Manchester unites on skills + MORE

Visitors flooding into Albert Dock

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ALBERT Dock Liverpool has reported record-breaking visitor figures for the first quarter of 2015 with a like for like increase of 21% (from 963,126 to 1,164,871).Coach visits to Albert Dock also surge…

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French sweet on RGF's sugar arm

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REAL Good Food, the troubled baking ingredients group based in Liverpool, is set to sell its sugar business for £34m.The listed company said it planned to sell Napier Brown, the country’s third-large…

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THE manufacturing supply chain has encountered many problems over the past decade and not all businesses have been skilful enough to survive.Click here to take our 2015 Manufacturing Survey The rise …

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Manchester unites on skills

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SIX organisations in Greater Manchester, spanning the private,  public, voluntary and education sectors, have signed a deal to collaborate on skills and bid for funding.A formal memorandum of understa…

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A REPORT has highlighted Warrington as the location of the next wave of growth centres for office demand.The study is the third in the series ‘The New Geography of Office Demand’ published…

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490-home plan gets go ahead + MORE

THE identity of Greater Manchester’s ‘interim mayor’ should be known on May 29.The two candidates, Lord Peter Smith, chairman of Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority, and Tony Lloyd, the former…

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490-home plan gets go ahead

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A SCHEME for 490 new homes as part of a major mixed use development near Crewe have been given outline planning permission by Cheshire East Council’s planning committee.The Co-operative Group ha…

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Data firm boss storms Rich List

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DIGITAL entrepreneur Lawrence Jones has made a dramatic debut on the annual ranking of Britain’s richest.Jones, who co-founded UKFast, the data centres company based just outside Manchester city cent…

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C4X 'making progress'

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EARLY-stage bio-medical company C4X Discovery says it has made good progress since its listing on AIM last autumn.The Manchester-based business, which raised £11m before expenses to accelerate its sma…

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IDENTITY data intelligence company GB Group has bought the remaining 74.5% of the shares of San Franscisco-based Logate for just above £10m.The Chester-headquartered firm’s acquisition of the sh…

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Holland & Barrett launches new concept in Chester + MORE

TRIBUTES are flowing to Everton Football Club life president Sir Philip Carter who has passed away at the age of 87.Sir Philip, the most successful chairman in the club’s history, died peacefull…

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A SMALL south Manchester law firm is taking on the might of financial giant Royal Bank of Scotland in a court case next week.Blackstone Solicitors claims RBS has discriminated against people of Irania…

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Profit warnings jump in first quarter

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THE number of profit alerts sounded by North West listed companies increased in the first three months of 2015, despite UK economic conditions continuing to improve, according to EY’s latest Pro…

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THE personal wealth of the entrepreneurs behind North West discount retailers Home Bargains and B&M, has rocketed by more than £500m in the last year.According to The Sunday Times Rich List 2015, the …

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HEALTH food chain Holland & Barrett has launched its bid to become the country largest organic products retailer in Chester.The company has created 22 jobs at a new store in the city, which is the fir…

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Booths' management restructure to cost 100 jobs + MORE

A MANCHESTER-based housing association is celebrating the completion of 730 new affordable homes across the North of England in a total investment of £75m.The completion of the 730th home for Great Pl…

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FAMILY-owned North West grocer Booths is streamlining its store portfolio and introducing a new management structure – a move which will cost around 100 jobs.The independent Preston-based retailer sai…

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More devolution please, says Bloxham

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URBAN Splash founder Tom Bloxham has forecast a continued boom in inner city living as devolution gathers pace.Speaking at an event at Manchester Grammar School to mark its Quincentenary year, Bloxham…

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PLANS to expand the Scout Moor wind farm from 26 turbines to 42 have been put forward by a new company owned by United Utilities and Peel Energy.After consulting with local communities in 2014, the pa…

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DWF strengthens insurance practice

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LAW firm DWF, which has its head office in Manchester, is strengthening its insurance team with a merger with a niche London practice.DWF said its combination with Watmores, which has a large client b…

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McBride reports Q3 sales rise + MORE

MANCHESTER-based IT solutions specialist K3 Business Technology Group has swallowed Willow Starcom, a subsidiary of Access Intelligence, in a £1.75m deal.Funding for the acquisition – agreed on …

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LOAN provider Evolution Money has taken 11,676sq ft of office space in central Manchester.The deal, brokered by DTZ on behalf of London & Scottish Investments, for the third-floor suite follows hot on…

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Warrington reveals city aspirations

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WARRINGTON is on course to become one the UK’s newest cities as it undergoes a regeneration programme which will top more than £400m.Steve Park, managing director of Warrington & Co, the company…

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McBride reports Q3 sales rise

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PERSONAL care and household cleaning products manufacturer McBride saw sales rise 2.6% in the three months to the end of March.The Middleton-based group, which makes shower gel, shampoos and bleach fo…

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Eventbrite founder hails flying start

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ONLINE event ticketing platform Eventbrite said it had made a “great start” in the North West after launching in the region late last year.Renaud Visage, co-founder and chief technology officer of the…

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Bentley expands in Switzerland + MORE

Argos distribution hub sold

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A UNIT at Heywood Distribution Park, let to retailer Argos as a distribution base, has changed hands for £34.1m.Listed property investor Tritax Big Box REIT said it had  exchanged contracts on the Arg…

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NATURAL gas engine specialist Clean Air Power has won an order worth about £250,000.It is for high pressure coalescing filters from a US-based supplier of compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel storage sys…

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Animal magic for Pets at Home

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MARKET leading retailer Pets at Home has hit its straps in the last 12 months, quietly delivering on its growth plan.When it floated last year, investors’ tails weren’t exactly wagging as regional p…

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Bentley expands in Switzerland

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LUXURY car maker Bentley has opened a  new dealership in Switzerland, its fifth there.Located in the town of Cham, which is in the economic corridor between Zurich and Lucerne, the dealership is a par…

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THE Jockey Club,  which runs 15 racecourses including Aintree, Carlisle and Haydock Park has reported record revenues of £171.2m, boosted by higher ticket sales and commercial revenues.After funding  …

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Lancashire told to 'gets its act together' on fracking + MORE

LANCASHIRE’s political leaders have been warned the region could miss out on millions of pounds of investment if they do not act quickly on fracking.North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce c…

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THE manager of a wedding centre business in Bolton who stole £20,000 from the company’s accounts has been sentenced to 10 months in prison.Deborah Owen, 53, pleaded guilty to theft by employee a…

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MORE than 1,000 constrction workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria have voted to take industrial action in a row over health and safety, the Unite trade union has said.The row, which began …

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THREE renovated apartments blocks in Manchester’s Ancoats and New Islington will be the latest addition to the private rental sector next month.The 12-storey blocks – formerly known as Chi…

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INDEPENDENT North West leisure business New Moon Company is opening a second Beef & Pudding urban pub- restaurant and creating 40 jobs in Liverpool.The new venue, is on Brunswick Street in the city ce…

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Growth plan for LHS after merger + MORE

Growth plan for LHS after merger

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A MANCHESTER law firm has been merged with its sister company and is on a major growth drive.Lewis Hymanson Small is being combined with south London-based Abbey Legal Services and is being rebranded …

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WIGAN-based white goods importer G2S has secured £11m funding to buy premises it has occupied since 2009.The package, provided by Lloyds Bank Mid-Markets and Commercial Finance teams in Manchester, co…

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Inprova in double energy swoop

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INPROVA Group, the new name of Warrington company CEL Procurement, has made a two acquisitions in the energy market.The procurement outsourcing services group, which is backed by private equity firm L…

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BYOTROL, the Daresbury company behind the anti-microbial product of the same name, says its has grown sales and reduced losses this financial year.The AIM company, which sells in to the food, industri…

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GLOBAL company Unilever, the maker of Dove soap, Lipton tea and Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream has reported better than expected sales for the first quarter of 2015.The company founded in the early 20th cen…

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The Hive sold for £17m + MORE

NORTH West delicatessen and butchers business Gabbots Farm has been sold for £3.9m.The company based at Astley near Wigan has been snapped up by Yorkshire based Crawshaw Group.Gabbotts Farm (Retail) o…

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Shares down on DJI profit warning

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SHARES in DJI Holdings, the Cheshire-based Chinese lottery operator, have fallen 10% after it sounded a profits warning.The company, which floated on AIM last year, said it expects results for 2014 to…

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THE charity behind a multi-million pound plan to transform Warrington nightclub Mr Smith’s into a youth centre has pledged to press ahead with the scheme, despite the blaze which has destroyed t…

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St James's Court goes for £6.5m

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FIVE-storey St James’s Court in Manchester city centre has been sold for £6.5m.The 38,000sq ft building at 24-30 Brown Street has been bought by Boultbee Brooks Real Estate (BBRE), the UK-based …

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The Hive sold for £17m

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AWARD winning building The Hive in Manchester’s Northern Quarter has been for £17m  by owners Argent.The building on Lever Street has been bought by Edinburgh and London-based investment firm Kames C…

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DNA sequence inspires MSP's Heart of the Park + MORE

Strong first year for Flowtech

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NEWLY-listed industrial fluid distributor Flowtech Fluidpower has reported strong full-year results with a 15% rise in operating profits.The Skelmersdale-based company which was listed on AIM in May 2…

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MACCLESFIELD-based drug analysis specialist Cyprotex has launched a new “in vitro” service which is able to accurately identify drugs which cause structural damage to the heart.It service …

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WORK has started on-site to construct the first new building on Manchester Science Partnership’s central Corridor campus since the completion of its new masterplan by the BDP Manchester Studio l…

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THE new £15m hotel to be built at the Emirates Old Trafford crocket ground will be operated under the Hilton Garden Inn brand.Building work is expected to start later this year after a recent fund-rai…

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Inflation holds steady says ONS

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THE rate of inflation was unchanged in March at 0%, the Office for National Statistics said.The main downward pressures on prices came with falls in clothing and gas costs.These were offset by a rise …

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