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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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Clients UK Media & Events help deliver successful Ordination Mass in Preston

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The first bishop of a new cathedral for Indian Catholics in Preston has been ordained at the home of Preston North End.

More than 12,000 people attended the Ordination Mass of Fr Joseph Srampickal.

Pope Francis created the new diocese – or eparchy – in July, making it one of only three worldwide.

The Grade II-listed St Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, which shut in December 2014, was designated as a cathedral.

It reopened to serve an Indian branch of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Twenty-five bishops and more than 200 priests and many nuns attend the service, with people from Australia, Canada and South America.

The Indian community are from the Syro Malabar Rite, which claims to have been founded by St Thomas The Apostle in India and is one 22 Eastern Catholic Churches in unity with the Pope.

St Ignatius was built in 1836, seven years after the legalisation of Catholicism in England, and was staffed by the Jesuit Order.

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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Vibe Tickets raises more than half its £600K crowdfunding goal in 24hrs

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The online ticketing platform, which promises to resell tickets ethically, was founded by 23-year-old Young ‘Un Luke Massie who took to crowdfunding website Crowdcube to seek extra investment.

If Vibe raises the full amount within the next month, the business will be valued at £6m and will use the cash raised to expand its online offering.

Tech investor Scott Fletcher, who has put up £260,000 through the crowdfunding website, said of Luke: “He’s a force of nature. His vision and passion is infectious and goes to show that age is irrelevant when it comes to business.

“Vibe Tickets has the potential to disrupt the industry and that really appeals to me. I’ve got no doubt Luke will smash his £600,000 target but I think it’s vital that tech entrepreneurs like me get behind great businesses and great people.”

Fletcher isn’t the only entrepreneur who sees potential in the youngster. Tech specialist Matt Newing already invested £200,000 during Vibe’s first round of funding, which amassed £400,000 in total, Lancashire County Council has invested £5,000, and earlier in the summer Massie even turned the head of Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson.

Vibe Tickets made it all the way through to the live final of Virgin’s Voom business competition and, despite not winning, still walked away with £20,000 prize money.

“Not only did I get the chance to pitch to someone of the stature of Sir Richard but I got through to the last three and received the sort of advice that money can’t buy,” said Luke.

Vibe has until mid-September to reach its funding goal of £600,000.

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!

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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 Amy@cottoncourt.co.uk

For more details about Barnardo’s, go to www.barnardos.org.uk.

 

Tech entrepreneur Luke Massie is following in footsteps of Branson

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A tech entrepreneur who has won praise from Richard Branson is preparing to embark on the next round of funding.

Customer and friend of Cotton Court, Luke Massie, founded Lancashire-based ticketing business Vibe Tickets in 2013 to allow real fans to buy and sell tickets but also make new like-minded friends at the biggest events.

Luke recently made it to the final three in the #VOOM 2016 Virgin Media competition, and spent the day at the Virgin founder’s house, meeting his team of experts and associates.

Now he’s been preparing to make 10 per cent of the business available, for a total of £600,000, to investors on Crowdcube, including fans, followers, friends and venture capitalists. The campaign which will launch next Wednesday, the 17th August, will be the third round of funding Vibe has undertaken. They have already raised over £400,000 – including £200,000 from technology entrepreneur Matt Newing – but Massie said the next round of funding would take the business to the “next level”.

“Vibe Tickets has 148,000 followers on Twitter from around the world so Crowdcube is a great way for us to raise our next investment,” he said.

“We’re a fan-to-fan business and now real fans can invest in a genuine, ethical ticketing platform. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who shares our passion to get involved and be part of something so exciting and disruptive in the market. We haven’t even launched it yet but there’s been an unbelievable amount of interest.”

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Luke said spending time with Branson was a life-changing experience.

“Not only did I get the chance to pitch to someone of the stature of Sir Richard but I got through to the last three and received the sort of advice that money can’t buy,” he said. “However I can’t be complacent so it’s for me to make my own name and the next level of funding will enable us to do that. People will be able to invest from as little as £10 so watch this space.”

Vibe is about to launch the latest version of their iOS app which hosts a variety of new features, as well as new profile management and a bespoke chat platform, built by their team of in-house developers.

 

Clients Profound are looking for new apprentices & employers!

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Our clients Profound are on the hunt for new IT software, web and telecoms companies to take on new apprentices in Lancashire.

Profound Services is a training provider recognised as a leader in Work Based Learning and employability across the North East and they are now branching out into the North West area. Their mission is to provide outstanding learning and skills serving the needs of their learners, employers and community.

They are looking for companies that are willing to take on an IT apprentice and in return you can receive over £1000 in government grants. Many companies, particularly those within the technology sector, are finding it tough to recruit people with the particular skills they need to help move their business forward. Taking on an apprentice solves this problem as you can hire someone with the enthusiasm and talent you are looking for and train them up for a specific role.

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Apprentices may not have any actual workplace experience, but they can offer a fresh perspective and new ideas, which are just as valuable to a growing business. Young people often have strong technology skills which come from using computers and tools such as social media from an early age, and they can use this knowledge to build competitive advantage.

One of the biggest opportunities Apprenticeships offer is the chance to build a dedicated, loyal workforce. According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Data Service, the majority of apprentices are under 25, with a large number joining companies straight from school, meaning businesses like yours have the chance to mould employees and help them rise through the ranks. The result? Companies have someone who knows their business inside and out at every level.

Preston Lass Elizabeth Grant Wins Miss England!

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Lizzie Grant, friend of Cotton Court and Cotton Studios model has officially won the grand title Miss England!

The Miss England contest is not just a beauty contest . You have to be far more than just a pretty face to win the crown. If you are lucky enough to reach the semi or national final, these are some of the rounds that you can expect to participate in. Along with taking part in the traditional catwalk style contest, Miss England contestants are invited to arrange sponsored gifts to be donated to charity ¦ Take part in a creative Eco fashion round ,  Sports Round ¦ have the option of taking part in a Beach beauty shoot & submit a video of their talent for the Miss England Talent round!

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Lizzie a long standing model of the studio started off modeling a couple of years ago at our studio sessions and now has progressed so much that she is signed to multiple modelling agencies!

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Along with the Miss England team Lizzie also supports the charity Beauty with a Purpose and recently hosted an event at Glovers and raised a staggering £1000! Supporting her recent win she is also hosting another event this time supporting a local charity Derian House a black and white party again at Glovers. Catch the reigning Miss England at Glovers on 20th August from 7pm and help support a fantastic local charity!

If you’re also interested in modelling and fancy yourself the next potential Miss England come down and model at our camera club and get great images for your portfolio for free! Email the studio on hello@cottoncourt.co.uk for more information!