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The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the thriving Preston and Fylde areas, where business always matters

One of Blackpool’s top attractions has joined the list of tourism businesses signed up to the new We’re Good To Go Covid-safe industry standard. Around 300 businesses across the resort have signed up to the VisitEngland standard within a week of its launch. They have been joined by the famous Blackpool donkeys. After going through the usual inspection regime and the new Covid-safe guidelines, the donkey operators have been given the green light to return to the sands.

Porsche Centre Preston has marked its first birthday with a socially-distanced celebration. It follows the centre recently re-opening after lockdown. In the last 12 months, more than 10,000 people have visited the new 43,000 square feet retail centre. As a Lancashire family business, it has always focused on its role in the community and has supported some great events since opening and many organisations have enjoyed the corporate boardroom facilities for meetings.

Preston’s community organisations are being urged to apply for funds to support projects that are helping to make the city a safer place. Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has relaunched the Community Action Fund and is pushing for more to use the fund. Grants have already been awarded to 26 organisations from a fund of over £60,000. The commissioner has recognised that projects may need to be delivered differently during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Lancashire Business View Sub36 Awards, in association with Positive Pennine, which celebrate the most exciting talent emerging from the Lancashire business community, will take place online this year with a not-to-be-missed virtual event. Dedicated to employees, entrepreneurs and business owners aged under 36, the Sub36 calendar of events has become known for its fun and informal appeal, with the annual awards ceremony becoming a must-attend celebration. New categories include, Made in Lancashire Award, Go Green and Commitment to Skills Award.

Buckshaw Bunnies Childcare has expanded and created jobs with the opening of a second site. The opening of Little Manor Day Nursery in Adlington will build upon the success of the company’s Gelston Manor nursery in Whittle-le-Woods. The building is currently being renovated, with a view to being able to book visits for prospective parents in August and opening early in September. It will have space for 56 children of a variety of ages.

The public has been invited to help shape Blackpool’s future. The resort is one of 101 towns across the country in line for a ‘Town Deal’ with an investment of up to £25m in each place as part of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund. It is a new government scheme providing an opportunity for a better Blackpool and is aimed at strengthening the local economy as it builds for the future post Covid-19.

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