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Preston Vocational Centre: Education with a heartbeat

Ben Naylor was in Year 11. He didn't much enjoy school and was shy, but he had come to Preston Vocational Centre to learn. The charity, geared towards helping young people struggling to adapt to mainstream education with practical vocational training, allowed him to thrive. Around a year later, Ben left with a pair of BTEC diplomas and a new job.

The Friends of Ribbleton Library

The award-winning Friends of Ribbleton Library keeping the gardens in bloom

The UK has forever been a nation of green-fingered nature-lovers. We're blessed with a damp climate to put it mildly, so verdant pursuits are actively encouraged, and there's something quintessentially English about pottering about in a lush garden, bees a-humming, Test Match Special a-reporting the cricket team's latest escapades.
Development chemist, Caroline Eatock.

Kerax Ltd: The wonders of wax laid bare by Chorley company

Hear the word ‘wax’, and most minds turn immediately to candles and ears. Some may even combine the two, recalling that scene in Shrek where the eponymous ogre retrieves a sludgy wick from his own ear before lighting it, setting the mood as Donkey sulks outside. But, animated films aside, wax is everywhere. On an industrial level, it’s amazingly versatile.

Cheryl Nicholls, who is a senior promoter with Cuffe & Taylors new touring theatre division based in their Bartle offices.

The show must go on: the Preston company behind country-wide extravaganzas

Earlier this year, Cheryl Nicholls was watching John Barrowman on stage. A senior promoter for a new touring theatre division launched by Lancashire-based promotion company Cuffe & Taylor, Cheryl immediately started texting the her colleague, Ben Hatton. "It's just about being in the right place at the right time," she said. "Ben and I were texting, saying how great he'd be on tour. And he's gone on to sell out."

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