Winter Success for Lancaster On Ice

Lancaster On Ice, the Ice Rink and Winter Wonderland arena in Dalton Square has been hailed a major success by its organisers. Martin Horner and Chris Selkirk estimate over 36,000 people have skated during the 6-week project whilst many more have attended as spectators. "We're over the moon," said Martin, "It's been a major success for the city." Approximately 40% of bookings ...

Lancaster Theatre Reveals £2m Plan

Plans for a “stunning” new £2m glass extension to Lancaster’s oldest theatre have been revealed. The Grand Theatre, in St Leonard Gate, has submitted the plans for a new foyer, street level bar, studio performance and meeting space, and disabled access in what is currently the theatre’s staff car park. The Grade II Listed theatre, built in 1782, is owned by amateur dramatics group F...

Boost Business Lancashire Lands £6m Three Year Extension

Boost Business Lancashire, the county’s business growth hub, has been given £6m to continue delivering wide ranging support for ambitious high growth businesses and start-ups. The award-winning business support service which has helped over 5,000 Lancashire businesses has received a significant financial boost that will enable the support to continue until 2021. £3.65m of the funding...

Launch of the Lancaster Story

A major new project to give the Lancaster region a stronger and more competitive advantage has been launched to business leaders and community representatives. The launch of the Lancaster Story will feature a number of influential speakers including Si Bellamy OBE, head of Eden Project International. As excitement builds following the recent announcement of Eden’s proposed new attrac...

#LancashireDay Trends Across The Globe

A rally cry was put out and Lancashire answered. Marketing Lancashire’s annual campaign to get Lancashire Day trending on social media broke records with a potential reach of more than 173 million – a huge 133 per cent rise on the 74 million achieved in 2017. Marketing Lancashire social media activity on the day itself achieved over half a million impressions. Lancastrians from across Eur...

Driving Positive Workplace Mental Health

It’s a subject widely discussed – the now famous Stevenson/Farmer report Thriving at Work finding 15 per cent of employees have displayed at least one symptom of a mental health condition, the wide-ranging effect of mental ill health is clear to see. But, as an employer, how do you help your employees care for themselves? The same report offered some help, making recommendations for ...

IT Business Heads For Growth With Boost

A Lancashire software business aims to secure three additional NHS trust contracts and grow its team over the next 12 months after receiving help from specialists in business support. Meantime has designed and developed a programme called Audit Management and Tracking (AMaT) which streamlines a trust’s auditing process and helps it become more efficient. Business owner Fenner Pearson...

Software Innovation in Lancaster Shows Power of Shop Local

Jane Dalton, director of Boost & Co members Groundswell Innovation considers how ‘shopping locally’ can help the Lancashire economy grow. How much do you think our house prices increase if we have independent shops on our High Street? As much as 17% if you believe American Express. That’s 17% more than the price boost created by having big name chain stores and restaurants sited...

Lancashire Visitor Economy Continued To Grow In 2017

With just a week to go before the county celebrates tourism and hospitality businesses across the county in the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2018, Marketing Lancashire has revealed the latest annual tourism figures for 2017. Latest figures show the visitor economy continued to grow, with the economic impact of the sector reaching £4.25 billion (+2.9% since 2016) and visitors increasing from 67 mi...

Don’t Let Winter Weather Hold Your Business Back

With winter on its way Lancashire County Council is busy preparing to keep the county’s roads as clear and safe as possible, and to minimise delays and accidents caused by bad weather conditions. With our plans well underway we are asking businesses to get ready for the challenges that severe weather conditions can bring. What you can do You may not be able to control the weather but...

Lancaster University Celebrates Women In Business

Business leaders sparked a lively debate at Lancaster University this week when they shared their inspirational stories of breaking into business with students and academics during Women in Entrepreneurship Week. Students and academics gathered to hear from female and male entrepreneurs from Lancashire who formed an expert panel, sharing personal stories of becoming entrepreneurs in the ...

Lancashire Business Angels To Help County’s Firms Take Off

Ambitious businesses in Lancashire have the chance to access growth funding from potential investors following the launch of Lancashire Business Angels by key players in the county’s financial and professional services sector. Created by Steve Wall, manager with Access to Finance, part of Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, the organisation will pair fast growing businesses with hi...

The North Lancs Expo is the gateway to North Lancashire

The North Lancs Expo is the gateway to North Lancashire Following the huge success of the second North Lancs Expo, it looks like North Lancashire will have a gateway to show off the people, places and businesses that make it such a great work and play destination for many years to come. The North Lancashire Expo opened its doors on Sunday and Monday (23rd and 24th September) to thousands of ...

Seven EVA Winners from Lancashire

Seven businesswomen are thrilled to have put Lancashire on the map after scooping top prize at a highly prestigious awards ceremony. Wendy Jackson of Fylde Tuition Centre, Beverley Davis of The Ivory Dressing Room, Amanda Munden of Moo Stylist, Elizabeth Manford of The Wax House Candle Company, Jane Hugo of Streetlife, Rebecca Stott, of Temple Beauty Clinic and Amanda Stewart, of My...

Thousands Attend North Lancashire Expo

The North Lancashire Expo opened its doors to thousands of visitors, bringing together the people and organisations of the region for a spectacular two-day showcase. Sunday was aimed at family and community day, with a focus was on skills, training and inspiring the region’s future workforce. Entertainment included the Ludus Youth Dance company, the Bay Beat Street Band and Bernesto ...

To Develop Your Business, Start With Yourself

Preston-based entrepreneur Antony Chesworth, founder of ecommerce software business EKM, explains that the most important challenge any business leader can face is to fulfil their own potential. I started my business in 2002 in my back bedroom, and since then EKM has helped over 70,000 online shops setup worldwide, and we now employ more than 80 talented people at our custom-built state-o...

The Bay Business Awards

The Lancaster Guardian and The Visitor are very proud to be launching the inaugural Bay Business Awards. These awards have been formulated to provide a platform to recognise, reward and celebrate all the businesses, and the people who work within them, across Lancaster and Morecambe Bay area. Lancaster businesses are being encouraged to enter the range of categories including best ...

New Export Services Launched at Chamber of Commerce

Lancashire businesses can now benefit from new services that will help them grow their exports thanks to the launch of a new Global Membership at North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. The Global Membership will deliver a full range of services including specialist documentation support and advice, legal contract review services, market selection services, access to an Advice H...

Lancashire Hospitality Awards Launched

A new awards programme has been launched to recognise the stars of Lancashire’s hotel and hospitality industry. The inaugural Lancashire Hospitality Awards will champion and reward the top performers in the county. The hope is to find the very best among the county’s hospitality community. The top 10 finalists will undergo an interview in front of a select panel of judges, which is m...