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Preston entrepreneur wows Lancashire business leaders

The entrepreneur responsible for the transformation of Preston’s Guild Hall wowed a packed house of Downtown Lancashire members at an exclusive Leaders Lunch at the city’s Villa Italia restaurant last week. Simon Rigby, who earned around £30m from utilities company Spice in 2008, gave an entertaining and inspiring presentation about ...

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Northern Powerhouse paralysed by Brexit obsession says McKenna

The Chief Executive and Group Chairman of business lobby group and networking club Downtown in Business, Frank McKenna, has expressed his concern at the lack of progress and commitment on devolution and the Northern Powerhouse from a government that he says is “paralysed by all things Brexit.” Speaking ahead of ...

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Downtown to launch new website

Downtown in Business will be launching a dynamic new website early next month that will help our members explore the many benefits of Downtown quicker and easier than ever before. The updated design, which has been designed and developed by Downtown’s Creative Partner KODE., will deliver a fresher, cleaner look ...

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Downtown discusses retaining talent at power panel

The Preston International hotel hosted a selection of Lancashire’s Professional Services business leaders discussing the ins and outs of the industry as well as the local effect on its recruitment, retaining staff and developing a narrative across Lancashire. Chaired by BLM Laws Mark Alexander, John Chesworth of Harrison Drury kicked ...

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LTCC August - Register now

The relaunch of the Last Thursday Construction Club (LTCC) got off to a flying start in July, with over 200 property professionals joining the events in London and Manchester. We are set to do it all again on 30th August, and places are limited. To book your complimentary ticket for ...

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The Power of Digital

Words by: Clare Hanrahan, SO SME Acquisition Manager Marketing, Virgin Media Business.   Through my line of work I constantly hear sound bites about digital transformation. Everyone knows that embracing digital is important in order to grow and develop as a business, but what does digital transformation actually mean and what ...

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SET for teaching success

Blackburn College are celebrating the culmination of the first year of an innovative teaching training programme designed to promote SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) within Further Education (FE). Funded by the Education and Training Foundation, the 'SET for Teaching Success' programme has been designed to recruit and train teachers of ...

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CRO For Fledglings - Using Data To Unlock Growth In Your Business

Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) empowers you to make improvements to your website that - without any doubt - will boost its performance. Our introductory session explains how CRO is used by businesses to: increase e-commerce sales improve enquiry rates drive new sign-ups and registrations. We’ll show how CRO allows you ...

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How does the ‘incapacity crisis’ affect me?

In a recent report, findings show that 70% of people would want their families to make decisions for them if they lost capacity, but 79% of people haven’t discussed this with relatives. Head of Harrison Drury’s private client team, Eve Carter, discusses With the advances in health and social care more ...

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Bowker Motor Group Agrees New AFC Fylde Mill Farm Stadium Stand Partnership

Bowker Motor Group has agreed a two-year corporate partnership extension with AFC Fylde. The partnership will see the Lancashire-based automotive retailer extend its sponsorship of the West Stand at the the club’s Mill Farm Stadium in Wesham. The West Stand will carry Bowker Motor Group’s name for another two years, ...

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