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Blackburn’s Blooming great idea brings new BID members

A scheme to bring flowers and foliage to Blackburn town centre has also resulted in flourishing new growth in membership for the Blackburn BID. The Blackburn BID ‘Adoptapot’ scheme offered businesses the chance to sign up for pots of flowers to display outside their premises in return for maintaining and watering the displays as part of the town centre’s campaign …

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The Taste of the Caribbean comes to Blackburn with restaurant and bar

February suddenly looks a lot brighter as Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant and bar prepares to roll into Blackburn. Turtle Bay is coming to the town’s Cathedral Square and is set to open its doors on February 12th bringing a new, vibrant and delicious Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the town. The 165 seater, £800K, 3,685 sqft Blackburn restaurant occupies …

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Traders are upbeat about the future at Darwen Market

Stallholders at Darwen Market enjoyed a bumper day as part a special “Celebrate Darwen Market Day” recently. Since closure of  the 3 day market, most traders have relocated into spaces within the Victorian Market Hall or the new look Annexe. The “Celebrate Darwen Market” day saw a host of family friendly entertainment as well as the opportunity for stallholders to …

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Blackburn needs your vote to be Britain’s best high street

Blackburn has today been named as one of the country’s best high streets by being shortlisted in the third annual Great British High Street competition. Blackburn’s high street has been named as one of the top 3 in the ‘Town Centre of the Year’ category. To be in with a chance of being crowned champion, the town needs the community …

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Blackburn’s Christmas lights switch on date announced

The countdown to Christmas has begun in Blackburn as business leaders reveal the date for the town’s annual lights switch-on. Blackburn will shimmer and sparkle when the Christmas lights are illuminated on Saturday, 26th November 2016 during a sci-fi, dance themed spectacular. Due to public demand, the annual event has been moved from a Thursday evening to earlier on a …

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Blackburn-based CWV Wallcoverings launches new website

Lancashire-based CWV Wallcoverings launches new website; www.inspiredwallpaper.com With over 100 years of collective brand heritage, the team from CWV Wallcoverings are set to fill a gap in the interior design industry – bringing their exciting collection of eye-catching British designs to market together online for the first time through their new website Inspiredwallpaper.com. Joining the global market Based in Lancashire, …

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Weekend of fun to celebrate leisure centre’s birthday

One year on from gold medal winner Rebecca Adlington opening Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre, the state-of-art facility is set to celebrate its first birthday. The leisure complex is holding a weekend of events on Saturday, 19 and Sunday 20 March, from 9am to 5pm, to mark the milestone. As a thank-you to the community for its support, there will …

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A Fish and Chip Restaurant brand from Yorkshire set to open in Blackburn

The well known Fish and Chip restaurant is due to open its first Lancashire branch in Blackburn. Mother Hubbard’s, which was founded in the 1970s has been mainly based in Yorkshire will open on Preston New Road sometime this week. The restaurant is set to create 20 jobs and will seat 80 customers. The franchise will be operated by EuroGarages …

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Cobblers and Keys come to Blackburn Market

Blackburn Market has announced that a long-established shoe-repair business is relocating its standalone Blackburn store to one of the market’s shop units. Shoesmith, who specialise in shoe repairs, key cutting and engraving will be moving into their new base in Blackburn Market, which is home to more than 70 traders, on Monday, 28th September. The specialist business, which was founded …

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Thought Provoking Artists appear in Blackburn

A pop-up art exhibition and gallery is due to open in Blackburn Town Centre this week. The space on King William Street in the town will feature the work of Johnny Berthol and Catherine Kaufman and promises to bring you an intriguing mix of myth and macabre. Catherine’s soft sculpture work takes you on a journey through the ages and …

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Premier Inn Blackburn Recruitment Open Day

Premier Inn Recruitment Open Day As the new Blackburn Premier Inn nears completion, the company are searching for staff for a range of roles within the new hotel based at the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. The Open Day takes place at Blackburn Youth Zone on Thursday 17th September 2015 between 10am and 3pm. Anyone is welcome, appointments are not …

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The Blackburn Heritage Festival returns in September

Blackburn Heritage Festival

The Blackburn Heritage Festival returns on the 12 & 13 September when vintage fairground rides will be dotted around the town centre as part of a drive to encourage visitors to explore different parts of the town on foot. The Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) has subsidised the cost of a 40 foot Victorian Carousel, a vintage helter-skelter and an …

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New Dunelm Store Opens In Time For Christmas

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 Barney Bear, the official mascot for Barnardo’s, Dunelm’s chosen charity. Barney Bear is Barnardo’s first ever mascot and is on …

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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 businesses who could become potential stall holders in three categories; artisan and crafts stalls, young entrepreneurs (16 — 21) or …

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Blackburn’s businesses all set for Royal visit boost

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 visit Blackburn Cathedral for the historic service which is held in a different town or city each year. It 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 and Darina Merheim-Eyre (The Paprika Lady). The new demo kitchen has been built in a new activity area near to Butler’s …

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Rates debate at BID Breakfast

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 empty premises in quiet parts of town.  Exchange Coffee’s Mark Smith who is also the interim Chairman of the bid …

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Blackburn School in national design award shortlist

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 the talent of property professionals in the region. Blackburn Central High School has been short-listed in the Infrastructure category. The school …

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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 make sure all goods sold are legitimate — giving shoppers the peace of mind and confidence that everything they buy …

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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 was presented to Child Action Northwest at their Wilpshire headquarters by Gillian Walsh the charity coordinator. Chief Executive, Sue Cotton …

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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 of the British Heart Foundation.  The market was gearing up for this Friday when staff will team up with Blackburn …

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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 trader in Darwen for over 30 years. Shirley who reached the age of 65, says she has no intention of …

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

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 within a designated area in the town centre benefitting from the discount on their business rates for 12 months. This …

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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 its website. The SPA Traveller is a luxury, lifestyle, digital magazine which provides an objective guide to the world’s finest …

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

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 Small Business Saturday. Blackburn and Darwen both have fantastic markets steeped in hundreds of years of tradition and boast a …

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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 components to a variety of industries nationally. The company was operating with some old machinery and wanted to buy a …

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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 event. Traders have come together to organise the events themselves to attract visitors into the town centre and show off …

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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 the developer Maple Grove Developments Limited, part of the Eric Wright Group — gathered to mark the next phase of …

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New location for unique Blackburn businesses

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 (off Northgate) in the heart of Blackburn’s retail district. The road has long been a busy thoroughfare for shoppers and …

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Blackburn Life is supporting the Blackburn BID

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 benefit their business environment. Businesses decide on the issues they want to address, the amount of funding to be raised …

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