Skills at school need not be costly says Fylde coast group

Susanne Johnson, chairman of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre FSB talks about skills. We at FSB regularly get told that young people leaving school, college or university are not sufficiently work-ready.

Managing director Janet Thornton at Inspired Energy in Kirkham.

Fylde energy firm back on the acquisition trail

An expanding Fylde energy procurement business has snapped up a neighbour for a price which could rise to more than £4m

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The beach chalets within the colonnade at Fleetwood.

Beach chalets hailed a hit on Fleetwood seafront

They have proved to be among the most controversial beach chalets in the country but Wyre Council says the 10 newest huts on Fleetwood seafront have turned out to be a hit.

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Former Booths store on Highfield Road,Blackpool

Dismay as Booths site remains empty

A former supermarket site looks set to remain undeveloped more than a year since the store closed.

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Bev Robinson, Principal and Chief Executive of Blackpool and The Fylde College; RT Hon Robert Halfon MP and Michael Coleman, Head of School for Engineering and Computing.

Minister at Blackpool college to learn about skills

Apprenticeships, careers and skills for the workers of the future were the subject if the day at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Community-run banking services are available.

Fylde coast small firms warned on pensions enrolment

Small and micro businesses are suffering from what The Federation of Small Businesses, has dubbed ‘stage fright’ – a phenomenon preventing many smaller businesses getting to grips with what they need to do to comply with Workplace Pensions legislation.


VIDEO: Take a virtual ride on Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new £16.25m rollercoaster

Blackpool Pleasure Beach bosses have announced a new £16.25m rollercoaster for the park.

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Some of the staff at the Camerados Cafe

Pop up cafe can carry on serving

A pop-up cafe which is helping people through rough times in their lives is set to stay open for another 12 months thanks to a grant from the police.

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Blackpool's heritage trams made their first appearance of the year over the Easter weekend.
One of the trams passes the Comedy Carpet.  PIC BY ROB LOCK

Anniversary of world’s first tramway opening in Blackpool

Today marks 131 years since the world’s first practical electric tramway opened - in Blackpool.

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An artists impression of the proposed conference centre.

Conference centre and homes agreed

Plans for a £25m conference centre in Blackpool have been approved by planners.

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Winter Gardens' Empress Ballroom

Fylde coast leads the hunt for county’s tourism titles

The Fylde coast has taken the lion’s share of nominations for the county’s top tourism awards.

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The tweet posted by Amanda Thomspon

Pleasure Beach boss drops massive new ride hint

Blackpool Pleasure could be about to reveal plans for a new multi-million pound rollercoaster.

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Freeport at Fleetwood

Fylde coast shopping centre in retail careers drive

A Fylde shopping centre has signed up to a national campaign to highlight careers in retail.

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The Smiler at Alston Towers

Merlin sorry after £5m fine

Alton Towers operator Merlin Attractions, which has major attractions in Blackpool, has been fined £5m for a “catastrophic failure” of health and safety rules over the Smiler rollercoaster crash.


Which are the best butchers shops in Lancashire?

Can you help us decide where to go for the finest fresh meats?
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WORKING: Construction workers

Lowest ever number of workless households – Government

The number of workless households has hit a record low in the North West, the Government said today.

EVas 2016 winner Julie Maughan from Woodhouse Opticians with Jane Cole from Blackpool Transport

Fylde four shine at Women’s business awards

Four Fylde businesswomen are celebrating after scooping top prize in a coveted awardsceremony.

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Wyre business expo at the Marine Hall in 2015

Wyre and Fylde coast businesses invited to showcase day

Business in Wyre will be put in the shopwindow with an exhibition and networking event next month.

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A fracking rig

Fylde campaigners’ joy at Labour fracking stand

Campaigners on the Fylde have welcomed a pledge by Labour to ban fracking if it ever gets into power.

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Coun Jennifer Mein

Cabinet dismisses pleas to save county libraries

It took less than two hours today for Lancashire County Council’s cabinet to sign the final execution papers for a host of Lancashire libraries and children’s centres - despite being forced to think again.

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