The Interview – Emyr Jones + MORE

The Interview – Emyr Jones

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TheBusinessDesk.com speaks to Emyr Jones, managing director of Shepherd Gilmour Infrastructure in Manchester.What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the property sector in the North West r…

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JLR to make Discovery Sport in Brazil

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VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that its new Land Rover Discovery Sport will be the first model produced at its new plant in Brazil.The company, owned by India’s Tata Group, made…

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Oakes leaves Select Property

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CHRIS OAKES, the boss of upmarket Alderley Edge housing developer Huntsmere, has parted company with the Select Property Group.He teamed up with Select founder Mark Stott several years ago to launch a…

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LEGAL SERVICES 2015

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TheBusinessDesk.com, Duff & Phelps and Jepson Holt are pleased to present Legal Services 2015, a summit for law firms, their leaders, funders and advisers. Taking place at the AJ Bell media centre at …

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A SMALL pre-revenue pharmaceutical company backed by North West investor Aquarius Equity Partners has been sold to a listed US firm for up to $130m.Brabant Pharma, which is registered to Aquarius’ ad…

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HS2 station close to exclusive Hale address + MORE

GRAHAM Shennan, managing director of construction group Morgan Sindall, has been made redundant.The move comes a week after the group, which owns affordable housing firm Lovell and regional developmen…

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AN image has been released of Manchester Airport’s proposed HS2 station – a stone’s throw from an exclusive residential address in Hale Barns.Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) owns 300 acres of a…

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The Funding Club's launch event

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TheBusinessDesk.com is inviting key advisers to the launch of The Funding Club, a new peer-to-peer finance platform.The new venture connects experienced, ultra-high-net worth investors with businesses…

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Green light for Heap's rice mill plan

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LIVERPOOL City Council has backed plans to incorporate the historic Heap’s rice mill into a major residential scheme.Seychelles-based One Park Lane initially wanted to demolish the derelict building …

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DATA-led debt purchaser Arrow Global says it is on track to meet its targets for the full year.A brief trading statement was made hours after it unveiled plans for a €220m refinancing.The Manches…

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Oldham manufacturer fined over steel crush fatality + MORE

AMBITIOUS plans to launch a fast hovercraft service linking North West destinations including Wirral, Blackpool, Southport, Liverpool and North Wales, are gaining momentum.Hoverlink, the brainchild of…

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PETS at Home, has reported a leap in sales driven by its loyalty card scheme and growth in its vets business and pampering salons for dogs.The Handforth-based company, which listed on the stock market…

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UK car manufacturing has seen its best year-to-date performance since 2008, with production in the first nine months rising to 1,132,017 vehicles, an increase of 0.6%.However, in an indication that gr…

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GDP rises in line with forecasts

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THE economy grew 0.7% in the three months to September, official GDP figures reveal.The data for the third quarter was in line with City expectations, but showed a 0.2% fall from the 0.9% reported for…

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A MANUFACTURING company has been ordered to pay £125,000 in fines and costs after an employee was killed when he was struck by a three-tonne steel container being lifted by an overhead crane.Michael W…

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Construction contracts on the rise + MORE

IN his weekly blog, ex-Apprentice finalist Neil Clough reviews the week’s task and how the contestants handled it. The opening weeks’ tasks tend to be sales-based, and this year is no diff…

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A 200-acre chunk of Anglesey is on the market in a sale being handled by DTZ’s Manchester office.A former Shell oil storage depot in the countryside near Amlwch is being sold by the Isle of Anglesey …

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THE crisis and near collapse of the Co-op Bank scuppered hopes of creating a major challenger to the major high street banks, according to a key report from the Treasury Select Committee.The findings …

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Construction contracts on the rise

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THE level of construction contracts awarded in September rose 5.8% to £5.6bn, new resesarch reveals.Cheshire Oaks-based Barbour ABI, which provides of construction data to the Office for National Stat…

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RESIDENTIAL development in Manchester is at its highest level in five years.According to Deloitte Real Estate’s 2014 Crane Survey there are 1,426 units under construction in the city.It said there ar…

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Phones 4u failure knocks out courier + MORE

MANCHESTER-based Russells Construction has managed to increase revenues through the downturn and expects turnover to rise from £43m to £50m next year in a growing market.The group has carved out a rep…

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The Space Project ponders expansion

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MANCHESTER TV production base The Space Project is contemplating further expansion, several months after it was launched.It is based at the former Fujitsu site in Gorton which is now a “drama hub” wit…

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Phones 4u failure knocks out courier

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A CREWE-based mobile phone courier has been dragged under by the failure of the Phones 4U chain with the loss of 69 jobs.Liquidators have been appointed to Inter City Express who said the Phones 4U co…

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Networking event with Will Kintish

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Will Kintish, the man who wrote the book on networking – literally! – will divulge secrets and help destroy networking fears, giving you tips to stay in control and break the ice in conversation with …

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CITY centre office take-up in Manchester this year has already outstripped the 2013 total by 11%.By the end of the third quarter take-up stood at 968,338 sq ft, and is expected to exceed one million s…

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Next sells Cotton Traders stake + MORE

REEBOK, the sportswear brand with deep roots in the North West, could be set to change hands in a deal worth more than £1bn.Reebok, which was founded in Holcombe Brook near Bolton in 1890  and produce…

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THE parent company of WeBuyAnyCar.com the business founded by North West entrepreneur Noel McKee, has pulled its stock market flotation, blaming the recent turbulence buffetting equity markets.BCA Mar…

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Next sells Cotton Traders stake

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FRAN Cotton and Steve Smith have bought out Next’s stake in their Cotton Traders clothing and footwear business for £15m.The deal values the Altrincham business, founded by the former England rugby c…

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THE Co-operative’s Electrical business has been rated the joint-second best online retailer for electrical products by consumer group Which? The Manchester-based retailer scored 90% for electricals i…

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A LANCASHIRE scrap metal firm has been fined for health and safety failings after workers suffered from lead poisoning.The investigating Health and Safety Executive officers said breaches by Frank Bar…

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Better Bathrooms linked with £100m sale + MORE

BETTER Bathrooms, the North West online and high street retailer founded by award winning entrepreneur and former eBay trader Colin Stevens, is being linked with a £100m sale to FTSE 100 building mate…

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CBI calls for supply chain investment

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TARGETED action to revitalise domestic supply chains could inject £30bn into the economy by 2025, creating more than half a million jobs across the UK, according to a new CBI report.Pulling Together r…

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The children’s market - A tiny goldmine?
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Stepping out of the lift with clammy hands and a rising pulse, entrepreneur Effie Moss would never have expected what was about to happen as she faced Deborah Meaden and her fellow Dragons in their infamous den, last month.
Having established her children’s tepee business – Just for Tiny People – 17 months ago, she approached the hugely popular BBC show looking for an investment of £50,000 for an equity stake of 10%…

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A NEW report singles out improved rail links between Leeds and Manchester as the critical first step to turning the “Northern Powerhouse” political rhetoric into reality.Fast Track to Growth – T…

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A SPIN-OUT healthcare company from The University of Manchester is to raise £31m in an AIM listing led by Zeus Capital.C4X Discovery which has developed a technology to improve the discovery process f…

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South East businesses – we’re coming for you + MORE

WEALTH management firm Quilter Cheviot, which had been looking at an IPO, has instead been sold to Old Mutual for £585m.The firm, which has offices in Liverpool and Manchester, will become a key part …

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JAGUAR Land Rover (JLR) is anticipating high demand for its new Discovery Sport which was officially launched on Friday.The first vehicle rolled off the production line through dry ice at Halewood in …

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South East businesses - we’re coming for you
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Bdaily is now officially covering content in the South East of England, this includes Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Essex, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, London and Greater London.
Earlier this year, the South East was named the region with the highest value of business deals being completed…

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PAG snaps up Altrincham office block + MORE

THE new Land Rover Discovery Sport will roll off the production line at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant this morning.The group, owned by India’s Tata, has created a further 250 jobs and invested …

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ZOLFO Cooper has been appointed as liquidator of Blackpool Airport’s operating company.The accountancy group was also handling the proposed sale of Blackpool Airport Limited, on behalf of owner Balfo…

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TRAFFIC volumes along the M6 Toll have seen an improvement as operators claim improved customer confidence in the route.Latest figures from road operator Midland Expressway show that in the July to Se…

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CHIEF Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has visited one of the firms benefiting from Regional Growth Fund cash.Cheshire-based Molplex, which is based at the Biohub at Alderley Park, received a…

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PAG snaps up Altrincham office block

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PROPERTY Alliance Group has acquired an Altrincham office building from the Selbourne Group for more than £4m.Roberts House at 80 Manchester Road is fully let, with tenants including The Inland Revenu…

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Bank backs holiday park + MORE

BCL Legal in Deansgate property deal

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LEGAL recruitment firm BCL Legal has acquired the long leasehold on 13,500 sq ft at 77 Deansgate in Manchester.It will use 7,308 sq ft on the third floor and let out the rest of the space.The company …

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THE first five housing sites have been agreed in Liverpool as part of a plan to develop 1,500 new homes and bring a further 1,000 back into use.Last year the city council started a search for develope…

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STOCKPORT architect the Bernard Taylor Partnership and contractor Armitage Construction have completed the renovation of the former home of Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell.The Gaskell Society has…

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Bank backs holiday park

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A FAMILY has created a holiday park of timber-clad lodges in Old Langho, Lancashire with the support of a six-figure loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.The Ribble Valley View park was developed …

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PROPERTY investor the Hollins Murray Group has fully let St John’s House after two deals at the Altrincham office scheme.Developer Lovell has signed up to 7,300 sq ft on a 10-year lease and recr…

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