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Breaking news…. Lancashire accountants taken over

  Lancashire-based accountancy practice Cassons has been acquired by a fast-growing £320m national group.   No figure has been put on the takeover deal. Les Nutter, managing partner at Cassons, said joining Baldwins would enable the business” to continue to…

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Spring Budget recap and reaction

Chancellor Philip Hammond this afternoon signalled tax rises for the self-employed and company directors as he pledged to lay the groundwork for a “brighter future” for Britain as it looked to leave the EU. However small businesses leaders warned his…

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Red Rose Awards a 1,100 sell-out for fourth year running!

Lancashire’s biggest celebration of business is a 1,100-plus sell-out – for the fourth consecutive year. Red Rose Awards, which was first launched in 2011, takes place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on March 9. Guests will enjoy a lively evening, with…

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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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