Business Matters

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the thriving Ribble Valley, where business always matters

NEW APPOINTMENT
Trevor Dawson, Commercial Property Consultants, are delighted to announce further expansion with the appointment of Ian Whiteside FRICS FCABE as a Director and Head of their new Building Consultancy Department. His appointment coincides with their recent Blackburn head office move to Capricorn Park, off Junction 6 of the M65, and their impending 30th Anniversary in 2019. Ian will be based at the Blackburn headquarters but will work across all three offices in Blackburn, Burnley and Bolton.

WEDDING DOUBLE
Mellor-based Stanley House Hotel and Spa is celebrating success after securing double recognition for its wedding offering. The multi-award-winning hotel has scooped a finalist place in the ‘wedding venue’ category of the Lancashire Tourism Awards, while it has also been named a nominee in this year’s Great Northern Wedding Awards. The accomplishments follow the completion of the hotel’s latest renovation project, which has transformed its largest function suite, The Barn, into a chic and sumptuous venue for weddings.

DREAM CAREER PATH
Some might say that hospitality jobs are a short-term option, but if you ask Mark Leech, who has spent 19 years developing his role at Ribby Hall Village, he will certainly disagree. Mark, 38, has just been named Director of Operations at the five-star Holiday Village in Wrea Green, after joining the business as a student. From those humble beginnings as a part-time bar worker, Mark now finds himself in overall charge of significant swathes of this award-winning, family business. As Director of Operations, Mark will look after many of Ribby Hall Village’s diverse offerings which are available to a variety of shared audiences.

SARAH JOINS THE TEAM
Shoe experts ShoeMed in Clitheroe have recently taken on a new member of the team. Sarah Talbot, who is currently being expertly trained, joins Neil and Julia Haworth who run the King Street shop. ShoeMed supplies a wide range of specialist footwear that can be perfectly fitted for the ultimate in comfort.

PARK UP & PLUG IN
Guests with electric cars can now park up, plug in and chill out at a range of venues throughout the North West owned by the James’ Places hospitality group, including the Royal Hotel at Kirkby Lonsdale. James’ Places has long had electric charging points for servicing delivery vehicles but now the facility is available for guests at a number of venues including the Shireburn Arms at Hurst Green, Waddington Arms at Waddington and Clitheroe’s Holmes Mill.

PASSING THE BATON
It has been announced that Edwin Booth will be stepping down from his role as Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) after a highly successful seven-year tenure, which has overseen more than £1bn of investment into Lancashire. His leadership has seen the LEP become recognised as one of the strongest performing enterprise partnerships in the UK. The majority of public investment secured by the LEP has been competitively won, creating Lancashire’s largest ever growth plan – investment on a level with the elite core cities. The LEP was also the first to join the Northern Powerhouse.

BEST IN TOURISM
Marketing Lancashire has revealed the 103 finalists competing in 22 categories for this year’s Lancashire Tourism Awards, supported by headline sponsor, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). The annual Lancashire Tourism Awards are Lancashire’s only county-wide tourism and hospitality awards providing a route to the Visit England Awards for Excellence, the industry’s national honours. The winners in each of the 22 categories will be announced at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2018 black-tie dinner and awards ceremony in November. Follow all the latest news on Twitter: @MarketingLancs #LTA18

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