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

The latest feedback from patients at BMI The Beardwood Hospital has shown that of 543 patients who completed a feedback form following a procedure there 99 per cent were so impressed that they would recommend the hospital to their family and friends. In addition, the independent survey revealed that 98.2 per cent of those questioned said that their expectations were met or exceeded and 99 per cent said that the overall quality of their care was good or excellent. Consultant Mr Gary Cousin said: “Once again, the staff here have shown that they are putting patients first and making sure that they don’t just have a good outcome from their surgeries, but they also provide a personal reassurance that patients are in safe hands.”

Pink Link’s annual International Women’s Day at Ribby Hall Village saw women from across the North West celebrate female entrepreneurship and the positive impact that networking has on women in business. Event sponsor, the Bowker Motor Group were represented by four of their leading female employees. Amy Lancaster, Group Marketing Manager, said: “The success of women in business is very important to Bowker Motor Group. The car industry is often perceived as predominantly male, but many female colleagues enjoy successful careers in key roles throughout our business, and their success empowers us all.” After the morning session, over 120 businesswomen sat down for lunch and to listen to three outstanding speakers. Jen Coulston-Herrman shared her experiences as a hostage negotiator for the police force. Lancashire County Council’s Chairman, Anne Cheetham OBE gave a rousing speech about how she had seen the changes in women’s equality over her lifetime. The third speaker of the day, Codilia Gapare, who discovered that she had breast cancer on the same day as her interview for a law degree at university. It was her personal experience of the side-effects of treatment that led her to create C-Lash, the first false eyelashes for people who have lost their lashes. The joyous applause from the audience was a clear indication that she had touched their hearts.

Armitstead Barnett has welcomed Andrew Holmes BSc (Hons) Dip Surv MRICS MNAEA as the new Head of Residential Sales for Cumbria. Andrew is local to the area and has been working in the property industry in Cumbria all his career. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge gained over 22 years. In 2004 Andrew was elected as a Professional Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and in 2017 was elected a member of The National Association of Estate Agents. Responsibilities include the sale of all types of residential property, specialising in individual, period and country house sales throughout the Lake District National Park and part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, meeting the boundaries with the North Lancashire office. Andrew will also undertake marketing proposals and provide advice on the disposal and acquisition of all types of country houses, cottages and rural property including farms, barns, land and development projects.

More than 70 businessmen and women attended the lively launch of a new partnership looking to boost economic growth in Ribble Valley. The launch of the Ribble Valley Economic Partnership included presentations from Miranda Barker, Chief Executive of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Stephen Young, Executive Director of Growth, Environment, Transport and Community Services at Lancashire County Council. Stuart Hirst, Chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Economic Development Committee, said: “The former Ribble Valley Strategic Partnership provided a forum in which groups with an interest in the local economy could meet, but there has never been an umbrella organisation that can draw key economic sectors together, such as manufacturing, tourism or food. This new partnership will provide such a forum and meet quarterly to inform the council’s economic development work, in the first instance our Economic Development Strategy.”
Further details about future partnership activities are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s economic development team on 01200 425111.

Blackpool businesswoman, Coral Horn of Pink Link, flew the flag for the North West’s female entrepreneurs when she was chosen to work with Karren Brady. From the boardroom, to being Lord Sugar’s aide on The Apprentice, Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge is a forceful champion for women in business. Brady recently launched Strong Female Leadership, a platform which uses insights and experiences from prominent business leaders to help women to flourish within the workplace. Only six women were selected in a Twitter competition to join Brady to film her new SFL masterclass series. The filmed workshop took place at West Ham stadium where she is Vice-President of the football club. During filming situations between employer and employee, Brady interjected with suggestions how by changing her wording and body language, the employee could improve her chances. The videos will be available shortly.

Clitheroe councillors have called for support in a bid to get more people to shop locally. Last month saw Councillors Sue Hind and Pam Dowson in Clitheroe launching High Street Saturday a new national campaign day, which aims to celebrate the place of high streets at the heart of communities across the country. As part of the day, local people were asked to share photos and messages online using #HighStreetSaturday. Sue Hind commented: “High streets like Clitheroe are instrumental in bringing people together – acting as a meeting place for friends and families and supporting jobs for local people.”

A council officer is closing her ledger after 43 years in Ribble Valley Borough Council’s revenues team. Lesley Helm joined the recently-formed council in 1975 aged 16 as a junior clerk in the then treasurer’s office. After stints as a rate rebates assistant, payroll assistant and rating assistant for the old general rates system, she was appointed business rates officer in 1990, a post she has held ever since. Over the years, she has seen significant changes as Lesley explained: “The job was very different when I started. In those days, there were no computers and everything was handwritten, including bills, and we had huge rates ledgers that we kept by hand.” Testimonials have flooded in for Lesley from members of the business community. Whalley estate agent and chartered surveyor John Atherton, who is chairman of Whalley Chamber of Trade, said: “I have been dealing with Lesley for 25 years. She is extremely efficient and helpful and has provided a first-rate public service.”

Red-Fern, a digital growth agency based in Altham, have completed a rebrand and website redesign for Bright, a software development company based in Brighton. The digital partnership was created with the aim of developing new customer profiles based on real data, then designing an inbound focused website to target those personas specifically. This will enable the site to produce more quality leads for the Bright team to convert. Red-Fern and Bright will now continue the partnership by moving into post-launch content and strategy to help generate increased organic traffic and generate more leads and conversions in the future.

Manchester Airport recently celebrated the completion of the first major phase of its £1bn transformation programme. Passengers flying out of the UK’s third largest airport were welcomed onto a giant new pier, which connects to Terminal 2, for the first time. The 216m pier – longer than Manchester’s Beetham Tower is tall – provides extensive panoramic views of the airfield and will be used by all airlines currently operating out of T2. The first flights to depart were both operated by TUI airways and went to Funchal, Madeira, and Naples, Italy.

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