Cotton Court Business Centre

Author: Grace Bennett

Cotton Court Director Rob Assesses the UCLan Launchpad Assessment Day

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Last week Cotton Court Director Rob Binns was welcomed back by the Business School at UCLan to help assist in their selection process for the LaunchPad Leadership and Development Programme.

LaunchpPad includes great things like a team building residential, membership to the Institute of Directors, a qualification with the Chartered Institute of Management and much more. They have have regular workshops covering employability, values, skills development, coaching etc. Being on LaunchPad gives you access to opportunities (jobs, events, travel) before other students and in some cases such opportunities are exclusive to ‘LaunchPadders’.

The purpose of the Assessment Centre is to select candidates with high potential for the LaunchPad programme. There is also a developmental element to the Centre as we want the students to have a realistic experience of the kind of procedures they may encounter when applying for jobs in the future.

Rob would like to thank everyone at the UCLan Business School and congratulate the final selection for this years cohort!

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Launch of Barnardo’s 150 years campaign!

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Friday marked the start of the fantastic week long celebrations for Barnardo’s 150 year anniversary campaign!

The team at Cotton Court and Bird have pledged to find 150 businesses to pledge their support to Barnardo’s. We are be running the campaign with support from Paul Wilcox and the Barnardo’s team.

During the 150 hours we’ll be aiming to spread the word across our region, encourage pledging and celebrate all of the businesses that have pledged support so far.

Our launch event took place at Preston train station on Friday and went off without a hitch! We were able to reach out to commuters and many of them pledged their support on behalf of their company!

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All this week will be working around the clock to get as many pledges as we can! If you would like any infomation on how to pledge or need help choosing a pledge pop us an email to info@cottoncourt.co.uk or check out our website www.barnardos150years.co.uk to get some ideas from companies that have already pledged!

Welcome To Our Business Hub New Clients Advantage Wellbeing!

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Cotton Court would like to give a warm welcome to client Advantage Wellbeing and managing director Danny Green to the building!

Former Royal Marine Commando and personal trainer Danny started the company this year after finding a gap in the market with getting employees fitter and healthier.

Here’s what Danny and Advantage Wellbeing had to say about their company!

9 million deaths from non-communicable diseases each year occur in the working age population, roughly 80% could be prevented by tackling: poor diet, including smoking and alcohol and lack of physical activity.
 
We’re Advantage Wellbeing and we’re on a mission to destroy these statistics by improving health and productivity in the workplace.
 
Advantage Wellbeing is a community where businesses and business owners come to get ideas on:
 
Health
Nutrition, and…
Boosting performance
 
Sound’s a little cliche, doesn’t it?
 
But here’s what makes Advantage Wellbeing different from all the rest:
 
In a sea of health and fitness blogs, sub-par supplements that claim extreme health benefits and fitness class instructors forcing their way into your office to bend your employee’s into positions on their lunch break…
 
Advantage Wellbeing is unique because we don’t disrupt your employee’s while they work. Our services provide education on tap when it suits your employee’s.
 
Thing’s like…
 
The Wellbeing Lab, where employees complete execution plans in their own time.
 
Lunch N Learn seminars that provide a nutritious lunch, while teaching your employee’s how to improve their health.
 
Wellbeing Clinics where you can have a consultant on hand in your office to assist employee’s when it suits them.
 
Along the way, we have perfected a large number of strategies and tactics. More importantly, we document each strategy into step-by-step “Execution Plans” so our best ideas can be implemented into your business.
 
Our website is undergoing some work to facilitate “the wellbeing lab” but in the meantime feel free to email us at info@advantagwellbeing.co.uk
 
Yours in health 
 
Dan Green 

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Clients DieCut UK Successfully Installs another New Machine!

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Client Diecut UK  a UK based machinery manufacturer and supplier is pleased to announce the installation of their manual die cutting machine, the Goldline 2500 at Ridge & Tyler (Print & Packaging) Services Ltd.

Health and safety was top of the priority list for Ridge & Tyler (Print & Packaging) Services Ltd when they looked into replacing an aging VK2500 Clamshell Platen. The Goldline 2500 ticked all the HSE boxes and was modified by Diecut UK to suit their method of set up, meaning all cutting tools could also be run on their semi-automatic machines.

The installation ran very smoothly & the Goldline was running jobs the next day. It is still early days but the operators at Ridge & Tyler (Print & Packaging) Services Ltd are delighted with the Goldline and have found it very user friendly. Already they are noticing set up times to be much quicker than the previous clamshell platen, resulting in an increase in their productivity.

The Goldline is available in 10 different sizes with a diecutting capability varying from 890 up to 3200 with options for scissor lift tables, heated bed and wide opening for honeycomb board or foam.

Pete Ridge of Ridge & Tyler (Print & Packaging) Services Ltd said, “we chose Diecut UK as they offer the best alternative to the dated clamshell platens and will be looking to replace our other 3 old style platens with Goldlines in due course.”

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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“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