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Cotton Court welcomes Create Theatre Academy!

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We are looking forward to hosting Create Theatre Academy as they welcome back their students!

Who are Create Theatre?

Create Theatre Academy offers a unique training experience of the highest quality taught by industry professionals. Their mission at Create Theatre is to nurture talent and enhance performance skills with innovation and imagination. 

Create aim to build a strong foundation for their students so that they can succeed in reaching their full potential. They take pride in building student confidence, encouraging growth and creating a safe space for students to develop their skills in Musical Theatre and Acting. Create Theatre Academy are a triple threat school focussing on allthree disciplines, Acting, Singing and Dance, ensuring they bring to their students a wide range of knowledge in all areas of the industry.

Founded by Rebecca Eastham, Wesley Bromley and Alex May Roberts, who as a team of all working actors and creatives in the industry can provide a fresh and contemporary approach to our training, They pride themselves on being an inclusive and engaging place for individuals to embrace their own unique talents and skills.

Email : createtheatreacademy@gmail.com

Meet the team :

Wesley Bromley –

Wesley graduated from The Urdang Academy London with a distinction in Professional Musical Theatre and Dance. Wesley is currently working as a senior rehearsal director/ choreographer for talent artistic group/ tui sensatori international. 

 

 

Rebecca Eastham- 

Rebecca trained at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre London in Musical Theatre (BA Hons) as well as working as a professional actress. Rebecca has taught drama and musical theatre ( including lamda exams) in various schools across the North West.

 

 

Alex May Roberts –

Alex May Robertr trained at the University of Central Lancashire and graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre (BA Hons). She is currently working as a drama tutor and is a highly skilled vocal coach. Alex is a professional musical theatre performer and is represented by a top London agent. 

 

Small Business Tips for Surviving the Pandemic (by Laura Jeffers)

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We caught up with Start-Up Competition finalist and client, Laura Jeffers who shared some of her tips for small business survival during the pandemic.

It has been a crazy year to say the least! With well established businesses shutting down all around us it’s hard to stay hopeful. If you’ve made it this far, I guess you can say you’re one of the blessed ones! 

Honestly, there isn’t yet a fool proof guide to surviving a pandemic, but here are some tips that have helped me stay afloat in business during this crazy season. 

1. Adapt your services I’m a seamstress by trade, I make garments, it’s what I love to do. Although that’s the main focus of my business, I also sell smaller accessories, African print headwraps and Bow Ties that attract other customers. Someone proposed the idea of making Masks in African print fabrics. At the time I thought it was a bad idea, I wasn’t too crazy about it, but my options were limited so I gave it a try. Initially I created a DIY mask tutorial for my YouTube channel but to my surprise, instead of generating more video views, I had hundreds more sales. Now with masks being a compulsory item in the UK, it was one of the best decisions I made for my business.

2. Keep expenses to a minimum – Last year I actually launched a second clothing brand – Stay Lit Apparel. Initially I was printing the garments locally and shipping from my studio. Although it kept costs low, I found it took a while for the garments to reach the customers, especially when the printing service was delayed or unreliable. At this point I considered buying in bulk but as it wasn’t feasible for my business at the time I researched other methods of t-shirt printing. I came across a local drop shipping company. They print the garments according to my specifications and ship them directly to the customer which also means I don’t have to hold stock. During this pandemic that has been a blessing as I haven’t had major overheads or stacks of apparel stock to shift. This has been one of the ways I’ve been able to keep business costs low and keep my brand going.

3.Tap into support where possible – The government have been offering grants for eligible small businesses. I do realise however that not everyone qualifies for this support. On doing some research I have seen that there are other initiatives being put in place to help small businesses thrive and stay afloat during lock down. It’s wise to do your research, find out what is available to you and be willing and ready to accept the support if you need it. 

4.Utilise free advertising and social media networking groups – Don’t underestimate the power of social media. My masks wouldn’t have reached as many people as they did if those who initially purchased had not shared their masks with others. It’s free for your friends, family and existing customers to share something about your brand on social media. Don’t be afraid to ask for reviews and feedback. In addition to this, there are also many groups on platforms like Facebook, that you can join, to network with other small businesses in a similar situation to you. These groups provide great support and that much needed community spirit.

5.Use your time wisely – They say time is money, so make sure you use yours wisely. Why not pick up a new skill, develop in an area that can either aid your business or even develop into another one. Invest in yourself! Do something you’ve never had the time to do, spend more time with your family, try to enjoy this season even though it’s hard. 

6.Create a new normal – Try not to dwell on the past and focus on what you have lost. Instead take time to plan the future, what that might look like and how you can move forward. 

7.Don’t give up, ask for help – Last but not least don’t give up! There is always support out there to help you create the future you dream of. Life is too short sit back and do nothing. If you need help and support, get in touch with business organisations that can offer that support to you. Cotton court are on hand to help small businesses like yours thrive and grow. Take advantage of their knowledge and services. You have come so far; you owe it to yourself to not give up! 

I hope these business tips have been helpful. What have been the pros and cons of this pandemic for your business? Let us know in the comments below.

This blog post was written by Laura Jeffers a fashion designer from Preston. She currently runs two businesses, Asikara (,a African clothing and accessories fashion label) and Stay Lit Apparel (,a Christian clothing brand). If you would like to find out more about her you can follow her via the links below.

Asikara by Laura Jane – African Fashion, Headwraps & Accessories  

Www.asikarabylaurajane.co.uk

Www.instagram.com/asikarabylaurajane

Www.facebook.com/asikarabylaurajane

Stay Lit Apparel – Christian Clothing Brand

Www.staylitapparel.co.uk

Www.instagram.com/staylitapprel.co

Www.facebook.com/Staylitapparel.co

 

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Eat Out to Help Out

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People in Preston  will be able to make the most of a 50% discount at some of the City’s favourite restaurants with the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The scheme, which will run between Monday 3rd August and Monday 31st August, offers 50% off your bill, up to a total value of £10 per person. You can benefit from the scheme by eating at participating venues every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday,

More information about the scheme can be found here 

Here is a list of some of the participating venues across Preston. It’s the perfect time to visit all your favourite places to eat and drink in Preston, or try somewhere new:

ICEBURG – Miller Arcade, PR1 2QY

Olive Tree Brasserie – Miller Arcade, Church Street, PR1 2QY

Heavenly Desserts – Miller Arcade, PR1 2QY

Smashed – Miller Arcade , Lancaster Road, PR1 2QY

Rise – Miller Arcade, PR1 2QY

The Stanley Arms – 24 Lancaster Road, PR1 1DA

Subway –  Miller Arcade, PR1 2QY

Baluga, Miller Arcade, Lancashire, PR1 2QY

Level – Lancaster Road, PR1 1HT

Cafune 35 Market Place, PR1 2AR

Stratos – 7 Avenham Street, PR1 3BN

McDonald’s – 174 Friargate, PR1 2EJ

EastZEast – 19 Church Street, PR1 3BQ

Subway – 10 Friargate, PR1 2AUA

Ravenous – 12 Cannon Street, PR1 3NR

Paluca’s – Guildhall Street, PR1 3NU

Wings and Beer Co – 37-38, Cannon Street, PR1 3NT

We Dont Give a Fork – 20 Guildhall Street, PR1 3NU

Raffles Coffee House – 29 Friargate Walk St. Georges Shopping Centre, PR1 2NQ

Brew and Bake – New Market, Earl Street, PR1 2JA

Cherry Pie Coffee & Co  – Market Hall, Earl Street , PR1 2JA

Thai Orchid – 33 Cannon Street, PR1 3NS

King Dumpling – 87 Lancaster Road, PR1 2QJ

Taste of Turkey 22-24, Manchester Road, PR1 3YH

Kimji Korean – 12 Winckley Street, PR1 2AA

The Cafe Bar – 11b Winckley Street, PR1 2AA

Tino’s – Hill Street, PR1 2BB

German Doner Kebab –7 Fleet Street, PR1 2UT

Azuma – 125-126 Friargate, PR1 2EE

Theatre Street Bar & Grill – 3b Theatre Street, PR1 8BQ

Moka cafe bar and restaurant –  Fishergate, PR1 2NJ

Grillaz – 121-122 Friargate, PR1 2EE

Bistrot Pierre – 83b, Fishergate, PR1 2NJ

Town House Coffee and Brew Bar – 62 Friargate, PR1 2AT

Plau – 115 Friargate, PR1 2EE

Shahzaad Tandoori Restaurant – 64 Friargate, PR1 2AT

McDonald’s – Fishergate Centre, PR1 8HJ

MOKA on the Balcony – Fishergate Centre, PR1 8HJ

The New York Pizza Co –  40-60 Walker Street, PR1 2RQ

Street Food Preston Ltd – 40-60, Walker Street, PR1 2RQ

Baba’s Biryani – 40-60, Walker Street, PR1 2RQ

Chicos – 133 Manchester Road, PR1 4HL

Starbucks – Fishergate Shopping Centre, PR1 8HL

Cool Panda – 90-91, Friargate, PR1 2ED

Fiza Foods Ltd – Unit 3C, Osbourne Street, PR1 6PZ

Traian Ltd/ Steakhouse Saloon – 100 New Hall Lane, Lancashire, PR1 4DT

Subway – 73 Fylde Road, Lancashire, PR1 2XQ

Manjaros – 79 London Road, PR1 4BA

Flipout Preston- Mercer Street, PR1 4LQ

The Destination – 1a Fishwick Park, Mercer Street, PR1 4LQ

The Continental – South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JP

Mastersons – 32 Garstang Road, PR1 1NA

House of Gelato – 32 Garstang Road, PR1 1NA

Tang – 241 Fylde Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, PR2 2NH

Top Cafe – 248 Ribbleton Lane, PR1 5EB

RK Dining – 75-77 Plungington Road, PR1 7EN

Gusto Italia – 6-8, Watery Lane, Ashton-on-Ribble, PR2 2NN

Rosemary on the Park – Moor Avenue, PR1 6AU

McDonald’s – Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale, PR5 4AW

Starbucks – Unit 8, Capitol Centre, PR5 4AW

The Yew Tree – 100 Victoria Road, Walton le Dale, Lancashire, PR5 4AU

Goffys – Deepdale Retail Park, Blackpool Road, PR1 6QY

McDonald’s – Deepdale Retail Park, Blackpool Road, PR1 6QY

KFC – Deepdale Park Blackpool Road, Lancashire, PR1 6QY

Pinocchios- 34 Chorley Road, Walton-le-Dale, PR5 4JA

Marinos – 156 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, PR2 8AH

No 15 Cafe – 15 Priory Lane, Penwortham, PR1 0AR

Plungington Hotel – 67 Lytham Road, Fulwood, PR2 3AR

The Hunters – Hennel Lane, Lostock Hall, PR5 5UL

Lime Bar Lounge – 42a Liverpool Road, Penwortham, PR1 0DQ

Ristorante Salvatore’s – 61-63 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, PR1 9XD

Tap and Vine – 69 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, PR1 9XD

The Cow Shed – 85 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, PR1 0QB

Preston Golf Club – Fulwood Hall Lane, Fulwood, PR2 4DD

McDonald’s – Pedders Way, Ashton-on-Ribble, PR2 2TX

Booths – Millbrook Way, Penwortham, Lancashire, PR1 0XW

The Sir Tom Finney – Central Drive, Penwortham, PR1 0NL

The Beam and Brycg – 2 Station Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6QL

Walton Arms – St. Aidans Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6GD

KFC – 456-458 Leyland Road, Lostock Hall, PR5 5RY

McDonald’s – Asda Supermarket, Pittman Way, Fulwood, PR2 9NP

Booths Cafe –  260 Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, PR2 9HD

The Ginger Bistro – 333 Garstang Road, Fulwood, PR2 9UP

Withy Arms – 122 Station Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6QP

Lyn’s Lunch Box – 14 Birkdale Drive, Ashton-on-Ribble, PR2 1UL

Subway Tickled Trout Services – Riverside Filling Station, Preston New Road, PR5 0UJ

Lillybetts – 784 Blackpool Road, Lea, PR2 1XL

Tiny TeaCups Play Cafe Ltd – Unit 4, Cotton Mill Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6LF

The Mill Cafe –  St Catherines Park, Lostock Lane, PR5 5XU

Subway – Unit 4, Fulwood Central, Olivers Place, Fulwood, PR2 9BQ

Clip n Climb – 1b Wyder Court, Ribbleton, PR2 5BW

WA Bar and Bistro – 2-4, Spinners Square, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6EQ

Preston Grasshoppers RFC – Lightfoot Green Lane, Fulwood, PR4 0AP

Ashton & Lea Golf Club –  Tudor Avenue, Lea, PR4 0XA

New Hall Tavern – Cuerdale Lane , Lancashire , PR5 0XA

Stickyweeds Coffee Shop – 328 Chapel Lane, New Longton, PR4 4AB

Dobbies Garden Centre – Blackpool Road, Clifton, PR4 0XL

 

Cotton Court Residents Pull Together to Deliver First Ever Online Preston Caribbean Carnival

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Cotton Court residents UK Media and Events and Fusion Software Consulting are helping the Caribbean Carnival organisers deliver the first ever online Caribbean Carnival!

The popular event returns in 2020, despite the current COVID-19 pandemic. The usual music, dancing and atmosphere of the Carnival will be missing from the streets of Preston for the first time in 46 years.

But the organisational committee, UK Media and Events and Fusion Software Consulting have been working hard behind the scenes to hold the festival’s first ever online Carnival instead.

In the inclusive nature of the Carnival they want everyone to take part and it couldn’t be easier to get involved!

1) Visit www.prestoncarnival.co.uk

2) Upload videos, photos or a message to the website that you’d like to be included as part of the online event. Remember, the image or video the organisers feel best represents the spirit of carnival will win an iPad.

3) Put your party clothes & headdress on, fire up the barbecue, make your cocktails and enjoy the Carnival online music and videos with your favourite tipple.

One of the Carnival organisers, Tracey Harris, says “This is definitely a carnival like no other, but it is important to maintain the continuity and have a different type of event that the community can still get involved with, we aim to bring the feel of Carnival into people’s homes and garden”

Sponsor, Bradley Lincoln from FYC said “As we prepare to launch our new hair care range, we felt that being part of one of the oldest cultural events in the UK was the place to start”

Danny Bee, Director of UK Media and Events said “We were excited to be selected to produce this project; it’s the first of a kind for us but it will definitely not be the last in this new normal”

 

Water Babies are getting back in the pool!

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Following the most recent Government announcement, here in England, Water Babies will be back into pools on the 25th of July! This is fantastic news, they’ve  been working so hard behind the scenes to get ready for a safe return for their customers.

The safety of customers, as well as colleagues and teachers, is and always will be, Water Babies number one priority. In compliance with government guidance, there will be several changes to the classes to ensure that the classes are a safe place to be.

They have completely redefined their safety procedures to provide the utmost level of care and consideration for all swimmers.

Water Babies believe that learning to swim is a right that every child should have, not just for the physical, emotional and cognitive benefits it offers but also for the essential lifesaving skill that it provides. They are elated to be able to begin teaching the youngest generation to be able to swim again and can’t wait to see you back in the pool. Water Babies would like to express gratitude for the patience and enduring support of their customers during this time.

The national governing bodies for swimming have released recommended guidelines for how swimming pools can start to re-open, following closures around COVID-19 earlier this year.

Water Babies have been busy working behind the scenes to ensure they can start lessons again as soon as they can, with the safety of your family and their staff as the highest priority.

On their website, they also offer practice at home techniques, and a regularly updated FAQs section. If you want any information, contact Holly and the team on 01772 921523

 

 

CompTIA Opens free IT-Ready Boot Camp At Cotton Court

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We are looking forward to hosting CompTIA and it’s tech workforce charity, Creating IT Futures eight-week information technology (IT) boot camp which is the first of its kind in the UK.  Funded in partnership with the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership as part of the DCMS Digital Skills Innovation fund, IT-Ready will offer free technical support training to help adults launch their careers in IT.

“With more than 140,000 IT jobs open in the UK and the average IT salary being 56 percent higher than the national wage, employers need more tech workers and more workers need more opportunities,” said Charles Eaton, CEO, Creating IT Futures and vice president, social innovation, CompTIA. “With IT-Ready, we help more adults get the training they need to fill tech jobs, gain an upwardly mobile career, and earn family-sustaining wages.”

 “We are delighted to be working in partnership with DCMS to support the roll-out of the IT-Ready programme in Lancashire,” said Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, director of the Lancashire Skills Hub, Lancashire LEP.  

“The initiative, which is fully aligned with needs of local business, offers Lancashire residents a fantastic opportunity to develop their digital skills and improve their employment prospects,” Lawty-Jones added. “It’s also another great example of how the Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership, which is part of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, is raising the skills of our digital workforce to boost productivity while also driving inclusive growth across the county.”

Interested adults can visit www.creatingitfutures.org/lancashire by 23rd January to enrol in the full-time, classroom-based IT-Ready boot camp classes that begin on 10th February 2020. IT – ready primarily serves:

  • Lower-income adults due to unemployment or underemployment
  • Displaced workers whose skill sets are no longer in high demand
  • Groups under-represented in the ranks of IT workers, such as women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

 

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a UK citizen or permanent resident and have 4 GCSEs (including Maths and English) or equivalent. No prior experience in tech is necessary, but a love of technology, a strong level of commitment and a drive to succeed are extremely important. 

IT-Ready students receive free tuition, learning materials, tech and soft skills training, and certification vouchers. They learn technical skills to help them successfully pass both parts of the CompTIA A+ certification exam. Plus, students receive professional development training to refine highly sought-after business skills including communication techniques, conflict management, teamworking, critical thinking and problem-solving. Graduates are prepared to apply both technical and professional skills starting day one of their first tech job. 

Creating IT Futures developed IT-Ready in 2012, and CompTIA UK Ltd staff will work with local employers to hire IT-Ready graduates in Lancashire. Within four months of graduating, 85 percent of IT-Ready students typically are working in a paid IT role with local area companies, earning £16,000 – £18,000 annually. Graduates move into help desk tech roles, building and maintaining a business’s IT environment and assisting its internal and external customers.  

Applicants should apply by 23rd January at www.creatingitfutures.org/lancashire

About Creating IT Futures
Creating IT Futures is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under-represented in the information technology industry and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure, and be successful in IT careers. Learn more at www.creatingITfutures.org.  

About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 50 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.

 

The Big PNE Sleepout

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Friday 15th November saw a team of us from Cotton Court take part in the Big PNE Sleepout. The event was organised by Preston North End in the Community, Blog Preston and BIFFA who have joined with The Foxton Centre – a Preston based charity celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.

Whilst we had time to prepare for this challenge, it wasn’t what we had expected and was much tougher than we initially thought.

We joined around 300 others who were also taking part, in the concourse at the stadium where we were handed a piece of cardboard that would act as our ‘bed’ for the night.

 

At first, it seems almost exciting to be able to take part in something that you wouldn’t usually find yourself doing. However, as the night goes on this challenge becomes exactly that and it is a hard one. The home comforts that we regularly take for granted like a comfy pillow and a nice mattress are missed. You may feel tired but to find that position that you are comfortable enough to sleep in without the luxuries that we are accustomed to is very difficult. The neck aches and back aches begin and it makes it somewhat impossible to sleep. On top of that you are battling with the cold!

 

When you do finally manage to drift off to sleep you are constantly tossing and turning meaning that you aren’t actually getting the sleep required in order to be able to feel satisfied.

This really highlighted for us what those that are homeless have to endure and on a much tougher scale. This helped us all stick it out despite some of us wanting to leave at points, because we knew that these people don’t have that choice.

It was a real eye opener being able to experience the sleepout and we are so very grateful to all of the organisers and everyone who supported us and donated. We were aiming as a team to raise £1000 and to date we have raised £1193 so a huge thank you to all of you. We sincerely hope that this money can contribute to making a difference in Preston where homelessness is a major issue.

The Sleep Out had a target of £50,000 to raise for The Foxton Centre’s Housing First scheme and has already exceeded this in online donations. 

You can have a look at our photos from the event here:

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Natwest Events 26th November 2019

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We are excited to be hosting the Back Her Business workshop on Tuesday 26th November in partnership with NatWest and Crowdfunder. The event will teach entrepreneurs all about how crowdfunding works, and how crowdfunding in general and Back Her Business, in particular, can be an effective way to get your new business up and running.

These events are a must-attend for an idea or early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs that are serious about growth!

By joining the session you’ll learn about:

  • The importance of female entrepreneurship to society
  • The Rose Review
  • Back Her Business: how people can access it and the Bank’s role
  • What crowdfunding is, and all about Crowdfunder
  • Benefits of crowdfunding, including Back Her Business match funding
  • How to crowdfund

The event is free to attend, but registration is essential:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/back-her-business-preston-turning-ideas-into-businesses-free-event-tickets-74804100077

Hope to see you there!

Cotton Court take part in the Big PNE Sleepout!

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 On Friday 15th November the Cotton Court team along with hundreds of people will be sleeping out at Preston Deepdale Stadium to raise funds for the Foxton Centre. The Foxton Centre is a Preston based charity who are committed to helping adults and young people within the local community

Helping the city’s homeless, the sleep out aims to raise £50,000 to buy a house for Preston’s rough sleepers under the charity’s Housing First initiative. You can donate to our page here 

 

Here at Cotton Court we are entering a team of around 15 people, made up of staff and customers, to sleep out and hope to raise more than £1,000 between us!

Rochelle, said: “We are very proud to be able to be a part of the Big PNE Sleepout. Homelessness is a major issue in Preston and if we can contribute to raising awareness and money to support this cause then why not be involved.”

To make a donation towards this fantastic cause please visit Cotton Court group’s fundraising page here

 

Lancashire County Council chooses Cotton Court client to deliver its £11.25m Rosebud Fund

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A support fund available for businesses in Lancashire has a new team in charge of handing out loans designed to spark growth and jobs.

Lancashire County Council has chosen investment specialist GC Business Finance (GCBF) to deliver its £11.25m Rosebud business finance fund.

The team, based at Cotton Court, will oversee Rosebud loans from £10,000 to £300,000 for growing businesses over the next five years and will work alongside Lancashire County Developments.

It delivers more than £60m in finance to over 5,000 small and medium-sized enterprises each year. This includes managing the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund’s ‘microfinance’ funds, providing loans of between £25,000 and £100,000 to businesses across the powerhouse area.

Rosebud aims to create around 150 new jobs per year and will focus on sectors such as aerospace; advanced manufacturing; digital and creative; energy and environment; health innovation; and financial and professional services.

County councillor Michael Green, a cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, said: “Over the last 30 years Rosebud has helped thousands of businesses across Lancashire to expand by tapping into finance to create new jobs, move premises and invest in technology. We’re incredibly pleased to be able to allocate a further £11.25m pounds to support growing Lancashire businesses to achieve their growth aspirations.”

Andy Walker, head of business growth and innovation at Lancashire County Council, said: “GC Business Finance already works closely with the Access 2 Finance service in Lancashire and has strong relationships with local businesses and the professional services community.

“It will help provide a seamless transition for the delivery of Rosebud finance, helping businesses create employment opportunities, especially the graduate-level jobs that can help us retain talent in Lancashire.”

 

Paul Breen, director of GC Business Finance, said: “Lancashire is a strong and vibrant economy and home to a vast number of successful businesses. However, some companies struggle to access funding through traditional means which is where Rosebud can play a vital role.”

Businesses interested in applying for Rosebud finance can do so through the county council website or Boost Business Lancashire. Applications for finance will be considered from businesses based in the administrative area of the council.

“Alongside GC Business Finance, the Growth Company is heading up a new initiative that has been launched across Lancashire to boost business productivity. Skills Support for the Workforce is a fully-funded programme designed to help employers bridge skills gaps in their organisation through bespoke training. Businesses can access a range of accredited and non-accredited programmes to help them upskill their staff – helping employees to progress in their careers. Skills Support for the Workforce aims to enhance staff productivity, increase morale and improve staff retention in organisations across the county”.

If you’d like more information on Skills Support for the Workforce in Lancashire and to see if your business is eligible, call 01772 920 750 or email WorkforceLancs@gcskills-support.uk.