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Uni scheme scoops three RIBA awards

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LANCASTER University Engineering Building, the multi-million facility completed by Preston-based Eric Wright Construction in March, has scooped three  RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) awar…

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A FAMILY of movie lovers is set to breathe life into The Savoy Cinema in the Stockport suburb of Heaton Moor.The property has been acquired by the Mundin family, who have a proven track record in rest…

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RELATIVES of legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly will visit the new £20m hotel that bears his name this week for a preview of its luxury fit-out.Based on the Victoria Steet, the 83-bedroom hotel …

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Cheshire telecom firm bosses jailed

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THREE former executives of a Cheshire telecoms firm have been jailed at a civil court hearing in London.Amran Munir, Ali Sami Farooq, and Saif Chaudhry, the directors and company secretary of Wilmslow…

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CHESHIRE-based small business consultancy Citation has snapped up QMS International, a deal that will take revenues over £30m. The deal increases Citation’s client base by two thirds, from 9,000…

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Gateley says £130m AIM-listing will drive growth + MORE

LAW firm Gateley has confirmed its intention to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and said going public is the best way to fulfil its growth plans.The Birmingham firm, which has a numbe…

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Speedy hails progress as profits jump

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TOOL and equipment hire group Speedy Hire has achieved revenue of £375m, a rise of 7.2% (2014: £349.7m) and a 50% increase profits to £21.9m (2014: £14.6m).However, that performance was delivered befo…

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MAG goes for growth with US division

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MANCHESTER Airports Group is entering the US market and has hired a rising star of North American aviation to lead its growth there.M.A.G, which owns Manchester, Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemout…

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Bio-medical company raises £1m

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A BIOTECH business has raised $1.75m (£1.1m) from investors to allow it to take two of its fledgling therapies to clinical trial.Blueberry Therapeutics, based at the BioHub at Alderley Park, Cheshire,…

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Record year for Turner Parkinson

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TURNER Parkinson, the independent Manchester-based business law firm has reported a 14% surge in turnover to a record £6.5m.The 20-year-old firm, based just off Bridge Street in the city centre, said …

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HSS swallows All Seasons Hire for £11.4m + MORE

WHISTL, the privately-owned postal delivery firm has suspended its door-to-door service, and is looking to cut 2,000 of its 4,500 staff it emerged today.The Buckinghamshire-based company, formerly kno…

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A FORMER investment banker has been named the new Secretary of State for Business.Sajid Javid, who served as culture secretary in the coalition government, replaces ousted Liberal Democrat MP Vince Ca…

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HSS, the tool and equipment-hire company, has acquired All Seasons Hire for £11.4mAll Seaons, headquartered in Andover and with satellite operations in Dartford and Birmingham, specialises in the supp…

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End of an era at Shop Direct

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RETAILER Shop Direct has signalled the end of an era by ending production of home shopping catalogues.The Liverpool business, previously known as Littlewoods, has produced catalogues for more than 80 …

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TRIBUTES have been paid to Lancashire-born aviation executive Sir Maurice Flanagan, the founding chief executive of Middle East airline Emirates, who has died at the age of 86.Sir Maurice, an avid Man…

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Passenger growth at Liverpool John Lennon + MORE

AIM specialist Zeus Capital is bringing a Caribbean lesiure business to the market.Elegant Hotels Group, which owns and operates five high-end properties in Barbados, is raising £64m in a shares placi…

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LIVERPOOL John Lennon Airport has reported a 5% increase in passenger numbers for April.While passenger figures were not disclosed, the airport said April was the third month in a row that it grew its…

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AN agreement has been reached for Blackpool-based toy company Casdon todelist from the AIM in the £3m deal.Chairman Paul Cassidy and his family, who currently own 51% of  Casdon is offering to by the …

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DAVID Cameron will to remain as Prime Minister after his Conservative Party defied all the opinion polls and won a majority of seats in the House of Commons.With all 650 seats declared, the Tories won…

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IT may have been good news for regional devolution as the architects of the Northern Powerhouse, David Cameron and George Osborne, led the Tories to an unexpected victory, but the European question is…

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Manufacturing investment in property soaring in region + MORE

TRAFFORD Centre owner Intu Properties has announced a number of lettings as it updated investors on performance.The listed company, which owns out-of-town retail malls in this country and also Spain, …

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A MAJOR redevelopment project at three iconic Salford tower blocks has begun. Work has started on ambitious plans for a £7m transformation of Mulberry, Magnolia and Sycamore Court in the heart of the …

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INVESTMENT in land and property from manufacturing companies in the North West is continuing to grow at a rapid pace, according to latest statistics.Planning applications for factory constructions soa…

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Car Loan 4U opens city centre office

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MOTOR finance expert, Car Loan 4U has opened a new base in Manchester city centre.The expanding Macclesfield company has moved into the fourth floor of the Acresfield building in St Ann’s Square wher…

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Supermarkets squeezed by discounters

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THE big five supermarkets lost market share in the 12 weeks to April 26, the latest grocery data reveals.Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrisons and The Co-operative all saw sales fall in the period, Kanta…

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Beech Tree hits deals trail + MORE

FINANCE and projects lawyer Joseph Frew has been promoted to partner, as of May 1, at DLA Piper. Manchester-based Frew advises lenders and borrowers on all aspects of bilateral and syndicated finance …

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TUI 'looking to sell' LateRooms

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GERMAN travel giant TUI is reportedly set to check out of Manchester-based LateRooms.com, the online hotel booking service it has owned since 2007TUI, which owns the Thomson and First Choice brands, i…

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DIRECT flights from Manchester Airport to Los Angels and Boston are to begin next year, Thomas Cook Airlines has annouced.The new routes will start operating in May 2016, the leisure operator said, as…

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Premaitha vows to battle legal claim

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MANCHESTER-based molecular diagnostics company Premaitha has vowed to fight a “robust defence and counterclaim” for alleged infringements of patents by US company Illumina and its subsidiary of …

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Beech Tree hits deals trail

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BEECH Tree Private Equity, the new investment firm launched by the former bosses of Gresham in Manchester and Birmingham, has made its maiden investment.The first deal is an undisclosed investment int…

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Week Ending: Smith's skip theory; 'Baggs the brand' + MORE

LANCASHIRE-based consumer professional services provider Fairpoint Group has announced trading for the first three months of 2015 in line with expect the board’s expectations.A strong contributi…

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Johnson's £69m linens swoop

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JOHNSON Service Group is making a major move in the table linens sector with a near £70m deal for a business supplying the likes of Jamie Oliver, The Wolseley and Brasserie Blanc.The Cheshire company …

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ECONOMISTS are well known for their love of statistics, graphs, flow charts, pie charts and the like.So it was great to hear a more basic theory of where we are in the economy from David Smith, the re…

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MANCHESTER City stars James Milner, Eliaquim Mangala and Bacary Sagna have helped to officially launch the start of construction of a new concept in luxury rented accommodation.They broke the ground a…

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Nanoco's £20m launch on main market

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TRADING on the main LSE market in shares of Manchester-based Nanoco Group started at 8am today. The company, a specialist in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nano…

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