Festival of Making 2023 dates revealed

The fifth edition of the National Festival of Making weekend will return to Blackburn, Lancashire on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of July 2023! 🎉 With a programme that combines art, manufacturing, making and communities, the festival weekend will present a participatory festival programme celebrating making in all its forms. The National Festival of Making is […]

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Special international recognition for UCLan Lord

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) academic, who is the youngest opposition life peer in the House of Lords, has been recognised with an international honorary award. Lord Wajid Khan, a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the MA in Community Leadership, has received the University of Gujrat’s first ever Honorary Doctorate. The honour was […]

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Accrington manufacturer doubles staff and gains global customers with Access to Finance support

An Accrington company which manufactures steel workspaces and stations is experiencing sustained turnover and staff growth after moving into a larger unit it purchased with the help of a Lancashire County Council finance service. Truesteel was formed in 1998 but began manufacturing its own custom workspace furniture around ten years ago. Its customers include Rolls […]

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Winter Gardens Blackpool begins first phase of major renovation works

Approval of over £1.7M capital investment for the venue gives the green light for the first of over 40 transformation projects The green light for over £1.7M worth of capital spend has allowed the first phase of work to begin at Winter Gardens Blackpool as part of a major investment programme in the venue. The […]

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£440m investment in final phase of £1.3bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme announced

Source: Manchester Airports Group

MAG (Manchester Airports Group) today announced a £440m investment in Manchester Airport that will create thousands of jobs and unlock billions of pounds of economic value for the North over the next decade. The investment will transform the passenger experience at the UK’s third largest airport, with new spacious facilities, state-of-the-art technology and equipment, and […]

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Taste Lancashire Ambassadors triumph at national Gastropub Awards

Lancashire pubs dominate the top 10 in the prestigious Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs 2023, awarded last night (23 January) in Suffolk*, with Parkers Arms in Newton-In-Bowland, taking the much-prized number 1 top spot. Parkers Arms was voted number 1 UK Gastropub by pub industry peers, with the Freemasons at Wiswell winning 3rd place and […]

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East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce welcomes four new members to their team

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce are thrilled to announce the addition of four new members to their team, with Mark Greenhalgh joining as Training Business Development Manager, Jemma Chadwick as Marketing Executive, Stephen Lane as Membership Recruitment Executive and finally, Maisy Hargreaves as Low Carbon Energy & Environment Advisor Apprentice. Each are an exciting investment […]

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National green energy firm reports record turnover and massive recruitment drive

National green energy firm MEG (Making Energy Greener) who have their HQ in Preston, has announced a record turnover of £6.2m in 2021, compared to £1.7m the year before, representing a 264% increase. This turn-over figure is also set to rise to £8.5m at the end of this financial year, which fits in with the […]

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Red Rose Awards finalists announced

Almost 100 businesses have earned a place in the final round of the Red Rose Awards 2023, the UK’s biggest regional business awards. After rigorous selection processes, six companies in each of the 21 categories will now be invited to Burnley FC’s Turf Moor on February 8 and 9 to present their cases in person […]

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Lancashire business owners urged to talk to ‘brilliant’ Boost as part of business support drive

The leader of Lancashire County Council has issued a call to action to Lancashire businesses to tap into the funded business support services delivered by its Growth Hub, Boost. The call by Councillor Phillippa Williamson is part of a new Helping Lancashire Businesses campaign, aimed at increasing its support to businesses across the county in […]

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hails Eden Project Morecambe following successful Levelling Up fund bid

Source: Eden Project

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove visited the site of Eden Project Morecambe today, following last night’s announcement that the project has been awarded £50m from the Levelling Up Fund. Mr Sunak and Mr Gove were given a tour of the site on the Morecambe […]

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County awarded £50m Levelling Up Fund for ambitious East Lancashire schemes 

Lancashire County Council has been awarded £50 million from the government’s Levelling Up Fund following the submission of an ambitious bid last year.  The funding for the East Lancashire scheme has been announced as part of a wider package of £200million government awards for the county.  Lancashire’s successful bid has been designed to develop a […]

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