12-storey office block in Civic Quarter gets green light + MORE

LAW firm Berg has celebrated its 35th anniversary by joining forces with Manchester Business School for an exclusive finance and society panel debate.Manchester-based Berg’s managing partner Alison L…

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Counterfeir tobacco couple jailed

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A COUPLE from Salford have been jailed for a £3.8m excise fraud, involving more than 25 tonnes of counterfeit tobacco, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Feng Gao, 39, and his pa…

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AUSTRIAN Airlines is to launch once-a-day flights from Manchester to Vienna in SeptemberStarting on September 10 the new service will start in addition the airline’s 28 weekly flights to London….

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THIS year’s Greater Manchester Construction Summit is set to attract more than 500 delegates, making it the largest event of its kind outside London.The summit, which takes place on July 15, is being…

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PLANS to build a 12-storey office block on the site of Peterloo House in central Manchester have been approved by city planners.The scheme will involve the demolition of the current seven-storey build…

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Plans for 35 Liverpool apartments submitted + MORE

PLANS have been submitted for a development of 35 apartments in the heart of Liverpool.A company called LAAB Developments Ltd is listed on the Liverpool City Council website as the applicant.The submi…

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INTERNATIONALlaw firm Feshfields Bruckhause Deringer has secured 40,000sq ft at Arndale House in Manchester.The deal, confirmed by M&G Real Estate and intu, is seen as a sign of Manchester’s gro…

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McCann wins £20m advertising deal

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ADVERTISING agency McCann Manchester has landed the £20m deal with home furnishings chain Harveys.The company is to assume responsibility for strategy, creative and implementation across offline and o…

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THE Alchemist Bar and Restaurant, with outlets in Manchester, Leeds and London, has been acquired in a management buyout from Cheshire-based restuarant group Living Ventures in a deal worth £12m.Law f…

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REDEVELOPMENT plans for Astley House and Byrom House on Quay Street in Manchester will be presented to the city council planning committee on Thursday (June 4).The proposal is for the demolition of th…

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Manchester IT specialist swallowed by rival + MORE

A 20-storey hotel together with a rooftop bar and three apartment blocks featuring shops and town houses is planned for Chapel Street in Salford.Developers ECP Holdings has submitted an application to…

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TELECOMS specialist Daisy Group has agreed a deal to buy listed rival Phoenix IT Group in a deal worth about £135m.Daisy, based in Nelson, Lancashire, and its hedge fund backer Toscafund have been in …

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A £170m modernisation programme is planned for Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Plant – the largest of its kind in the North West.Salford-based contractor PP O’Connor has been appointed by Celtic Techn…

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LIVERPOOL International Waterfront Forum has announced its final partner cities for the 2015 event on June 3 and 4 taking place in the iconic Cunard Building in the heart of Liverpool’s UNESCO W…

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MANCHESTER-based IT provider JMC IT has been acquired by London-headquartered technology and managed services provider IT Lab.JMC which was founded in 1981 and is based in Agecroft, Salford, has more …

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Turnover soars for Flowgroup but losses also rise + MORE

FLOWGROUP, the developer of efficient energy products, has announced a spectacular 142% increase in turnover to £33.4m (2013: £13.8m).The Cheshire company’s preliminary results for the year ende…

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MERSEYSIDE drug development company Redx Pharma has identified a potential new treatment for blood cancers and autoimmune diseases.The new drug inhibits Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BKT), the enzyme whi…

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AN industrial warehouse at Walton Summit Industrial Centre at Bamber Bridge near Preston has been sold for almost £2.4m.The building 86,155sq ft facility was sold by Cushman & Wakefield on behalf of a…

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THE chief executive of Manchester-based chain manufacturer Renold is targeting a programme of acqusitions after reporting a 30% increase in pre-tax profits to £7.7m (2014: £5.9m).In the company’s pre…

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Record revenues for Bibby Line Group

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LIVERPOOL-based Bibby Line Group increased revenues 8% to a record £1.715bn (2013: 1.592bn) in the year to December.The diversified Group said strong sales and profits growth in its offshore and marin…

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Pub sector raising a glass to new growth + MORE

BUSINESS adviser EY has followed rivals KPMG and PwC with a major move into the regional corporate legal services market.The firm has lured former Addleshaw Goddard national managing partner Paul Devi…

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CHESHIRE East Council has welcomed an announcement that the Jodrell Bank Observatory is on course to receive £12m of Heritage Lottery Fund money to improve its offering for visitors. The grant is earm…

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ENCOURAGING signs of growth in the UK pub sector has emerged from new data published by Barclays.Some 52% of North West pub businesses were established in the last three years, according to analysis b…

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MANCHESTER  United has renewed a commercial partnership with office technology company  Epson.Epson first became the club’s official office equipment supplier in 2010 and says the link-up with t…

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UU set to splash out as profits jump + MORE

UU set to splash out as profits jump

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WATER company United Utilities has hailed a “good” set of results as it reported a 15% hike in profits.The Warrington-based group, the region’s only member of the country’s 100 biggest listed compan…

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AER Lingus flights to Dublin from Liverpool John Lennon Airportwill will start later in the year.The service is due to commence on October 23 with 16 flights per week between on a 174 seat Airbus A320…

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STRONG growth of 1.2% in April has been described as “no flash in the pan” by a senior economic adviser to the EY ITEM Club.Martin Beck was responding to the strongest increase in figures …

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PRIMARY care property investor and developer Assura has announced a 27.5% increase in revenue to £48.2m (2014: £37.8m) in its preliminary results.Its pre-tax profit soared 51.2% to £36.6m (2014: 24.2m…

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Booker snaps up Londis and Budgens

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FOOD wholesale group Booker, which owns the Makro cash and carry chain, has announced a further move into convenience store retailing with a deal to buy the Londis and Budgens chain.Booker, which acqu…

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Research updates from 4D and C4X + MORE

Co-op Bank 'making progress'

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THE Co-op Bank says it is making progress in its quest to strengthen its balance sheet, cut costs by closing branches and offer better products.The loss-making Manchester-based lender, whose recovery …

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FIDDLER’S FERRY power station near Widnes is expected to continue burning coal until at least 2020 after SSE decided to shut its sister plant in West Yorkshire.SSE is to shut its coal-fired power sta…

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UP to 200 workers at Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird are facing the axe as work dries up.The company says there is no more work lined up after its current contract to build the flight deck of the Ro…

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DEE Valley Water, which supplies water to Chester, Wrexham and the surrounding area in north east Wales and west Cheshire, is set to undertake its largest ever capital investment programme after secur…

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Research updates from 4D and C4X

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DRUG discovery pioneers C4X and 4D Pharma have delivered positive news to shareholders regarding their product pipelines.The Manchester-based firms, which both listed on the AIM market last year, said…

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Victrex warns of £8m currency hit + MORE

SPECIALIST independent adviser on the investment of personal injury damages Frenkel Topping is set to report trading in line with expectations as the company focuses on growing its geographical reach….

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A MAJOR refurbishment of The Royal Exchange in Manchester city centre has been given planning consent.The scheme will see the redevelopment of 120,000sq ft of office space and the creation of a new ro…

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THE owner of a Chinese restaurant in Preston has been given a suspended six months jail sentence for serious and life threatening health and safety breaches.Wen Qaing Cai, the former owner of China Ho…

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Victrex warns of £8m currency hit

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LANCASHIRE industrial polymer manufacturer Victrex has reported a solid first half of growth and remains upbeat on prospects for the remainder of the current financial year despite currency headwinds….

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RETAILER Topps Tiles has hailed a successful first half, where it grew profits, sales and market share.The group, which has more than 340 stores nationwide and a finance and operations base in Handfor…

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OBI gets XYZ mission + MORE

Chairman of Suttons dies at 66

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NORTH West based family business Suttons, the international logistics company, has announed the death of its chairman, Michael Sutton.The Widnes-based company said 66-year-old Mr Sutton, had passed aw…

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A FUGITIVE Manchester businessman has been arrested in South Africa after being on the run since 2008.Raymond Nevitt, 51, was convicted and sentenced in 2008 to three years, nine months’ in jail for …

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OBI gets XYZ mission

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WILL Lewis of OBI Property has been appointed as leasing consultant for Allied London’s new XYZ building at Spinningfields in Manchester.Lewis has been action for Allied London since 2009 and has sou…

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Mayor Joe calls for united response to devolution + MORE

INDUSTRIAL maintenance, repair and overhaul specialist Brammer is cutting 170 jobs as part of a cost reduction programme to save £5m.The reduction in headcount of the Knutsford, Cheshire, business is …

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A BURY estate and lettings agent has been taken over by Belvoir Lettings, which holds franchises across the UK, in a £250,000 deal.Franchisees of the existing Belvoir offices in Oldham and Bury have c…

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A LANDMARK 36-storey block of 458 residential units at Angel Gardens in Manchester – part of the Noma masterplan – is the first in a joint venure development pipeline worth £1bn.Developer Caddick Grou…

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LIVERPOOL’S Mayor Joe Anderson has welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to offering devolution deals to northern cities as part of his plan to rebalance the economy.Speaking in Manchester on Thursda…

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SECONDS out… round two of Business Heavyweights – the white collar boxing event – is nearly upon us.Week Ending can reveal the 10 intrepid amateur pugilists who will step into the ring on June 24 at…

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