Clitheroe Business News

The Clitheroe-based Sugar & Layer Cake Company have become an official supplier to Harvey Nichols, Manchester, six months after launching the Moor Lane cake-making business and Pudding Parlour. The cake boutique has forged a reputation for its delicious cupcakes and celebratory cakes that are lavishly decorated. A launch party to mark their becoming an official Harvey Nichols supplier, was held in Manchester recently. Customers are now able to purchase Sugar & Layer cupcakes along with their maracarons from the prestigious store.

Work on a £1.4million scheme featuring six state-of-the-art pitches and courts at the Edisford Sports Complex in Clitheroe is kicking on. CLS Sports, one of the UK’s leading sports facility and pitch construction contractors, is on schedule to install a full-size artificial grass pitch and three sand-surfaced multi-sports courts and resurface two five-a-side football pitches, at the Edisford Road site by September. Called Ribble Valley 3G, the scheme also includes a new toilet block and community room. The new full-size artificial pitch will be FIFA and World Rugby-accredited, the five-a-side pitches FIFA-accredited and the sand-surfaced courts – suitable for tennis, netball, cricket, football and hockey – built to Lawn Tennis Association standards.

Boosting the local economy is the subject of a plan being drawn up by Ribble Valley Borough Council and residents are invited to have their say on the draft economic development plan, which outlines numerous actions around five key themes – people, places, business support and growth, connectivity and tourism. The plan was drawn up in consultation with the Ribble Valley Economic Partnership, comprising the borough council and business sector, which meets quarterly. Stuart Hirst, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s economic development committee, said: “We have an established record of working in partnership with business and community groups to promote economic growth and wellbeing. The partnership has got the ball rolling with this draft economic development plan and now it is the turn of residents, community groups and businesses to have their say.”

The plan is available at:
Comments can be sent up to 5pm on Wednesday 31st July to:, or Regeneration Department, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 2RA



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