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This year, local creative marketing agency Root Fifty-Two turns 13, and to celebrate, they’ve been working hard to develop a new look which will mark the occasion, realigning the brand with their values, position in the market and company philosophy following years of gradual development.
“Root Fifty-Two began with me working from home, growing a client base and spending most of my time on design for print projects,” explains R52 Managing Director, Kimberley Thompson. “In the 13 years since I set up the company, it has continued to grow steadily, with three new members of staff welcomed into our midst in the last 12 months alone, bringing our total to eight. We’ve also expanded beyond design for print to offer web design and development services and, most recently, we’ve brought on board a copywriter and a social media executive so that every service we offer is now managed in-house by a member of our own team.”

Two Ribble Valley sports centres netted £70,000 to fund a covid-safe reopening. Ribble Valley Borough Council is one of 266 local authorities across the UK to secure a slice of the £100million National Leisure Recovery Fund aimed at supporting the reopening of publicly-owned sports centres. The cash has been used to reopen Roefield Leisure Centre in Clitheroe and the Longridge Community Gym.
Councillor Ricky Newmark, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “Leisure facilities play a vital role in supporting the health of our residents, particularly those living in isolated communities.”

Some businesses in Ribble Valley can expect to receive two business rates bills this year. In the 2021 budget, the Chancellor extended the 100 per cent discount in business rates for eligible nurseries and retail, hospitality and leisure businesses to 30th June. A further 66 per cent discount will apply from 1st July to 31st March 2022 subject to certain criteria.
Legislation requires local authorities to assume entitlement to the discount when issuing bills, meaning Ribble Valley businesses will soon receive bills showing a 100 per cent discount for the whole year. They will then receive a revised bill in July for the 33 per cent in business rates due for the remainder of the financial year.

Redrow has completed the purchase of a 3.5 acre site in Lancashire’s scenic Ribble Valley as it builds its portfolio of land in the region. Situated off Dale View, in the village of Billington, Redrow’s proposals for the location, subject to planning, include 26 detached homes for private sale, plus eight affordable apartments and two affordable semi-detached bungalows for over-55s. The land purchase follows another acquisition by Redrow of almost five acres in Fulwood, Preston.
Claire Jarvis, managing director for Redrow (Lancashire), said: “These two new acquisitions are part of our ongoing drive to buy land in 2021 and build a strong pipeline of sites for the future. We are actively looking for new development land in the Ribble Valley area.”
Redrow is already active in the Ribble Valley, currently selling new homes at Oak Leigh Gardens in Barrow and believes the property market in the area is strong.

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