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Pair of advisers named in Top 100

Two Lancashire-based financial advisers have been named in the nationwide New Model Adviser Top 100. The accolade recognises things such as profitability, the proportion of re-investment in to the business, along with qualifications, commitment to the profession, and more emphasis…

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180 jobs at risk as Alstom shuts Preston site

Rail manufacturer Alstom is to close its Preston site, which employs 180 members of staff. The French company said it would shift its North West attentions to the Widnes depot, which it described as “the natural home for [our] increasingly…

Twentyone helps T Forrest reach new customer base

Preston-based T. Forrest & Sons has expanded its customer base from wholesalers to supermarkets thanks to a creative collaboration with Blackburn digital marketing agency Twentyone. The dog treat manufacturer originally approached the Twentyone about a web solution for its white-label products. But…

Grundy appoints new gallery curator

The Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool has appointed a new curator who will help nurture local talent. Paulette Terry Brien has more than 25 years of experience working within contemporary visual art and is known for raising the profile of…
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Northern fund powers ahead

By Paul Spencer, director at Haworths Chartered Accountants. A new investment fund created to help drive the growth of the Northern Powerhouse is generating the development plans of a Blackpool business. The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund’s £250,000 loan to Omega…

Plastics company eyes major growth

Plastic box retailer Alison Handling is on course to double turnover and create jobs. The Kirkham firm has acquired Staffordshire-based business GW Containers & Equipment, and secured exclusive UK distribution rights to an Icelandic insulated packing box which is popular…

Dugdale expands through acquisition

After reaching full capacity at its Clitheroe site, Hot 100-ranked B Dugdale & Son Ltd has expanded by acquiring the full share capital of B Tickle and Sons Ltd for an undisclosed sum. The purchase brings together two family businesses with a…

Ascentis earns top award

Lancaster-based Ascentis, the Ofqual-regulated organisation which delivers certifications and qualifications, has been crowned the best in its industry. The charity earned the title of Awarding Organisation of the Year at the Federation of Awarding Bodies 2017 Awards. Judges said that Ascentis…
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Managing your people strategy to assist growth

By Rachel Mitson, director of Rebus and experienced finance recruiter Ambitious expansion plans, funding to aid growth and investment in skills are just some of the positive news stories demonstrating the county’s victory over the UK’s recent economic and political…

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