New town centre websites are being launched in a bid to encourage local people and visitors to support businesses and make the most of being in East Lancashire.

The websites are being launched for Nelson, Brierfield and Barnoldswick, in a bid boost tourism and spending in Pendle.

Leader of Pendle Borough Council, Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, said: “We’re working hard to support our town centres in an area which has been among the hardest hit in the country, during the pandemic.

“Thanks to money from the Government’s Welcome Back Fund to help us build back better from the pandemic, we have been able to develop these new digital hubs for our towns."

The Government support, which comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is designed to support the safe return to high streets.

It’s also being used to provide new digital screens in Nelson – between the Place de Creil and Pendle Rise Shopping Centre and in Colne at Queen Street and at Hartley Square.

This additional funding builds on the Reopening High Street Safely Fund, which Pendle also benefitted from.

These websites are now live and include listings of businesses and shops and also things for Pendle people and visitors to see and do and local community information:

The council’s tourism and economic development officer, Mike Williams said: “It was great to help put together these new websites which will benefit all the businesses in the town centres of Barnoldswick, Nelson and Brierfield.

“We hope that any shops and businesses that are not on their town’s website will get in touch with me to get this free promotion and be a big part of what their town offers.”

Businesses not already included are being urged to fill in the online form on their relevant town website or email Mike Williams via or give him a call on 01282 661963.

Mike added: “There are currently 67 business and community listings and we hope to rapidly build on this great start.

“We will be working with town councils to help boost these new websites and to develop plans for them to be taken over and run locally by communities."