Inspired’s two new purchases take order book beyond £30m

Kirkham-based Inspired Energy has purchased Churchcom Limited and the trade and assets of Flexible Energy Management Limited. Churchcom, which was bought for a £1.4m cash payment, is an energy procurement consultancy operating through two principal divisions, the Church Energy Purchasing Group,…

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Funding the business growth journey

As a business grows and develops, so too will its funding needs. Here are some typical stages of the business growth journey, and how finance can help meet new challenges. By Jason Gledhill, area director, corporate banking, HSBC Start-up The…

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Blackpool Enterprise Zone reports successes of first year

Since ‘going live’ in April 2016, Blackpool Enterprise Zone at Blackpool Airport has become home to more than 200 businesses and around 1,500 employees. The Enterprise Zone has already attracted 28 new companies and is hosting 450 new jobs in the area.…


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Sector Connect: Top class skills are on the menu

In association with Natwest. Lancashire education and training providers are well placed to equip students with workplace skills to match the needs of Lancashire’s tourism and hospitality sector. Courses are designed with input from the industry to give students the knowledge…


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Ransomware: managing the threat

By David Morris, technology risk assurance director at RSM In association with  Ransomware has risen from an unknown cybercrime to the fastest-growing threat to local businesses. Initiated by infected e-mails or websites, it is malware that locks users out of…



Blackpool business secures Lancashire Business Growth Fund support

The largest supplier of IT outsourcing to the UK holiday park sector, Challenger Technology, has been awarded a business grant of £11,040 towards its total project investment of £55,204 by the Lancashire Business Growth Fund. Established more than a decade ago and…

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Bakeware maker on the rise from Bake Off effect

Burnley-based What More UK has has reported a 37 per cent surge in demand for its British-made bakeware during the latest series of the Great British Bake Off. The hit BBC TV show has been credited with sparking a revolution in home baking,…

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