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Queen’s Speech ‘paves the way for pro-business Brexit’

The Queen’s Speech has been heralded as paving the way for a ‘pro-business Brexit’ but criticised for being light on domestic reform. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said UK companies needed to see certainty and a commitment to low…

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KPMG to shut Preston office

Big Four accountancy firm KPMG has announced the closure of its Preston office. The company’s Lancashire base at Edward Vll Quay, which has 75 staff, will shut its doors at the end of May. In a statement today KPMG said…
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Earnings take off at BAE Systems

Defence giant BAE Systems revealed an annual sales rise of £1.1bn today as it announced its 2016 full year results. The major Lancashire employer posted sales of £19bn and underlying earnings per share of 40.3p as it also revealed it…
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Live Nation buys Lytham’s Cuffe & Taylor

Lytham-based concert and festival promoter has sold a controlling stake to global live entertainment business Live Nation. Cuffe & Taylor is one of the UK’s fastest-growing promoters with a focus on festivals and promoting artists in unusual outdoor venues. The…
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Autumn statement 2016 in review

New chancellor Philip Hammond gave his first (and last) autumn statement, which he succinctly described as, “it’s complicated, but it’s good news.” We asked Lancashire business leaders whether they agreed. Headline announcements included: An end to twice-yearly announcements. The budget will now…
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Northern Powerhouse minister puts Lancashire in the spotlight

The Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy MP has been undertaking a tour of Lancashire today (Wednesday November 9th) which includes a series of official engagements highlighting Lancashire’s significance within the Powerhouse initiative. The visit commenced with him addressing more than 200 Lancashire business leaders…
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Government reaffirms commitment to Northern Powerhouse

The Government is set to reaffirm its commitment to the Northern Powerhouse today (Wed) as new Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy begins a tour of the region.
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Clothing firm Cookson & Clegg closes with 45 job losses

Blackburn-based clothing manufacturer Cookson & Clegg has been placed into voluntary liquidation with the loss of 45 jobs, a year after being rescued by TV personality and Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant. The firm was taken over by the fashion designer…
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Ian Brown made redundant from family wallpaper giant Graham & Brown

Ian Brown, a third generation leader of the Blackburn-based family wallpaper business Graham & Brown, is being made redundant. He has been a director of the business, which was co-founded by his grandfather in 1946, since 1991. Andrew Graham, chief…

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