An acclaimed Lancashire business which once challenged for national glory has ceased trading.
The Safe Play Centre, based in Ribbleton, Preston, has closed its doors.
No reason has been given and owners Claire and Rob Jones have been unavailable for comment.
The award-winning multi-sensory leisure and relaxation facility’s former premises on the Roman Way Industrial eastate is now unoccupied.
The play centre said in a tweet: “Sadly, @safeplaycentre is permanently closing ... thank you to all our customers over the years.”
The centre opened in 2008 and was a multi-sensory venue catering not only for disabled youngsters and adults, but also for the able-bodied as well.
It also did a thriving business being hired out for private parties. In 2013 Claire and Rob made it through to the finals of the Local Business Accelerator contest, backed by the Evening Post.
Fifteen promising young businesses from across the UK were shortlisted.
The contest was part of a regional press campaign to boost small businesses.
They travelled down to London to compete for a prize package which included mentoring from Deborah Meaden, the campaign’s national ambassador.
Safe Play Centre was one of the runners-up.
The couple were delighted to be involved in the contest.
Rob said at the time: “We realise now that we have to get the message out there, and we have to shout about what we have. This has given us greater confidence.”
The centre had also vied for honours in a women in businness awards, and even the best North West party venue accolade.