Eric Ollerenshaw column: Playing for keeps at winning firm

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Last week I called in to see a new local, family-run company, Giggles Adventure and Play which is based at Lancaster Leisure Park.

This family-run company provides a safe and secure environment for young children to play, while their parents/carers can have a much deserved break and coffee or lunch knowing that the children are still in sight.

Despite only being up and running since March, Giggles is already our Regional Winner of the 2013 Ready for Business Awards and is in the running to become the national winner, when this is announced on December 2.

I’m delighted that a local home-grown business has made it to the finals and I will be there on the day of the national awards to cheer them on and hopefully congratulate them on their success.

I also had the opportunity to meet with David Wood, Principal and Chief Executive of Lancaster and Morecambe College, when he showed me round the campus last week.

Lancaster & Morecambe College is currently benefiting from an £8million revamp which has so far 
seen a vast improvement to the local environment as well as providing up-to-date facilities for its many vocational and apprentice courses.

LMC is already in the top 10% of the UK’s colleges and this refurbishment is well on course for making this an even better further education institute.

If you are interested in finding out what is on offer please visit for full details.

Finally, Microsoft as part of its Citizenship programme is offering free software for local charities.

Since 2006 they have donated software to more than 11,000 charities in the UK and local groups can still claim fee licences for software such as Windows 8 and Office 2013 as well as more specialist software.

In addition to this, earlier this year they also launched Office 365, which offers their suite of ‘cloud-based’ productivity tools free to eligible organisations.

If you, or a local charity you know, feel you could benefit from this please visit for details on how to apply.’