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Congratulations Abbie!!

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Our high flying Apprentice has just received her results! We would like to congratulate Abbie on her achievement. she has been fantastic since joining the team.

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What the we have to say:

Abbie joined us as part of the One Connect Apprenticeship scheme. She has continually impressed with her work ethic and willingness to learn new skills. She is friendly, enthusiastic, and a pleasure to work with. She always works hard and has been a great help to us at Cotton Court as we have been very busy with conference bookings. She has continued to grow into her role and with the team here, and is well liked by staff and customers. 

A very different weekend!

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We welcomed a very different customer to the building last weekend. The team at Crafty Vintage who offer a vintage, handmade & artisan food fair often seen in Clitheroe and at Brockholes transformed our outdoor space into a mix of food heaven and vintage shopping treats!

Here is just a few images from the weekend, to see more head to our facebook page

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Get voting again…. it’s been an exciting month in the Breathe office

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Guest blog by one of our clients:  Samera from Breathe Therapies

I am so delighted to announce that our very own hardworking Shelley Perry is an Eva Award finalist!! A well recognised event that stands for Enterprise Vision Award set up to celebrate entrepreneurial growth of women in the North West.

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It is touching to see the category for which she is placed under of ‘Inspirational Woman of the year’ as it is a title she truly deserves.

Now, the votes are open and I am eager to spread the joy.

Please tell everyone you know to get the word out by following the links below to place your vote with a few quick and easy clicks:

http://www.evavoting.co.uk/vote.php?this_category=Inspirational

But the awards don’t stop there for us at Breathe Eating Disorder Service as we have also been lucky enough to be nominated for Holistic Business of the year award 2013, by the Holistic Directory who want to celebrate wonderful holistic businesses in the UK and the people that run them, so have launched an Award this year.

It’s absolutely fabulous to receive an acknowledgment and appreciation of the work we deliver within the community and to take this opportunity to thank the hard efforts and commitment shown daily by our clinical director Shelley Perry who is full of compassion and an inspiration to be around!!

You can place your vote by following the link below:

https://www.theholisticdirectory.co.uk/about/holistic-business-of-the-year-award-2013

But Hurry, because the deadline closes on the 1st September and the winner will be announced on the 17th September, wish us luck and stay posted to find out the results!!

Your vote counts: Every vote is important to us and we thank you very much for all your support and votes in advance!!  We greatly appreciate it.

So please help us by voting for both of the awards listed and stay posted to find out what happens!!

North West Fashion Networking Event

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If you are the owner of a fashion related company or are a freelance individual based in the North West then this is a must attend event. The North West Fashion Network presents their first Fashion Networking Event where you can build business connections, meet other like-minded people and also learn how the North West Fashion Network can help to support you and your business.

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The meeting is free to attend and opens for arrivals from 8.30am – with tea and coffee provided. The event will officially start at 9am where member’s will be provided with welcome information and will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves. A short 10 minute presentation will be made by members of the North West Fashion Network team then you will be given the opportunity to ask questions, discuss future networking ideas and continue networking.

Event Organised By:
North West Fashion LTD
The North West Fashion Network – Social Enterprise is an online platform designed to promote local fashion related companies, freelance individuals, job vacancies and upcoming events. Our two social aims are;

– To promote the local fashion industry, to encourage consumers to shop locally and from independent retailers
– and to increase employability by promoting and providing local work experience opportunities including careers gudeince and support, competition and workshops within a range of creative areas

 

For more details, or to book your place, please contact claire@northwestfashion.co.uk or amy@cottoncourt.co.uk or call 01772 507767

 

 

BNI make Cotton Court their choice for business networking

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BNI (Business Network International) is the worlds largest and most successful business referral network. Are now meeting weekly with us at Cotton Court Business Centre on a Wednesday morning 6:45 – 9:00 starting this week.

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BNI Members meet weekly with the prime intention of passing each other opportunities for new business through ‘word of mouth referrals’. This is the most cost-effective form of advertising possible. Being a member of Business Network Int’l (BNI) is like having sales people working for you every day who market your product or services.

BNI’s sole purpose is to provide a positive, supportive and structured environment for the growth and development of the businesses of its members through the exchange of quality business referrals. In the Diamond (Preston) Chapter of BNI, members are already referring hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of business.

BNI Members commit to a strict code of ethics and a high standard of quality is both expected and monitored through the BNI system.

Your business can benefit from the services offered by BNI members. Why select unknown services from business directories and possibly regret it later!

For more information about joining BNI, please contact Joe Makepeace (Chapter Director) BNI Preston Diamond Chapter

 

North West Fashion Networking Event

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If you are the owner of a fashion related company or are a freelance individual based in the North West then this is a must attend event. The North West Fashion Network presents their first Fashion Networking Event where you can build business connections, meet other like-minded people and also learn how the North West Fashion Network can help to support you and your business.

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The meeting is free to attend and opens for arrivals from 8.30am – with tea and coffee provided. The event will officially start at 9am where member’s will be provided with welcome information and will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves. A short 10 minute presentation will be made by members of the North West Fashion Network team then you will be given the opportunity to ask questions, discuss future networking ideas and continue networking.

Event Organised By:
North West Fashion LTD
The North West Fashion Network – Social Enterprise is an online platform designed to promote local fashion related companies, freelance individuals, job vacancies and upcoming events. Our two social aims are;

– To promote the local fashion industry, to encourage consumers to shop locally and from independent retailers
– and to increase employability by promoting and providing local work experience opportunities including careers gudeince and support, competition and workshops within a range of creative areas

 

For more details, or to book your place, please contact claire@northwestfashion.co.uk or amy@cottoncourt.co.uk or call 01772 507767

Lancashire Markets set to return!

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Preston City Centre’s about to look bloomin’ marvellous as the ever-popular Lancashire Market returns to Friargate & Orchard Street on Saturday 17th August 2013.

The Market, funded and organised by the city centre’s Business Improvement District (BID) is the biggest Easter event to date, with more than 100 quality local producers offering the very best of Lancashire food, drink, gift & crafts.

With ever-increasing numbers of people both trading and visiting the Lancashire Market, Preston city centre has something unique to offer this Easter Weekend. Mark Whittle, BID’s event manager said: “Several towns regionally host markets, but no one does what we do, on this scale, which is why it’s proved to be ever so popular. We take the best that Lancashire has to offer and promote that as far and wide as possible.”

He added: “More than 340,000 people have visited the Lancashire Market since they began in 2010, travelling from all over the North West; proving there’s a healthy appetite for family friendly events that offer quality local produce”.

Patrons will have the opportunity to sample & purchase everything from artisan breads, locally produced cheeses, fresh meat, handmade chocolates, locally grown fruit & vegetables, honey produced up the road and much much more. The event is free to attend and all Lancashire Market visitors will be offered a discount voucher booklet with money saving coupons for businesses across Preston city centre

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Cotton Court partners with Preston College to deliver social media success

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We are pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with Preston College to deliver social media courses for their students. The first series of courses aim to teach students that are looking for an apprenticeship about online employability and social media success.

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Social media is becoming a central part of recruitment and employers are becoming switched on to using social media channels to source candidates. Social media allows job seekers to job search, and build recommendations and connections into an online CV.  Over 86% of job seekers have a social media profile and around 50% of people in Britain are now using social media in their job search. The students from Preston College are learning how to do this effectively and gain a competitive advantage.

Key Findings from a study into a social media recruiting survey by Adzuna.co.uk

  • The average British adult is connected to 300 relevant, open job vacancies through their first and second degree connections on social networks.
  • Over 90% of large UK employers are now using social media to find staff. Big companies such as Google, Amazon & eBay have been leveraging social media to find staff for some time now, but the last 12 months has seen an explosion in the number of “non-tech” companies using social media to find staff. Companies such as AstraZeneca, Saatchi and Saatchi and hotel chain Hilton have all launched Facebook groups to increase the rate of job referrals for potential candidates. Marriott International even created a Facebook game to help fill vacancies in 2011.
  • While Linkedin is generally seen as “the” place to go for professional networking, job seekers in the UK would rather leverage their Facebook (43%) than Linkedin (22%) networks to find their dream job.

 

Recruiters and employers think LinkedIn is a great way of finding candidates. LinkedIn is a huge database and by using relevant key words they can quickly find the people they need so job seekers must consider what their profile says about them. Becoming established on LinkedIn can be tricky for job seekers with little or no experience or industry contacts, but this is an area in which students will look at on the course.

If you have not considered the use of social media in your job search then you may be disadvantaging yourself, as recruiters are using social media to reach out to ‘passive talent’ – people that may otherwise not apply.

The way in which people look for work has changed dramatically and this course aims improve job seeker’s presence to help you get their dream job.  Attendees learn how to make their online profiles more attractive to employers, ensuring that employees find out everything they  want them to but nothing they don’t and how to use social media to get that interview and get that job.

Breathe Nominated for the National Diversity Awards 2013

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Well done to our Clients, Breathe, who have been nominated for the national Diversity Awards 2013.  This guest blog by Breathe’s Samera tells us more about the awards and Breathe’s achievements:

We are so thrilled to hear that we have been nominated for this year’s National Diversity award!!

The award is a national recognised prestigious black tie event that celebrates and recognises the hard work and dedication of organisations that tackle the issues in today’s society, on a daily basis.

It is a real privilege to see that we have been nominated this year for Diversity in the workplace as it was only last year Shelley Perry the clinical director of Breathe Eating Disorder Service/S.E.E.D was in the top three nominees for Entrepreneurs of Excellence in the category for gender.

As we are in the early stages of the award process our next step is to answer a series of questions which will be scored and ranked. The nominees with the highest ranking will be short-listed for the top three; this is then decided upon the number of votes we receive before the winner is announced.

So for now, let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope we can prove and show what a passionate hard-working team we are! Share your support with us and wish us lots of luck. Watch this space, and stay updated with our award journey.

Breathe for the National Diversity Awards 2013

Just to give you an update of the National Diversity Awards, gather everyone you know and follow the links below as you can potentially be helping us to be shortlisted for the award!!

Please vote for us to be shortlisted for a National Diversity Award

Go to http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/  > Nominate Here > Diverse Companies #DiverseCompanyAward

Spread the word and show us your support. Lets get cracking and see how far we can get..Thank you !!

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