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First guests invited to Chorley Youth Zone

Chorley Youth Zone, currently under construction, has played host to its first group of VIP guests. More than 30 attendees, including representatives from Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council, The Queen’s Trust, and a number of founder patron organisations, were given…

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Young farmer to represent Lancashire at Lord Mayor’s Show

A young farmer from Lancashire has landed a starring role in November’s historic Lord Mayor’s Show pageant. Hannah Binns is 20 and lives on a farm near Clitheroe, where her father Thomas keeps 2,500 sheep on 1,600 acres. She is…


NPIF buys into Lancaster’s Relative Insight

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund has invested into early-stage tech company Relative Insight. Born out of a Lancaster University University research project, its language analysis technology was initially used by law enforcement to identify criminals masquerading as children in chat rooms. The…


Profit boost for Graham & Brown

A renaissance for wallpaper in the UK and growing overseas demand for quality British products has helped Graham & Brown to improved turnover and profit. The Blackburn-based wallpaper manufacturer reported an increase in turnover of 3 per cent, up to £74.8m,…


Industry recognition to boost McMurrays fortunes

McMurrays Haulage can build on its recent success with a new Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Bronze Award which will give it access to more of Europe’s biggest customers. The family-run firm, based in Accrington, has been recognised for its safety, efficiency and…


Assured secures housing scheme cleaning contract

Preston-based Assured Cleaning Services is set for a recruitment drive and a 30 per cent increase in turnover after securing a new deal with Gateway Community Housing. The contract covers daily cleaning services for 15 sites across the city, and will…


Penwortham Bypass gets green light

The proposed Penwortham Bypass, which will connect the A59 with the A582, has been granted planning approval by Lancashire County Council’s Development Control Committee. Work is set to begin on the £17.5m project before the end of the year, taking around 20 months…


Housing association buys three acre Darwen site

Hilldale Housing Association has completed the purchase of a three acre residential site with an asking price of £400,000. On Higher Croft Road, Darwen, the land was where the former Centurion Public House stood and had planning permission for 14 units. It…


Skelmersdale firm secures grant to reimagine aerosol packaging

A consortium of organisations led by Skelmersdale-based secondary packaging company TrakRap has been awarded a grant by Innovate UK to develop a prototype that could change the way aerosols are packaged and improve industry safety. The consortium, which comprises DHL,…

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