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It has been a while since I last wrote an article for the Burnley Express.


Aug-18 21:46 first published at 21:46 PM

However, I am determined to re-enter the good graces of this newspaper. First and foremost, the Burnley Place Brand team has a new member, which means we now have an extra pair of hands to promote the borough both locally and nationally – fantastic! Second, after a hectic few months of publishing InBusiness Burnley, organizing the Burnley Business Awards, and releasing the hot-off-the-press Burnley Lifestyle Magazine, I finally have some time to breathe – and write this column! Burnley Place Brand Manager Rachel Bayley (Economy and Growth)


Rachel Bayley Burnley Place Brand Manager (Economy and Growth) column explains why Padiham has attracted globally famous artists to record their latest albums.


Two arrests have been made following the death of a Burnley pensioner (83) in a collision in Reedley.


One person was taken to hospital after firefighters freed them from their car following a road accident in Pendle.


Sean Collins, a serial rapist from Burnley, was sentenced to another 12 years in prison after attacking a 15-year-old girl.


Andrew Derbyshire, a Burnley native, pays tribute to his friend and fellow ‘Pop Idol’ contestant Darius Danesh, whose death was announced yesterday.

If you haven’t already obtained a copy of Burnley Lifestyle Magazine, you can do so at Towneley and Gawthorpe Halls, as well as at Burnley Town Hall’s reception. We distribute 17,000 copies across the country to showcase our beautiful countryside, fantastic leisure, hospitality, and retail businesses, as well as some of the talented people who are making waves. Padiham’s latest issue is something special. We visit some of the town’s many amazing beauty and hair businesses to find out why it’s such a hotspot for this type of business. The Looking Glass is one such establishment, where we met Kellie and Melissa, who had recently relocated to Padiham. Padiham’s heritage, high street development, community spirit, and free parking are just a few of the reasons they moved to the borough, they told us. If you haven’t been to Padiham in a while, it’s undergone an incredible transformation in the last few years, which is impressive given that the majority of the hard work has been done in the last two years. The road has been made safer for pedestrians, and new public realm space has been constructed, making it a much more pleasant meander up and down the hill for coffee and lunch, or to visit one of the many thriving businesses here. After its recent launch, Room + Power at Padiham Town Hall has quickly become a co-working hub. The racing green walls, leather sofas, and parquet floorings make it feel like a luxurious space to work from, and I highly recommend booking a tour if you’re self-employed and looking for some conversation with other business owners as well as a nice place to bring clients. Padiham Building Society, led by Liam Veitch, has also undergone a significant transformation, with digital content agency Tone on the ground floor and flexible working space upstairs for small businesses. He laughed as he told me that many times while waiting in line at Bertwistles, he would hear someone say that the former bank was definitely going to be a Wetherspoons…but little did they know! Get a copy of the magazine to see the transformation photos and to hear from one happy tenant who welcomes globally famous artists to record their albums through the doors of the former building society building. Musical director Joe Clegg is based in Padiham, and reading his interview, you’ll be surprised at who has graced the town centre in recent months.

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