As more of the city centre reopens from April 12th, the city’s Business Improvement District, in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary, and UCLan, are advising people that lots of venues across the city centre participate in the ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme. By informing customers that they can ‘Ask for Angela’, businesses are promoting that the public […]


With just one month to go, and in line with the government’s publicised road map, Preston’s city centre retailers are primed to safely re-open their doors from April 12th. Shops and personal care businesses, are looking forward to welcoming people back into the city, supported by appropriate safety measures to minimise risk. Chair of the […]

Preston Leads Start Ups

LANCASHIRE MAKES IT INTO THE TOP TEN PLACES IN THE UK FOR NEW COMPANY FORMATIONS – AND PRESTON TOPS THE COUNTY LIST   More than 12,600 new businesses were started in Lancashire, during 2020, putting Lancashire in the top ten places, nationwide, for new company formations. Research produced by Inform Direct shows that the number had […]

City Centre Businesses

During the current lockdown, the businesses below are open as essential stores, or operating a click and collect/takeaway service as permitted. Aldi B&M Bargains Banana King Barclays Broadhurst Optometrists Boots Café Nero Fishergate (takeaway) Café Nero Friargate (takeaway) Cash Generator Cell Fix (CC) Cooperative Bank Costa Fishergate (takeaway) Costa StGeorges Shopping Centre (takeaway) Cumberland Building […]

UCLan – Opportunity

The University of Central Lancashire would like to invite suppliers in the hospitality and catering sector, to a project procurement briefing in advance of conducting the procurement of a Barista Café and Food to Go service at the University’s new flagship Student Centre. The University is passionate about working with local companies and providing opportunities […]

High Street Shows Recovery

According to a new report, Preston’s high street is performing better than Manchester and Liverpool’s in post lock down recovery. The Centre for Cities ‘High Street Recovery Tracker’, compiled using anonymised mobile phone data, shows how high streets in the UK’s larger towns and cities are gradually returning to previous levels of activity. Preston’s overall […]

Eat Out To Help Out

Find out how to register your restaurant or establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. You can register for the scheme from 13 July 2020.  You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant. You can use the […]