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New Dunelm Store Opens In Time For Christmas

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Get ready for a new retail homewares experience coming to The Peel Centre, Lower Audley St, Blackburn, BB1 1DG on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 at 9am. The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Alan Cottam will be joined by ...

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Music Superstore Hunt For Talented Musicians

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The search to find talented unsigned musicians and singers in East Lancashire is well and truly under way. Music superstore Reidys, have brought back Blackburn’s most popular music competition for another year. Applications for Reidy’s Exposure close on Monday 29th ...

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Chance to trade for a day in Blackburn or Darwen markets


Blackburn and Darwen markets are taking part in a national event called ‘Love your Local Markets’ by giving potential new businesses the chance to trade for a day during the month of May. Commercial Manager, David Smith is looking for ...

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Blackburn’s businesses all set for Royal visit boost

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Blackburn is set for a boost from the visit of the Queen tomorrow as thousands of extra people are expected to head to the town centre to catch a glimpse. Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied The Duke of Edinburgh, will ...

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Busy Saturday in Blackburn Town Centre


The centre of Blackburn was alive today with new attractions, businesses and events. In the market, Philippa James began her new cookery demonstrations using fresh produce from the markets. She was joined by Antony Shirley from the Seafood Pub Company ...

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Rates debate at BID Breakfast

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Another hot topic will be served up along with free tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches at the next BID breakfast meeting at Liz ‘n’ Lils on Thursday 13th March.  The BID team will discuss business rates and plans to fill ...

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Blackburn School in national design award shortlist

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A Blackburn school has been short-listed for a prestigious national prize. Blackburn Central High School has been short-listed by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in their 2014 Awards. These awards celebrate excellence in the built environment, and showcase ...

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Blackburn and Darwen Markets sign up to Real Deal


Markets sign up for the ‘Real Deal’ to prevent illegal fakes. The Real Deal Code of Practice is an initiative aimed at reducing counterfeiting offences in markets. Blackburn Market and Darwen Market and trading standards have signed the charter to ...

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Darwen Company raises thousands for Children’s Charity


Staff at Herbert Parkinson in Darwen have raised £5792 to support local children and young people.  The money was raised through a sponsored cycle ride, a curtain sale, a pop up charity shop and a Pound Day raffle. A cheque ...

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Hearty welcome for royal couple

There was fun and fundraising on Saturday (1 February) when shoppers and traders at Blackburn Market received a royal visit from the King and Queen of Hearts who made a royal tour of the stalls and café areas in aid ...

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More than 30 years on Darwen Market & Shirley is not up for retiring


Traders on Darwen’s three day market staged a surprise birthday party for one of the longest serving traders. Karen Hawthornthwaite on the Candy Rush stall organised the celebration for her mother, card stall holder, Shirley Pilling who has been a market ...

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Consultation Launched on Discount Rates Scheme for New & Expanding businesses in the area around Blackburn Town Hall

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Consultations on a possible new business rate scheme offering up to 100 per cent discount to eligible businesses taking an empty shop unit in Blackburn town centre has been announced. The Business Rates Incentive could see new or expanding businesses ...

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Local Hotel scoops Spa award


The Spa at Stanley House, Mellor, has won ‘Best New Spa in the UK’ in this year’s SPA Traveller Awards. This SPA Traveller Awards recognise the top spa destinations around the world and the winners are chosen by the readers of ...

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Small Business Saturday – Blackburn and Darwen – Make the change!

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The national campaign to get people shopping locally with small independent retailers is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 7th December. People are being encouraged to make the change from large national chains and discover the gems on their own streets with ...

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Darwen firm aims to create new jobs with grant


A Darwen engineering family firm has been given a grant to buy new equipment and create three new jobs including an apprentice. Broadoak Gear Cutting Engineering Ltd, which was set up in October 2010, produces a range of specialist gear ...

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Shop Local in Blackburn and Darwen


Shoppers are being urged to shop local and support our market traders and independent retailers on Saturday, December 7th. Lots of events and special offers are available in Blackburn and Darwen town centre on the day as part of the global ...

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Ground Breaking ceremony in Blackburn Cathedral Quarter development


The official launch of the £30 million Cathedral Quarter development has been marked with a ground breaking ceremony. All the partners involved in the ambitious scheme – the Cathedral, Blackburn with Darwen Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and ...

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New location for unique Blackburn businesses

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Two local businesses are revitalising a former trade centre into a new destination for customers who travel for miles for their unique offering. The Cellblock BMX and The Bat Cave have moved into the former Mercer’s premises in Lower Cockcroft ...

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Blackburn Life is supporting the Blackburn BID

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Blackburn BID is the Business Improvement District project that could bring a host of benefits to Blackburn. A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business led initiative where local businesses and other stakeholders form partnerships to implement local improvements which ...

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Blackburn with Darwen Council welcomes 20 new apprentices

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Blackburn with Darwen Council has brought 20 new apprentices on board this month. The new starters are working in departments across the Council, including Children’s Services, IT, Environment and Legal. The authority now employs 48 apprentices in total. They met ...

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Local shop owner duped out of £140,000 in bank details scam


Police are urging people to be extra vigilant after highly skilled fraudsters duped an East Lancashire business woman out of £140,000.   Fraudsters contacted the Accrington shop owner a number of times last month and conned her into handing over ...

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The Mall supports “Mum’s the Word” Project

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The Mall Blackburn has pledged its support to a local community interest organisation that sells pre-loved children’s school uniforms and activity items at a fraction of the usual cost ahead of the busy summer season! Bosses at the shopping centre were ...

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Change to Chutney on Blackburn Market


Blackburn College students’ social enterprise “Chutney for Change” will be paying Blackburn Market a visit on Friday 14 June between 10am and 2pm and giving customers the chance to taste its range of tasty chutneys. “Chutney for Change” is a project ...

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Couple have it all sewn up in Retail Factor


Personal Stitch Embroidery, which is owned by Paul and Sian Goggins, was crowned the local champion of the Retail Factor competition hosted by The Mall, which will see them trade free of charge on a Retail Merchandising Unit in The ...

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Aim to boost Darwen economy with “Fiver Festival”

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Businesses in Darwen town centre are due to take part in an innovative festival in an aim to boost the local economy. Throughout June the businesses will be taking part in the Fiver Festival. The Darwen Shop and Business Association are ...

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Post Office launch Drop & Go fast track service for local businesses

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The Post Office have launched a new service in the local area to help small businesses save time. Seven Post Office branches in the Blackburn area have launched Drop & Go, a new service that allows business customers and internet ...

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The Mall launch the Retail Factor 2013 for new businesses


The Mall have launched their 2013 Retail Factor competition. The Retail Factor gives new businesses the opportunity to trade from a Retail Merchandise Unit (RMU) in one of their Malls, giving access to thousands of potential shoppers every day. Its ...

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Blackburn store closure as major chain pulls out


Blackburn is set  to lose a major store as Staples have confirmed the Lower Audley store will close within the next month or so. Staples announced earlier in the year a major reorganisation of their business , which includes the ...

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Mr Spud returns to Blackburn Market


A baked potato seller that used to trade near the entrance of the former market on Ainsworth Street has taken the plunge and joined the new market. Husband and wife team John and Sally Wright, with the help of their ...

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Rishton business a finalist in North West Women’s Business Awards

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A printing company in Rishton has been shortlisted in this year’s EVA awards (Enterprisefor Vision Awards). Jane Caunce from Ellison Printing on High Street, Rishton, is up for the Small Business of the Year Category. Her company was set up ...

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