Cotton Court Business Centre

Latest News

10 Socially Distanced Meeting Must-Haves

By Comments Off on 10 Socially Distanced Meeting Must-Haves

Planning and organising a conference or meeting requires a great amount of forethought and consideration at the best of times. Throw in a global pandemic, and people that are responsible for organising meetings and training sessions have a number of further considerations to make in order to ensure that their delegates feel safe. 

  1. Thermal scanning is becoming a must-have layer of security for people attending meetings and events. Thermal scanners alert venue staff if someone has an elevated temperature on arrival, giving an indication of Covid symptoms and won’t be admitted to the premises. Not having this capability will add an element of risk for attendees.
  2. A spacious room with plenty of ventilation will help delegates feel more comfortable and at ease. As well as your office boardrooms, you’ll need to bear in mind that venues will also have reduced room capacities; a room that could have once held up to 25-30 delegates now might only be able to accommodate 10 people or fewer at a safe social distance.
  3. Blended training…..do you want to offer an online option? Some of the people you’d really like to attend may not be able to due to local restrictions or personal circumstances. Choosing a venue that has a strong technical offering can really open up your options. Think tracking cameras, strong internet connection, HD screens and Zoom capabilities.
  4. Risk assessments are a must have for any meeting and events planner. A venue should have a risk assessment specifically for Covid-19, outlining the potential risks and their intended precautions. You should request this from the venue prior to the event. 
  5. Look out for the Visit England GoodToGo industry standard and consumer mark, which provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for businesses and visitors that clear processes are in place in the venue.  
  6. Consider your catering…..are the venue able to provide individually packaged lunch and refreshments for your event? When there are fewer touch points in service areas your delegates will feel more confident. 
  7. How will visitor traffic be managed? Make sure the venue has something in place for managing visitor traffic, such as a one way system, particularly for larger meetings. 
  8. Keep your delegates informed. Venues are likely to be operating stricter visitor policies and people may be required to leave their personal details on arrival for test and trace records, the waiting areas may also have restrictions.
  9. Provide attendees with travel information. Letting them know about onsite or nearby parking, and any changes to public transport will be particularly helpful during this time. 
  10. Get some feedback. What did the delegates like about the event, are there any improvements you can make next time. You want delegates to be happy to return to meetings and training, and feeling safe is key, so it’s always a good idea to follow up to see how they found the experience.

Whilst the specific requirements of your meeting and industry will dictate how you plan your event and the factors you need to consider, the nine factors we’ve discussed here are a good place to start. Don’t get stressed about your event, follow a clear process and don’t be afraid to lean on your venue for support or advice.

We pride ourselves on the level of customer service we provide here at Cotton Court, and regularly help our customers and prospective customers in the planning phase of their meeting or event. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need some friendly advice around planning your next meeting.

 

Eat Out to Help Out

By Comments Off on Eat Out to Help Out

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

 

The Future of Training

By Comments Off on The Future of Training

Technology has transformed the training industry, courtesy of advances in machine learning, virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence. Corporate training practices are embracing the power of technology now more than ever before, following the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this article, we will highlight the perks of both online and face-to-face training—along with the best way to make the most of both practices.

Online Training is Important

As the name suggests, online training involves the transfer of knowledge through the internet to target audiences anywhere in the globe. Experts in a particular field or subject train workers with the help of digital resources—including video tutorials, Word documents, virtual assessments, and PDFs.

In an organisation, online training may be an ongoing process whereby employees get to continually brush up on new workplace technologies and concepts. In such cases, online training may offer some advantages over face-to-face training:

  • Greater Convenience: Users can train from anywhere in the world as long as they have a reliable internet connection. Information (e.g., training videos, notes, and support) is readily accessible facilitating a faster learning experience.
  • Cost-Effective: Sure, online training may demand a high initial investment—owing to the purchase of laptops, internet subscriptions, and enrolment. But in the long-run, it’s a cheaper option than face-to-face training.
  • Game Elements: Gamification has been shown to improve knowledge retention and user engagement. With online training, you can seamlessly incorporate game elements.

Face-to-Face Training is Still Relevant

The advantages of online training and the importance of technology cannot be denied! However, there is one factor that is more fundamental…humans as inherently social beings. We constantly crave human interaction and connections—even in a world characterised by telecommunication. Personal interactions help develop meaningful relationships—making it the best way to communicate and learn.

When it comes to training, face-to-face training offers a crucial learning experience that cannot be achieved through online training. Here are some of the benefits of physical human interaction:

  • Dynamic Personal Relationship: Not all workplace skills can be taught online. Some demand a hands-on experience in a real-world setting. In certain scenarios, interacting directly with the tutor can prove to be more fulfilling than online training.
  • Clear and Elaborate: In virtual training, there’s always the risk of misinterpretation and miscommunication. Sometimes it’s hard to properly convey emotions through email or chat. Physical human interaction allows both the instructor and the trainee to better read tones, mannerisms, and body language.
  • Networking Opportunities: Face-to-face interactions facilitate richer networking relationships—and the building of stronger interpersonal bonds.
  • Memorable Experiences: Trainees can retain information and learn skills more effectively in a face-to-face setting. It’s easier to maintain attention—and the instructor can easily spot trainees who are drifting off or struggling.
  • Engagement and Feedback : Online training doesn’t lend itself nearly as well to training/discussions which rely on delegate engagement and feedback. Ideas may be stifled as delegates seem less willing to speak up and participate in online meetings.

Leveraging the Best of Both Worlds – Blended Training

Online training is convenient, but it’s not a substitute for face-to-face human interaction. For this reason, organisations can improve the quality and effectiveness of their training methods by retaining face-to-face meeting and embracing online training.

Blended training is a method of learning whereby instructor-led training is seamlessly combined with web-based technology—hence improving the outcome. Rather than stress over replacing one method with the other, blended training leverages the best of both worlds.

At Cotton Court, we added a tracking camera to our training suites so that trainers can present naturally to both a face-to-face group, and also stream the training to an online audience.

Digital Touch – Lockdown Reconnecting us With Our Photographic Histories

By Comments Off on Digital Touch – Lockdown Reconnecting us With Our Photographic Histories

We caught up with Jilly Jackson of Digital Touch and she discussed how their photo editing and retouching services have seen a surge in popularity as people are reconnecting with their photographic histories, during the lock down. 

Many people have used the period to remind themselves what is really important in their lives, and photographs are one of the best conduits we have to the past. Digital Touch feel that this is due to nostalgic social media photo challenges, the gaining popularity of sorting through old photo albums, and people reminding themselves that what’s gone before will come again. 

Read their blog about it here.

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

By Comments Off on Cotton Court Residents Pull Together to Deliver First Ever Online Preston Caribbean Carnival

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”

 

Reimagining the Future of Workspaces – Flexibility Takes Centre Stage

By Comments Off on Reimagining the Future of Workspaces – Flexibility Takes Centre Stage

As the world evolves, so must workspaces. Technological advancements have revolutionised the business landscape at an unprecedented rate; from e-commerce to automation. In the workplace, this translates to increased flexibility and mobility in the way we work.

To improve workplace productivity and motivate employees, businesses must adopt office practices that complement the ongoing trend in the labor market; flexibility and mobility.

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

Winston Churchill,

A growing number of organisations are realising the importance of flexible workspaces. Startups, SMEs, and Fortune 500 companies are embracing the changing tides in the industry. But what are the benefits of flexible workspaces? What do businesses stand to gain from flexible serviced offices.

What Exactly is a Flexible Workspace?

A flexible workspace is basically a fully-serviced office that requires little-to-no set-up costs, and minimal time to set up. It offers the features of a conventional office, but without the hassle of designing, set up, and long term leases.

The idea of flexible workspaces is rooted in the concept of co-working. Co-working spaces offer a centralised shared area, surrounded by small or large private offices. The shared area typically houses various amenities, lounges, and conference rooms. This gives employees flexibility and mobility throughout the day.

What are the Benefits of a Flexible/Collaborative Workspace?

Regardless of your company size, flexible workspaces offer value to both the employees and the business.

  1. Agility

Market expectations and consumer habits are constantly evolving. As priorities shift, organisations must align their workforce to correspond to the changes. This fast-moving world demands a certain level of agility; which is offered by flexible workspaces.

One of the main benefits of a serviced office is the flexibility offered with contracts and leases. Businesses no longer need to be tied to a fixed lease,meaning they can enjoy greater flexibility as market conditions change. For example, a company can deployer a project team closer to a target market for a short period and relocate immediately after finishing the project.

  1. Cost-Saving

Flexible workspaces significantly improve the bottom line by allowing businesses to cut costs. Businesses only pay for what they need now, on a month-by-month basis, rather than what they may need two years down the line.

For example, if you’re setting up a regional office and you have around 10 employees, renting a long-term full-floor office would result in unnecessary costs and wasted space. But if those employees were placed in a flexible workspace, they would still enjoy the perks of dedicated office space, minus the costs of a traditional model.

  1. Foster Connection and Interaction

In an increasingly virtual world, characterised by improved connectivity and remote working; does working from an office still offer benefits? Or is working from home the new normal?

The truth of the matter is that people who thought working from home would be great are now recognising that the office plays an important role. An article appearing in the Harvard Business Review notes that “face-to-face interactions are by far the most important activity in an office.”

Employers also have to consider the needs and preferences of employees

  1. Employees Comfort and Motivation

Flexible workspaces are designed for activity-based working that aligns to the employees’ working style. This gives employees greater flexibility over how and where they work thereby increasing their productivity, work quality, and satisfaction. According to a study by Herman Miller, worker comfort affects operational efficiency by increasing job satisfaction, retention, productivity, and well-being.

  1. Improved Scalability

Looking to expand your business? Planning to build a team in a test market before entry? Serviced offices allow you to scale, regardless of your company size. Setting up an office is fast and moving in is easy, especially since operational tasks are catered for.

Takeaway

Flexible offices offer a ton of benefits that can improve the bottom line, while fostering employee satisfaction. Businesses no longer need the kind of real estate they once did, and can therefore reduce costs.

In other words, flexible workspaces are the future! In an increasingly dynamic and fast-paced world, businesses need to adopt practices, policies, and office designs that align with the changing times.

DON’T LET HOME WORKING BE A PAIN IN THE NECK!

By Comments Off on DON’T LET HOME WORKING BE A PAIN IN THE NECK!

We caught up with Cheryle Britton, Founder of Yolo Wellbeing, who has recently launched the MSK Zoom Consultations to help employers support and manage the health of their home workers.  For as little as £5 per employee she will review their existing work arrangements and provide tips on how it can be adjusted to improve posture. She will also run through mobilisation and breathing exercises that will help ease tension in the joints and muscles.

If you are working from home you may have noticed more aches and pains than usual. Maybe your neck is stiff, or you’ve noticed your shoulders ache more; or possibly you’re experiencing pain in your lower back?

A new survey has found that a third of people working from home are experiencing musculoskeletal injuries as a result of poor posture from hunching over laptops and not having dedicated work stations set up at home.

Last year, the ONS Labour Force survey of 2018-19 found that over 6.9million working days were lost due to musculoskeletal disorders. Evidence gathered by the Labour Force Survey, over a ten year period, suggests that poor posture caused by makeshift work stations at home, will directly affect posture and the musculoskeletal health of home workers; which may result in long term absence.

What is Poor Posture, how do you avoid it?

Poor posture is caused by the joints, muscles and vertebrae being in stressful positions for prolonged periods; which results in a build up of pressure on tissues, causing tension, aches and pains.

The ideal posture is to be at right angles. Back straight, Thighs at a right angle to your body, knees at a right angle to your thighs. Wrists straight and forearms at a right angle to your biceps. Your monitor needs to be at a reasonable height so you don’t have to physically bend your neck to view your screen.

You can adjust your position using a combination of books and cushions to help raise your feet, seat or monitor, But if this doesn’t feel comfortable for you try a few of our top tips to prevent tension from creeping into your joints and muscles. 

TOP TIPS TO HELP PREVENT MUSCULOSKELETAL INJURIES

Wherever you are seated try and keep your back as straight as possible, and your monitor high enough so as you’re not bending your neck to view your screen,

Take regular breaks – getting up and changing your posture at regular intervals will alleviate the pressure on your joints, muscles and vertebrae. A 5min break after every 25mins of work is good for your health and your productivity,

Stretch. When your joints are immobile for prolonged periods of time you get a build up of Fascia, the connective tissue that wraps around your muscles; which causes tightness  and tension, and can lead to aches and pains. 

By mobilising and stretching your joints: wrists, elbows, shoulders, waist, back, knees and ankles you help to clear the excess fascia, to relieve tension and make the movement of your joints feel freer.

Poor posture can also affect your breathing, try this simple breathing exercise to help correct your posture, relax and energise you.

Sit up straight and take in a deep breath, in through your nose. As you’re breathing in imagine the air going to the very top of your head. This will lengthen your neck, and your shoulders will drop. When you can take in no more air, hold it for a second or two.

Then exhale slowly through the mouth. Let your shoulders relax, but keep sitting up straight. Keep blowing until all the air is expelled from your lungs. Normally we shallow breathe which means we hold a lot of stagnant air in the bottom of our lungs. This exercise helps to remove it,  

Take in another deep breath, in through your nose. This breathe should be deeper as you’ll be able to take in more, fresh air. Again imagine it filling up your body to the very top of your head. Hold, breathe it all out.

Do this 3-4 times. Then notice how much calmer and more relaxed you feel. The fresh air in your lungs will help you feel more energised and focused, ready to return to work.

Cheryle held a series of wellbeing days here at Cotton Court, where our clients enjoyed the a well deserved treatment and break from work, and we are looking forward to booking another day in soon when Covid restrictions are lifted.  Yolo Wellbeing use our business phone system, which has helped Cheryle whilst remote working and keeping in touch with her clients about new services.

ABOUT YOLO WELLBEING

YOLO Wellbeing helps employers improve the physical and mental wellness of their employees; through a combination of massage and meditation; delivered in a customised, mobile, environment that has been created to intensify the feelings of calm and relaxation.

The service has been designed to be easy to implement, requiring minimum resource and minimum disruption to your business. All appointments are pre-booked via a secure online site; the YOLO Wellbeing environment is brought to your business premises; and employees only require 20minutes away from their desk to receive the treatment.

Whilst social distancing is in place to restrict the spread of Coronavirus, the YOLO Wellbeing service is suspended. However, we’re here to help provide support, information and tools you need to help keep you and your staff healthy whilst furloughed or working from home.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you please contact us or follow us on social media on the details below:

Cheryle Britton: cbritton@yolowellbeing.co.uk

01772 283139

www.yolowellbeing.co.uk

@YOLOWellbeing (Linkedin/Facebook/Instagram/ YouTube)

Water Babies are getting back in the pool!

By Comments Off on Water Babies are getting back in the pool!

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

 

 

Exciting News From Preston Partnership

By Comments Off on Exciting News From Preston Partnership

Update from Preston Partnership

Have a year on us
For the financial year 2020/21 Preston Partnership  won’t be charging membership fees to be a member. This is to support businesses who have faced unprecedented challenges and to reflect that we’ve been unable to host any face to face meetings. Sign up here. 

Shaping the future of the city

Preston’s future is bright. As towns and cities around the country work to find a path to recovery from the impact of coronavirus it’s vital that businesses and organisation come together to breathe new life into the city centre.

Preston Partnership are hosting a FREE webinar at 2pm on Monday 15th June with an update from Preston’s Towns Fund Board on development in the city.

This is your chance to learn more about work going on to bring fresh investment to the city and have your say on how this money should be spent.

Please register for a free ticket to be given information on how to log onto the event.

Welcoming you back to the city

As you may know from next week more of the city centre is opening up for business. Organisations and businesses from every sector including the Council and Preston BID are working hard to ensure this is as safe as possible for everybody.

Keep an eye on their social media accounts for more information on what’s being done to keep everyone safe as we welcome you back to the city.

Covid 19 – Support for Lancashire Businesses

By Comments Off on Covid 19 – Support for Lancashire Businesses

In the current situation, there is loads of useful advice and help available for Lancashire businesses as they feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. We wanted to share some of the great initiatives and information around, to help businesses choose the help that is right for them.

Boost Business Support – Boost have created a dedicated #BoostYourRecovery service to support businesses during the pandemic, and plan their recovery. The initiative is available for all Lancashire businesses and is led by Lancashire County Council. There is also an online Recovery Hub with resilience guides, access to Government updates and partner advice as well information about webinars, virtual drop-in sessions and other support.

North Lancs Chamber of Commerce – NWLCC have created a Coronavirus Toolkit where businesses can find a host of resources, including free training, legal information and templates, Government guidance and health & safety.

Federation of Small Businesses – FSB offer Covid information and support for small businesses including tips, articles, templates and info about available support.

Preston City Council – Preston Council have provided advice for specific business sectors and the guidelines and legislation around these sectors. This is also where businesses can apply for some of the Government Support grants.