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.

Photo Ian Robinson
Preston landmarks
County Hall

County Council’s cash crisis revealed in new report

Lancashire County Council is heading for financial disaster with its reserves set to run out by 2018/19. an independent report has found.

Networking pays off for trio of companies

Networking pays off for trio of companies

Three marketing agencies who met through a local networking group are set to collaborate on a new website for the UK’s largest children’s charity.


Alton Towers owner fined £5m

Alton Towers operator Merlin Attractions has been fined £5m over the rollercoaster crash which caused a Leyland teenager to lose a leg.

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.

The scene of the accident

Police appeal after fatal road crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 28-year-old man died following a collision in Pendleton last night (Sunday).
REFURB: New licensee Graham Rowson outside the Market Tavern as work starts on a major refurbishment

Pub goes up-market with £130K facelift

A run-down city centre pub is to get a major makeover to coincide with the exciting regeneration of Preston’s markets quarter.

Maureen in Stewardess Uniform

High-flier Maureen takes to the road for National Express

Former flier Maureen Baxter’s life as a travel pioneer has brought her back down to earth.

Jane Binnion (right) with her mother Doreen and daughter Isabella.

Caring for mum and daughter for a working woman

Millions of people struggle with work and caring for their children and an elderly relative. Lancaster mum, daughter and businesswoman Jane Binnion explains how something had to change to help her with this 21st century dilemma.


Barber shop offered 50p haircuts to
show it’s still a cut above 50 years on

Bill Shankley to Sir Tom Finney were just some of the famous names, amongst generations of young people to have visited this barber shop in the heart of Preston, and asked for a short, back and sides.

Images from Fishergate Hill bus crash, picture by Benjamin Wareing

UPDATE: New details on city centre bus crash

A crash between a car and a bus has caused traffic problems in Preston city centre this morning.

The Black Bull at Penwortham

Cast your vote for pub in beer garden contest

The Black Bull Inn in Penwortham, near Preston, is calling on local pub-goers to vote for its beer garden to be crowned the best in the UK.

Pearson House, Station Road, Bamber Bridge

Veterans’ charity caught in riddle as offices close

An armed forces veterans’ charity was at the centre of a mystery today after bailiffs were called in.

Large queues on M6 after crash

Large queues on M6 after crash

Large queues are beginning to form on the M6 after a crash and a rolling road block.

Story Homes's Builder Bear in the cockpit of an air ambulance

Property developer aims for the skies with latest fund-raising drive

Staff who elected to support the North West Air Ambulance as this year’s charity of the year are reaching high to boost funds.
Preston Buildings.
Waterstones, Fishergate, formerly Booths Supermarket

Ex-Booths HQ could become luxury flats

Plans have been lodged to convert the former Booths offices in the heart of Preston into 15 luxury flats.


Are tattoos putting firms off hiring staff?

Workplace experts Acas have published new research on dress codes which shows that employers risk losing talented young employees due to concerns about employing people with visible tattoos.

Severn Trent is replacing miles of old water pipes.

Water companies slammed for rising complaints

The Consumer Council for Water has voiced concerns over an increase in complaints made by customers against water companies across the north of England.

Lancashire County Council's deputy leader County Coun David Borrow

Former MP David Borrow to quit county politics

The Deputy Leader of Lancashire County Council is to retire from county politics at the next election.

Time to move?

Is it time to upsize? Your home needs to suit your lifestyle

We may put it off all we like, but eventually the time comes to admit your home is too small.

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