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Despite a challenging 12 months, Lancashire-based logistics specialist Fagan & Whalley recently announced a company restructure, which has been executed to facilitate further growth. With a rich heritage spanning over 90 years, Fagan & Whalley offers transport, distribution and warehousing services across the UK and Europe. In a move to further expand, the board of directors has been extended. Joining the board will be Sam Fagan (Business Strategy Director), Daniel Fagan (Transport Operations Director), Daniel Wood (Operations Strategy Director) and Graham Clare (Business Development Director), all of whom have been valued members of the Fagan & Whalley team for several years. Stephen and Graham Fagan will remain on the board as CEOs.

Hurstwood Holdings has let Orient One – a 19,668 sq ft building in the heart of Rawtenstall town centre – to gym fit out specialists, DSC Building and Maintenance Limited on a 10-year lease. The company, which counts JD Sports amongst its clients, plans to convert the former supermarket building to create its second ‘Thrive’ gym, a state-of-the-art facility providing the latest work out equipment, a Pilates and a spinning studio as well as a healthy café. Hurstwood Holdings acquired the building, complete with 150 car parking spaces, in 2006 when it was operating as a Kwik Save supermarket before becoming a retail discount store.

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 holding the role of Senior Creative Manager. Ribble’s appointment of Picton is aligned to a dynamic strategic vision and business plan which has seen an ever-increasing demand for their award-winning, world-class range of bikes. Picton’s extensive 20-year creative experience will further enhance Ribble’s leading position, ensuring the 124-year British bicycle brand remains at the very forefront of digitally led multi-channel commerce, cutting edge design, innovative content and creative direction. Picton comments: “After spending five years in Salzburg, directing and producing sports and entertainment content for Red Bull Media House, I wanted to return to the UK and join a leading and forward-thinking British brand. I am proud and delighted to be joining Ribble Cycles.”

Marketing Lancashire recently launched a recovery plan for Lancashire tourism and hospitality. The tactical plan, developed in consultation with Lancashire’s local authority stakeholders and the LEP’s Tourism, Culture and Place sector group, as well as Marketing Lancashire’s Board and Visit Lancashire partners, sets out six key priorities to help the sector through 2021 and into 2022. It is designed to act as a bridge through to the development of an extensive sector development strategy with a view to long-term, sustainable growth.

Lancashire is bidding to become City of Culture in 2025 the first time a county-scale cultural programme will compete for the title and the first time a submission will have envisaged a county as one ‘virtual city’. Debbi Lander, Bid Director of Lancashire 2025 and Tony Attard, Chair of the Board of Lancashire 2025, have led the charge since the vision was launched in November 2019 and have now appointed a team of experts in the creation of cultural programmes and community engagement, to help deliver this once in a lifetime cultural opportunity for Lancashire.

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