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

Congratulations to Bertram’s Restaurant on winning a World Luxury Restaurant Award for the fourth year running. Established in 2015, the World Luxury Restaurant Awards are the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury restaurant industry offering international recognition. Bertram’s, renowned for culinary excellence, forms part of the award-winning Woodland Spa which, again, won a World Luxury Spa Award.

Euro Garages billionaire brothers Zuber and Mohsin Issa, who were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, have been awarded CBEs. The brothers, who have been honoured for their services to business and charity, were named in the honours list a week after they won the battle to buy Asda from US company Walmart. Earlier this year Monte Hotels owned by the brothers, took over Ribble Valley-based hotel and spa, Stanley House, whose guests have included Robbie Williams, Jack Whitehall and David Cameron.

Whalley based footwear brand LANX has diversified from their usual ‘from the boardroom to the bar’ footwear to delve into the world of clothing. LANX has teamed up with other UK manufacturers to create a range of quality sweatshirts and t-shirts. The designs have been purposely kept minimal, so they can be worn to work, down the pub, to the footy, or on a fishing trip to the Outer Hebrides. A very limited amount of stock was launched in early October, with no plans to restock again this year. To see the full range visit:

Precious of Whalley has been listed in the top 200 shops and stores in the prestigious Drapers Inspiring Independents 2020. Drapers has been highlighting excellence in the independent fashion retail sector through their annual awards programme for more than 30 years. Precious was launched in 2009 by Marianne Hyde, who has an international buying focus – among the brands stocked are Dutch labels Yaya and Delicate Love, Australian brand the House of Inoa and French brand Miss June. Marianne, who during the pandemic, started to sell via the store’s Facebook page, Tweeted: “We are so proud to have been listed as one of the top 200 shops and stores in Drapers Inspiring Independents 2020. Many thanks to local businesswoman Hilary Cookson who nominated us and to you, our lovely customers for your ongoing loyalty and support.”

Photographer Nicola Morley of Lancashire-based Pickle Pictures recently appeared on TV after having her work selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020. Nicola who was filmed by the BBC at the launch of the exhibition, submitted an image of her late mother Sylvia Hopwood called ‘Grandma on Christmas Day’. Held without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition displays an eclectic mix of work in a variety of mediums and genres by established artists and emerging talent.

Ribble Valley based Latitude, has partnered with Enterprise City Manchester to become an on-the-ground marketing partner to support the 23 start-up tech businesses within the Exchange programme. Latitude becomes the latest company to join the prestigious list of partners at Exchange which includes Microsoft Advertising, CRSI, RSM and Code Nation. Exchange, is a new digital and technology programme for the UK’s next best start-ups. Its mission is to support 2,000 ambitious individuals within the tech sector, over a 15-year period. Sarah Clemson, Director of Latitude comments: “We are delighted to be the marketing partner for the Exchange programme, we have great experience of launching and working with start-up businesses, ensuring market position and growth is secured in those crucial few years.”

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