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SWITCH: MKM Creations’ owner Mark Francis founded the business after a career in the armed forces

Flower pot man’s business just grows and grows

Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber from Hasbro. It is on the Toy Retailers Association (TRA) annual DreamToys list of predicted top sellers.

This year's list of 'must have' toys for Christmas

WIN: Staff from First 4 Print Finishing celebrate winning the award

Expanding Blackburn print firm wins third prize in 6 years

HOPE: Official opening of the Training Academy Hub. Pictured, front, are Rachael Scanlin, director, and Matthew Kibble, MD

Centre puts unemployed on the road to new careers

IDEAS: Anvic, whose managing director is Paul Watson, prides itself on being at the cutting edge of technology

Burnley firm unveils its high tech new virtual assistant

LINK-UP: Paul Williams from Yorkshire Bank, right, and David Brennan from C&S Coaches

East Lancashire coach company driving towards further growth

NEW LOOK: Paul Dawson, boss of Anvic Developments, transformed Northbridge works into smart office accommodation

Three decades of change for a former Burnley spinning mill

MILESTONE: Steve Gray is celebrating 10 years as chief executive of Training2000

Boss celebrates 10 years as head of training firm

WINNERS: Chris Reid and staff from Connect Childcare celebrate

Firm wins award for newly launched childcare app

CREATIVE: Craven Design is based at Business First’s Ribble Court centre in Padiham. Centres will feature new designs

Business First agrees deal with Barnfield Construction

COOL HAND: Sales executive Mark Beaton with Alpine Fine Foods directors Peter McAlpin and Phil Davis

Firm’s vans do just n-ice-ly for wholesalers

OCCASION: HD Signs did work for the 2012 London Olympics

Sports deal sees company double in size

TEAM: Chef Adam Jenyon with general manager Steven Andrews at the Derby Arms

Sea here! New event promises fine feast of fish

Small Business Advice Week:  Ensure your business is protected from online threats

Small Business Advice Week: Ensure your business is protected from online threats

Small Business Advice Week: Events represent growth opportunity for UK small businesses

Small Business Advice Week: Events represent growth opportunity for UK small businesses

Small Business Advice Week: The biggest challenges facing SMEs

Small Business Advice Week: The biggest challenges facing SMEs

DEAL: CoolKit sales executive Mark Beaton with one of the 11 vans converted for Welsh Water.

Cool conversions win top tender with major utility firm

L-R: Bob Conlin and Sarah Fennell from Fairbanks with Euro Garage’s Guy Bickerstaffe

Blackburn petrol station will receive ‘critical data’ to help it optimise orders and pricing

Peter Dubens

Former chairman of East Lancashire telecoms group snaps up slice of company

PLEDGE: What More UK Ltd in Altham Business Park which employs around 220 people

Firm signs up to pay living wage to lowest earners

ACHIEVEMENT: Calico homes in Burnley. The company has now been shortlisted for a top award

Burnley firm Calico in pursuit of top award

Small business owners are now calling for more education

UK business owners calling for more education for start-ups

SAFE: RTC has provided products to more than 5,000 playgrounds

Three new bosses as play area firm aims to expand

DELIGHT: Wayne Wild of WEC says they have hit the ground running since buying out MTL Advanced in February

Take-over puts metal makers back on track

GEARED UP: Simon Watson, of NatWest, Michael Hill MD of Optima, Ian Harrison, of NatWest and Steve Cowles

Engineering firm sees its overseas market expand

HAPPY: Andrew Stephenson

Businesses to benefit from £8m growth plan

HEAR HERE: Blackburn College is to host a series of seminars to follow on from their recent event

Seminars set to boost businesses and aid students

GROWTH: Martin Lewis, the managing director of Beta Group, said he continues to seek further acquisitions

Bacup firms lands second takeover

Simon Jersey given gong as it is named Supplier of the Year

Simon Jersey given gong as it is named Supplier of the Year

Cameron Javed and Rupert Gatty

COOL PLACE TO WORK: Fridge firm taking on staff to cope with expansion

Daniel Wilson

Self-taught teenager sets up own business

CLIMBING HIGH: Sampling the abseiling wall are Mark Kay, Jodie Shenton, Martin Kay, Hayden Wells, Ross McCowan

Haslingden abseiling wall opens


Burnley audio visual expert eyevis UK has secured a £400,000 deal with BAE Systems to provide its ultra-high resolution display screens and operating equipment for use in Typhoon flight simulators in the UK and ab

East Lancashire giants sign £400,000 deal

LIGHT FANTASTIC: One of Tyson Lighting’s recent projects, Tattu Restaurant and Bar in Spinningfields, Manchester

It’s all light on the night for firm’s plan to open city site

RECIPE: Kirsty Henshaw has launched her ranged of gluten-free, dairy-free and wheat-free chilled ready meals

Talk reveals the secrets of how to tame TV dragons

Lancashire firm helping to build Manchester City's new training facilities

Lancashire firm helping to build Manchester City's new training facilities

TEAMWORK: Staff from Businesswise Solutions are thrilled to be shortlisted for the TELCAs

Pendle company hopes for success in top industry awards

Reports from eBay show that Greater Manchester has the greatest concentration

East Lancs has second highest number of e-retail sellers putting London in the shade

Missed appointments cost SMEs millions each year

Missed appointments cost SMEs millions each year


Boost for site as East Lancs tech company announces plan to move in

UPWARD SPIRAL! Ben Ayrton, marketing manager, with the award

International manufacturing firm sees its annual profits spiral upwards

AWARD: Phillip Watson, HSE Manager at Training 2000

Training 2000 extends run of wins to seven years as efforts in field celebrated

GRATEFUL: Financial Affairs MD Laurence O’Connor bids farewell to John Westmoreland

Burnley colleagues bid farewell to retiring broker

WELL DONE: Benjamin Farnsworth receives his award from Zack Georgiou

Apprentice’s awards win is the ‘icing on the cake’

OPEN DAY: Staff and supporters of Bumble Bees Nursery, with, front, Phoebe Lee, joint owner Lisa Saul and the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Alan and Agnes Cottam.

Nursery owners aiming to impress Ofsted inspectors

RECORD BREAKER:  Tim Webber, chairman and managing director of Barnfield Construction

Barnfield Construction has broken records with its order book this month

SAFE: Some of the protective clothing marketed by WS Rothband . The acquisition will safeguard the jobs of the company’s nine staff

Manufacturing business is sold to former sales boss

AMBITION: The team is looking to expand its dealership network in the region as part of an ambitious growth strategy

New boss in the driving seat with motor dealership

ACHIEVEMENT: Stephanie Franks, left, receives her qualification from Christina Stone, of the Pearson’s Awarding Body

General manager of Ribble Valley pub earns qualification after 15 months of training

MOVING: MD Sharafat Shah, right, with staff Alex Findlow, Jason Tong and Danielle Hayle

Supplier’s plan for expansion with new staff

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