Business Matters

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New showroom for jewellers
Leonard Dews is due to open a bridal and fine jewellery showroom complete with gin and Champagne bar. Building work has already commenced and is due for completion May 2019. The showroom will be dedicated to the jeweller’s bridal and gift collections and is aimed at attracting a younger audience. Leonard Dews is based in Blackpool and the new showroom will be an expansion to its existing retail outlet.

New Event Space in Preston
Ecommerce website provider EKM has launched its own event space as a new commercial offer at its landmark premises in Preston. The event space was originally built for in-house events at the company’s £3.5 million offices on Caxton Road, Fulwood. The offices, which are probably most famous for the three-storey slide employees can use to leave the building, took four years to design, plan and build. Custom-built to include state-of-the-art office technology, an expansive kitchen, relaxation area and gym, they provide capacity for over 250 employees to support anticipated growth.

Award win
TISS Ltd in Blackpool has received its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise at a glittering ceremony at The Grand Hotel in St Annes. The presentation was made by Lord Shuttleworth, the Queen’s representative for Lancashire, at a ceremony attended by notable guests the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool, joint venture partners from around the globe, customers and suppliers to TISS. The award is a recognition of TISS’ commitment to providing the most innovative fuel security solutions.

New development manager
The Community Foundation for Lancashire welcomes Owen Phillips as its new development manager. Owen will be developing and implementing an overall development strategy, directly engaging and managing relationships within the Lancashire business community and with individuals who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of others in Lancashire. The Community Foundation is an independent charity which promotes local giving to address local disadvantage. It helps individuals, families, companies, charitable trusts and public sectors bodies to support and invest in communities across Lancashire.

National award for car park
The multi-storey car park at Preston Bus Station has been named among the best in the country by the British Parking Association. The car park at the Grade II-Listed building, owned by Lancashire County Council has been granted Park Mark accreditation, which is awarded following a rigorous risk assessment conducted by the police and British Parking Association. It assesses surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness of the building. The county council has also received Disabled Parking Accreditation for the car park.

New leisure entertainment
Barton Grange’s, The Flower Bowl, which includes a 1,000 sq m curling rink has recently opened. The mixed leisure destination is one of the most innovative developments at a garden centre. The single-storey building also includes 10-pin bowling, a three-screen cinema, 18 holes of crazy golf, a restaurant, chip shop and coffee shop, pool tables, shuffle board and two golf simulators. There are also lounges, bars, karaoke and kitchens.

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