Cotton Court Business Centre

Author: Amy Blundell

Preston wins back talent from Manchester to support growth 

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Preston based group of companies hires new Interim Marketing Director to support local growth  

 

The Preston based group that operates Cotton Court Business Centre and operates a number of leisure, tech and property businesses, has appointed an Interim Marketing Director on a 6-month agreement to support a period of growth & development.  

Jack Barron, who is originally from Preston, joins the group after a number of years living and working in Manchester. The 30-year-old initially moved to Manchester to pursue a career within a city centre media agency, working his way to becoming a director in the company, and achieving his Masters from Manchester Metropolitan University.  He broke away last year to set up his own consultancy business, specialising in helping small to medium sized businesses, a business he still operates across Lancashire & Greater Manchester. 

“I couldn’t be happier taking on this role with the Cotton Court Group. There are a wide variety of businesses within the portfolio for me to get stuck into and do good work for, but I’m especially looking forward to working on the Cotton Court Business Centre side of things. My passion is helping SME’s, which aligns perfectly with what Cotton Court have been doing for many years.” The former UCLan student said. 

 

“There’s loads going on at Cotton Court in the very near future with the pods being built, expansion of our service offering, the free events and resources we’re running for small businesses and a number of things that haven’t been announced yet. It’s not just a period of growth for Cotton Court, it’s a period of growth for Preston. You only have to look at the recent investment in the City Centre and Queens retail park. I’m glad to be back and to be a part of it.” He continued. 

 

 

The Cotton Pods are a new development at the Church Street site, announced in September of this year. Utilising specially adapted shipping containers to increase the overall capacity of the site, they’re expected to be in operation early in the new year.  

Managing Director Robert Binns comments “Since the conversion of Cotton Court into a business centre, we’ve been the catalyst for a significant number of start-up businesses. We don’t intend to stop doing that any time soon, but in order for us to help more businesses we need more capacity. That’s what these pods will offer. As well as being responsible for helping us with our growth, one of Jack’s responsibilities will be to help steer the growth of our customers and other local businesses. Having worked with him before over the years, I’m confident we’ve got the right man for that job.” 

 

Big Plans: How the Cotton Pods will look at the Church Street site

Cotton Pods: Another angle

Big media hubs such as Manchester and London have historically been responsible for taking much of the young talent out of the smaller towns and cities such as Preston. The recent development and investment into Preston could prove to be a turning point for retaining & attracting that talent. The Cotton Court Group aims to build on that more by funneling new Manchester based talent through its new Media City office on Salford Quays, and back towards its other businesses in Preston. 

“It’s very positive news to learn about Cotton Court’s expansion plans.  As a city we’ve already seen the business centre grow and develop to support many fledgling businesses and the wider city community.  The organisation has actively embraced city life and are exemplary in their corporate social responsibility strategy.  2018 will be an exciting year for the city and it’s great that businesses like Cotton Court are pushing from the front to add value to Preston’s city centre” said Mark Whittle, Manager at Preston Business Improvement District. 

Already in post, Jack has started work on a number of important projects. “I’ve really hit the ground running thanks to the support of Robert and the team. I think it’s especially nice and certainly reflective of the group ethos, that my first project was working on the Barnardo’s Christmas Toy Appeal and the next one was involvement in a free event for local entrepreneurs and business owners. I’m looking forward to working across the group portfolio but especially working with local small businesses to help them develop & grow alongside the rest of the City”. 

 

 

19th Century Mill: Still home to hard working Lancastrian’s

 

Cotton Court is an old 19th Century Mill, providing incubation for start-ups and services for small to medium sized businesses. It provides physical office space, hot desks and conference space, as well as virtual & administrative services. It acts as the flagship business and headquarters for the Cotton Court Services group, which boasts a portfolio of leisure, property, tech and social enterprise operations.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Cotton Court team, Ella!

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Hello everyone, I’m Ella Worthy, Cotton Court’s Business Centre Administrator, and I can’t wait to get going and explore even into the ins and outs of everything that’s going on in and around the building.
I began my journey with Cotton Court a few days ago and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment so far. I have prior experience of working within office environments through working as a digital marketing assistant and as an administration and accounts assistant at a nursery. I also have a level Three Diploma in Social Media and Digital Marketing for Business and three A-levels.
I am no stranger to Cotton Court as I have attended many courses and have even taken part in the studio’s camera club on several occasions.
I feel like I have really slotted well into the team and so far Amy and Jon have really helped me understand the business as a whole. I’m really looking forward to working with Amy on the accounts as this is something I take a keen interest in.
Outside of my the office bubble, I have been an adult leader for Girlguiding at St Andrews Brownies and Guides for just over five years and my love of the outdoors has made me a keen photographer.

Cotton Court to Host Boost Programmes

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We are pleased to be hosting a series of workshops for Boost

Growth Support Programme is a fully funded programme delivered by Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all, targeted at supporting potential entrepreneurs across Lancashire to start their own high growth business and existing Lancashire enterprises already trading to achieve their growth aspirations.
The Growth Support Programme is designed to support entrepreneurs who would benefit from deliberately challenging support to start and grow a business. The programme is designed to help ambitious young businesses to achieve their growth potential by providing credible, tailored and expert support, which is easy to understand and delivered face-to-face.

This support includes 1-2-1 coaching, seminars & master classes action learning, networking and signposting to other relevant support.This highly specialist programme of support is only available to businesses that have an overwhelming ambition to grow, raise investment and create jobs.
Features of the Growth Support Programme and wider support available:
• A specialist high growth coaching session designed to examine the business model and assess growth potential.
• Access to bespoke, tailor made, intensive workshops designed to equip entrepreneurs with the tools and techniques to launch a successful enterprise.
• Access to a wide range of innovative tools, including lean start up techniques.
• 1-2-1 coaching with a range of specialist growth coaches, focusing on the specific growth constraints your business is facing right now from a team of highly experienced and proven high growth entrepreneurs.
• Personal Action Planning – unlocking the potential in entrepreneurs and their enterprise.
• Specialist Master Classes through a tailored programme of Grow How Seminars, to up skill yourself and your team in the latest business growth techniques.
• Networking for Growth opportunities – access to a structured and informal networking group operating across Lancashire.
• Your own dedicated relationship manager supporting your growth journey
• Regular Lancashire wide Pop Up Cafes for business advice and Growth Summits aimed at celebrating business successes
• Access to wider support and finance through our partner network What are the benefits?
• Output focused coaching designed to provoke, challenge and drive for success
• Access to a wide range of core and sector growth specialists
• Two-way growth conversation which explores your business model and it’s ability to be high growth
• Access to an extensive toolkit, exclusive for this programme
• Introduction to lean start up techniques designed to minimise risk of starting a new business
• Opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and share experiences
• Personal Action Plan designed to help you reach your growth potential

The Growth Support teams at Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all have extensive industry experience and proven track record of working with high growth entrepreneurs and enterprises. Start your growth conversation now and contact Enterprise4all on 01254 693999 oboost_launchboost2info@enterprise4all.co.uk

Minerva Business Women Event – ‘Client Attraction’

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Minerva Business Women’s next event is on the 12th April starting at 9.30am. It is open for all women business owners who are seeking to grow their businesses.

“Client Attraction” explores tools, techniques and ideas for you to implement in your own business. You have the full support of our business community in helping you to achieve your business goals.

Attendees can still get the session at the special taster price of £15 by using the promo code on the website.

http://www.minervabusinesswomen.com/our-events.html the theme for the month is Client Attraction.

This was feedback from our Client Attraction event earlier in the week in Bury:

“As a very new start up business it was great to get some input from Miranda and the rest of the group. The session was really well facilitated so the atmosphere was the right mix of professional, supportive and comfortable. Miranda’s excellent coaching skills were evident in the way she encouraged you to explore what was really blocking you and commit to taking action. The emphasis was very much on creating great insights about your business from the group, but more importantly from yourself. A worthwhile and enjoyable session; I will definitely be attending future events.”

New Beginnings…..

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After 4 great years at Cotton Court, 3ManFactory have moved into their own premises on Preston Docks. We’ve worked on some great projects with the 3ManFactory team over the past few years and we’d like to wish them all the best in their new office. Every end is a new beginning, and we’re pleased to welcome some fantastic new clients which we’d like to introduce you to…..

 

Beyond

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Beyond are an Oracle Gold Partner, previous winners of the Specialized Partner of the Year for Business Analytics at the Oracle UKI Specialized Partner Awards, accredited with Oracle’s “BI Applications Specialization” and “BI Foundation Specialization” status, providing accelerated success of Oracle BI Applications, with a specific focus in the Public Sector.
They work as partners with many UK Councils to assist them to engender tangible transformational change through easy to use dashboards consolidating secure, trusted data from across the council.
Their Cotton Court office provides a central location for their BI R&D Centre where they seek to enable local authorities to become truly intelligent organizations

Rejuvenate

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Rejuvenate are working on a number of projects that focus on creating opportunities to support those who have been personally let down by circumstance and ‘the system’ from living in one chaotic world. They aim to do this by rejuvenating the approach; access and attitude to health and happiness; helping people create a more healthy, natural but realistic balance in life.
The first project is due to be launched at the end of March and focuses on nutrition in the form of healthy food selection and guidance. From 15 February they will be taking bookings for holistic treatments including Swedish and Aromatherapy massage and Reflexology here at Cotton Court along with Facials and Non-Surgical Facelifts
More information on this can be found in the guest blog from Rejuventate.

 

UK Media and Events

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UK Media and events look after all aspects of event management, from private parties to corporate functions and public events, they can manage, supply and produce in part or a complete package to the highest standard.
They also look after advertising and media including designing, printing and fitting whatever your requirements with the utmost creative skill and quality.
They can also produce print, radio and television adverts, while managing your web and social media.

 

Diecut UK

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Diecut UK are specialist suppliers of corrugated, packaging, print & print Finishing Machinery. They offer a range of solutions, either packaged or bespoke, supplying clients with a machine to suit all budgets.

Enate

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Enate create simple solutions for companies that run a shared service centre or BPO. Enate work with HR service centres, high growth service provider and companies that deal with large scale outsourcing.

Best of Britannia Returns to Preston!

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The Best of Britannia are bringing their unique pop-up Department Store to Preston.

BOB North will include brands from the genre’s of menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, footwear, furniture and furnishings, jewellery and accessories, food, drink and entertainment, showcasing the best of what the North West, and Britain, has to offer. With products available to buy on the day you can shop til you drop or conveniently order for delivery.

The weekend will offer style-conscious shoppers a unique retail experience in the historic centre of Preston. Come and explore the Old Post Office to see what local and national designers, manufacturers and makers have to offer for 2016.

BOB celebrate British design, manufacturing, makers & their incredible skills so make sure you visit and celebrate Made in Britain with them.

Opening Times

Friday 11 March – 5.00pm – 11.00pm
Saturday 12 March – 10.00am – 11.00pm
Sunday 13 March – 10.00am – 6.00pm
Please note on Friday and Saturday inside areas close at 8pm with outside entertainment, food and drink until late as specified.

*Trade only entry is available on Friday 11th March 10.00am – 4.00pm. For more information please contact the organiser – details below.

Tickets

BOB North is an event experience not to be missed.

Purchase your tickets here

One ticket gives you unlimited access all weekend. The ticket is exchanged for a wristband on entry.

*Information courtesy of prestonguildcity.co.uk

Guest Blog from Rejuvenate

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I am sure we can all agree that moving is always an interesting time.  However we are very excited to now be based here at Cotton Court and have been made to feel very welcome during our first month.  Over the next 12 months we will be concentrating on a number of projects we actually cannot wait to roll out.  These focus on creating opportunities to support those who have been personally let down by circumstance and ‘the system’ from living in one chaotic world.  We aim to do this by rejuvenating the approach; access and attitude to health and happiness; helping people create a more healthy, natural but realistic balance in life.

Our first project is due to be launched at the end of March and focuses on nutrition in the form of healthy food selection and guidance.  Rejuvenate has affiliated with Lola’s, an Egyptian restaurant here in the heart of Preston to prepare and deliver fresh authentic dishes to you whilst at work or at home.  Pulses have been the staple of the national diet for thousands of years and this really has been a perfect partnership in creating light bites; main meal and desert options to serve as part of a protein and carbohydrate meal plan.  We have two sampling evenings organised in March to give you the opportunity to try dishes from the menu you may not necessarily opt for.  The evenings will also allow us to hear your thoughts and opinions; providing the opportunity for us to make those final tweaks to the menu before the actual launch.

From 15 February we will also start to take bookings for holistic treatments.  Although January may be out of the way, we still find that we are all hoping for those lighter months; so why not treat yourself and celebrate the final stretch of one long winter.  We would love nothing more than to help you relax after a hard day and eliminate those toxins helping to boost circulation.  We are able to offer Swedish and Aromatherapy massage and Reflexology here at Cotton Court along with Facials and Non-Surgical Facelifts.  Introductory offers are available with 50% off all treatments.

 

Remploy Celebrate 100,000 job successes!

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Remploy, the leading provider of specialist employment support for disabled people and those with health conditions, celebrated International Day of Disabled People at Waterloo.

Remploy, the leading provider of specialist employment support for disabled people and those with health conditions, today (3 December) celebrated International Day of Disabled People and passing the milestone of supporting 100,000 people into work since 2010.

Celebrations were held in the Preston branch here at Cotton Court.

Beth Carruthers, Remploy Chief Executive, said: “IDDP is a day to celebrate the talents and achievements of disabled people around the world.  It promotes ability and showcases what is possible in order to break down barriers through increased understanding.

“IDDP is also an opportunity to challenge ourselves and others to do more to create an inclusive society and workplaces that truly benefit from the ability of all. We are immensely proud of having supported 100,000 people into life-changing employment.

“Achieving this remarkable milestone is testament to the strong relationships we have with employers large and small, who recognise the business benefits of employing disabled people.

“But we all agree there is still so much more to do,” Mrs Carruthers said.

Referring to the Government’s Disability Confident campaign, Justin Tomlinson said: “We have to make businesses confident enough to introduce them to organisations like Remploy. We can provide the support to employers if they make the investment and they will find that it makes good business sense.

“Our commitment, personally from the Prime Minister, is that we will halve the disability employment gap and that means improving the lives of a million people.”

(courtesy of Remploy.co.uk)

We’d like to congratulate the Remploy Preston team, it is great so see their hard work paying off.

 

Forthcoming events at Cotton Court

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It’s going to be busy in the next few weeks at Cotton Court, as we have some new, exciting events being hosted here!

On the 3rd and 4th of October, No Frills Wellbeing are hosting an intensive 2 day course about Mindfulness and Self-Empowerment. If you come along to this workshop, you will learn about the neuropsychological, emotional and social mechanisms of wellbeing, which will help you understand the limits in your emotional intelligence. Included at this course, is lunch and refreshments. For more info visit nofrillswellbeing.com or give Haley a call on 07482 456313.

Our customers, 123 Drive, are introducing a driving theory course which helps learner drivers to pass their theory test easily. It is a one day course that covers everything you need to know to pass your written driving test. The next date that this will be held is on Saturday 26th September. For further dates, or if you have any other questions, contact them on 01772 508113.

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Also, on the 14th September, Ideas Lancashire held an informative, informal meeting for adults with autism or Aspergers. At this meeting, there was more information on their current project at the moment, which is to set up social and support groups for people with autism. If you’re interested, why don’t you attend the next meeting? It starts at 6:30pm until 8pm on the 18th November.

Project Export will be holding some events for their surgeries here too. They will be held on Monday 28th September and Monday 30th November from 2pm-6pm. If you want to know more you can either go to meet someone for a half hour one-to-one at one, or you can book a 20 minute Skype or FaceTime session with them. You can give them a call on 07947 495259 or just go to http://projectexport.businesscatalyst.com/surgeries.html.

Welcome Minerva Business Women to the building

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Cotton Court is happy to welcome Miranda from Minerva Business Women to the building!

Minerva Business Women, is a business growth club launching in the North West which focuses on helping women to create success on their own terms and works through connection, collaboration and taking business learning into personalised action.

We are looking forward to having Minerva Business Women run some events at Cotton Court in the future.