hair and make-up so that you look your absolute best.

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Packages

Classic Photoshoot Package: £35.00 (Package value £90.00)

 

  • One hour photoshoot
  • 2 outfit changes
  • Cinematic viewing experience
  • Personal online gallery
  • 4 6×4 prints

 

Our best value package upgrades:

Bronze: £75.00

  • One hour photo-shoot
  • Outfit changes
  • Cinematic viewing experience
  • Personal online gallery
  • 8 6×4 prints
  • 2 7×5 prints
  • 2 10 x 8 prints

 

Package value: £110.00 you save £35.00

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Silver: £150.00

  • One hour photo-shoot
  • Outfit changes
  • Cinematic viewing experience
  • Personal online gallery
  • 10 6×4 prints
  • 5 7×5 prints
  • 2 10×8 prints
  • 20” canvas

 

Package value: £250.00 you save: £100.00

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Gold: £250.00

  • One hour photo-shoot
  • Outfit changes
  • Cinematic viewing experience
  • Personal online gallery
  • 20 6×4 prints
  • Full photo-shoot on CD
  • 20 6×4 prints
  • 10 7×5 prints
  • 5 10×8 prints
  • 30” canvas

 

Package value: £500.00 you save: £250.00

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*If you upgrade to either the bronze, silver or gold package, the £35 photoshoot is included in these prices

For more information, or to book a photoshoot, please call the studio bookings team on 01772 367500 or email hello@cottonstudios.co.uk

Starting to feel a lot like Christmas

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It’s starting to feel a lot like christmas here at Cotton Court Business Centre. Our first proper tree since we opened!

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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!

Location: Glovers Bar | 43 Glovers Court, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3BY

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: https://cc-christmasparty.eventbrite.co.uk

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.

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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

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Networker of the Year sponsored by Downtown Lancashire in Business

Male
Ryan Gibson – The Write Angle
Female
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
Stratos

Best Hotel sponsored by Lancashire Life
The Tickled Trout

Business of the Year sponsored by Bowker Motor Group
Scancapture

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

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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.

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

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Practical Business Growth Event for Preston Businesses

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Headed up as No Fluff – No Theory—No B******* Event for Preston Business Owners. Just proper practical advice THAT YOU CAN IMPLEMENT IMMEDIATELY to make your business grow the next day.

So whats it about?

The 9 things super successful business owners know and do that most business owners don’t know or don’t do.

  • There are a lot of people working very hard out there – they are driven and passionate about growing their business but they are not achieving the levels of success they had hoped for.
  • At this session we will look at what the high flyers are doing to make their businesses grow massively – even in hard times – and pull out the tools, tricks and techniques that EVERY business owner could use, straight away to make a proper impact to their bottom line…that most business owners don’t know exist or worse still ignore.

What will you leave with?

  • Tools, tips, tricks, secrets and techniques that will help your business grow.
  • An understanding of WHAT tools are out there and HOW you can use them.
  • A whole stack of practical ideas that you can implement into your business THE NEXT DAY
  • A proper, dynamic, fast-paced session with no fluff, no theory and no B…….
  • A sense of motivation from a session that you’ll enjoy…I promise

Presented by duo Chris Richards & Steve Allen

The event is 10am – 12pm here at Cotton Court Business Centre