Business Matters

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

New start-up businesses in 2020
Preston has led the way with more start-up businesses in Lancashire during 2020. Research by Inform Direct saw an increase on 2019’s figures, despite the implications and difficulties of Covid-19. The Chamber supports start-up businesses by providing opportunities and a positive business environment, in order to help start-up companies grow and develop.

New funding for Harris Quarter
Preston City Council has been awarded £20.9m from the government’s Towns Fund for a series of regeneration projects within the city’s Harris Quarter. The funding will support redevelopment projects highlighted within the new Preston City Investment Plan which sets out a bold 15-year vision to transform the city. The Harris Quarter includes buildings, public spaces and streets surrounding the Harris Museum, Guild Hall and bus station.

Ribble Cycles appoints head of creative
Ribble Cycles has appointed Simon Picton as its new head of creative. Picton has previously worked for world-class companies including BBC, SKY and more recently at Red Bull Media House. Ribble’s appointment of Picton is aligned to a dynamic strategic vision and business plan which has seen an ever-increasing demand for its award-winning, world-class range of bikes.

Awards open for entries
The prestigious Red Rose Awards 2021 are now open for entries until Friday 20th August. Businesses can enter up to three categories. The programme of events includes a new look, new categories and new trophies – crafted by Lancashire engineers. The awards are judged by panels made up of independent business experts and sponsors. The grand final will take place on 25th November 2021.

Blackpool Illuminations Extended
Blackpool’s annual Illuminations display is to be extended by two months for a second consecutive year. VisitBlackpool announced that the Illuminations season will start on Friday 3rd September and run until Monday 3rd January, 2022. The two-month extension is intended to give the resort’s hard-hit tourism industry an added boost with the Covid-19 pandemic expected to cause further disruption over the first few months of the year.

Blackpool Airport back in charge
Blackpool Airport, owned by Blackpool Council is to bring the management and day-to-day airport operations back in-house. Transfer of the CAA licences to operate the airport into BAOL Company’s name and under its direct control, is an early step in achieving the airport’s longer term goals which are to maximise opportunities for growth and to ensure a long-term, sustainable future for one of England’s oldest airports and a key strategic asset for the Fylde Coast.

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