Tampopo pops-up in Exchange Square + MORE

PROFESSIONAL and financial services group pro-manchester is aiming to grow revenues to £1m in the next two years.The target to grow turnover from £586,000 this year was announced by recently-elected c…

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Equilibrium beats investment targets

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WILMSLOW-based Equilibrium Asset Management says it has hit a £4m turnover target after surpassing its goal for new assets under management.The firm, which manages £385m of assets for nearly 600 clien…

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Tampopo pops-up in Exchange Square

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MANCHESTER-based restaurant operator Tampopo has found a novel solution to the temporary closure of one of its busiest sites – a pop-up shop around the corner.The company, which offers fresh Pan-Asian…

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SUPERMARKET group Morrisons is to create 200 jobs at a new distribution base in Knowsley.It has taken a 15-year lease on 20,000 sq ft at the Academy Business Park in Knowsley which is owned by Alderle…

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Vita completes First Street block

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VITA Student has launched its first block of upmarket student accommodation in Manchester.Vita, which is also converting three buildings into 350 rooms in Liverpool, has completed 279 luxury serviced …

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Flybe strikes Finnair deal + MORE

ASK Developments is naming the main square at its First Street scheme after the late journalist and record label boss Tony Wilson.It is part of a naming strategy that will see roads in the large mixed…

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Acquisitions dent Fairpoint profits

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ACQUISITIVE debt management and legal services firm Fairpoint continues to grow and diversify but the cost of acquisitions has dented the bottom line.The AIM-listed Chorley company said profits in the…

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Flybe strikes Finnair deal

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FLYBE has struck an agreement with Finnair that means passengers from Manchester will be able to fly on to its global destinations from Helsinki.It has arranged what is known as a codeshare agreement …

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Optionis to add 60 staff

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WARRINGTON-based business support group Optionis is in the middle of a recruitment drive that is creating 60 jobs.The firm, which provides outsourced services to freelancers, contractors, small busine…

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MANCHESTER United is seeking a rapid footballing return from its record summer out-lay on players and has budgeted for a third-place finish this season, according to executive vice chairman Ed Woodwar…

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Green light for 'urban bazaar' + MORE

Chancellor launches £25m Citylabs

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CHANCELLOR George Osborne has launched Citylabs, Manchester Science Parks’ £25m redevelopment of the grade II-listed former Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.    The 100,000 sq ft centre will provide fac…

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Green light for 'urban bazaar'

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A PLAN for an “urban bazaar” at the Cains Brewery site in Liverpool has been backed by the city’s planning committee.Organisers say the Sunday-only market, called the Baltic Yards, will feature indep…

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Man Utd revenues hit record £433.2m

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MANCHESTER United’s revenues rose 19% to £433.2m in the year to June, but willl fall back to between £385m and £395m in 2015 as result of missing out on Champions League football income this season.T…

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MANCHESTER Airport has reported a summer surge in passenger number as it revealed plans to expand its  Fly Manchester campaign into the West Midlands and Yorkshire.Manchester, the biggest UK airport a…

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URBAN Splash is handing over construction of the last phase of its high profile Chimney Pot Park scheme in Salford to Great Places Housing Association.Chimney Pot Park was launched in 2006 to great fa…

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'Fake' events organiser jailed + MORE

RYANAIR, the Irish budget airline expects passenger numbers to rise 10% in 2015 to 2.7 million as it launched its summer schedule.The airline which in recent months has been making strides to be more …

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'Fake' events organiser jailed

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A ROGUE businessman who faked paperwork to steal almost £112,000 in a VAT repayment fraud has been jailed for 30 months.An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs revealed that 46-year-old Bury man An…

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MANCHESTER-based property company Grade A Alternative is the new owner of St George’s House on Peter Street.It acquired the asset in June from a company owned by recruitment company boss Ged Mason, a…

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WORTHINGTON Properties has started on a £25m student accommodation scheme in Liverpool’s city centre, after completing its acquisition of the site from the University of Liverpool.Philharmonic C…

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SEVERAL hundred manufacturing jobs are under threat at a supplier to Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood facility after the loss of a major contract.Merplas, a subsidiary of Canada-based manufacturing compa…

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Work starts on Warrington's business hub + MORE

WARRINGTON Borough Council has started work on an £8.5m centre for business start-ups in the town centre. The 50,000 sq ft five-storey building will occupy the site of the former Dallam Centre in Dall…

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WOODALL Nicholson Group, the Bolton-based vehicle manufacturer has made a second acquisition in as many months after buying the assets of an insolvent firm.Woodall Nicholson, which is backed by three …

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Flybe adds extra Manchester services + MORE

THE bitter row over a divorce settlement between entrepreneur Charles Sharland and his ex-wife is heading to the Supreme Court.The case centres on information regarding the valuation of Mr Sharland’s…

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VISITORS to the international football trade show Soccerex in Manchester will be able to capture a piece of sporting history thanks to one North West company.Wilmslow-based Mather & Co, which designed…

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A COMPANY that specialises in time lapse photography of regeneration projects is opening a North West office.Regenology has taken a 1,000 sq ft unit on the Clayhill Business Park in Neston where it pl…

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Ascribe swoop boosts EMIS

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HEALTHCARE software provider EMIS, which bought Bolton-based Ascribe in a £57.5m cash and shares deal towards the end of last year, said improved profit performance is expected to continue into the se…

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Flybe adds extra Manchester services

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REGIONAL airline Flybe is adding a further six flights a week to Manchester from Exeter.The carrier, which uses Manchester as its hub, said its fourth daily weekday service and a third Sunday flight w…

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Earnings up at Urenco despite fall in demand + MORE

URENCO, the world’s second largest producer of enriched uranium, has recorded half-year sales and earnings growth, despite its market slowing down.The Buckinghamshire-based firm, which employs around…

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SPARKLING first quarter results has prompted Ashtead Group, the listed parent of Warrington equipemnt and industrial vehicle hire group A-Plant,  to upgrade its full year expectations.The company, whi…

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SNEAKING in ahead of the launch of Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport, Volvo has moved to steal some of its rival’s thunder with the debut of its own flagship SUV.The XC90 has proved a popul…

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API hit by sluggish US market

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STOCKPORT and Salford packaging firm API Group has warned its half and full-year figures will be down on last year after experiencing a drop in demand in the US.The group which specialises in laminate…

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SEVEN former members of long-standing Manchester law firm Wolstenholmes have been disqualified from being directors for trading fraudulently and failing to keep proper books and records.The scandal at…

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Monitor report reveals hike in start-up rates + MORE

Building and maintaining good relationships in sales
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It’s been a couple of months since my first blog, so I thought I’d write a little piece on what I’ve learnt about building and maintaining good relationships with new and existing clients over the years. This is without doubt one of the most important aspects of sales – because without our clients we are nothing…

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JOHNSON Service Group, the Cheshire-based company behind the Johnson’s dry cleaning shops chain and three textile rental brands, has reported strong half year profits and said it expects to top forec…

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TRANSFER spending by Barclays Premier League clubs hit a record £835m in the summer window, up more than 30% on last summer, Deloitte has calculated.Manchester United, with the late confirmation of a …

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THE latest edition of the Manchester Monitor – a snapshot of the ecomomic health of Greater Manchester -paints an encouraging picture with a surge in business start-ups and solid house price and…

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JUST weeks before its 40th birthday North West-based national housebuilder Redrow has reported record annual sales and profits on the back of a sharp upturn in the sector.The company, founded in Novem…

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