Cotton Court Business Centre

Lancashire

Apprenticeships and placement event with One Connect LTD

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One Connect Limited are hosting another apprenticeships and placement event with us. It will again highlight the benefits of working with One Connect Limited and how your team of business can be supported in a risk free and cost efficient way to meet your workforce planning needs.

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An advisor from the National Apprenticeship service will be on hand so you can find out how your business could benefit from up to £15,000 in grants to support your recruiting young talent into your company. Also find out how you could benefit from free training for your existing staff.

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Hear from a local company about the benefits they found from recruiting a young person with the support of One Connect Limited.

The event is on the 14th November running between 5:30 – 7:30pm with refreshments and buffet.

To attend please: Register here or email: employmentssupport@oneconnectlimited.co.uk

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Awesome Analysis – Downtown in Business

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Today saw the last instalment of this years Downtown in Business & Cotton Courts Social Media Breakfast Seminars. We would like to thank everyone who has attended over the year and look forward to kick starting next year with a new twist.

In this instalment Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory, along with Jeremy Coates from Magma Digital explained their accessible analytics approach, looking at what tools to use, what information is important and how to use the data that is available to ensure return on investment and to refine your strategy.

If you missed any of the great social media tips from the guys at 3ManFactory and Magma Digital, here are some of the ‘most tweeted about’ tips:

– If you don’t want to unfriend on Facebook ‘hide’ people instead! You won’t see their posts anymore & they won’t know

– Bitly is great for shortening web links and measuring how often they are visited

– SocialBro is a useful tool for twitter analytics

– With Twitter, it’s about the instant. You’ve got to tweet a lot to over-do it

– Sometimes email marketing stats can be deceiving

– If you use MailChimp for newsletter distribution take a look at the Analytics feature – it’s great

– There is no way to know if your site is effective without Analytics – check them regularly

Klout is a measure of influence online; at a very basic level you can get a lot out of it

– If you want to monitor your tweets, Topsy is a great service for doing so. It’s easy to use, and it’s free!

– The time you post your message online is key

– You don’t need to use Facebook to sell; you can also use it for PR, talent acquisition and sharing company culture – we do!

– Statistics are great, but you have to act on them

 

We also briefly mentioned if anyone would be interested in getting a digital marketing apprentice. We’ll train them up and you’ll reap the benefits. If you would like more information please email us at info@cottoncourt.co.uk

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Supermarket chain Morrisons opening new store

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Supermarket chain Morrisons are opening a new store on Blackpool Road in Preston.

The work for the new store is well underway and is due to be open in the next few weeks. The new store has created hundreds of new jobs, and we have hosted their interviews here at Cotton Court for the last three weeks.

They have first week was a very interactive group interview stage, then successful candidates were invited back for individual interviews over weeks two and three.

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Amongst the candidates were some of our client’s from Remploy and all of us here at Cotton Court would like to wish them the best of luck that their applications have been successful.

The chain, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket company, has previously announced its intention to create dozens more smaller convenience stores as part of a nationwide expansion. It is also developing its online offer with a new grocery ordering service.

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We really enjoyed hosting the interviews and working with the team at Morrisons…it is going to seem quiet without them. They will be back in the next few weeks for a series of training sessions for the new staff, and they are having a team building event at Glovers bar in the next few weeks…no doubt a few members of our team will see them down there!

We are looking forward to visiting the new store when it opens and seeing a few familiar faces.

Finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013

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The team of Cotton Court Business Centre are pleased to announce we have reached the final for Conference & Meeting Venue Award at the Lancashire Tourism Award 2013!!! We are truly excited that we have made it into the final stages and up against some of our biggest competition.

In our category we are up against Blackpool Zoo and Brockholes Visitor Centre, Preston.

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The impressive shortlist for the Lancashire Tourism Award 2013 has been revealed.  Having received more applications than ever before, this year’s list of finalists is also the longest in the event’s 10 year history.

The Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013 will take place on Thursday 7 November at Blackburn Cathedral and will be one of the cathedral’s first major corporate events, hosted by tourism expert, broadcaster and Travel Editor of The Independent, Simon Calder.

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire said “We have been so impressed by the quantity and quality of applications, especially in this the Lancashire Tourism Awards 10th anniversary year. The awards celebrate the significance of tourism’s current £3.4billion contribution to the Lancashire economy and a great deal of that success is due to the dedication and enterprise of the businesses and individuals named today.

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“We congratulate them and ask that colleagues across the county show their appreciation and pride in Lancashire, by supporting these exceptional businesses and by joining us on the 7 November at Blackburn Cathedral when the winners will be announced.”

Businesses supporting this year’s awards include: Total Food Service, Naphens Solicitors, Workhouse Marketing, Dewlay Cheese Makers, Group Travel Organiser Magazine

The BIBAs Awards 2013

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Lancashire’s leading and biggest awards competition came to a spectacular close last friday at Blackpool Tower Ball Room. Recognising the most successful and innovative companies within Lancashire. Hailed as the ‘the one they all want to win’, the BIBAs recognise and honour the breadth of business achievement in Lancashire in all its variety.

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Myself and Robert were luckily invited by Preston’s College during our continuing work with the their students delivering a full day workshop within the building on Online Employability and social media success. I would also like to thank Paula from Radio Wave who also invited us to attend a truly amazing event!

The BIBAs this year attracted over 900+ local business men and women to attend what has been said the best one yet! With entertainment provided by Matt Cardle (X Factor Winner 2010) The host for the evening Eamonn Holmes & Marcus Bentley (Big Brother Voice) wowed the crowds with their quick wit humour and comic references even sighting he was someone else incase of bad feedback!

We would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists in what is probably the most rigorious selection process of all the awards in the lancashire area.

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The Winners

Lancastrian of the year – John Lancaster MBE

E-Business of the year – Soap Media

Manufacturer of the year – Laila’s Fine Foods

Exporter of the year – Panaz

Employer of the year – F Parkinson LTD

Small Business of the year – Healthpoint

Service business of the year – Springhill Care Group

New business of the year – B R Contracting

Business woman of the year – Caroline Chesworth of MAD Science

Creative business of the year – The Grand at Clitheroe

Medium business of the year – Panaz

Entrepreneur of the year – Daniel Cuffe & Peter Taylor of Cuffe & Taylor

Leadership team of the year – Preston Bus

Change for growth – Connect 2 Cleanrooms

Excellence in customer service – UPL (M)

Business of the year – Fairbanks Environmental

Most inspiring business – Janet Thornton of Inspired Energy PLC

Green Business – Roaming Roosters

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A growth conversation with…Luke Massie

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Taken from Boost Business Lancashire a featured article about one of our Business residents Luke Massie, who has now become a ambassador for Boost Business Lancashire .

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Photo taken in Cotton Studios | Lancashire’s Premier Studio Hire Complex

Our latest growth conversation is with Luke Massie. Luke has been named among the country’s top 100 young entrepreneurs having built up and sold his first business by the age of 18. Luke currently runs four businesses, employing 14 full-time and six part-time staff. He is also the founder of The 1to500 Club, an online student marketing business that has successfully piloted in Preston. Luke is currently looking to roll out the platform, now rebranded as Studenthood, to university cities across the UK.

What is the biggest challenge you faced when growing your business and how did you overcome this?

Finding the individuals to be part of my core team. I overcame this by being patient and waiting for the right calibre of people. I don’t just employee people based on their CV or past achievements. I try to get to know people as individuals before getting them involved in any of my ventures. I’ve managed to find people that I believe can express my vision and are a part of achieving my goals.

What qualities must a growing business owner possess to be successful?

Resilience. You will fail, and the likelihood is you’re going to miss targets you’ve set yourself and feel you’ve not succeeded what you set out to do, but if every time you fail it makes you stronger then that’s what sets you apart as a successful business owner. Many people will doubt you along the way so the business owner has to demonstrate high levels of self belief to achieve success.

What top tip would you give to a business owner embarking on a growth plan?

Dream big and don’t be afraid of failing. Plan little and often because many markets are so dynamic that sometimes long-term planning is in effective. Three-week, three-month and six month planning is absolutely necessary. Consumer needs are changing all the time and you have to be able to adapt, so listen to market research and customer feedback.

Which entrepreneur do you admire and why?

Steve Jobs. He was a true visionary who knew what the consumer wanted even before they did.

Why is Lancashire a great place to grow a business?

With more support coming from the public sector, investors are really starting to notice the talent the county has to offer. There are many SMEs based in Lancashire winning major contracts ahead of other areas of the UK. It demonstrates that as long as you have a good product, service and business, it doesn’t matter where you’re based in the UK, you have a chance to be successful.

Why are you supporting Boost Business Lancashire?

Boost is designed to support business owners, which is something I am passionate about. I want to support other young entrepreneurs that are just embarking on their journey. I have used many of the services the scheme has to offer, for example the Growth Accelerator programme delivered by Winning Pitch, the Access to Finance service and help from specialist mentors. I would recommend any business starting and growing in Lancashire to find out what support is available.