Moda Living plans Liverpool Waters resi tower + MORE

BUSINESS and residential users’ power bills are set to be cut by almost £20 a year following a reduction in prices by regional network operator, Electricity North West. Electricity North West,  Warri…

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A JOINT venture between two Yorkshire developers has agreed a deal with Peel Group to deliver a 40-storey residential tower at its Liverpool Waters scheme.Wakefield-based Caddick Group and Harrogate’…

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A FEASIBILTY report into using half of a north Liverpool public park for a new Everton stadium says the development could create 1,250 jobs and 1,000 new homes.In the summer the club said it was worki…

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Miers on the move

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BUILDING accessories group Miers Construction Products is moving its North West base from Newton-le-Willows to Warrington.It has taken a 19,500 sq ft industrial unit on a four-year lease at Langtree&r…

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Q3 earnings up 11% says Arrow Global

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ARROW Global, the deal-hungry debt purchase and recovery company has reported another strong trading period.The Manchester company said adjusted EBITDA in the nine months to the end of September are 1…

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Lufthansa sees strong passenger growth + MORE

LUFTHANSA , the German airline, has seen a 7% pick up in passenger numbers so far this year.The carrier has recently reorganised its operations, shifting some Manchester routes to Dusseldorf and Stutt…

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Holiday parks on the market

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LANCASTER-based Barton Park Homes is selling off its portfolio of eight holiday parks.Commercial agent Colliers International is handling the sale of the estate which has been valued at £22.5mBarton h…

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Millson moves to Manchester

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PROPERTY consultancy Millson Associates has relocated from Hyde to Manchester city centre.It has taken a 1,400 sq ft office on a five-year lease at Byron House in Kennedy Street near Albert Square.Phi…

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CHESHIRE-based developer Select Property has started work on an upmarket student scheme in Newcastle under its Vita brand.It has planning permission for a 259-bed block in Westgate Road close to the r…

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Japanese manufacturer picks Deeside

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JAPANESE snack manufacturer Calbee is to take on 100 staff after choosing to locate its first European facility at Deeside Industrial Park East.The Tokyo-based group has taken a 65,000 sq ft unit on a…

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Buyout at agricultural buildings specialist + MORE

Warrington UTC postpones opening date

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THE launch of a planned university technical college (UTC) in Warrington has been pushed back by a year.The college, which will be run by the University of Chester and focus on nuclear and energy engi…

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MANCHESTER Airports Group (MAG) has thrown its weight behind a campaign calling for an end to Air Passenger Duty (APD) on children’s flights.At present children pay the same tax on their tickets as a…

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A CHESHIRE manufacturer that produces steel-framed buildings for the agricultural sector has been bought by one of the directors.Lee Gilbert has bought out his partner Guido Battig with a six-figure l…

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Fred Done takes chair at CardOne

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VETERAN North West entrepreneur Fred Done has become chairman of Chester-based consumer and business lender CardOneBanking.Mr Done, whose interests span from property, betting, sports tours and also t…

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A BUSINESSMAN who ran a claims and compensation company in Manchester has been banned from holding a company directorship for six years after failing to pay tax.An investigation by the Insolvency Serv…

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Graphene firm working on hi-tech false teeth + MORE

PIONEERING graphene firm 2-DTech has revealed more detail of its project to develop false teeth using the new material.Earlier this month the company secured £80,000 from InnovateUK, formerly known as…

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SHARES in Outsourcery, the AIM-listed cloud computing company fronted by Piers Linney, one of the investors on Dragon’s Den, have surged more than 60% on news of a new deal with software giant Micros…

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Small Business Saturday – here again to save our high streets
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In this digital age, the inevitable rise of internet shopping and the pulling power of corporate giants has dramatically changed the way in which we shop. As consumers, we have evolved to place increasing value on convenience and instant gratification.
With chain stores rapidly dominating our high streets, creating a promenade of shop fronts indistinguishable from any other, the future of independent businesses is hanging in the balance…

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THE task that all of the candidates secretly look forward to most is a trip overseas. This week’s challenge was never going to be a holiday, as the teams were asked to create a new brand of soft…

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TWO UKIP councillors in Cheshire East have discovered the authority has so far spent £3.7m on its future development strategy, known as a local plan, which has been heavily criticised by a planning in…

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Chinese occupier close to 80,000 sq ft deal at Airport City + MORE

BALFOUR Beatty is re-opening Blackpool Airport but it will not handle commercial flights.The group has incorporated a new company called Squires Gate Airport Operations that will service small aircraf…

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PLAYER sales helped Manchester United achieve stronger Q1earnings, but the club’s absence from the Champions League dented revenues.In the three months to September 30, the club saw income fall by 10…

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A CHINESE business is in “advanced negotiations” over taking 80,000 sq ft of logistics space at the planned Airport City scheme in Manchester.An update on the development, prepared ahead of a Greater …

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Inflation creeps up to 1.3%

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THE rate of inflation nudged up 0.1% to 1.3% in October, the Office for National Statistics said.The ONS said that even though the cost of fuel and airfares had fallen last month, they had reduced at …

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THREE directors of Quindell, including chairman Robert Terry, have agreed to leave the business following a controversial share deal.The legal, insurance and telecoms outsourcing group, has bought fiv…

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Kelly appointed to Co-op board + MORE

Sales surge at shoe maker Hotter

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PRIVATE equity-backed North West shoe manufacturer and retailer Hotter has reported soaring sales, driven by ithe growth of its retail estate and also international growth.The Sklemersdale company, ba…

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BEAUTY products company Grace Cole has become one of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) North West’s Export Champions, businesses who work with the Government trade body to help more companies onto th…

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DAVID Whitehouse, one of the senior partners at insolvency firm Duff & Phelps in Manchester, has been arrested along with three others, amid an investigation into the takeover of Scottish football clu…

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THE Ibis Budget hotel in Trafford Road, Salford has been sold to the BP Pension Fund in a £12m deal.The 210-bed hotel is let to the French hotel group Accor on a 22-year lease from 2008.The deal is sa…

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Kelly appointed to Co-op board

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SIR Christopher Kelly, the man who carried out an independent review into last year’s crisis at the Co-operative Bank and wider Co-operative Group, has been appointed to the group board.He has been n…

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Workspace deal for The Hive + MORE

Workspace deal for The Hive

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MSO Workspace has taken 8,500 sq ft at The Hive in Manchester’s Lever Street.The company, which already has serviced office space in London and Birmingham, has agreed a 10-year lease with landlord Ar…

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Eddie Smith to talk strategy

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MANCHESTER City Council’s director of strategic development Eddie Smith will be answering questions on the future direction of the city at a business breakfast later this month.Greater Manchester has…

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COUNTRYSIDE Properties has submitted plans for 93 houses on a former university site close to Salford Meadows.The development is the seventh phase of the wider Lower Broughton regeneration programme w…

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SPINNINGFIELDS developer Allied London is working with property investor Aerium on a mixed use plan for the Daily Mirror’s former printing headquarters in London.Aerium, which owns 3 Hardman Street i…

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MAG adds 10 Flybe routes

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MANCHESTER Airports Group (MAG) has struck a deal with Flybe to serve 10 new routes from three of its airports.MAG, which owns Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, said…

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Lakes couple retire for a second time + MORE

Connecting better - 10 tips on how to master Linkedin like a true pro
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Ok, I’ll admit it…Linkedin was never my best friend. I first created an account when the professional social media site launched but after being deluged by requests to connect from a wealth of complete strangers and out and out oddballs I deactivated my account. I soon scampered back to the loving bosom of Facebook and the fast paced arena of Twitter and remained there happy and content…

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FAZENDA, the South American dining concept with restaurants in Leeds and Liverpool has opened in Manchester’s Spinningfields.Fazenda’s parent company, City District Group has invested £2m in the 1,8…

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Lakes couple retire for a second time

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A LAKE District couple have retired for a second time after selling their Laurel Bank guest in Keswick.Margaret and Rodney Roper previously ran Rickerby Grange near Keswick and sold up in 2004 but dec…

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The last few tickets are up for grabs at this year’s Pride of Henshaws awards night.It takes place at the V&A Marriott Hotel in Water Street in Manchester city centre on November 22, starting at 7pm …

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Do you use the internet to its full potential? Join I-COM, Cloud Solutions and Barclays Bank for a morning of short presentations that remove some of the mystique and provide a quick overview of the o…

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Deals round-up: Eversheds' bumper H1; Hurst; JMW & more + MORE

PETER House, the landmark building on the corner of Manchester’s Oxford and Mosley Streets, has been sold for £24.75m. The sale means a tidy return of £10m for Mayer Real Estate, which acquired the 9…

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THE Maghull Group has signed a 25-year contract with Liverpool City Council to take over Allerton Golf Course.The council has already struck a deal with Maghull for the North Liverpool municipal cours…

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LOW cost airline easyJet has revealed three new routes next summer for business and leisure passengers travelling from Manchester. The new services to Pisa, Marseille and Porto will mean easyJet will …

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New North Sea licence for Enegi

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MANCHESTER-based oil exploration firm Enegi Oil has secured a Government production licence for a North Sea oil field.The firm said block 21/28b in the central North Sea was next to the Fyne project a…

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THE corporate team at Eversheds in Manchester has hailed a “fantastic” first half of 2014, where according to department head Simon Masters it has advised on “some of the most important strategic tran…

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Blackburn hotel changes hands + MORE

The Interview – Darren Hughes

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TheBusinessDesk.com catches up with Darren Hughes, a property partner at Manchester law firm Gateley.What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the property sector in the North West right now…

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Downing JV plans more student rooms

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A TIE-UP between the develop Downing and two executives at Manchester pensions provider AJ Bell has put forward a further phase for a student scheme in Liverpool’s Islington district.Last month plann…

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LANDLORD Schroders is planning a £1m refurb at 88-94 Church Street in Liverpool.It has just agreed a 10-year lease with Lloyds Bank for the basement, ground and first floors for £350,000 a year.The wh…

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Blackburn hotel changes hands

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THE Mercure Hotel in Blackburn has been sold to a couple who are planning a full rebrand.The 44-bed venue was sold from a guide of £1.2m by Aviva Life and Pensions UK. It was being run under a franchi…

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Liverpool signs £230m 'growth deal'

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LIVERPOOL’S £230m Growth Deal was confirmed today with the signing of agreements between cities minister Greg Clark and Robert Hough, chair of the local enterprise partnership (LEP).It is claimed the…

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