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Cotton Studios has great Success with Dance Talent Photoshoot!

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Cotton studios has recently commissioned to photograph over 60 young and talented dancers at Dance Talent Photoshoot. After several very successful shows the children starred in their own dance photoshoot with fabulous poses directed by Sue and Annie from the dance studio.

They had a blast at the Dance Studio and even a few of the Cotton Studios staff threw a few dance moves! Over 3000 photos later we were flooded with comments regarding the photos and how happy the parents were! We would like to thanks Sue and Annie at the studio for their fantastic directing skills and of course all of of the fabulous dancers for their time and patience!

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Clients UK Media & Events take on Lancashire Encounter!

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Cotton Court clients UK media & Events had a blast planning and executing the Lancashire Encounter Festival last week.

The Lancashire Encounter Festival is a celebration of everything that Lancashire has to offer and took place over a weekend in Preston City Centre. There was lots to do and see including the Procession of Light that was on Saturday night.


On the Flag Market people gathered to watch and get involved with the Kuljit Bhamra dance troupe in front of the Harris Museum looking good in its golden illumination.

Then it was on to Fishergate for a different type of dancing and a piece called Light Migrations by the Ludas Dance group. The young dancers created a great atmosphere with their LED light bands and their movement to the upbeat music.

The entertainment didn’t stop there – the next stop for the crowd was the covered market area where there was a ‘Sound Intervention’.  Music and light projections plus some strange costumes!


A celebration of gay pride and walking under red balloons were all part of the second day of Lancashire Encounter Festival. The annual Preston Pride event provided a splash of colour to the Flag Market!


Client’s Vibe Tickets Smash Through Their Crowdfunding Target!

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Customer of Cotton Court and disruptive ticketing platform Vibe Tickets has smashed its £600,000 crowdfunding target.

Founder of Vibe Luke Massie told Business Cloud:

“To set a target of £600k and pull it off is incredible. It shows other firms in the North West what is possible,” he said.

“We’ve been talking for a while about how difficult it is to raise money through crowdfunding. Vibe is one of the few firms which has managed to do it successfully.

“An investment firm got us over the line, but I can’t say who they are yet because they are a public limited company.”

Vibe Tickets allows real fans to buy and sell tickets but also make new like-minded friends at the biggest events.


Luke raised £310,000 in the first 24 hours after launching on Crowdcube, including £260k from serial investor Fletcher.

“At the beginning I was let down by a couple of people who were keen to invest £100k each,” added Luke.

“Of the 300 investors we have, only 60 have come through Crowdcube. The rest, more than £500k, has come from our users and investors – people we have approached directly.

Huge congratulations to Luke and the team at Vibe Tickets from everyone at Cotton Court!

Successful Launch for Ali Jama of Kennedy Ross New Book at Glovers Bar

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Customer of Cotton Court Ali Jama of Kennedy Ross, has just launched his brand new book “Sellology: Simplifying The Science of Selling” Ali, director of Kennedy Ross, has been involved in delivering sales workshops for businesses for many years and decided to tell the world the simple tactics to up your selling!

The event took place last week at Glovers Bar and everyone that attended was greeted with fizz and canapés! After a short speech Alistair signed books and then celebrated with his friends and family. Alistair had a fantastic turn out and was astounded with his support that he received.

Congratulations Ali from everyone at Cotton Court!

If you would like to buy the book it’s available now on Amazon!



Boost, Winning Pitch & Enterprise4all choose us for next business event

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Next month we welcome Boost Business, Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all to Cotton Court again for another one of their Lean Launchpad events.

The Lean Launchpad is part of the Growth Support Programme, a fully funded programme delivered by Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all. The Launchpad is a 2-day programme of support that has been specifically designed to equip you with the tools, knowledge and techniques not only to launch a successful new enterprise but also to accelerate your growth.

Day 1 has been created to establish the motivation and ambition of you as an entrepreneur and to provide you with the proven lean tools and techniques to help you assess your position in the market place and develop your sales strategy for growth.

Day 2 is designed to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools to scale your new business rapidly and the essential building blocks needed to scale including support from Access to Finance specialists.

Features and benefits of the Launchpad:

  • Access to bespoke, innovative workshops tailored to examine your business model and assess the growth potential.
  • Access to a wide range of tools developed to minimise the risk of starting a business.
  • 1-2-1 coaching with a wide range of sector specialist growth coaches, trained to provoke, challenge and drive for success.
  • Personal Action Planning designed to help you reach your growth potential.

To find out more about how boost can help you and your business? Have a look at their website here!


Guest Blog: Client Ali Jama – Kennedy Ross tells all ahead of launch!

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Customer of Cotton Court Ali Jama of Kennedy Ross, is preparing to launch his brand new book “Sellology: Simplifying The Science of Selling”. The team have taken time out of their busy schedule to write us a guest blog about the book! Ali, director of Kennedy Ross,  has been involved in delivering sales workshops for businesses for many years and decided to tell the world the simple tactics to up your selling!

Collaboration is the secret ingredient of Innovation

How busy have you been this summer, were you working…or enjoying the sunshine?

There has been a lot going on in the worlds of politics with Brexit and sport with both the European Football Tournament and the Olympics in Rio

But we have been too busy completing one of our long term projects to get involved with much else.

This summer has seen the culmination of a huge team effort and we are ready to share it with you now.

For the last two years we at Kennedy Ross have been working on something special.

Something that takes the work we have been doing over the last 20 years with some of the biggest corporations in the UK and crystalizes it into something that is useful for businesses of any size.

That special thing is our new book “Sellology: Simplifying The Science of Selling” which we will be launching on 15th September at Glovers Bar in Preston.

Our book is designed to help businesses of any size improve their sales performance simply and quickly….and if you follow our system we guarantee results.

Like anything that is worth doing it is a team effort, both with the great people in the Kennedy Ross Team and with amazing people and organisations we are lucky enough to work with regularly.

One of the organisations we owe our deep thanks to is Cotton Court Business Centre.

Rob and his team have been instrumental in the creation of our book by providing the space for our team to explore our ideas and formulate them into a system applicable to any business of any size.

Having a venue with the right technology and enough space to spread out in has made a massive difference in the quality of our book and the team at Cotton Court have been so attentive during the process that they are real collaborators in our book.



“We believe that having the right place to do business

is the best start to doing the right business”

  • Rob Binns, CEO Cotton Court Business Centre

Rob has also been kind enough to involve us in his innovative project with Barnardo’s helping turn the young people they work with into the leaders of tomorrow.

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Barnardo’s Cotton Court’s pledge is to find 150 businesses to work with them to help improve the opportunities for young people.

To help this happen we will be giving a weekend every quarter to run workshops on communication skills with the children of Barnardo’s.

Our programme activity will include;

  • Advancing employability amongst young persons.
  • Improving communication skills amongst (predominantly) 14-19 year olds offering them the skills to communicate during emotionally challenging situations.
  • Building confidence when communicating.
  • Improving interview technique.
  • Helping young people talk with passion and clarity on any subject of their choosing.

You can find out more about how your business can get involved in the Barnardo’s project by clicking HERE

Thank you for reading

Ailstaire Jama


UK Media and Events Welcomes a New Team Member!

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UK Media And Events Limited are super excited to be able to announce Carly has joined the company!

Carly has a background in Events, Promotions, PR and Marketing. She will be based at Cotton Court looking after the Office and a variety of events we are producing this year and events already booked in for 2017.

After a sustained period of growth and a a plentiful amount of events bookings, director Danny Bee has decided to take on another member of staff.

We wish Carly a warm welcome to Cotton Court and to UK Media and Events!


Lancashire Gets the Crowdfunding Vibe

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Lancashire County Council is investing £5,000 in Vibe Tickets, an app which helps fans to find affordable tickets to events.

Vibe provides a place where fans can exchange tickets for events and gigs, without needing to pay inflated prices from ticket touts or the resale market.

The equity funding from the county council will be made through equity crowdfunding platform, Crowdcube.

Equity crowdfunding, which enables anyone to invest in British businesses alongside professionals and venture capital firms, has grown rapidly since it came into being just five years ago.

Crowdfunding is fast becoming the first choice for many businesses looking to raise finance.

Founded by 23-year-old Luke Massie from Preston, Vibe are aiming to raise £600,000 through Crowdcube, towards the future development of their business.
Luke Massie from Vibe Tickets said: “This funding will help us to further develop our product and its offering. We’ll be rolling out new features and benefits to our existing user base. We’ll also be developing and executing our national marketing strategy, to see our community grow exponentially, as we have a great foundation to build on.
“We need to grow our team, so we’re aiming to recruit new high-skilled, technical staff who can extensively develop our applications.

“As a start-up, traditional bank funding is not an option for us. We’ve previously raised £400,000 through private investment from high-net-worth individuals who regularly advise and mentor us.

“This time we wanted to open up our funding to our fans and followers, so they can play an active role in shaping and creating the future of Vibe Tickets. The fans really are at the centre of our product, so it’s really exciting for us that we can give them a voice.”

Luke is also an ambassador for Boost, Lancashire’s Growth Hub. Boost Business Lancashire (Boost) is the name for the Lancashire Business Growth Hub. It is led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council, and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


The company recently made it to the final three in the Voom 2016 Virgin Media competition, and have since received support from the Virgin Group and Sir Richard Branson himself.

County Councillor Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council said: “Luke is a young man with a great business idea that caught our attention and we’re really pleased to back Vibe Tickets using Crowdcube.

“The council wants to work with and support our enthusiastic and committed business base in Lancashire, helping them to unlock their growth potential to create new jobs and wealth in the county.

“Luke is a great example of someone who is out there, with his sleeves rolled up, making his business work.

“His national exposure through Vibe is a wonderful testament to his passion and belief. I’m looking forward to supporting and working with other ambitious companies in Lancashire.

“The county council takes a really forward-thinking approach to financial backing, for example we were the first county council to invest through Funding Circle. It’s important that we keep up-to-date with the changing funding options for companies, so that we can provide strong support for businesses in the county.”

Clients Podio Magazine hold successful Launch Event with us!

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Last night we hosted and attended the Podio PR1 Magazine launch party. The event organised by client Andy Neal went off without a hitch and was attended by many high profile people in the Preston area including Peter Rankin leader of Preston City Council and BID leader Kevin Barrett.

During the event Andy spoke to the wide ranges of business and individuals about his reasons for setting up the magazine and promoted the company ICS who he spent 6 months volunteering in Nicaragua with. He also spoke of the companies and people that have helped him along the way including his partner Luke Parker and charities such as Preston Pride and Heartbeat.

Podio Magazine are dedicated to celebrating the good in our city; the good promotions and services your business has to offer, the good charitable organisations that thrive here and as many of the good people doing good things across the PR1 area as possible.

We are pleased to be an official distributor of the magazine and you can pick up the latest issue in reception!

We can’t wait for the next one in September to come out!



Cotton Court and Bird Pledge their support to Barnardo’s

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Ourselves and Bird, have joined forces to create a campaign to find 150 businesses across the Lancashire region to make a pledge and support the work of national charity Barnardo’s.

Founded in London in 1866, Barnardo’s raises and spends around £200 million each year running local services for the care of vulnerable children and young people throughout the UK. Beccy Irving Director of Bird said “The 150 and always campaign will not only raise awareness of the important work Barnardo’s do across our region, it will give us the opportunity to help provide the charity with important resources, support and funding they need to continue this work.”

The campaign will be celebrated over 150 hours, beginning on Friday 14th October with fundraising and awareness events planned across the region.

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Our own Rob Binns said: “We really want local businesses to get on board and support this campaign. It’s not just about donating money, we want people to be creative about what they pledge, businesses could pledge their time, their professional skills or hold fundraising events, even donating unwanted clothes and household items to one of the local stores helps support us.”

The new Barnardo’s 150 years website, designed by Blush Digital, will be launched in September. For more details on the campaign or for information on how to get involved contact

For more details about Barnardo’s, go to