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IKEA pulls out of Cuerden

The leader of Lancashire County Council has spoken of his “extreme disappointment” after Swedish furniture giant IKEA announced it was withdrawing from plans to build a new store in the county. IKEA planned to take a unit on the 65…

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Chancellor looks to build for the future

Chancellor Philip Hammond abolished stamp duty for most first-time buyers in his Budget this afternoon as he looked to get the nation building again. The change, which comes into effect immediately, will mean those buying properties worth up to £300,000…

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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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Wedded bliss for Bakery

The popular Finch Bakery, founded by identical twins Rachel and Lauren Finch, has claimed top prize for Wedding Cakes of the year at the third Great Northern Wedding Awards. The 25 year olds also bagged the 2017/18 Social Media Superstars…

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Senior resigns at Rovers

Paul Senior has resigned from his role as director of football and operations at Blackburn Rovers. The announcement came from Ewood Park today less than 24 hours after Rovers were relegated to League One. His departure came 123 days after…

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Utiligroup completes sale to Energy Services Group

NorthEdge Capital has sold Chorley-based energy technology provider Utiligroup to Energy Services Group (ESG), a leading provider of technology solutions to the retail energy and utility industries, for an undisclosed sum. The company, founded in 1997, is a provider of…

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Cuadrilla welcomes High Court verdict

Energy firm Cuadrilla has welcomed today’s High Court ruling dismissing a legal challenge against the planning consent given for its Fylde shale gas exploration site. The company described the verdict as “great news” for Lancashire businesses and workers. Anti-fracking campaigners…

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Fairpoint faces ‘year of transition’

Adlington-headquartered professional services provider Fairpoint has seen profits halved in the last 12 months and says 2017 will be “a year of transition”. The company issued a trading update today which revealed that its adjusted pre-tax profits for 2016 are…

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Miranda Barker named as new East Lancs Chamber chief executive

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce has appointed Miranda Barker as its new chief executive, following the retirement of Mike Damms who held the role for 23 years. David Sharpe, president of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “We are delighted, after an…

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