Liverpool ONE on the up + MORE

Liverpool ONE on the up

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GROSVENOR has announced a 15% increase in year-to-date sales at retail centre Liverpool ONE compared to the same period in 2014.The company is hailing the impact of the addition of 22 new brands at th…

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Ken O'Toole lands MD role at airport

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KEN O’Toole has been named as managing director of Manchester Airport in a boardroom reshuffle.O’Toole, who joined Manchester Airports Group, the owner of Manchester, Stansted, East Midlands and Bou…

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ED Milliband won guarded support from major business organisations when he launched his party’s Better Plan for Business manifesto today.The Labour leader’s claim that David Cameron’…

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Airlines boost US capacity and route

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AIRLINES Virgin Atlantic and Delta have announced increased capacity from Manchester Airport to the US on the back of the joint venture they agreed last year.From this week Virgin is taking on the for…

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OUTSOURCERY, the cloud computing firm led by former Dragons’ Den investor Pier Linney, has reported encouraging progress in terms of revenue growth, but remains heavily in the red.The group headquart…

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Firm fined over worker roof fall + MORE

Firm fined over worker roof fall

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A SOUTHPORT company has been fined after an employee sustained serious injuries when he fell some four metres from a bungalow roof.The 60-year-old who lives in the town and who has asked not to be nam…

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TLT, the law firm which has made dramatic head way in the Manchester market in the last two years, has pledged further growth and investment in the city.Launching its new office space at 3 Hardman Squ…

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First look at the funky Bunker

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THE first phase of the Bunker – the development of the former Littlewoods complex in Liverpool – has been previewed by a group of key regional office agents.Capital & Centric’s specu…

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A TASK group is to be set up to review the amount of student accommodation in Liverpool. It follows moves by developers in recent years to create large scale student flats in the city centre which are…

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THE Co-operative Bank has slashed annual losses from £632.8m to £264.2m and agreed a new contract with its chief executive, Niall Booker.The bruised and battered Manchester lender said it was still at…

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Property people: AEW's Brown takes chair & more + MORE

THE North West branch of Women in Property (WiP) has announced its new branch chairman. Kat Brown of Manchester-based AEW Architects has taken up the role for one year.Brown, who has been a member of…

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STOCKPORT Council has appointed global professional services firm WSP to design a masterplan for Stockport Station aimed at improving services and connectivity across Greater ManchesterThe project has…

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THE first tenants at the Warton Enterprise Zone in Lancashire have begun operating at the site.They are global management consultancy Accenture and Trescal an international specialist in calibration a…

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PLANS for a new £7m extra care facility that will boost the provision of housing for older people in Preston are set to be approved by councillors next week. Specialist housing developer Mulbury Homes…

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THE multi-millionaire co-founder of price comparison website moneysupermarket had a change of heart over plans to sell a £100m stake in the business.Shares in the business, founded more than 20 years …

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Seneca Partners backs Rothband deal + MORE

Seneca Partners backs Rothband deal

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NORTH West investor Seneca Partners has teamed up with a former employee to buy a long-standing niche medical products manufacturer.Seneca has acquired the majority stake in Rossendale company WS Roth…

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Addleshaws promotes five to partner

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FIVE Manchester-based lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard’s will be promoted to partner from May 1, the firsm has announced.They are:  Andy Green in corporate; Phil McGough and Rachel Uttley in commercial; …

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A PLANNING application to undertake a major refurbishment of The Royal Exchange, one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, has been submitted.The submission is from Trinistar Manchester, a join…

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PROFITS have rocketed at Lancashire energy procurement consultancy Inspired Energy.Shares in the Kirkham-based company rose 18% to 12.25p after annual results showed a 70% surge in profits to £2.98m a…

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Inflation slides to 0%

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INFLATION fell to a new low of 0% in the year to February,  the official figures showed today. Last month’s fall in the CPI rate – from 0.3% in January – represents a record low. Richard Campbel…

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The Rainmaker Awards North West + MORE

Nanoco hails half year milestones

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HI-TECH manufacturer Nanoco, the pioneering nanomaterials company, has provided an upbeat assesment of its prospects as it reported half year results.The AIM-listed group headquartered in Manchester a…

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The Rainmaker Awards North West

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THE region’s only community-led corporate finance awards programme,The Rainmaker Awards, will be held on June 18.Brought to you by TheBusinessDesk and Out There Events, and in association with pro.ma…

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LANCASHIRE-based dual-fuel specialist Clean Air Power has suffered a 31% decrease in revenue, down from to £6.8m from £9.9m.Underlying profit was £2.1m, down from £2.7m with the difference due to lowe…

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FOOD logistics specialist Culina Group is to create 280 jobs by the end of 2016 after agreeing a deal to become the first tenant at Port Salford.Shropshire-based Culina is opening a distribution centr…

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PERSONAL injury adviser Frenkel Topping Group has reported a 9.9% increase in profits to £3.9m with revenue also up 3.3% to £5.69m.Operating profit – before share based payments – was up 2…

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China orders Evoque recalls + MORE

THE operator of rail services across the north, First TransPennine Express, has pledged to invest in more seats and provide free WiFI at major stations as part of a deal to extend its contract by 12 m…

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THE Northern Restaurant & Bar, the largest hospitality trade exhibition outside London, enjoyed record-breaking visitor numbers with more than 7,000 industry professionals attending and spending big w…

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New Economy chief Emmerich moving on

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ONE of the leading lights behind the Greater Manchester drive towards devolution, Mike Emmerich, is stepping down from his role as chief executive of New Economy.Emmerich is leaving the agency which d…

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China orders Evoque recalls

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CHINA’S quality watchdog has asked carmaker Jaguar Land Rover to recall Range Rover Evoque SUVs, following a media report which said the vehicles used faulty gearboxes.The manufacturer, which makes t…

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TESCO will net £96m in cash after agreeing a £733m exchange of joint venture properties with British Land.The supermarket group, which has been reviewing its property portfolio, has taken sole ownersh…

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Palatine in £14m swoop on Towergate assets + MORE

PACKAGING materials manufacturer API Group will return to private ownership after largest shareholder Steel Partners, hit the 75% threshold it needed to delist the AIM company.Shareholders will pocket…

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Bridgewater House given £750k revamp

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THE Grade II-listed Bridgewater House on Whitworth Street in Manchester city centre has had a £750,000 facelift.The former packing and shipping warehouse which is now home to insurance company Swinton…

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MANCHESTER-based private equity firm Palatine has announced a double deal worth £14m to buy mortgage boker John Charcol and Towergate Financial Planning.The firm has bought the two London-based busine…

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Blackpool leisure park changes hands

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BLACKPOOL’S Festival Lesiure Park has changed hands for more than £12.5m.It has been acquired by Valad Europe, the independent diversified real estate investment manager,  along with sites in Jersey …

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Couple arrested in VAT fraud probe + MORE

MANCHESTER Airport is continuing to grow, with a 10.2% rise in passenger numbers in February.The airport said the fact that Valentine’s Day landed on a weekend had been a boost as people had boo…

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THERE was an award of a different kind for social enterprise organisation The Monastery in Gorton, Manchester.The accolade was NW Business Masters Pride Award for outstanding corporate and community w…

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BOLTON-based medical products specialist Vernacare added to its long list of achievements by carrying off the NW Business Masters Manufacturer (Large) Award.After receiving the honour at y ceremony at…

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High growth retailer targets £100m

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LEIGH-based Better Bathrooms, was the winner in the hotly-contested  Fast Growth Business category at the 2015 North West Masters Awards.Launched in 2001 by Colin Stevens, the company has become a p…

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Couple arrested in VAT fraud probe

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A NORTH West man and a woman have been arrested in connection with a suspected VAT fraud and associated money laundering, as part of an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs.The couple, both 45 and …

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Trio of iconic piers up for grabs + MORE

MANCHESTER’S £300m devolution deal will unlock £1.5bn of investment into the city region in the next 10 years.This is according to Deborah McLaughlin, North West executive director of the Homes …

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DEFENCE giant BAE Systems has announced it is to spend more than £15m on a new training academy in Lancashire.The company, already one of  the county’s largest employers with 10,000 people at two man…

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Trio of iconic piers up for grabs

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BILFINGER, GVA’s Manchester retail, hotels and leisure team has been instructed to sell three of the UK’s best known and historic piers.All three of the piers – two in Blackpool and …

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PEEL has announced progress with three significant developments for its project Liverpool Waters within the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone.Director Lindsey Ashworth outlined the details of the latest a…

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GARY Neville revealed he is close to buying a digital agency in Manchester as he gave the MIPIM property conference an overview of his development activities.Neville, who is an active developer, along…

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