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Big year for devo Lancs

Lancashire will be seen as a second -rate player, and be side-lined from the opportunities emanating from the government’s Northern Powerhouse agenda if it’s political leaders don’t get their act together in 2018. That is the warning from the chief executive of Downtown Lancashire in Business Frank McKenna. Speaking ahead ...

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Hit the ground running with Downtown Lancashire in 2018

With Lancashire still not agreeing on a devolution deal, Downtown is inviting the county’s business community to get involved with a series of devolution events in the New Year to help lobby local and regional government. In a three part series, Downtown Lancashire in Business will host Cllr Simon Blackburn, ...

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Downtown Announces Growth Plans on back of Record Year

Downtown in Business is celebrating a record year as it gears up to establish the brand in two new locations in 2018. The company, which currently operates in Liverpool, Lancashire, Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham, has hit the £1million turnover mark for the first time. During the year, the company has ...

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Sir Howard urges Lancashire to get it's act together

The former chief executive of Manchester City Council, and one of the key architects of the Northern Powerhouse initiative, Sir Howard Bernstein, addressed Lancashire entrepreneurs on Thursday 30th November 2017 at a special Leaders Lunch hosted by Downtown in Business at the Samlesbury Hotel. Sir Howard spoke at length about ...

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Members News

Porsche Centre Preston Planning Permission Approved

Lancashire-based Bowker Motor Group ( received planning permission to build a new 43,000 square feet Porsche Centre in Preston. Preston City Council approved plans for the multi-million-pound transformation of the site at the junction of Watery Lane and West Strand Road in Preston at a council m

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Steadying the ship post-Carillion

Following the liquidation of Carillion, which has left many suppliers and sub-contractors facing a difficult future, Graham Bushby, RSM’s head of restructuring, advises affected businesses on their options.

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Preston hotel appoints new general manager

The Best Western Plus Samlesbury Hotel has appointed a new general manager. Constantin Betianu has taken up the reins at the Preston-based 80-bedroom hotel, which is owned by Squire Hotels. A wealth of experience in the industry, Constantin has worked in senior roles at the Marriott Hotel, Preston whilst he ...

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Last few places remaining at e-commerce event

On 31st January digital marketing agency, every1 will be linking up with Google to host an event for e-commerce businesses looking to sell more through online channels. The event, named ‘Checkout Success’, will take place at the offices of every1 in Preston. Attendees will receive practical tips and advice on ...

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