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CONTENTS The Big Interview 32


Karen Hirst talks partnerships and the role she believes they will play in Lancashire’s post- Covid future. It is a subject the managing director of Maple Grove Developments is well  most of her career bringing the public and private sectors together with impressive results.


REGULARS Publisher’s View In View


Barometer


04 06 14


Sub36 55 LBV Hub


70 Appointments 78


INTERVIEWS


Big Interview: Karen Hirst


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In View


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Tourism chiefs have unveiled their recovery plan for Lancashire’s beleaguered visitor economy. It sets out half a dozen priorities to help businesses hit by the pandemic get through this year and into next.


Apprenticeships 18


The 2021 Lancashire Apprenticeships Conference attracted a host of speakers and panellists as it took an in-depth look at training in the county and the work taking place to bridge its skills gap.


Women in Business 26


Lancashire Business View has put the spotlight on up-and-coming women in business. We’ve looked at entrepreneurs and innovators who will play a major role in taking our economy forward.


SPECIAL FEATURES Leaders: George Critchley 13


Apprenticeships Conference 18 Women in Business


Doing the Deal Report: Property


26 34 58


IN DEPTH


Sector View: Health and Wellbeing


Hotspot: Blackpool 66 Doing the Deal 34


The importance of the human element in successful dealmaking should never be overlooked. That was one of main messages to come out of our annual ‘Doing the Deal’ event.


Enterprise Zones 42


Progress has been slow but the £20m building coming out of the ground in Samlesbury is a visible sign that the development of Lancashire’s Enterprise Zones is gathering pace.


Health and Wellbeing 46


The pandemic and months of lockdown have demonstrated how important it is for employers to care for the individuals who make up their workforce. We look at how to meet that challenge.


ADVICE Funding


Dealmakers Legal View


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16 72 64


BUSINESS CLINIC Buying a business


Property Report 58


The brutal retail landscape,  continues to take its toll, with calls for a different approach to be taken to “building back” our town and city centres.


Legal View 64


Growing numbers of businesses are moving online, with many SMEs now accelerating their e-commerce strategies. Here we look at some of the legal implications that they need to consider.


Hotspot: Blackpool 66


Plans have been set out for a new £4bn Levelling Up Fund and Blackpool is getting ready to make its move and promising it will be bidding hard for money to turn ambition into action.


HOW TO Fund your business


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