Business Matters

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Local pub gets £71,000 investment
The Grapes at Goosnargh has reopened following a £71,000 investment from leading community pub company Admiral Taverns, which has seen the pub undergo a transformational refurbishment. The historic pub first opened in the 18th century as a coaching inn in the village of Goosnargh. The re-opening allowed customers and locals to get a first glimpse of the pub’s refreshed interior and exterior, including the pub’s stunning beer terrace which has been transformed.

It’s a hat-trick
2018 has been a year to celebrate for Affinity Lancashire thanks to a successful rebrand in May followed by winning Radio Wave’s 2018 Retailer of the Year award for the third time since 2015, making it a hat-trick of awards for the north-west outlet shopping centre. The Radio Wave Culture and Lifestyle Awards takes place annually to celebrate the public’s choice of favourite Fylde Coast businesses. Companies from across the Fylde Coast competed for titles in a range of categories, shortlisted and voted for by the public.

Midsummer ball raises money
A summer ball organised by Forbes Solicitors in conjunction with Handelsbanken Chorley has raised £7654.75 for a national youth charity’s new base in Chorley. The ball was in aid of Inspire Youth Zone, which aims to help young people develop new skills and socialise in a safe, positive and accessible environment. The Chorley Youth Zone, named Inspire by local young people, is a purpose-built facility for the town’s young people which has just opened in the heart of Chorley.

New personal training facility
Thrive: Optimal Human Performance is a private personal training facility based in Bamber Bridge, Preston. Opening in September, it will be a community sharing a common philosophy, recognising the importance of performance driven training on both mind and body. The focus will be on your goals, your programme, your progress and your results. Whilst giving you access to expert coaches and training in its exclusive gym.

Bee Keeping
The Booths’ Poulton store has taken its local food quite literally, it has a hive in store, or in this case, on top of it. The Poulton store keeps active hives on the roof of the supermarket, kept safe under the watchful eye of Alan from Urban Organic, who oversees the daily care of the bees. Bees are essential to keep our environment thriving and we are losing them at an alarming rate. Urban Organic is currently in talks about housing hives at other Booths stores, four hives at each chosen store.

Celebrating 70 years of success
Blundell’s Hardware is celebrating 70 years of trading on Longton’s leafy high-street by hosting a heritage weekend event over the August bank holiday. The independent retailer sells everything from household supplies to DIY and gardening products. Customers old and new will be invited to visit the original shop premises on Chapel Lane, Longton, which will house a temporary exhibition showcasing the history of the business stretching back over the past seven decades.

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