Business of the month

Business of the Month - April 2017 - Laura Hartley Recruitment

Laura Hartley Recruitment is Downtown Lancashire's Business of the Month for April. LHR are proud to be a consultancy rather than an agency! At LHR we make recruitment transformational and in a market where candidates now have more choice, we work with businesses that champion positive culture, employee engagement and professionalism to ensure we consistently…

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Rise & Grind

It’s not at every venue you have a Peacock staring at you menacingly through the window! We return once again to the wonderful Huntley’s (Where quality matters!), for another early morning Rise & Grind, a great way to connect with prospects old and new. (Please drive carefully: Respect the Peacocks!)


Making it in Lancashire with Nigel Haworth & Craig Bancroft

Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft pack a pretty powerful punch in Lancashire. Nigel is Chef Patron, and Craig, Managing Director at Northcote in Blackburn. Renowned for its fine dining, Northcote, with just 26 uniquely styled luxury bedrooms, has grown into one of the most prestigious restaurants in the UK, and…


A Town Like Burnley: with Pam Smith

When Pam Smith talks about Burnley, everyone listens. Her passion is infectious, which is why she is perfect to hold the office of Chief Executive of Burnley Borough Council. What does it take to secure the badge of “Friendliest town”, what are Burnley’s untapped opportunities and ambitions, and how can…

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Five reasons why Theresa may regret her snap election call

Last week I outlined five reasons why the Prime Minister had decided to call an early election. Today, I will reflect on five reasons why she might come to regret that decision. Whenever a sitting Prime Minister calls an election there is an element of risk. Against the backdrop of opposition chaos and incredibly favourable […]


Mayoral candidates fighting to be heard

Not for the first time Westminster has disrespected the local election process. The constitutional innovation of electing mayors for some of our great conurbations next Thursday should be at the centre of political attention at the moment. Instead it will be largely ignored as we focus on the June General Election. Theresa May is not […]


What Next for the Northern Powerhouse?

As a snap election is called and three big beasts leave the local political stage, Downtown boss Frank McKenna asks, what next for the Northern Powerhouse? A surprise General Election called; George Osborne announcing that he is standing down as a Member of Parliament; and Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson indicating his intention to run as […]

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