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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,…

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Appointments at Lea Hough follow growth

Lea Hough Chartered Surveyors has appointed a new survey and graduate surveyor following a 20 per cent year-on-year increase in workload. The two new recruits are James Leech, surveyor and RICS registered valuer, and graduate James White, who will take his place on…


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,…


Dean appointed to lead Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has appointed Professor Chris Pyke as dean to lead the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise. Professor Pyke, an experienced business academic, has previously held senior roles at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), the University…


Blackpool Council buys back airport site

Blackpool Council has purchased all shares in Regional and City Airports (Blackpool) Holdings for £4.25m, taking full ownership of the airport site. The deal brings the company back into full public ownership for the first time in 13 years. Though the council has stated…


Burnley renovator prepares The Lawrence for launch

Burnley-based building contractor Rainford Wade has secured the contract to renovate the 19th century The Lawrence Hotel, formerly the Trevalyn guest house. The Padiham hotel, which is set to open in Autumn 2017, will host 14 bedrooms spread over the main…


Cotton Court plans expansion

Preston’s Cotton Court business centre has submitted planning permission for its new expansion plans. Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) has designed ‘mini pods’ to add to the historic mill site, off Church Street. Built out of 16ft by 20ft shipping containers, they will…

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Siemens chief to deliver productivity workshop

Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, is to host a masterclass for manufacturing and engineering SMEs in conjunction with Lancaster University’s Management School. Held on September 20, the event will be delivered as part of the region’s ‘Productivity through People’ – a…

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Nelson and Colne College: What are the benefits of Apprenticeships?

In association with With the launch of the new Apprenticeship Levy in Spring 2017, it is now more crucial than ever to support the national drive for Apprenticeship growth, but what are the benefits of Apprenticeships? Apprenticeships are a cost-effective…

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