Rolls-Royce and workers’ union Unite reached an agreement which will see the engineer employ a minimum workforce of 350 at its Barnoldswick site for the next ten years. It had previously planned to move much of the plant’s operations overseas at the cost of 490 jobs. The new deal will see the site become a centre of excellence training school to support the development and manufacture of zero carbon technologies.

Warrantywise, the car warranty specialist,

saw year-on-year sales grow by 55 per cent. A £500,000 investment in its Hyndburn headquarters paves the way to recruit 124 new sales staff, more than doubling the size of the department.

Plastic goods manufacturer What More UK

invested £20m in a number of new projects including the build of a new 200,000 sq ft site next to its Altham factory as well as the purchase of 13 new injection moulding machines.

Burnley-based Coolkit, which

manufactures temperature controlled   in demand from companies delivering pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs. The company recruited across a variety of roles.

Blackburn-headquartered EG Group is set

to acquire the forecourts of supermarket giant  washes, for £750m. Moshin and Zuber Issa, who own the EG Group, teamed up with private  (Dealmakers page 72)

Boohoo, which operates a major distribution centre in Burnley, acquired the intellectual property of Debenhams for £55m, and the digital assets of Burton, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis in a combined deal worth £25m. The acquisitions do not include physical shops and will see the brands incorporated into Boohoo’s online portfolio.

Chorley-based logistics provider fulfilmentcrowd posted record annual results after a year of international expansion. A rise in online sales over the last 12 months has driven the company’s revenues to a forecasted £12m, up 58 per cent on the £7.6m generated in 2019.

Builders Supplies West Coast, which

operates from sites in Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Morecambe and Preston, has been acquired by Huws Gray. MHA Moore and Smalley advised.

Dawn Cheetham, who served the North &

Western Lancashire Chambers of Commerce as a non-executive director and president, earned an MBE for services to business and the community in the 2021 New Year Honours List.

Scan House Solutions £1m-turnover year and is predicted to reach £2.5m in 2021. The Accrington-based company  has had particular success working with GP practices and their old patient records.

More than 50 Lancashire jobs are to be

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will form a joint partnership with Maple Grove Developments to acquire the former home of Thwaites. The seven-  centre was home to the iconic brewery until it relocated to new, purpose-built premises in 2018.

created by businesses which have completed the Two Zero Scaleup Resurgence programme. Twenty-one businesses completed the fully- funded three-month scheme created by Lancashire County Council programme to fast- track the county’s coronavirus recovery.

Kirkham-based steel-frame specialists

Wareing Buildings completed the design and build of a major commercial development in Blackpool. The site at Cropper Close on Whitehills Business Park consists of two storage and distribution units totalling 20,000 sq ft, constructed on behalf of Henco International.

The Modern Milkman of Colne received £5m

of investment from ETF Partners, which seeks out projects that fuel digital innovation in start-ups.

Preston-based supplements manufacturer

YourZooki secured a £1.6m funding facility from Metro Bank to invest in acquiring a greater share of the North American marketplace.

Poulton-le-Fylde-based Antech Hydraulics

completed a number of new hydraulic equipment maintenance projects to start the year and, having recently upgraded its maintenance and warehousing facility, shipped a large number of screw pumps out to international customers.

Euxton-based Hedges Direct Group has been

bought by its chairman, Steve Caunce, from the Foresight investment group, which bought the company in 2016 and exits with a 5.6x return.

Frank Whittle Partnership has designed

and overseen the creation of community vaccination centres across the county including  centre in Preston, The Mall on Charters Walk in Burnley, and Blackburn Cathedral.

VetPlus, the veterinary division of Lytham-

based Tangerine Group, recorded pre-tax  2020, up from £4.3m in 2019 and representing its best ever trading year.

A £10.2m plan to ‘reimagine’ the Harris has

been given planning consent by Preston City Council. The #HarrisYourPlace programme will conserve the Grade I listed building and ensure its future as a community hub and world-class cultural attraction.


Darwen-based e-liquid manufacturer Flavour Warehouse acquired Vapouriz for an undisclosed sum. Based in Guildford, it operates  franchise network and a hi-tech manufacturing facility for its range of premium e-liquids which now join the Flavour Warehouse portfolio.

Brothers Neil and David Clemson purchased the commercial storage business K2 Storage Solutions from E Sutton Group. The acquisition includes a 105,000 sq ft high bay warehouse at Shuttleworth Mead Business Park near Burnley. Advisers on the transaction were Trevor Dawson Chartered Surveyors, Glaisyers Solicitors and Forbes Solicitors.

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