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The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the thriving Ribble Valley, where business always matters

In the two short years since Holmes Mill started hosting weddings the venue has become a firm favourite with Lancashire brides. This was recognised at the annual tourism awards held in November. Couples looking for a wedding venue are invited to contact the dedicated wedding team on 01200 407183 to arrange a personal show around.

A Lancashire apprentice has taken top honours in a prestigious national competition to celebrate apprentices in the UK. Natalie White, an Early Careers Advisor at the National Nuclear Laboratory in Warrington, won the Royal Air Force Award for Apprenticeship Champion of the Year 2018 which was announced at a ceremony in London. Natalie, from Leyland, said: “I am over the moon to have won this award as I am passionate about promoting apprenticeships because they offer young people a route through to a rewarding and valuable career and I hope my winning this award inspires more people to consider apprenticeships as a career option.” This year, the Excellence in Apprenticeships themed awards ceremony showcased individual and employer success stories, recognising apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career and enabler of business growth.

Blackburn’s National Festival of Making won the Best Non Music Festival at the recent UK Festival Awards which took place at the Troxy in London where 700 guests gathered for the biggest festival industry event of the year. The 2018 Festival of Making, took place over two days during the summer, with some long term projects running throughout the year. The festival, an annual event, takes over the streets of Blackburn with music, markets, street food, art, performance, tours, talks and an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Things are really buzzing for Ribble Valley estate agent Luke Robinson. For Luke, who lives in Rimington, near Clitheroe, has helped his family-run agency, The Bee Hive, scoop its second major success in a matter of months. The Bee Hive, with headquarters in Burnley, has been named runner-up in the North West (Lancashire) by the British Property Awards 2018. And the accolade – now putting Luke’s business firmly among the country’s top estate agents – comes on the back of the family firm taking ‘gold’ as Burnley’s top estate agent. “It’s a great double for us,” said Luke, business development director. “To be officially recognised by something as prestigious as the British Property Awards is very pleasing.”

Whalley-based BEK, a small environmental practice that provides professional services to the construction industry, recently retained the Best Micro-Business Award at the Ribble Valley Business Awards. Founded in 2014, the business has recently taken on a new member of the work force, graduate Alice Molyneux, to meet the company’s increasing work load. Alice will be working with the current three-strong team and will gain experience in a wide range of disciplines, specialising in contaminated land risk assessment.

Flowers With Passion based in Longridge have scooped another award. The florists picked up the Highly Commended prize at the Wedding Industry Awards held at Bartle Hall just outside of Preston. Business owner Sara Barrow who has previously won RHS Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and Tatton Park, thanked everyone who voted in the awards adding that it was an honour to be involved in such a creative industry which brings joy to people every day.

Television presenter and journalist Ranvir Singh has been officially welcomed as the county’s newest Lancashire ambassador by Rachel McQueen, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire and Tony Attard OBE, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marketing Lancashire. The announcement was made ahead of a recent Lancashire Day event held at the House of Commons, hosted by Andrew Stephenson MP and attended by MPs and representatives from the Department of International Trade, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the National Farmers Union, Visit England, Virgin Trains and Lancastrians in London.

BMI Beardwood Hospital in Blackburn, is ending the use of plastic and non-recyclable cups, and replacing them with recyclable and compostable versions. Altogether, the hospital uses almost 25,000 single-use disposable coffee/tea cups and a further 8,000 water cups, each year. By the end 2018, all patients and visitors will instead be offered recyclable paper water cups and compostable paper coffee cups, which break down within 30 days after use, leaving no adverse effects on the environment. The new cups are the latest in a drive to replace non-essential single-use plastics. BMI Beardwood Hospital has already replaced plastic spoons with wooden stirrers and plastic cutlery with bamboo knives, forks and spoons.

Senior members of staff from Springhill Care Group went on an equine-inspired team building exercise to help them learn how to connect and communicate more effectively with staff. Three employees from Springhill went on the training session and praised the benefits of using horses for powerful learning experiences. Shirley Waling, Vicky Sudworth and Emma Kay attended the programme, which combines interactions with horses on the ground, without having to ride, and non-directive coaching through which participants explore and expand their emotional intelligence, leadership, communication and influencing capabilities. Catherine Howley, Co-Director at Hornby and Birtwistle who ran the programme, said: “With their prey instincts and hypersensitive awareness, horses size people up instantly and accurately. If you want a horse to co-operate and follow, you must demonstrate real leadership.”

Founder and executive director of multi-award-winning Ribble FM, Kath Lord-Green is off to pastures new as she takes up a major role with Wireless. Kath has been offered a role with News Corp UK and Ireland Ltd as station director at Swansea Sound and The Wave. Wireless operates 30 leading radio brands across the UK.
On being appointed to the role Kath said: “I am sad to leave my day-to-day role at Ribble FM, it’s my baby, but rest assured I am still a director at Ribble FM and will still be involved with this fantastic community asset.”

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