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Being a part of the Global team allows me to work on some incredible projects locally and nationally, being home to some of the UK’s best-loved radio stations such as Heart, Capital and Classic FM, to name a few, we keep 24.4 million* listeners tuned in and entertained each week.

And that’s just for starters; we’re also one of the biggest live festival companies in the UK, selling over a million tickets a year, manage some of the best musical talent around, publish some of the biggest tracks in the charts, and run two of the freshest music TV channels there are.

So as you can imagine, every day is quite different.


Lancashire is where I spend most of my time and a place I am lucky enough to call home.   My role is predominately to establish commercial connections within the area and explore mutually beneficial partnerships as well as marketing opportunities.  I work with a wide and varied group of sectors across the county on projects that use a mix of our radio brands, TV and digital platforms – creating powerful innovative campaigns that deliver incredible results.


Source: RAJAR / Ipsos-MORI / RSMB, period ending April 2nd 2017.


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North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (NWLCC)

Membership of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (NWLCC) is open to any business, irrespective of size. Our 1,600 members provide well over half the private sector jobs in the area.

We’ve played a key role in the region’s business community for over 100 years helping our members start, grow and succeed. Being part of the NWLCC is popular because its gives our members access to a range of practical services, networking and event opportunities, employee development programmes and national business support initiatives.
Our policy team also works hard to make our members’ voices heard at local, regional and national government level.

National reach

NWLCC is one of 52 accredited UK Chambers of Commerce, which represents thousands of businesses of all sizes and sectors, employing over 5,000,000 employees. There are accredited Chambers in every nation and region of the UK, and in key markets around the world. Together with our fast-growing global network, Chambers provide practical advice and support to British companies trading around the world.

Chambers are also working to bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of work, helping businesses find the talent they need, and boosting the career prospects of young people.




Preston City Centre Business Improvement District (BID)

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a partnership between the local business community to benefit the trading environment.

BID’s provide a platform for businesses in a defined area  to work together to improve their trading environment.

The vote is open to those businesses with a rateable value of £10,000 or more.  If a majority, both by number and by rateable value, approve the proposal, ratepayers will contribute just 1% on top pf their business rates. BIDs give local businesses the power to effect changes that will benefit them.

Improvements may include extra security, cleansing and environmental measures, improved promotion of the area, more events activity, and greater advocacy on key issues.

BIDs are generally, as is the case with Preston’s BID, operated by not-for- profit partnership organisations.

Once voted for, the levy becomes mandatory on all defined ratepayers.

Local Authorities play an important role and in particular are charged with legal responsibilities, including the provision of the ratings data to calculate the BID levy, the collection and enforcement of the BID levy and the preparation and commitment to the baseline service agreements – they also pay a considerable BID levy.

Preston’s BID began its first term in 2009, with successful re-elections in 2011 and in 2017 (which saw a record ‘YES’ vote).

Some of the key projects and events that the BID is responsible for include the upgrade of the Winckley Square gardens, investment of over £150,000 in to CCTV and monitoring, deep-cleaning the city centre’s pavements, funding and organising the Christmas lighting display and switch on event…plus much more.

The project will run until at least 2022


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Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub

Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. Our purpose is to help Lancashire’s businesses grow. Boost is a £7.8m Growth Hub backed by the ERDF, led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council.

The role of Boost is to help growth-hungry Lancashire businesses realise their potential by providing simple access to a range of leading-edge funded programmes, delivered by specialists with a track record of growing established companies and innovative start-up businesses.

Business support programmes being delivered via Boost include:

  • Growth Support Programme – specialist masterclasses and ongoing coaching for high-growth start-ups and businesses trading for less than three years.
  • Growth Mentoring – support from an experienced business person who will help you tackle the challenges that you are facing in growing your business.
  • Growth Vouchers – financial support of c. £2,500 to help Lancashire businesses access specialist private sector support to accelerate their growth.
  • Propel 2 Grow – working with business owners and managers to identify their growth barriers (in areas like people management, sales and marketing, operations, productivity and creativity) and delivering specialist support to overcome these.
  • Lancashire Forum – a peer networking and business masterclass programme helping develop Lancashire’s business leaders.
  • UCLan Innovation Clinic – supporting Lancashire businesses to innovate and grow through the development of new to firm and new to market products.
  • Access to Finance – helping ambitious Lancashire businesses to identify and raise suitable growth finance from a range of sources.
  • TrED Skills Support – funded accredited training to help boost the skills of the Lancashire workforce, enabling businesses to grow and improve productivity.

Boost also helps businesses access sector-specific support, private sector business services, and relevant nationally funded programmes. Additional funded business support programmes for Lancashire firms will be added to Boost’s support directory.

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