Blackpool’s Create Construction take top company prize

Blackpool-based Create Construction is celebrating after scooping the sought-after SME of the Year Award, at this year’s North West Construction Industry Awards.

B&M in Cleveleys

B&M speculation boosts shares

Shares in B&M rose sharply yesterday following weekend reports that supermarket giant Asda is mulling over a £4.4 billion takeover of the discount retailer.

Former Blackpool player Barry Ferguson has been made bankrupt with debts of more than 1.4 million.

Ex-Blackpool captain Barry Ferguson declared bankrupt

Former Blackpool player Barry Ferguson has been made bankrupt with debts of more than £1.4 million.
The surge in ticketing comes after clamping on private land was banned in 2012

Code of conduct urged as number of parking tickets from private companies rises

The number of parking tickets handed out by private companies has soared, leading to support for proposed new laws to end the industry's self-regulation.

Many parents face juggling work with finding childcare.

‘There needs to be a change to help families’

As school summer holidays start, many parents are facing the challenge of finding suitable childcare at an affordable cost. STEF HALL looks at the issue.

Sheffield Council is to get 24m over three years to help with adult social care

Two-in-five OAPs targeted in scams

More than two-fifths of older people believe they have been targeted by scammers, with single people more likely to be tricked than their married counterparts, according to a new study.

Tristan Hall with his popular card game Gloom of Kilforth

St Annes game maker shows card games are big deal

Success is on the cards for a St Annes game maker after his first card strategy game sold out in days.


496% surge in cybercrime in Lancashire

Cybercrime is rapidly rising as criminals use the Internet to commit a multitude of criminal activities using the Internet and law enforcement agencies are struggling to cope with the huge growth of the problem, an investigation has revealed.

Inside West Coast Motor Auctions.

Six figure boost for car auctions

Just over six months since it was bought in a seven figure take-over, a Poulton car auction business has completed a six-figure investment programme.

Kimberley Barrett-St Vall

Talking is good for mental health

A Fylde coast employment expert is offering tips on how managers can help their staff.

How the new development could look

Nine-screen cinema in place of hotel plan for Blackpool town centre

Plans have been revealed to build a nine-screen cinema in Blackpool town centre which would include an IMAX movie theatre.

Coun Paul Greenall pictured moments after resigning from the Tory group at County hall  and moving to sit next to Independent Councillor Liz Oades

Lancashire County Councillor quits Tory party in intimidation row

A newly elected Lancashire county councillor has quit the Conservative party accusing his fellow Tories of intimidation.

The statepension agewill rise from 67 to 68 from 2037

State pension age to rise to 68 earlier than planned

The state pension age will rise from 67 to 68 from 2037, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has announced.

County Coun. Azhar Ali (s)

Call for cash boost for Lancashire transport links

The Government is being urged to boost Lancashire’s transport infrastructure with a £1.6bn cash injection.

County Coun Geoff Driver

Lancashire County Council management restructure challenged

The Tory ruling group’s hopes of pushing through a management restructure at Lancashire County Council look set to be knocked back on Thursday.

Train users are being warned of disruption ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend

Train users warned over closures and reduced services over bank holiday

Train users hoping to travel to and from London over the August bank holiday weekend are being warned to plan their journeys now as a major London station is set to close for engineering works.

Artists impression of how the museum would have looked

Museum plan axed at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens

The curtain has fallen on £26m plans for a museum of Blackpool’s entertainment heritage at the Winter Gardens.

Anti-fracking protesters at the site of Cuadrilla's drill site at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton

Unions back anti-fracking calls

North West trade unions have issued a statement against fracking in solidarity with continuing protests at Preston New Road.

A Typhoon jet

Typhoon fires live missile

The Lancashire-built Typhoon is set to be a mainstay of world air forces for years to come thanks to a raft of new upgrades – despite plans in France and Germany to develop a replacement.

County councillor Geoff Driver

Shock restructure for county council

Lancashire County Council’s new Tory rulers have unveiled plans for a major restructure of the council’s management team.

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