Retailers urged to appeal business rates + MORE

WINNING public sector contracts should be easier for small and medium-sized businesses in the region to do thanks to new government measures.Under the new rules, the public sector is now required to p…

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RETAILERS in the North West’s recession-battered towns are being urged to appeal their business rates before the March 31 deadline.Real estate advisers Colliers International issued the advice a…

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LACK of quality, built industrial space in the region meant that take up in the North West fell in 2014, in what was otherwise a record-breaking year for the UK.Property group DTZ’s Industrial Proper…

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AN engineering firm has been fined £12,000 after a worker suffered severe injuries when he was struck by a metal frame, weighing nearly two tonnes.The 21-year-old employee sustained multiple cuts and …

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GREATER Manchester’s councils and the government have confirmed that talks are being held on a “ground-breaking” £6bn health and social care devolution deal.The move – which could see Greater M…

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Should enterprise be taught in schools? + MORE

SO it’s Chinese new year and the Year of the Goat, but in business speak Week Ending has noticed that another creature, the black swan, is all the rage.In successive meetings with leading regional co…

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A FUME cupboard and ducting firm near Bolton has gone into administration with the loss of 70 jobs.Workers at Mach-Aire in Bridge Street, Horwich were called into a meeting this morning and told their…

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Should enterprise be taught in schools?
Retail entrepreneur and former Dragon, Theo Paphitis, has said that enterprise should be taught in schools as part of the national curriculum.  Theo argues that traditional qualifications don’t guarantee career success, rather learning about enterprise from an early age would mean that less businesses fail at startup stage…

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Syscap snapped up by Wesleyan

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SPECIALIST financial services provider Wesleyan has expanded its operation with the acquisition of firm with a Cheshire base.The Birmingham-based mutual has acquired Syscap Holdings Ltd, from a fund a…

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Leighton 'privileged' to take Co-op role + MORE

PEEL Group has launched a gas and oil business in a bid to maximise the economic and supply chain benefits to the North of England from the emerging shale gas industry.Peel Gas & Oil works alongside c…

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PLANNING permission has been granted for the development of a new £15m, 130,000 sq ft logistics facility at Airport City Manchester, the flagship enterprise zone development.Construction on the Global…

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BOARDROOM veteran Allan Leighton has been confirmed as the Co-operative Group’s first independent non-executive chair.He has succeeded Ursula Lidbetter from today and will work with the Co-op’s new …

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Peninsula boss spins-off HR service

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ENTREPRENEUR Peter Done is hiving-off his online HR advice business from employment law consultancy Peninsula.The co-founder of Betfred and managing director pf Peninsula will invest £2.5m this year i…

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BAE on course for rise in revenues

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BAE Systems, which employs more than 15,000 in the North West, is expecting earnings to rise marginally with 2014 earning broadly in line with forecasts.The company – Europe’s biggest defe…

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Fortis Developments buys construction firm + MORE

Losses up at Surface Transforms

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SURFACE Transforms, which designs and manufactures high performance ceramic brakes for sports cars like the Porsche GT3, has reported an increase in half year losses.The AIM-listed Ellesmere Port-base…

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THE company behind the New Bailey regeneration scheme has acquired a key building, which will be demolished to make way for a Grade-A office.English Cities Fund has acquired the City Wharf building on…

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THE North West could be the top UK region to benefit from the positive impact reshoring could have on the country’s economy over the next 10 years, according to new research from professional se…

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FORTIS Developments, the student property development and lettings specialist, has acquired a construction business.Altrincham-based Fortis has snapped-up Hull and Leeds firm Beaumont Morgan Developme…

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A MANCHESTER-based company which offered to manage the ‘Google My Business’ (formerly ‘Google Places’) listings of its customers, has been placed into provisional liquidation following an investig…

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Premier League stars paid too much – Franny Lee + MORE

TIM Bacon, the pubs and bars entrepreneur who has created a host of successful bar concepts, from The Living Room to The Alchemist, Botantist and Gusto, has called time on nightclub ownership.He has s…

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FORMER Manchester City star Francis Lee has called for a halt to soaring wages of today’s football icons in the wake the deal which will see the Premier League rake in £5.1bn from Sky and BT fro…

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Fircroft strengthens Gulf presence

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FIRCROFT, the international recruiter specialising in the engineering and oil and gas sector, has bolstered its presence in the Middle East.The Warrington company has made a “significant” investment i…

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Profits nosedive at Rolls-Royce

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ENGINEERING giant Rolls-Royce has suffered a huge 96% decline in profitability.Announcing its 2014 full year results, the firm reported profit before tax of £67m, down massively from 2013’s £1.7…

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FAST-growing discount retailer B&M has agreed terms for a 350,000 sq ft distribution centre in Runcorn, marking the first significant industrial letting of 2015.According to Property Week, B&M has pla…

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Bakery bids to turn nation on to 'soft and fluffy' bread + MORE

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A CHESHIRE bakery has embarked on its first ever television advertising campaign to support investment in a white bread rebrand as ‘soft and fluffy’.Northwich company Roberts Bakery has de…

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CONTRACT wins with major retailers helped events company fresh Group enjoy its best-ever year as profits rose 18% to £1.3m and revenues by nearly 15% to £15.6m.The Cheadle-based firm, which was acquir…

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COMMERCIAL property investment in the UK reached a record £54.9bn in 2014 with the UK regions becoming an increasingly attractive option for domestic and foreign investors.Property consultancy DTZ&rsq…

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A subsidiary of Peel, the property and investment giant, has taken three strategically-important industrial units in Liverpool near the new SuperPort development. The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company …

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Government urged to splash out on Warrington scheme + MORE

Liverpool aims to wow property show

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PRIVATE sector partners have revealed the new look stand for the Liverpool at MIPIM Cannes 2015 – a major property market event.MIPIM Cannes, now in its 26th year, brings together the most influential…

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COUNCIL bosses in Warrington are vying to get Government confirmation it will provide funding for the latest phase of the ambitious £160m waterfront plan for the town.Warrington Council lobbied hard t…

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A MANCHESTER-based insurance company has announced it is to enter Ireland’s motorcycle insurance sector in spring.Principal Insurance has already recruited its first three staff ready for the op…

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PLANS for Rochdale town centre’s £250m regeneration are on view for public consultation.Visitors to an exhibition in the town are being invited to comment on the development framework, a plannin…

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CAMMELL Laird shipyard has secured a £5.7m new-build ferry contract with the Northern Ireland executive.The Birkenhead marine and specialist engineering company was awarded the project by the Departme…

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New car sales drive forward 6% + MORE

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A SENIOR Cathay Pacific executive has hailed the response to the airline’s  new direct flight from Manchester to Hong Kong and said the plan is for it to move to a daily service.Rupert Hogg, chief op…

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New car sales drive forward 6%

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UK CAR sales have started the year positively although some leading manufacturers saw registrations dip significantly on this time last year.Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and …

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ACCOUNTANCY  firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been accused of promoting tax avoidance “on an industrial scale” by MPs.It is said to have helped hundreds of clients slash their corporation tax bil…

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US firm buys Kleeneze from Findel

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HOME shopping group Findel has called time on its loss-making home shopping business Kleeneze with the sale to a US firm.The new owner of Accrington-based Kleeneze is Trillium Pond, which is a subsidi…

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