Downtown News

Festival Chairman Urges County Business Leaders to Back Major Event

Lancashire business leaders came together for a special Downtown event this week, where the Chairman of the International Business Festival, Max Steinberg, outlined the programme for the biggest business event in the UK this year. The three-week, government-backed festival, will be hosted in Liverpool from 12th June. Over 100 countries ...

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Downtown partners with Financial Times for major conference

Downtown in Business has been selected by the Financial Times as the media partner for the forthcoming FT UK Business conference in Manchester. The event is taking place on 24th May at the Principal Hotel, and confirmed speakers include Jurgen Maier of Seamans, Bridgette Rosewell of Volterra Partners, and Northern Powerhouse ...

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Minister urges Lancashire to get devo deal done

Lancashire is in danger of falling behind Manchester and Liverpool if it doesn’t get its act together on devolution. That was the stark warning given to county politicians by Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry at a special ‘Devo Lancs’ event hosted by Downtown Lancashire in Business. Talking to an audience ...

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Preston chief warns 'Lancashire being left behind'

The chief executive of Preston City Council, Lorraine Norris, has warned that Lancashire is “being left behind” as political leaders across the county struggle to agree on the establishment of a Combined Authority. Speaking at a Downtown members private dinner, the Preston chief explained: “It was clear from the last ...

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Members News

Recycling Lives wins third Queen’s Award

A growing national business has won its third Queen’s Award, following 18 months of rapid expansion. Recycling Lives has won the Queen’s Award for International Trade, held to be the highest accolade for UK businesses, following wins for Sustainable Development in 2010 and 2014. The recycling and waste management company ...

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The UK’s first Digital Skills Partnership launched in Lancashire

A pioneering Government scheme to boost digital skills has been launched in Lancashire. The UK’s first Digital Skills Partnership is being piloted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in the county, in partnership with the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP’s) Skills and Employment Hub. The innovative approach ...

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Renowned Fylde Coast solicitor joins Vincents

A well-known Blackpool lawyer has joined Vincents Solicitors’ Lytham office. Lester Samuels, from Lytham, has been a recognisable face on the Fylde Coast legal scene for almost 50 years. Specialising in commercial property, leases and corporate work, Lester’s clients include numerous businesses and individuals from across the Fylde Coast and ...

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Over half of employers don't meet basic mental health support standards

Coinciding with Stress Awareness Month, workplace health and wellbeing expert, Health@Work, has revealed that 57% of UK employers do not meet the basic standards when it comes to supporting their staff with mental health. The research follows a recent study by the NHS, which found that one in three ‘sick ...

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Renewable Energy Specialists Announce Accrington Grand Opening

Renewable energy specialist, Future Energy Solutions has announced the forthcoming launch of its new, public-facing showroom in Accrington, which will open on 26th April 2018. The company has developed the showroom in order to demonstrate the wide range of highly efficient energy solutions available in today's market. With an increasing ...

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