Nothing to fear from EU exit – veteran Lamont + MORE

FRENCH sportswear marketing company Sport Fashion Distribution (SFD-UK) has signed a deal to move into Richmond House in Manchester city centre.Norgate Properties unveiled  SFD-UK – the latest subdivi…

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A LANCASTER student accommodation provider has secured a £16.2m financing agreement.CityBlock currently provides high-quality en-suite housing for more than 400 students across five student blocks in …

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FORMER Chancellor Norman Lamont has told a group of business leaders and academics that the North West economy would survive British withdrawal from the European Union.Lord Lamont was addressing an au…

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LED by Amec’s £1.9bn merger with Swiss engineering group Foster Wheeler, 2014 saw North West businesses inject some £2.12bn into overseas corporates.Deal volume in the year grew 15% from 34 to 39 dur…

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£7m deaf centre scheme set for green light + MORE

THE owners of estate agency and property management agency Thornley Groves, have backed a further acquisition in Manchester.South Manchester-based Thornley Groves, which was acquired by Scottish inves…

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Unemployment falls to six-year low

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THE number of people out of work in the UK fell by 58,000 to 1.91 million, its lowest level for more than six years, in the three months to November, official figures indicate.The unemployment rate no…

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PLANS by energy firm Cuadrilla to frack for shale gas at two sites in Lancashire look to have been dealt a major blow, after a council report advised that permission should be refused.Lancashire Count…

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MERSEYSIDE auctioneer Sutton Kersh has attracted 85 lots for its first property auction of the year taking place on February 12.Highlights of the sale at the Liverpool City Centre Marriott Hotel inclu…

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PLANS to demolish and rebuild the Merseyside Society for Deaf People (MSDP) centre with additional retail units on Queens Drive in Liverpool in a £7m scheme have been recommended for approval.The prop…

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Report highlights widening north-south divide + MORE

BOLTON Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside has vowed to defend himself and the football club against perjury and fraud allegations.The 62-year-old boss at the Macron Stadium club is due to appear before …

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Park Inn sold to investor

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MANCHESTER’S Park Inn hotel has been sold to UK investor The Ability Group.The Park Inn by Radisson is situated in a prominent, high profile location close to the Phones4U Arena and the £800m NO…

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A LIVERPOOL regeneration scheme that included the former home of Ringo Starr, the Beates’ drummer,  has been blocked.Mayor Joe Anderson has erupted with fury at the decision by Communities and Local …

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System Training sold to Assist

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LIVERPOOL’S Bibby Line Group has sold System Training, a £10m turnover training provider for the logistics and warehousing sectors.The business which has offices in Carlisle, Manchester, Leeds, Gates…

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NORTH West towns and cities have failed to keep pace with the south of England over the last decade, research has showed, which highlight the ‘north south divide’ in the economy.Four towns in this r…

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Osborne drives science investment message + MORE

SCIENCE was the theme for Chancellor George Osborne as he continued to carry the standard for his Northern Powerhouse initiative in Cheshire.During his visit to Sci-Tech Daresbury and Thorton Science …

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MANCHESTER city centre has enjoyed a record  year for office take ups with more than 1.3m sq ft in 319  transactions.Manchester Office Agents Forum (MOAF) which has released the figures, says this rep…

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AN influential committee of MPs have said they remain sceptical about the ability of the government to deliver the £50bn HS2 and HS3 high speed rail network projects to budget.The Public Affairs Commi…

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THE Environment Agency has given the green light to fracking firm Cuadrilla for its proposed shale gas exploration site at Plumpton in Lancashire.In a move set to be greeted with dismay by opponents o…

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Manchester retains top aiport title

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MANCHESTER Airport has continued its recent purple patch of good news by retaining its Best UK Airport title.The airport, saw off competition from its larger rivals Heathrow and Gatwick, to win at the…

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Go-ahead for £45m leisure and retail scheme + MORE

STOCKPORT Council has secured full planning permission for the new £45m retail and leisure scheme.Redrock on the former Bridgefield Street car park in the town centre has been designed by BDP, who are…

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Clean Air Power ahead of the game

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HI-tech firm Clean Air Power has announced revenues of £6.8m, marginally ahead of expectations for the financial year ending in December.Unaudited figures put the compression-ignited natural gas engin…

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Makro turnaround 'on track'

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BOOKER Group, the cash and carry food wholesaler, says it is continuing to make headway in its plan to turnaround its Salford-based Makro division.In a third quarter trading update for 16 weeks to Jan…

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LANDMARK leisure attraction Chill Factore has changed hands in a deal worth £15.5m.Based next to the Trafford Centre and next to Barton Bridge by the M60, Chill Factore incorporates: a 180m indoor rea…

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Malmaison 'on the blocks again'

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THE private equity owner of hotel chains Malmaison and Hotel du Vin is looking to offload the 29 hotels, just two years after acquiring the business.KSL Capital Partners is offering the group, which i…

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City look to boost Nike deal as profile soars + MORE

MANCHESTER City are set to open negotiations talks with sportswear giant Nike with a view to extending and enhancing its existing kit deal.The Premier League champions  are halfway through a six-year …

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City briefs: Assura; SiS; Zeus

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WARRINGTON company Assura Group, the primary care property investor and developer,  has announced its first acquisitions of 2015.The company has spent  £3.5m on properties in Trellech, Monmouthshire a…

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IoD reveals Director of Year nominees

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THE Institute of Directors has revealed the shortlist for its annual regional Director of the Year awards.In the prestigious large company category, Richard Law,  chief executive of high-growth Cheste…

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THE lenders that bailed out Manchester Building Society – the city centre-based mutual – are reported to have hired an investment bank to oversee a review of its finances.According to The Sunday Times…

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Riverview expands as revenue soars

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WIRRAL based Riverview Law is to open a Manchester office after enjoying revenue growrth of over 100% and a raft of new contract wins.Head of HR Kate Thomsett said the firm sees the city as a key part…

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PM hails economic plan as The Hut and Unilever invest + MORE

PRIME Minister David Cameron said the government’s economic plan is working as he visited fast-growth e-commerce company The Hut Group, which is creating more than 2,000 jobs over the next three year…

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MANCHESTER Science Partnerships (MSP) must “act quickly” to retain AstraZeneca talent at Alderley Park before the opportunity is lost.That’s according to a development framework produced by Cheshire …

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Speedy names new FD

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TOOL and equipment hire market leader Speedy Hire has named its new finance director.The Newton-le-Willows-based group said Russell Down would be taking the role from April 6. His predecessor Lynn Kri…

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SHOPPING centre Liverpool One said Christmas sales were up 15% on last year.There was also a strong performance throughout 2014 with a 7% increase, ahead of the national average of 1.6%, and footfall …

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LG Electronics’ new high definition TV range will be the first commercial products to be made with a pioneering material produced by Manchester technology company Nanoco.Nanoco has been leading the w…

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Emirates adds extra A380 to Dubai service + MORE

KEY figures involved with the former Warrington lender Total Asset Ltd and fibre optics firm H20 Networks have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.Total Asset’s former chief exe…

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EMIRATES will replace one of the two Boeing 777s that flies daily between Manchester and Dubai with a larger Airbus A380 from February.It is the airline’s second A380 – the world’s largest passenger…

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PRIME minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne jointly championed their Northern Powerhouse initiative at an event in Manchester.Sharing the platform at an event attended by more than 150 …

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LIVERPOOL City Council is considering buying the cruise liner terminal and extending it to deal with bigger ships.A report to the council’s cabinet on January 9 is recommending the authority acquires…

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Dean Moore to stand down from N Brown

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DEAN Moore, the long-serving finance director of N Brown the Manchester online, catalogue and stores retailer, is leaving to “pursue other interests”.Moore has been FD/ chief financial officer for 11 …

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Warriner returns to lead PwC deals team + MORE

Search is on for TechNorth execs

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THE Government is recruiting for its new TechNorth body which will seek to support technology-related businesses and attract inward investment.Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg launched the organisatio…

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MEDICAL research company 4d Pharma has given a second positive research update in three days.Since floating on AIM last year, shares in the Manchester company have defied a sometimes turbulent stock m…

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STUART Warriner is returning to Manchester after six years in Leeds to head PwC’s corporate finance team in the North West.Mr Warriner, who is the group’s M&A leader in the North, is replacing Andy …

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Q1 sales up 6% at Topps Tiles

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TOPPS Tiles has made a strong start to its financial year with first quarter like-for-like sales up by 6%.The Handforth-based retailer which trades from 336 stores nationwide has a 30% share of the ma…

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ONLINE fashion retailer Boohoo has downgraded its full-year sales and earnings expectations after challenging autumn trading.Shares plunged more than 40% to 22.4p on the profit alert. In an update the…

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New year, new home for KPMG + MORE

MANUFACTURERS’ bullish expectations at the beginning of 2014 have eased back, leaving firms cautiously confident as they head into 2015, according to a new study.The annual EEF/Aldermore Executi…

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OWN-label manufacturer McBride said it is “progressing well” with a plan to cut a quarter of its UK staff.The business, which makes household and personal care products, wants to save £12m over the ne…

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Brighter outlook for Manchester jobs

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RESEARCHERS have revised up their long-term forecasts for the Greater Manchester jobs market.Economic forecasting business Oxford Economics expects a net gain of 110,000 jobs in the city by 2024, up 1…

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BIO-medical company 4D Pharma says it has made good progress in its research project exploring the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.The Manchester company, which floated in February 2014, raising…

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New year, new home for KPMG

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KPMG has entered a new era in the region today as it opened for business at its flagship office at One St Peter’s Square, Manchester.The accountancy firm, which has 700 staff in Manchester and 30 par…

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