City timber firm branches out thanks to £95k funding

Lancaster-based specialist timber trader Pacific European Timber Agency Limited (PETAL) has been bought out by its senior management team with the support of a funding package worth £95,000 from HSBC.

Photo Neil Cross Meet the Makers - a group of artists from Lancaster and Morecambe have got a place at the Southport Flower show, a huge achievement for such a small group. From left, Carolyn Philips, Sandy Gardener, Gill Forrester, Jan Beal, Emma Hamilton and Diane Clarke

Crafty talents will be on show this summer

A Lancaster arts and crafts collective is to exhibit its work at two big regional shows this summer.

Steve Wood.

Chamber Chat with Steve Wood, development manager, University of Cumbria, Lancaster campus

I don’t think I am going out on a limb to say that we all want our part of north Lancashire to be a great place to work and to do business.

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Mike Clark, owner of Country Harvest.

Major expansion for popular food hall

A popular food hall and coffee shop is set to expand with a £250,000 investment to create a Christmas wonderland.

Becky Sewell.

New recruits Hotfoot it to work for design agency

Lancaster-based Hotfoot Design is kicking off 2017 with two new hires following a series of new business wins, including Atkinson Vos, Beetham Nurseries and Lancaster Brewery.

John Morphet.

£750k investment leads to new lakeside holiday park

Pure Leisure Group has invested £750,000 developing a new holiday park near Carnforth, which will be unveiled this weekend.

A new charity shop will be opening in the former PC World store on the Kingsway Retail Park. Picture: Google Street View.

Lancaster vegan charity aims to rehome animals

The former PC World store on Caton Road has now been transformed into a giant charity shop.

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The JWK litigation team.

Lancaster solicitors win £1m payout for BHS staff

Staff at Lancaster law firm JWK Solicitors have helped 112 former British Homes Stores staff members win a £1million payout at an employment tribunal.

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The SQ Digital team.

Lancaster digital marketing agency officially launches rebrand

A Lancaster-based company has launched a rebrand, following an initial announcement made in September.

Tim Tomlinson

City licensee picked to be semi-finalist

Landlord of The Merchants in Lancaster has made it through to the semi-finals of the 2017 Licensee of the Year competition.

Rene's clothes shop in Lancaster gave employee Jackie Lee a surprise presentation to mark her 30th anniversary with the company.
Jackie busy at the job she still loves after 30 years.   PIC BY ROB LOCK

Job is a perfect fit for Jackie as she chalks up 30 years at Lancaster fashion shop

A Lancaster clothes shop surprised staff member Jackie Lee this week as she marked 30 years of working for the business.

Sandra Cottam-Shea

Chamber Chat: Sandra Cottam-Shea from SCS Logistics

This week my self-development mission is to re-write our company values, cultures and ethos.

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Matt and Nina.

Apprenticeship scheme proves to be a firm success

Two apprentices have completed their two year apprenticeship and have been offered permanent contracts at a Lancaster firm.

Review: Moor Hall; Taste of success at historic hall with a touch of Lancashire class

Review: Moor Hall; Taste of success at historic hall with a touch of Lancashire class

Moor Hall is a building with a back story at the beginning of an auspicious new chapter in its life.

Queen Street in Morecambe is closed to traffic in the daytime until June 9 for pavement resurfacing, much to the dismay of local business owners.

Morecambe shopping street closure is ‘chaos’

The closure of one of Morecambe’s busiest streets for pavement works has been branded ‘chaos’ by shop owners.

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Wonga data breach could affect 245,00 UK customers

Payday loan company Wonga has suffered a data breach which could have affected nearly a quarter of a million UK customers.

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Cat Smith MP with park owners Henry Wild (left) and his father Syd.

Lancaster MP visits caravan park to fly flag for county tourism

Lancaster MP Cat Smith helped celebrate Lancashire’s tourism industry during a special visit to Moss Wood caravan park during English Tourism Week.

Luke and Tom Powney of Briggs.

Morecambe shoe firm puts best foot forward to mark 20 years

A popular business is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Morecambe store – more than 150 years after the family firm was first established in Lancaster.

Laura Sharkey.

New recruit will help Lancaster IT firm to grow

Lancaster-based IT firm Q2Q IT has hired a business development manager to support its ambitious growth plans.

Vicky Lofthouse

Chamber Chat: Make the simple things count for you

Like most businesses in today’s economic climate, you will be working all hours to make sure the books balance and by the end of the financial year you will hopefully see some profit which could allow you to develop your business further.

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