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LEP Article: Cotton Court Focal Point for City!

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Great to find ourselves featured inside this weeks  Lancashire Evening Post Business Supplement. We are truly made up! A huge thank you to our accountants Wallwork Nelson & Johnson (WNJ) for a fantastic article.

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Here’s the story!

Bringing business to the heart of the city

An innovative business hub in Preston city centre continues to go from strength to strength with support from WNJ.

Cotton Court – the brainchild of entrepreneur Robert Binns – is home to some of the brightest up and coming businesses in the city.

The high-tech hub is also becoming a focal point for the business community. Cotton Court offers purpose-built, state-of-the-art training and meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 200 delegates.

It also provides office and desk space, call answering services, and virtual office solutions for a growing number of businesses.

Cotton Court has been created from an old iron and wire mill in the heart of the city and the result is a modern 21st business centre with stylish professional spaces in a place of work that dates from Victorian times.

Paul Woodburn, partner at WNJ, worked with the Cotton Court team to help arrange the funding for the original purchase of the mill and has given support and advice throughout its development and growth.

That includes helping with a capital allowance claim and advising on strategic financial performance.

Robert Binns, who also has interests in property, leisure and technology, said: “We have received great support from WNJ from day one of the development and that has continues as the business hub has opened and continued to grow.

“Paul and the team at WNJ have met our individual requirements with a tailored service, they have also helped with our strategic financial performance and their advice has been invaluable.”

Robert, “a serial entrepreneur”, is a former worker at BAE Systems. Cotton Court was created on the back of his interest in technology.

He says: “Our values are accessibility, a friendly and personal approach, and the provision of service that consistently exceeds expectations.

“Our conference facilities are versatile and are regularly used for conferences, meetings, training courses, networking events and exhibitions.

“We work with a lot of corporate clients, but also with a lot of smaller training companies who are running open courses. With companies like this, we will support them in the promotion of their event via our newsletter, social media and website.

“The virtual office is ideal for start-ups and freelancers, or for larger organisations wanting a presence in Lancashire.

“And we offer more than just office and desk space, becoming home to some of the brightest up and coming businesses in the area. Clients in the building grow from networking opportunities and business referrals.

Cotton Court is home to Cotton Studios, a fully equipped studio which has been designed or planned by technicians and photographers. Robert said: “We also have regular resident photographers that we work with to offer studio portrait packages.”

Paul Woodburn at WNJ said: “Cotton Court is becoming an important centre for business in the Preston area and is attracting a wide range of young, vibrant companies at the very start of their journey.

“We have been able to offer support and advice for Robert and his team throughout the project, including playing a part in securing funding for its initial stages.

“We look forward to continuing this relationship and offering our services and advice to the Cotton Court team as the growth of the business hub continues. There are exciting times ahead.”

 

 

 

As part of our continued commitment

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Here at Cotton Court we are committed to enriching the area within which we serve. As well as inviting local businesses to make the most of both our office space and facilities, we make a conscious effort to work alongside local organisations and groups to help nurture Lancashire.

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It is for this reason that we have lodged such a close relationship with the West Lancashire Scouts. Offering our training and meeting space to the group allows them to plan, improve & grow – in fact they were the largest growing Scouting community this year. They regularly book out space with us to hold meetings and training sessions, and building manager Jon has an extremely close relationship with their internal communications team, aiding with social media and graphic design.

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The Scouts aren’t the only people we work with; we regularly invite Lancashire Adult Learning in to help unemployed people in Preston and the surrounding area expand their skills in the hope of landing employment. Furthermore, those of you who came to our Christmas party back in December will know we donated a large collection of presents to Derian House, a local hospice for children in Lancashire.
If you’d like to find out more about the work we do in the community, get in touch on info@cottoncourt.co.uk.

 

We agree Corporate Social Responsibility – West Lancs Scouts

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Cotton Court is proud to be working with the West Lancashire Scouts, who this year announced a tenth consistent year of growth with 836 more members in Lancashire than in 2013. Made up of eight districts between Ormskirk & Lonsdale, including of course Preston, the West Lancs Scouts boasts the biggest growth in the UK with figures of 7.5%. Chorley were the largest growing district specifically, showing growth of 33%.

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Here at Cotton Court we maintain a close relationship with the organisation, helping to aid their ongoing growth by providing training space for both youths and adult volunteers, as well as meeting facilities for planning and paving out the future for West Lancashire Scouts. We also aid in their online presence, curating social media content and assisting their communications team.

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The Scout Association seeks to transform the lives of young people through provision of training programmes adventure, and is consistently committed to increasing the number of young members year on year. If you’d like to find out more about the work we do here at Cotton Court in the community, get in touch with us via info@cottoncourt.co.uk.

Lancashire Business Week 2014

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We are proud to be involved in this years Lancashire Business Week organised by Downtown in Business this year it offers a series of round table events that will focus on current issues that impact on the future of the counties business community. Experts from a variety of sectors will join the series of  discussions and debates ensuring they are lively and informative. Outcomes and ideas will help to format agenda’s for the forthcoming Growth Conference also organised by Downtown in Business.

Join us for part 2 in the series on Tuesday 24th June 8:30 – 10am

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Social Media: Doing It Like A Boss

Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory will go through their short social media do’s and don’ts to help you hit the grounding running and avoid making any major mistakes. Plus some awesome tips and tricks on how to get more out of all the major social networks. If you want to achieve social media mastery then you need to attend this event!The social media series are all fast paced presentation sessions followed by a Q&A panel giving you the chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. These sessions are being hosted by Cotton Court and are a perfect way to network, soak up some knowledge and even get a bit of breakfast – they fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance!

Social Media Seminars are back!!

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Following on from 3ManFactory’s immensely popular social media series last year here at Cotton Court Business Centre. they will be returning with another four part social media series starting in May.

This time the sessions will be one a month over four months covering;

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Social Media: What’s All The Fuss About?

With over 1+ billion users on Facebook, 500+ million on Twitter and 200+ million on LinkedIn there’s no denying that people are using social media in big numbers. But are they the right people? Should your business be getting involved? Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory are here to make their case on why social media needs the attention of your business.

The social media series are all fast paced presentation sessions followed by a Q&A panel giving you the chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. These sessions are being hosted by Cotton Court and are a perfect way to network, soak up some knowledge and even get a bit of breakfast – they fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance!
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Social Media: Doing It Like A Boss
Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory will go through their short social media do’s and don’ts to help you hit the grounding running and avoid making any major mistakes. Plus some awesome tips and tricks on how to get more out of all the major social networks. If you want to achieve social media mastery then you need to attend this event!

The social media series are all fast paced presentation sessions followed by a Q&A panel giving you the chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. These sessions are being hosted by Cotton Court and are a perfect way to network, soak up some knowledge and even get a bit of breakfast – they fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance!

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Social Media: Successful Strategies
Signed up for Facebook? Mild Twitter addict? Instagram junkie? Are you using social media but without a strategy? Then this event is for you! Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory will go through their 10 successful social media strategies showcasing some of the simplest and most effective ways for you to engage with your connections and get more business!

The social media series are all fast paced presentation sessions followed by a Q&A panel giving you the chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. These sessions are being hosted by Cotton Court and are a perfect way to network, soak up some knowledge and even get a bit of breakfast – they fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance!

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Social Media: Awesome Analysis
Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory will go through their accessible analytics approach looking at what tools to use, what information is important and how to use the data that is available to refine your strategy. So if you you’re already immersed in social media but just need to know if what you’re doing is working then you need to attend this!

The social media series are all fast paced presentation sessions followed by a Q&A panel giving you the chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. These sessions are being hosted by Cotton Court and are a perfect way to network, soak up some knowledge and even get a bit of breakfast – they fill up quickly so make sure you book in advance!

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great Christmas break, we are full steam ahead this month, and are looking forward to new projects and opportunities for 2014.At the beginning of a new year, many of us will have ideas about what we want to do better personally, in the year ahead. Making New Year’s resolutions for your business is just as important as setting personal goals for yourself.  Have you thought about what your goals and intentions for 2014.We took part in Lancashire Business View’s ‘Looking Ahead’ feature.  Take a look below at the interview with Rob outlining some of our goals for 2014:

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What are the opportunities for your business over the next year?We’re keen to get more involved with training and development and have already started building partnerships with providers to be able to deliver a wide range of courses for business of all sizes. Courses so far range from social media and online reputation to improving your business by applying NLP and CBT techniques and we are always looking for other suitable courses to add to the catalogue. Cotton Court isn’t just a conference and training space or a collection of offices it is gradually becoming home to some of the brightest, up-and-coming businesses in the area, further positioning ourselves as a focal point of Preston’s business community. Better and deeper relationships with these businesses means growth for the Cotton Court brand.

What is the outlook for your sector for 2014?Well I see ‘our’ sector as being business more generally rather than simply being about rental space and conferencing. Cotton Court’s success is in line with the success of our clients and going by some of the stories coming out of the building things are looking good for 2014. 

What will your business do differently in 2014?Continue to work on our green policy and streamline some of our processes. The team here have worked hard to reduce the amount of paper, water and electricity we use, and in fact we achieved a bronze. We want to continue on this through 2014 and look to make a few more changes.

If you were Chancellor, what would be your New Year’s Resolution?To increase support programmes for start-up businesses, helping SMEs develop and become better equipped for growth. Investment in small business with growth potential is a sure-fire way to reduce unemployment through job creation. 

We would like to thank you all for your support over the last year and hope you all have a prosperous year ahead.

Practical Business Growth Event for Preston Businesses

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Headed up as No Fluff – No Theory—No B******* Event for Preston Business Owners. Just proper practical advice THAT YOU CAN IMPLEMENT IMMEDIATELY to make your business grow the next day.

So whats it about?

The 9 things super successful business owners know and do that most business owners don’t know or don’t do.

  • There are a lot of people working very hard out there – they are driven and passionate about growing their business but they are not achieving the levels of success they had hoped for.
  • At this session we will look at what the high flyers are doing to make their businesses grow massively – even in hard times – and pull out the tools, tricks and techniques that EVERY business owner could use, straight away to make a proper impact to their bottom line…that most business owners don’t know exist or worse still ignore.

What will you leave with?

  • Tools, tips, tricks, secrets and techniques that will help your business grow.
  • An understanding of WHAT tools are out there and HOW you can use them.
  • A whole stack of practical ideas that you can implement into your business THE NEXT DAY
  • A proper, dynamic, fast-paced session with no fluff, no theory and no B…….
  • A sense of motivation from a session that you’ll enjoy…I promise

Presented by duo Chris Richards & Steve Allen

The event is 10am – 12pm here at Cotton Court Business Centre

Twitter Fills Your Feed With Photos

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Remember the old days, when you used to have to click a link on Twitter to see see a picture? Not any longer. As of Tuesday, Twitter is making your photos and videos show up in your stream by default — making the service look a lot more like Facebook.

On one hand, that means less clicking around and a more visual timeline. On the other hand, you may be exposed to too many pictures — some of which you really didn’t want to see, especially not with someone looking over your shoulder.

As a business centre we are finding it very useful after running a successful event with Downtown in Business with guest speakers 3ManFactory and Magma Digital where customers actively tweeted and took photos during the event. To see the conversation Twitter search #smaa13

Awesome Analysis – Downtown in Business

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Today saw the last instalment of this years Downtown in Business & Cotton Courts Social Media Breakfast Seminars. We would like to thank everyone who has attended over the year and look forward to kick starting next year with a new twist.

In this instalment Tom Stables and Nathaniel Cassidy of 3ManFactory, along with Jeremy Coates from Magma Digital explained their accessible analytics approach, looking at what tools to use, what information is important and how to use the data that is available to ensure return on investment and to refine your strategy.

If you missed any of the great social media tips from the guys at 3ManFactory and Magma Digital, here are some of the ‘most tweeted about’ tips:

– If you don’t want to unfriend on Facebook ‘hide’ people instead! You won’t see their posts anymore & they won’t know

– Bitly is great for shortening web links and measuring how often they are visited

– SocialBro is a useful tool for twitter analytics

– With Twitter, it’s about the instant. You’ve got to tweet a lot to over-do it

– Sometimes email marketing stats can be deceiving

– If you use MailChimp for newsletter distribution take a look at the Analytics feature – it’s great

– There is no way to know if your site is effective without Analytics – check them regularly

Klout is a measure of influence online; at a very basic level you can get a lot out of it

– If you want to monitor your tweets, Topsy is a great service for doing so. It’s easy to use, and it’s free!

– The time you post your message online is key

– You don’t need to use Facebook to sell; you can also use it for PR, talent acquisition and sharing company culture – we do!

– Statistics are great, but you have to act on them

 

We also briefly mentioned if anyone would be interested in getting a digital marketing apprentice. We’ll train them up and you’ll reap the benefits. If you would like more information please email us at info@cottoncourt.co.uk

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Finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013

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The team of Cotton Court Business Centre are pleased to announce we have reached the final for Conference & Meeting Venue Award at the Lancashire Tourism Award 2013!!! We are truly excited that we have made it into the final stages and up against some of our biggest competition.

In our category we are up against Blackpool Zoo and Brockholes Visitor Centre, Preston.

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The impressive shortlist for the Lancashire Tourism Award 2013 has been revealed.  Having received more applications than ever before, this year’s list of finalists is also the longest in the event’s 10 year history.

The Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013 will take place on Thursday 7 November at Blackburn Cathedral and will be one of the cathedral’s first major corporate events, hosted by tourism expert, broadcaster and Travel Editor of The Independent, Simon Calder.

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire said “We have been so impressed by the quantity and quality of applications, especially in this the Lancashire Tourism Awards 10th anniversary year. The awards celebrate the significance of tourism’s current £3.4billion contribution to the Lancashire economy and a great deal of that success is due to the dedication and enterprise of the businesses and individuals named today.

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“We congratulate them and ask that colleagues across the county show their appreciation and pride in Lancashire, by supporting these exceptional businesses and by joining us on the 7 November at Blackburn Cathedral when the winners will be announced.”

Businesses supporting this year’s awards include: Total Food Service, Naphens Solicitors, Workhouse Marketing, Dewlay Cheese Makers, Group Travel Organiser Magazine