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Lancashire Wildlife Trusts Brockholes Nature Reserve has revealed plans for a phased re opening. Earlier this month the car park and play area for visitors opened, but the Visitor Village and facilities will remain closed for the time being. Alan Wright, Communications Manager for the Trust said: “We would love to open up all of the facilities in one go, but the amount of work behind getting everything ready, and most importantly safe for the return of visitors is phenomenal.”

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in collaboration with partners, has successfully secured £34.1 million from the Getting Building Better Fund. Steve Fogg, Chairman of the LEP said, “I am delighted Lancashire has managed to secure £34.1m to help drive economic growth in the county. Money received from this fund will be invested in projects which will create jobs and invest in much needed infrastructure improvements, helping the county recover and bounce back quicker.’’

Responding to the announcement from the Government about a new £10m package to help kickstart tourism, Rachel McQueen, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “We very much welcome the news of sector specific grant support for tourism businesses in England, it is exactly the type of initiative that we have been calling for.”

Two Lancashire enterprises have earned praise from Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis. Clitheroe-born commercial photographer Jak Spedding scooped a coveted small business award for his interiors and architecture photography firm which was chosen to be featured in Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday campaign. Known across Twitter by the #SBS hashtag, the campaign sees businesses pitch their commercial offering to Paphitis in a single tweet every Sunday evening. The TV dragon selects six winners out of thousands of entries each week. Winners receive a retweet from Paphitis to his 500k followers and a featured profile on the Small Business Sunday website.

Sarah Bentley Solicitors has added financial support to a revolutionary fitness-based recovery programme aimed at beating addiction in East Lancashire. The 180 Project – which operates from CrossFit Clitheroe, is a not-for-profit project where people recovering from addictions use exercise and training to break negative lifecycles. Whalley-based Sarah is an active member at CrossFit Clitheroe and a trustee/director at the 180 Project. Anyone wishing to follow Sarah in becoming a corporate sponsor please contact:

Longridge-based Singletons & Co has appointed an additional member of staff to its new product development team, to support its ongoing commitment to creating new dairy products that are distributed worldwide. Emma Hogarth joins the company as NPD co-ordinator and will be responsible for developing new flavours and blends of cheese and fulfilling customer-specific briefs for the retailers, wholesalers and food service businesses that the cheesemaker works with across the UK, US and beyond. Emma said: “I have a real passion for food and want to ensure Singletons & Co products will stand out and exceed customer and consumer expectations.”

The team at Holden Clough nursery were delighted to discover that the garden centre has been listed 16th in the Sunday Times 30 Best UK Garden Centres, published shortly after garden centres were allowed to open. The newspaper reported: “In this corner of the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, the saying goes that if a plant will grow at Holden Clough it will grow anywhere.” Commenting on social media following the announcement, the Holden Clough team said: “A total surprise to us and just to prove our social distancing booking system is working well and our reputation for quality plants is going strong!”

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