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Community groups are invited to express an interest in acquiring Grindleton’s Buck Inn as a community facility. The owners of the inn have stated their intention to sell it, but as it is included on the Ribble Valley Register of Community Assets community groups have the right to bid to acquire it as a community facility. Community interest groups wishing to be considered are asked to write, by 6th August, to:
Diane Rice at Ribble Valley Borough Council Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe BB7 2RA
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BMI The Beardwood Hospital have retained their Macmillan Environment Mark (MQEM) which they have held for three years. The award recognises the quality of the environment in which people can access treatment, information and support for cancer. Samantha Sheehan, Executive Director at the hospital, said: “We are thrilled to yet again receive this prestigious award from Macmillan Cancer Support. The recognition highlights the effort from the entire team from within the hospital in creating an environment to deliver the highest standards of care for people affected by cancer in Blackburn and the surrounding area.”

The best Lancashire female entrepreneurs have been named as finalists in the biggest awards for businesswomen outside London. The women are all hoping to win one of the coveted Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAS) which have been created in association with women’s business network Pink Link. The 45 have been chosen from almost 1,000 entrants from the North West. The awards will be presented on 27th September at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Following an extensive recruitment and selection process the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have announced that Steve Fogg, Managing Director of Corporate Shared Services and a Member of the UK Management Board of BAE Systems, has been appointed as the new LEP Chairman with immediate effect. He takes over from Edwin Booth, the LEP’s first Chairman, who stepped down at the end of 2018 after a seven-year tenure which saw the county secure more than £1bn of investment.

Lancashire law firm Vincents Solicitors has future proofed its entire computer system across six sites including its head office in Winckley Square. Vincents’ IT manager Russell Flint, explained: “It’s been a major job and a significant investment, but Holker IT has delivered precisely what we were hoping to achieve. Such has been the growth of the company, it was time to upgrade all of our systems. Holker have been first class – we also had no downtime whatsoever and that was imperative for us.”

Whalley Cricket Club is sporting new kits after receiving a £1500 donation from the housebuilder Redrow, which has signed a three-year deal to become the new T20 match and kit sponsor at the club. The cricket club, located in the heart of the Ribble Valley, is home to three senior teams and over 100 junior members that range in ages from five to 18 years of age, as well as a girls’ team and the club regularly hosts ladies’ cricket festivals.
Paul Haworth, Junior Co-ordinator and committee member commented: “Working with Redrow will build on our community relations and hopefully encourage new families to the area to come and see what our club has to offer.”

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