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Clients HM Network presents “GDPR Express” Session

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Cotton Court clients HM Network are running two “GDPR Express” Roadshows in Preston and Lancaster next month!

27th June 2017

HM Network Ltd have taken the initiative following interest from a number of councils, chambers of commerce and ERDF supported growth programmes, to set up a number of awareness events with a simple aim – to help share knowledge on how the current Data Protection Act will be replaced with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as of 25th May 2018. That’s just over a year away.

Too small?

This will affect all businesses that hold any type of personal customer/staff data that can be traced back to an individual whether B2B or B2C. Whether you market to customers or simply hold staff records this will affect you in some way. No market sector is outside the scope – some sectors are even classed as ‘sensitive’. So where do you sit?

Consequences?

Financial consequences are potentially huge. Data Breaches could result in fines of €10M / 2% of Global turnover or, for serious breaches, €20M / 4% of Global turnover whichever is higher. Whether you run a marketing company, store customer data on a loyalty card, have XLS spreadsheets of names and addresses it WILL affect you. Regardless of Brexit these fines the UK ICO will enforce this as GDPR standards will become part of UK Law.

Reputation?

Some of your B2B or B2C partners may not be able to do business with you if you are non-compliant and lastly the reputational effect to customers of not treating the protection of data privacy seriously means steps must be taken.

So, your questions to ask are:

● What to prepare and understand your current situation?

● Do I need a Data Protection Officer (DPO)?

● How to ensure your business becomes and stays compliant?

● Could a malicious competitor of ours use GDPR against us?

● Do we have the knowledge and resources internally? If not

● Who can help providing advice throughout the process?

Please find below a very useful link for reference. It is a list of recent actions from the ICO (Information Commissioners Office) for fines / prosecutions issued to individuals / companies / charities and governmental departments, who have been found in breach of the existing regulations such as the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and also the Privacy and electronic communication (EC) directive 2003 (PECR). Please note that these are fines under the current regulations, even ahead of the more stringent GDPR coming into effect.

Expertise coming to You!

HM Network are making plans to arrange some awareness sessions, with help and advice from specialists in a number of fields including:

  • Data Connectivity and digital marketing
  • The legal implications of data privacy and GDPR (solicitor)
  • Cyber security advice (serious crime squad / cyber security specialist)
  • Data Protection Audit Services, GDPR processes and advice
  • Data Disposal / Hardware recycling advice

Get a head start by downloading this free 12 steps guide provided by the ICO

https://ico.org.uk/media/1624219/preparing-for-the-gdpr-12-steps.pdf

Each session will include a number of speakers and some interactive Q&A and will last approximately 2 hours in total.

HM Network plan to hold 6 sessions over over a 3 day period with sessions split into timings of approximately 9.30-11.30 AM and 1.30-3.30 PM or 2.00-4.00PM on each of the days.

The first scheduled sessions are planned to take place at the following locations

To register your interest in attending these sessions please click the link associated with the venue.

* Please note session dates / times / locations may be subject to change, any changes will be advised in advance.

LANCASHIRE:

Lancaster – White Cross Business Park. Date 27th June 2017 9.30-11.30 AM

Preston – Fives, 49 Guildhall Street Preston. Date 27th June 2017 2.00pm – 4.00pm

(Open for lunch ahead of the event if anyone wishes to eat onsite beforehand http://fives.co.uk/ )

Blackpool – TBC

 

Reserve your place now in Lancaster or Preston

From Preston to India

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Our client, Andy Neale, who founded Podio PR1 Magazine under his umbrella Social Enterprise, Global Amigos, is volunteering in India this summer with a grassroots UK-based charity which he aspires to replicate through Global Amigos. “Ultimately,” he tells us, “I believe in using business as a tool for good. We have no desire to apply for funding but, instead, use commercial activities and products to help us achieve our objectives

The ultimate aim of his volunteer-led organisation is to encourage & enable local people to see the world; to break beyond the Lancashire border and open their eyes. Andy’s personal experiences abroad include Armenia with the Red Cross, South Africa with Voluntary Services Abroad and, more recently, Latin America with International Citizen Service. “I’ve always gone to support reputable charities – there’s nothing worse than companies who charge rich kids to volunteer, without actually caring about the wellbeing of those involved

He tells us that due to the infancy of Global Amigos (www.globalamigos.org.uk) there’s nothing set in stone with respect to the longer term ambitions but that, on a worse-case scenario, he’ll use the enterprise to act as a signposting platform to ensure would-be volunteers don’t get conned or ripped off by commercial operators. “My placement in India, the fact that people will (hopefully) read this, shows that we’re already part way there. There are loads of incredible opportunities out there, where the impact is measured and worthwhile and, if next year, only one local person embarks on a similar opportunity then that’d be worthwhile in my eyes… Although, naturally I’d want this figure to grow

“What I love about Chennai Challenge, the small charity I’m going out to the South of India with, is that they formed on the back of similar placements to what I’ve had. Rob, the Project Leader, is a Chemistry teacher in term time who took a Gap Year some years ago. Since then, he’s wanted to maintain the relationship with the orphanage and school and so, returns each year with a team of British volunteers, of mixed ages, with donated items & funds to conduct work; maintenance work for the buildings and engaging the slum kids in educational activities.

The charity is 100% volunteer-led and relies on donations. Andy is consequently fundraising through various means, he’s ‘pimping out his services’ for anyone who requires them (so far, he’s done cleaning, gardening, flyering and is soon to offer a 1-1 LinkedIn session for a small start-up business owner) He’s also planning an Indian inspired event, a Preston-wide raffle and has registered a text donation service (…text ‘LYFE89 £5’ to 70070) If you want to donate cash, you can head down to Cotton Court and leave some change in his Golden Spaceship in reception. Otherwise, head to justgiving.com/andy-neale-india

Best of luck Andy, from all of us at Cotton Court.

 

SEO Workshop Seminars from Mark Preston SEO

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Client of Cotton Court Mark Preston is running an SEO Workshop at Cotton Court next month! If you’re bamboozled by SEO then this is the course for you! Have a look below for details about what’s covered and how to sign up!

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Entering the world of search engine optimisation as a small business owner can be totally daunting and a scary place to be. After all, one wrong move could send your online visibility plummeting but on the other hand – implementing the right SEO strategy has the potential to drive a constant flow of leads for you to convert into new customers.

Learn SEO from a true marketing pro

I am the person who goes into digital marketing agencies to train marketing professionals on SEO techniques, so when you attend one of my SEO workshop seminars, you are getting the real deal and total value for money. I’ll even allow you to pick my brains as I provide an ask me anything (AMA) slot in every SEO seminar I host. No pre-scripted questions. Just take full advantage of my decade and half of digital marketing industry knowledge.

SEO Training

Are my SEO seminars for you?

My seminars are tailored towards start-ups and small business owners who can’t afford to invest in an agency to help them with their online marketing presence but needs some solid advice and action points that they can use to help their business grow.

Introducing my one day SEO workshop seminar

Yes, this is a full workshop where you will need to bring your laptop along as I have found that the best way of learning is to do it yourself instead of me just waffling through a slide and having to wake you up because I might as well be speaking a foreign language.

My job on the day is to simply educate you on SEO techniques and make sure you have understood how SEO can help your business to grow.

Refreshments and buffet lunch included

As my SEO workshop seminars start at around 9:30 am and usually finish at about 4:00 pm, I don’t expect you to starve so you will be supplied with a constant flow of refreshments and a buffet style lunch.

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What you will learn

I do tend to go off track a little during the day and don’t totally stick to the planned schedule as I want to make sure that each person in the room goes away at the end of the day with the knowledge they wanted to learn that will help their business. With this in mind – I do tend to tailor the day a little if that is what my trainees require.

The planned seminar schedule will cover:

>>> 9:00 am to 9:30 am – Welcome drink and networking

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

  • Who are you and what do you do?
  • What do you need to learn from today’s SEO workshop?

INTRODUCTION TO SEARCH ENGINES

  • What exactly are search engines and how do they help us?
  • The top three search engine players – Google, Bing & Yahoo
  • Search engine’s journey of crawling and indexing

PAID SEARCH TRAFFIC vs ORGANIC SEARCH TRAFFIC

  • The difference between paid and organic search
  • Pros and cons of paid search
  • Pros and cons of organic search
  • Which is better – paid or organic search?

>>> 11:00 am to 11:15 am – Refreshment time

SEARCH ENGINE GUIDELINES

  • What are search engine guidelines?
  • The several types of guidelines you need to consider
  • What happens if I don’t conform to the guidelines?

UNDERSTANDING KEYWORD RESEARCH

  • What is keyword research?
  • Why is keyword research important?
  • How keyword research fits into a content plan
  • The diverse ways of conducting keyword research
  • Creating a keyword mapping plan

>>> 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm – Buffet lunch provided

ON-PAGE CONTENT

  • I hear ‘content is king’ – why?
  • What do I need to know when writing content for my site
  • When should you use a redirect?
  • What you need to consider before you delete a page
  • Understanding duplicate content issues

ON-PAGE OPTIMISATION

  • What is on-page optimisation and why it is important
  • Understanding search engine ranking factors
  • What should you consider when optimising a page?
  • How to optimise a page for a selected keyword

>>> 2:30 pm to 2:45 pm – Refreshment time

OFF-PAGE SEO

  • What is off-page SEO?
  • What are links and why they are important
  • The basic science behind link building
  • A discussion on some off-page SEO techniques

ASK ME ANY SEO RELATED QUESTION

>>> 4:00 pm – Finish

Between 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, I’m always available for a chat if required.

All attendees will be provided with:

  • A copy of all slides
  • My local SEO guide (never been published)
  • On-page optimisation checklist
  • Website SEO audit checklist
Ticket price

To ensure I have the flexibility to tailor the day if required, I always limit every SEO workshop seminar to a maximum of 10 people.

As a small business owner, I understand that budgets are tight so I want to make my SEO seminars excellent value for money. The ticket price is only £149 per person, including refreshments and buffet lunch. If you have any dietary requirements, please inform me in advance.

Available dates and locations

I plan to travel around the UK, hosting my SEO workshop seminar to small business owners so if the location(s) below is too far for you to travel, just let me know as I’m always planning new locations.

My next confirmed seminar is on the 16th May 2017
Location: Cotton Court, Church Street, Preston PR1 3BY.
Free parking available on-site but limited. Alternatively, nearby multi-storey parking at PR1 1YT.

More dates and location to follow very soon.

Don’t miss out – Book your ticket now!

Original source: https://markprestonseo.com/seo-workshop-seminars/

The Big Lunch returns to Preston with knockout challenge!

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One of Preston’s most popular summer events is returning once more to Ashton Park.

The Big Lunch, where the city joins other parts of the UK in celebrating a day of entertainment.

Last year’s event saw 2,500 people visit the event.

Jacky Hohol who organises The Big Lunch said this year’s event was to be expanded.

She said: “For the Big Lunch we’ve attracted lottery funding to add an It’s A Knockout game.

“The aim is to get local communities together over lunch and we also add lots of free local entertainment, funfairs and stalls to provide a great family day out.”

The knockout game will see teams of ten compete to take on the inflatable challenges.

Each team must raise £350 of sponsorship to take part and the money goes to support The Space Centre, Cash for Kids, St John’s Ambulance and Armed Forces Group Preston.

The Big Lunch takes place on Sunday 4 June from 11am to 4pm.

Anyone wanting to put a team into the knockout challenge can email jackyhohol@blueyonder.co.uk

Clients UK Media & Events Organise CBeebies Performance!

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An Easter Holiday treat greeted dozens of children as a TV favourite came to entertain them.

CBeebies duo Rebecca Keatley and Sid Sloane performed in the St George’s Shopping Centre.

Hits from their Let’s Play show were performed as families lined an Easter garden.

The audience were invited to sing and dance along during the energetic show from Rebecca and Sid.

A meet and greet allowed children to have their chance to meet the stars of kids TV.

 

 

General manager of the shopping centre Andrew Stringer said: “During the Easter holidays we wanted to bring a host of quality events to Preston families, making sure they had some free fun on us.

“Sid and Rebecca proved to be a huge hit with families from across Preston and beyond. The showcase was great for the whole family, with a fun atmosphere to match and it kept the children entertained and parents happy.”

Crowds watch on during the CBeebies show

Original post and photos via Blog Preston

Together We Balance is expanding!

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Cotton Court Clients Together We Balance are expanding and have recently welcomed a new employee into their office! Here’s what Managing Director Alys Stewart has to say!:

 

I would like to introduce you to Tracy Villa AATQB, a new member of staff with Together We Balance. Tracy is on the last level of her AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) qualification and is an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper. She will be working part time, with a few hours a week worked from our office in Preston and the remainder from her home on the Fylde Coast.

RIBBLE VALLEY MEANS: WELLNESS IN BUSINESS

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Body & Soul Therapies and FitForLifeUK Ltd have joined forces and, with support from Ribble Valley Networking, we have created a new and exciting means for businesses to work in partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees and improve their bottom line numbers.

Our event is a business experience with a difference – for the exhibitors in the room there is no competition, you will have sole space for your industry and the opportunity to create new links with likeminded businesses across the Ribble Valley and beyond – for visitors to our event, you will receive the undivided attention of the best of the wellness industry in the area to talk to about your health and wellness concerns affecting your number one assets – your staff leading to an increased bottom line number.

Health issues and sickness absence has become a major concern for all HR departments with stress, depression and musculoskeletal disorders accounting for most lost days. Recent research shows that over 20 million days per annum are lost due to various forms of sickness which is resulting in a cost of over £11 billion to businesses.

We all know that increased productivity leads to increased profits so the prevention of employees going off sick is paramount. This is your opportunity to meet with organisations who can support you in resilience, health and wellbeing activities and receive constructive advice from HR and healthcare professionals to aid “thinking outside the box” to give you the edge over other employers.

The event will take place on Tuesday 25th April at Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho from 10am to 3pm, followed by a networking and feedback session for exhibitors over drinks.

HOW TO REGISTER
Mobile: Body & Soul Therapies Ltd – 07792 120411
Email: wellnessinbusiness@
Online: Visitors: http://buytickets.at/rvnetworking/88399
Exhibitors: http://buytickets.at/rvnetworking/88405

First Aid Course

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Cotton Court Clients M.A.D First Aid are holding a Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work on 28th April 2017 at Cotton Court!

This course is designed for anyone wanting to learn first aid or become an accredited emergency first aider or appointed person within the workplace. This course provides learners with skills and the knowledge to deal with first aid situations in low risk work environments.

All of the trainers are medical professionals and know the importance of A.E.D (Automated External Defibrillator) so incorporate an element of it into all thier

courses.

Length of course:

1 Day.

This course will enable you to:

  • understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider.
  • be able to assess an incident.
  • be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally.
  • be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally.
  • be able to recognise and assist a casualty with external bleeding
  • be able to manage a casualty who is suffering from shock.
  • be able to manage a casualty with a minor injury.

Learner entry requirements:

No previous training required to attend this course, just a willingness to learn.

 

Red Rose Awards Crowns Lancashire’s Elite!

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The winners at Lancashire’s biggest celebration of business have been revealed at a glittering awards evening.

More than 1,100 guests attended the Red Rose Awards held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool last week.

They saw 26 awards handed out to innovative, creative and successful businesses from across the county, representing a variety of sectors.

The finalists in this year’s awards generated more than £1.35bn in revenue for the county and made over £1bn in profits.

The Red Rose Awards was a sell-out event for the fourth consecutive year and guests enjoyed a lively evening of entertainment.

Funds were raised on the night to support the Cash For Kids charity in Lancashire.

Pauline Rigby, partner and head of corporate and restructuring at headline sponsor Forbes Solicitors, said: “Lancashire has a can-do attitude personified by the people in this room tonight.”

She added: “There’s a Lancashire way about our business leaders that is instantly recognisable and was apparent throughout the judging process.”

Phil Owen, relationship director at headline sponsor Barclays, added: “Lancashire has a wonderful history and a lot to be proud of, with many diverse and well run businesses. This year’s entries to the awards have proved no exception.”

Richard Slater, publisher of Lancashire Business View magazine, which stages the awards, said: “The Red Rose Awards are about giving Lancashire business the opportunity to show how great they are and how deep the county’s commercial excellence runs.

“Everything you need to run a successful business can be supplied from the county and we see it as our role, through the magazine and at events like Red Rose Awards, to showcase the great businesses we have.”

Here’s a full list of the winners:

  • Construction Business Award (sponsored by Anderton Gables) Warden Construction (Kirkham)
  • Creative Agency Award (sponsored by Peter Scott Printers) Workhouse Creative Marketing (Ribchester)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Award (sponsored by Mattioli Woods) Warden Construction
  • Customer Service Award (sponsored by Stonehouse Logic) Birchall Foodservice (Burnley)
  • Digital Agency Award (sponsored by Marketing Lancashire) Wired Marketing (Burnley)
  • Employer of the Year Award (sponsored by NWEEG ) Birchall Foodservice
  • Engineering Business Award (sponsored by Preston’s College) Process Instruments (Burnley)
  • Family Business Award –(sponsored by LH Recruitment) Birchall Foodservice
  • Financial Business Award (sponsored by Enterprise Ventures/Rosebud) Asset Finance Solutions (Blackburn)
  • Growing Business Award (sponsored by Mayes Accountants) CMAC Partnership (Accrington)
  • Health and Care Business Award (sponsored by Limitless PR & Marketing) the Hub pharmacy (Skelmersdale)
  • Innovative Business Award- (sponsored by Genting Casino) Levity Crop Science (Bilsborrow)
  • International Achievement Award (sponsored by Cassons) Group55 (Preston)
  • Large Business Award (sponsored by Forbes Solicitors) VEKA (Burnley)
  • Legal Business Award (sponsored by Eventus Legal) Harrison Drury Solicitors (Preston)
  • Manufacturing Business Award (sponsored by Barclays) Pets Choice (Blackburn)
  • Medium Business Award (sponsored by Beever and Struthers) VetPlus (Lytham)
  • New Business Award (sponsored by Business & Enterprise Trust) 10ACIA (Lathom)
  • Not-for-profit Business Award – DanceSyndrome (Accrington)
  • Online Business Award (sponsored by Bespoke Digital Agency) Chemist-4-U (Skelmersdale)
  • Property Business Award (sponsored by Slater + Gordon Lawyers)Artal (Leyland)
  • Retail Business Award (sponsored by Fat Media) Chorley Group (Chorley)
  • Skills and Training Business Award – Primary Engineer (Burnley)
  • Small Business Award (sponsored by Federation of Small Businesses) Silverwoods Waste Management (Clitheroe)
  • Tourism and Leisure Business Award (sponsored by NFU Mutual) James’ Places (Clitheroe)
  • Lancashire Business View Award – Laila’s Fine Foods (Blackpool)

Preston Retains the Right to Fly the Purple Flag!

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Preston city centre is celebrating today after learning it has retained the prestigious Purple

Flag status for its evening and night-time economy (ENTE). Purple Flag is a town and city

centre award – similar to the Blue Flag for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and

broaden the appeal of town and city centres between the hours of 17:00 & 05:00. Areas

awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining,

entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local

residents.

Since 2007, the programme has awarded the Purple Flag status to over 65 towns and cities

in the UK and Ireland. Purple Flag accredited areas have all reported a consistent increase in

footfall and a decrease in crime within the ENTE. The Purple Flag programme is managed by

the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) which works alongside – a

partnership of key stakeholder groups backed by Government, police and businesses, as

well as the UK sponsors Diageo Great Britain.

Mark Whittle from Preston BID said: ‘Preston city centre has retained the standard for its

fifth year now, which is a major achievement for the city. The leisure economy in Preston

continues to develop, boasting an offer that far outweighs that of any of our neighbours.

‘The Purple Flag standard is an important accolade for Preston and through BID’s

partnership with the sector’s venues, the police and other interested parties; we are

committed to ensuring that the city centre remains a vibrant and safe place to visit. We will

be celebrating Preston’s Purple Flag status later this year to remind people why we’re

worthy of this prestigious accolade’.

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Shanaaz Carroll, CEO of the ATCM said:

“There are now over 70 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland who are proudly flying

the Purple Flag after working hard to gain accreditation. The award is not just about safety,

but also the vibrancy and diversity of the evening and night-time offer — this can only be

achieved by people working together and across the country we are seeing some amazing

examples of this type of partnership working.”

Preston will officially receive its renewed Purple Flag accreditation along with Dublin One,

Leeds, Reading, Wexford, Leicester Square, Salisbury, Sheffield and other locations who

have had their Full Renewal status renewed, at an awards ceremony which will take place

on the 08 February 2017 in Carrick on Shannon.