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Promethean lands major US deal

Promethean World, the Blackburn-based interactive learning technology specialist, has been selected as the exclusive provider of interactive display systems for 10,000 classrooms to the Miami-Dade County public schools district. Promethean will provide its ActivBoard Touch system and its ActivInspire software and…

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The Living Wage – a cost worth paying?

Are you a Living Wage employer? In the current climate, is the Living Wage a price worth paying for the benefits it brings? By Alistair Clayton, commercial director, Cleanall Services. Front end labour savings are attractive, however implementing the Living…


Woodscape secures new finance package

Street furniture designer Woodscape has secured a £950,000 finance facility from HSBC to support its continued expansion. The Blackburn-based company specialises in the design and manufacture of exterior wooden street furniture, such as benches, flooring, litter bins and shelters. It has forecast strong growth…


Gold Medal sold to Dubai firm for £45m

Thomas Cook Group has sold Preston-based luxury travel firm Gold Medal to dnata of Dubai for £45m. Gold Medal will continue as the exclusive supplier of long-haul scheduled flights to Cook businesses in the UK under a long-term commercial agreement.…


Preston casting manufacturer rescued saving all 80 jobs

The business and assets of Coupe Foundry in Preston have been sold out of administration, securing the jobs of all 80 staff. Coupe Foundry has traded for more than 100 years with the original directors undertaking a takeover of the…


Business Clinic: Dealing with disruptive staff

Often, one or two employees take up more management time than the rest of the workforce put together. By Karen Credie, director, KMC HR Consulting. The employee no-one gives any work to because it’s easier to do it yourself, the…


Three key appointments for Foulds Lifts

An expanding lift manufacturer and service company has added three key personnel to its team. The latest appointments at Foulds Lifts, whose head office is in Colne bring a combined total of over 80 years’ experience in the industry. The…


Runshaw announces national apprenticeship week events

Runshaw Business Centre has unveiled details of the events it will be hosting during the week of March 3. The Chorley-based provider of apprenticeships and professional qualifications has a programme of events including an employer lunch featuring food prepared by…


Dealer principal returns to rallying hotseat

Former works rally driver Neil Simpson will return to rallying this year after a 12 year sabbatical, driving an ex-Skoda Motorsport Fabia S2000 entered by his own Simpsons of Preston and Colne Skoda dealerships. The 41-year old dealer principal from…

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