Business Matters

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

Best place to live and work
Preston has been named the most improved city in the UK to live and work – ahead of London on a range of measures. Research carried out by the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and the think tank Demos looked at employment, workers’ pay, house prices, transport, the environment, work-life-balance and inequality to rank 42 UK cities and found Preston had improved the most in its 2018 Good Growth for Cities index.

New stores
North-west outlet shopping centre, Affinity Lancashire, Fleetwood, has five new stores opening before Christmas. Clarks, Leading Labels, Ministry, Calendar Club, and a pop-up Toy shop are all set to open soon. The store openings will create up to 30 new jobs at the shopping centre and along with recently opened café, @Katie’s and the upsized Beauty Outlet, Affinity Lancashire will have had seven new store openings in 2018. This influx of new retailers comes after a major rebrand earlier this year.

Chorley Live scoops top award
A popular event that brings thousands of people into Chorley town centre for a weekend of entertainment has scooped a prestigious Lancashire Tourism Award. Chorley Live beat off stiff competition from top attractions across the county to scoop the Small Event Award. The event has been running for six years and brings a variety of live entertainment to venues across the town centre ranging from the pubs and restaurants to the library, churches and even a bank.

Premium jewellers complete showroom extension
Whittles Jewellers, Preston has completed its showroom extension, which now features an exclusive Rolex room coupled with a luxury diamond suite. There will also be a new diamond suite offering a more intimate environment, where clients can select the perfect gift from Whittles’ world class, hand sourced diamonds and gemstones. In addition, it has secured a testament to its specialism in horology and been accredited as a Rolex repair centre, one of only six currently in the UK.

£5,000 farming investment project
Dairy farmer, Ian Pye from Holly Farm in Preston is benefitting from a generous grant scheme, set up by McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd to support UK farmers, owners of the Arla Cooperative, allowing him to carry out a vital animal welfare project on his farm. Ian was awarded £5,000 which will allow him to invest in a range of new equipment. The McDonald’s Grant Scheme, was launched in March this year and was set up to support the future of the British dairy industry and fund applications that are focused on providing economic benefit to the farmer’s business or making environmental improvements.

Outstanding for care rating from CQC
A local care centre has received two highly coveted industry ratings, demonstrating that it is head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to the provision of care in Fylde and the surrounding areas. Located on Main Drive in Lytham St Annes, The Hamptons has received an outstanding for care rating in its first Care Quality Commission (CQC) report, and, at the same time, has scored the maximum rating of 10 on carehome.co.uk, the leading review website for care homes in the UK.

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