Business Matters

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the thriving Preston and Fylde areas, where business always matters

Award win
The Baxter Group has been awarded Construction Business of the Year at the Wyre Business Awards 2019. This fantastic accolade completes an impressive year for the Baxter Group, which has taken on its largest development to date at Garstang Golf Club. Ian Baxter, group chairman said: “We are truly delighted to have won such a prestigious award in a very competitive category.”

Outdoor play for pupils with complex needs
A Cambridgeshire school, which provides specialist educational support for children with complex physical and mental needs, has benefitted from the generosity of a Preston-based businessman. Jon Price is head of marketing at Complete Care Shop, which offers over 3,500 disability, mobility, therapeutic and daily living aid products online. He became co-director of Preston-based Complete Care Shop in 2011. Jon has supplied 30 bright, colourful bespoke wheelchair ponchos from its online range.

Apprentices win medals
After excelling in the National Qualifiers which took place in the summer, BAE Systems Air apprentices Abigail Stansfield from Clitheroe and Jake Room from Preston, have been named among the best apprentices in the The WorldSkills UK Finals. Abigail took home Bronze in CNC Milling and Jake Silver in CNC Turning. The WorldSkills UK Finals was hosted at the Birmingham NEC.

Cricket club strikes up relationship
Redrow Homes and Fylde Cricket Club have become good neighbours. Since starting work on homes in Poulton-le-Fylde over three years ago, the housebuilder has provided £5,000 to the club, which plays on the pitches next door. Redrow works hard to engage with the communities in which it builds. The cricket club, located on Moorland Road, is home to both senior and junior teams and has over 100 members that range in age from nine to 70 years.

Emerging talent
Warton based engineer at BAE systems, April Wiles, has picked up the Emerging Talent Award at the annual Women in Defence Awards. The award recognises individuals who act as role models for engineering and for this April was a shining example. The nomination described April’s outstanding contribution to the company’s Challenger 2 tank ‘Black Night’ upgrade vehicle programme. In June this year, April, 26, moved across to the Air sector in June and works as an aerodynamicist.

New adventure for entrepreneurs
Lancashire go-getters Ian and Lorraine Kearney have launched an exciting, innovative and ambitious new business venture which will help with the regeneration of Chorley town centre. ‘Escape’ Entertainment Venue will feature top quality leisure and entertainment. Located within a brand-new complex in Union Street, Chorley. On offer will be ten pin bowling, the ‘Gator Golf Adventure and Oasis Bar and Restaurant with a traditional pizza oven. The venue opened late December.

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