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Bridge the skills gap

By David Sharpe, corporate finance director, Pierce. With employers in England spending less on training than a decade ago and national concerns about a post-Brexit skills gap, businesses must act now to build the future workforce. In Lancashire, the number of…

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Supply Chain Connect; Views from across the supply chain

Article sponsored by RSM and Natwest. What makes Lancashire a manufacturing hotbed? Mark Lewis, commercial director, Benchmark Plastics: We have excellent motorway and road links and there many good local subcontractors. If we need some tooling, there are great engineering…
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Funding Matters; Expert View: Private Equity

By Paul Spencer, director, Haworths Article sponsored by Haworths Chartered Accountants. Often as a firm has grown, become profitable and created a professional dynamic management team, it develops opportunities to drive forward by way of acquisition, or creating circumstances that…
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All bow to the design brief

A good design brief outlines expectations and clarifies the process before the start of a project. It helps make sure the agency and the client – and all the people in-between – are heading in the same direction. By Charlie…
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Legal View: Who’s in control?

In association with:       Companies have always had to maintain certain statutory registers, for example a Register of Directors, Register of Shareholders and a Register of Charges. But as result of the Government’s vow to increase corporate transparency,…
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SME Toolkit: Learning to lead is the driver for growth

Leadership is not always the first concern when launching a new business, but it’s something that needs to be learned. So says Michael Hill, managing director of Blackburn based Optima Control Solutions which provides industrial automation solutions. He says: “In…
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Why your social media should be like Burnley FC!

One of the things we are delighted to be involved with  is taking up a business hub membership at Burnley football club.  They have fantastic facilities for local businesses here and that, combined with the amazing buzz that’s being generated around…
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The PSC Register: Are you ready for 6 April?

As well as being the start of the new tax year, 6 April is also the date that all companies (unless quoted on a recognised stock exchange) need to start compiling the information to include in their PSC Register. By Debbie…
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Countdown to mandatory gender pay gap reporting

Large businesses in the region are being warned that they need to prepare in advance of new legislation that is coming into force next month. The new rules require private and voluntary sector employers with at least 250 employees to publish information…

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