Business Matters

Business is booming across Preston and Fylde area despite this being hailed as the most challenging business year in memory

Flower Shop Blooms in Leyland
When Bridget Wrennall took over Forgot Me Not Flowers in Leyland in 2020, little did she expect to spend most of her first year navigating various lockdowns. But through hard work, roping husband Geoff in to do deliveries and other members of the family mucking in to help with doorstep collections, she has kept the florists going from strength to strength. And with a new flower school in the planning, Bridget is a woman on a mission to supply the very best flowers to the people of Leyland.

New Mobile Event Space Coming to Town
The MET is a new mobile event space planned for Preston and it will support an exciting programme of arts, cultural and community events in the city. It is the first in a series of Pop-Up projects funded by money Preston has received from the government’s Towns Fund. It is hoped The MET will be in place in summer 2021.Preston’s Pop-Up projects aim to encourage people back into the city centre and support local businesses following the pandemic. Preston received a total of £20.9m from the Towns Fund to support exciting regeneration projects in the city’s Harris Quarter.

Preston Barbershop Defies the Odds and opens amidst the pandemic
Coronavirus has hit local businesses in Lancashire hard. But a trio from Preston have decided not to let the global pandemic stand in the way of their plans to open a new barbershop. an Kean, Rob Robinson and Liam Kirkham are the proud owners of BARBA, a new barbershop in the heart of Preston city centre, which opened in April. The shop is a hub of all things barbering, offering haircuts, shaves, facial treatments and artisan coffee in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that aims to cater to every generation.

Kirkham High Street Awarded £80,000
Kirkham has been awarded an £80,000 grant from Historic England to create and deliver community-led cultural activities on the high street over the next three years. The historic Fylde coast market town is one of more than 60 across England to receive a share of £6m to deliver a Cultural Programme as part of the town’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) status which was awarded last year. This grant provides an exciting opportunity for the community to create a cultural vision for their town. It will deliver a wealth of opportunities for individuals to work with professional artists to create artwork that will animate the town. It is an exciting time for Kirkham, for the community to work together, to bring alive Kirkham’s past while improving its future prospects, assisting in its regeneration.

Next Generation Broadband Comes to Town
Work to bring full fibre connectivity within reach of almost every home and business across Preston has now started. Construction of the £30m city-wide full fibre network has begun in Frenchwood and Fishwick and is being delivered by Telent, on behalf of CityFibre. The team will use a range of construction methods while working in close partnership with Preston City Council and local communities to deliver a fast roll-out while minimising potential disruption. The overall project is expected to reach completion by 2024 but the first services will go live for people to take advantage of much sooner.

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