Longridge Business Group in Longridge, Lancashire
We all knew it and now it's official.....Longridge has been named by The Sunday Times as one of the best 101 places to live in Britain. The list, compiled in the newspaper on 17 March 2013, took into account hard data such as crime statistics, school performance, life expectancy and house prices and blended those figures with others relating to transport links, proximity to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, community spirit and access to supermarkets.
The writers noted Longridge's good range of shops, library, cinema, markets, pubs and restaurants all combining to give our town character and spirit. The excellent sports clubs were noted alongside the schools with the paper saying it loved Longridge because it was "a close-knit, friendly town on the edge of beautiful countryside".
This is a real accolade for Longridge and underlines why Longridge is such a fabulous place to live, work, shop and socialise.
Chair of Longridge Business Group Carole Hart said: "It is fantastic news that Longridge has been recognised in this way and that all our efforts are not in vein. The Business Group will continue to build on this recognition in order to ensure that Longridge grows stronger and stronger for it's residents and businesses."
Chair of Longridge Town Team and local councillor Ken Hind commented: "What the Sunday Times does not say is that Longridge is an ideal location for employers to develop their businesses in a rural setting surrounded by magnificent countryside, close to the motorway network going north south east and west. For the public, the variety of independent shops provides a perfect retail experience for those wanting to escape chain stores.
In the Longridge Social Enterprise Company we have a vibrant organisation which runs the civic hall, a venue for all types of events, the station rooms heritage and business centre and gym and is involved at all levels in the town. As a community with a strong identity local people were actively involved in self help solutions in the 'big society' long before prime minister David Cameron coined the phrase.
Led by the vibrant Longridge Town Council a neighbourhood plan is currently the subject of discussion to see how the town would benefit both from housing and business development. We have often joked that Longridge is the best kept secret in Lancashire but can do so no longer. Longridge is open for business to provide new employers and growing small businesses with opportunities to thrive in a safe, peaceful, dynamic community and to operate alongside a business group which is aggressively promoting the town."
Longridge Business Group partners new magazine
Longridge Business Group has joined forces with a vibrant new magazine to bring more business to its members. And they have benefited from a ten per cent discount to advertise into 6,000 homes around the area, from Goosnargh and Grimsargh across to Hurst Green and Chipping. Home Handbook is a new, more permanent way to advertise, with experienced journalists supplying a picture and pen portrait of business people in an easy-to-navigate directory. LBG chairman Alistair Sheret said: "We always recognised that having an online presence with our website was only part of our package and we have been looking to partner with an offline publication. We did not find one we were comfortable with until we began collaborating with Home Handbook."
Around 20 businesses have so far taken the opportunity to advertise in this high quality booklet, which has been delivered free into people's homes for the last two years. Reader and advertiser feedback is extremely positive. The town's business group was formed in 2008 to boost the local economy. Alistair added: "We seek to increase the number of customers all businesses in Longridge enjoy - business owners are grateful for the loyalty and support of the town's population. Without that continued support, the diversity and independence of our businesses would be under threat. Longridge Business Group exists to encourage that continuity of custom." Around 52 members pay an annual fee of £30 which enables LBG to support local businesses in a variety of ways. A key benefit is a listing on the group's highly successful website, which attracts 6,500 unique visitors a month. LBG also helps to organise and publicise events which attract visitors to the town such as the new Winter Festival, taking place in the run-up to Christmas. Finally, LBG is a spokesman for businesses to Ribble Valley Council and agencies such as the Police.
Meetings take place very two months at the Old Station Cafe where agencies are invited and relevant topics discussed. LBG is keen to attract new members to give it even more influence. Alistair added: "The more people who join, the greater our voice is."
If you would like to know more about Home Handbooks click here.
Big Longridge Weekend
Welcome to our third Longridge Big weekend. Each year we get bigger, brighter and better. The weekend is run by volunteers in support of Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show (GLASS), Friends of the Civic and Station and Talking2Minds. The more money that is raised the more that will be done to improve the Show and the Civic Hall and Station. Talking2Minds is a national charity that helps service personnel and others who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
The weekend will begin on Thursday 11th October with a Quiz night at St. Wilfrid's Club has been arranged to help raise funds for our charities. Doors open at 7.30 with quizzing at 8.30.
On Friday 12th October there are events to suit all tastes. There is Nordic Walking from the Community Gym At The Civic Hall at 5. 30 pm with Angie Harrison.
Also on the Friday Night there is Big Weekend Bingo at St. Wilfrid's Club starting at 8pm with great prizes. The club are donating all profits to the Show.
We are proud to have ZumbaSam from Blackpool to do a Zumbathon which should be great fun . Samantha Tamaddon has raised thousands of pounds for charity through her Zumbathons . Zumba is a great way to get fit and enjoy yourself.
Saturday has the Civic Hall Crafty Vintage and Retro Event with stalls, crafty corner, music and café offering something a bit different. We are also fortunate to have a display of Vintage vehicles on the Civic Hall Carpark so there is something of interest for everyone.
On Saturday afternoon Deborah and Colin Gornall are hosting a Pet Show - this is being held at the Dog Training Centre at Sandbanks, Cumeragh Lane. This will be great to show off your pet and perhaps win a photo session or a rosette.
Saturday closes with After Dark Theatre Company presenting their famous Murder Mystery Night - our theme is "Ello, Ello" with a supper, so come in the mood and the costume.
Sunday has our third bumper International and Local Food and Craft Festival at the Civic Hall - which promises to be very exciting with foods and crafts made locally but with a twist of the world's flavours as well as our own Lancashire tastes.
The Station Heritage Centre is joining in the weekend with a 1950's theme - come along and see the exhibition of how we used to live and join in some of their events.
We do hope that you will support some or all of our events and the Raffle. There is something for everyone so come and have a fun weekend. If you have a query or can spare some time to volunteer your help, please ring Jean on 01772 780520.
For in depth details see our website www.glashow.org.uk
About The Longridge Business Group
Longridge is located in the heart of Lancashire, surrounded by the beauty of the Ribble Valley, 8 miles from Britain's newest city, Preston. With ideal transport links to all parts of the UK, Longridge's thriving businesses pride themselves on their close contact with their customer base, quality of service and place in the community. Longridge benefits from the third lowest crime rate in the country and a highly skilled workforce, making the town the ideal place to be located and to do business. From award winning retailers and restaurants to highly efficient and highly technical manufacturers, Longridge is set to grow further, creating employment and a destination for consumers to relish.
Longridge Business Group was established in 2008 to:
- Promote Longridge as a retail, business and leisure destination to consumers and other businesses in the North West
- Ensure the trading environment in the town is conducive to the success of businesses and encourage the establishment of other businesses in the town
- Act as the interface between Longridge businesses and other stakeholders in the town
- Influence statutory bodies to the extent that Longridge businesses will be represented at the appropriate level and aid in developing the potential of Longridge environmentally, socially and economically
- Communicate with all businesses in the town on matters of relevance, quickly and effectively
With the aid of funding from Ribble Valley Borough Council, this web site is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of the business activities of the Group's members. Membership is open to all businesses operating within Longridge. On the site you will find:
- a business directory with links to members own sites
- details of the latest job vacancies from members
- details of commercial property to let
- links to community and governmental organizations
- a search facility helping you find the information you require quickly and effectively
If you have any comments about this site or Longridge Business in general please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Longridge Business Group has successfully pressed an initiative increasing the sustainability of the town, backing a major utility company's partnership with GB Energy. Longridge Business Group members OBAS UK and GB Energy have signed a contract to install solar panels at OBAS' Chapel Hill premises for free and have enabled this model to be rolled out to other Longridge firms, schools and property owners in the area - providing them with the opportunity to install solar panels at no cost to themselves. It is claimed the panels could reduce monthly energy bills by up to 75%. more info