Nanoco's bullish as overseas demand grows + MORE

THE owners of the fast-growing motor finance broker Carfinance247 are reviving the Carcraft name, three months after its collapse.Manchester-based brothers Reg and Louis Rix have bought the web domain…

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Lewis completes £47m Inspired deal

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FINANCIER Joe Lewis, the majority shareholder of Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur, is to delist SME funder Inspired Capital after a £47.1m takeover deal.Inspired, which despite being hea…

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HI-tech manufacturer Nanoco has forged links with a series of customers in Korea, China, Japan and the US as it works with 11 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) ranging from multi-national compan…

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Profits leap at Moneysupermarket

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PROFITS have surged at Moneysupermarket, as consumers continue to shop around for the best insurance, energy and credit card deals.The company based at Ewloe, near Chester,  said profits rose 44% to £…

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OCCUPANCY rates at Manchester’s hotels are at a 15-year high, thanks to the city’s strong sporting and entertainment scene and business conference programme.This is according to data released by Mar…

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Fircroft powers-up with £105m refinance + MORE

TECHNICAL recruitment specialist Fircroft has sealed a £105m refinancing deal to support further growth.The Warrington-based company, founded in south Manchester in 1970 by John Johnson and now run by…

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MORE than 30 companies,  universities, advisers and business support organisations from across the region are in Singapore as part of a major trade mission led by the Prime Minister and business secre…

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THE iconic Port of Liverpool Building, one of the city’s Three Graces, has been put up for sale by its owner Downing.The building on the city’s waterfront, has had significant investment under the o…

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Paragon appoints new Manchester chief

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PARAGON Building Consultancy has boosted its Manchester team following the appointment of Peter McIlhagger as its new director of projects.He joins from Mace where he had previously worked for the las…

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PLANNING permission has been granted for the latest phase of development at Cottam Hall, Preston, a development of 283 homes.The development will be family owned Carlisle-based developer Story Homes&r…

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Secure Trust Bank mulls entering mortgage market + MORE

Co-op creating 1,000 store jobs

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THE Co-operative Food says it is creating up to 1,000 jobs as part of its investment in its convenience business.The Manchester-based retailer said it is looking to boosting staff numbers at peak time…

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PRIMARY care property investor and developer Assura said it has made further good progress with “significant” investments after what it called a period of “intense” activity. For the period from 1 Ap…

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AO World reports strong first quarter

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AO World, the online white goods retailer, has reported a strong start to the year.The Bolton-based company, which floated at a market capitalisation of £1.2bn last year and has since been clobbered b…

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SECURE TRUST BANK, which has its motor finance division based in Manchester, has seen its profit increase by a record 40% and its assets exceed £1bn for the first time. Its interim results for the six…

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AMBITIOUS growth plans have been announced by fresh produce supplier Crawshaws, which recently acquired the Gabbotts Farm portfolio in Manchester, just five months after chief executive Noel Collett t…

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Openings spree boost B&M's growth + MORE

Openings spree boost B&M's growth

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DISCOUNT retailer B&M is continuing its rapid store opening programme, with 25 stores opened in just 13 weeks.The Liverpool-based company said its aggressive spree of expansion was being aided by “par…

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MIF calls on tech start up Wakelet

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Manchester International Festival (MIF) is using digital start-up Wakelet to post video, pictures and music about artists at the event. Manchester-based Wakelet is a free-to-use social content sharin…

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THE boss of the Bank of England has dropped his biggest hint yet on the timing of an interest rate rise.With interest rates at 0.5% for six years, the Bank of England’s governor Mark Carney said in a…

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Workers trapped in Cheshire blast

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A MAJOR rescue operation is under way at a Cheshire manufacturing plant.A huge explosion was reported at WTL International’s wood flour processing plant at Bosley near Congleton this morning and the …

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THE energy, waste, agriculture, care home and mineral extraction industries will be the first to benefit from a wave of measures by new business secretary Sajid Javid to help businesses save £10bn ove…

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Family Business: Innovation is Duerr's sweet spot + MORE

PLANNING powers will be handed over to Greater Manchester’s mayor as part of the Chancellor’s plans to boost productivity.The report launched today has been put together by Manchester-born economist…

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DIVERSIFICATION and innovation are the secrets to the success of many businesses, and such values have underpinned the growth of fifth generation family business Duerrs.Managing director Mark Duerr, w…

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A NORTH WEST businessman is facing a prison sentence after an alleged attack on his wife during a trans-Atlantic flight which caused the plane to make an emergency landing. The British Airways flight …

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SUPER LEAGUE club Salford Red Devils is subject to a winding-up petition after creditors ran out of patience with the club.Konica Minolta has lodged the petition against Salford City Reds (2013) with …

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A CAMPAIGN which brings together some of the UK’s leading housebuilders, developers and investors to highlight the role housing can play in the Northern Powerhouse, with a particular focus on Gr…

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Council leader launches procurement campaign + MORE

McBride's £12m costs drive on course

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PERSONAL are and household goods manufacturer McBride is on track to deliver £12m of savings, the company has reported.In its latest trading update for the year ended June 30, the company based at Mid…

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AN innovative Lancashire company founded by three brothers is looking to double its revenues to £12m by increasing international licensing and distribution deals.Blackpool-based Ecell Global, which tr…

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THE Leader of Cheshire East Council is calling for a major shake-up in the way the UK plans and delivers major infrastructure projects. Cllr Michael Jones’ comments follow the recent Government annou…

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Thorneycroft invests after ABS move

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A CHESHIRE law firm has acquired a majority stake in a Yorkshire motorcycle claims management business after it was granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence.As part of the ABS process M…

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COMMUNICATIONS specialists Incom Business Systems and Complete Network Services have merged to create a business with a turnover of more than £11m.Incom, based at Eccles in Salford, was launched 26 ye…

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Preston's future mapped out in plan for decade ahead + MORE

Citylabs project wins architect award

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MANCHESTER architect Sheppard Robson has won the Architects for Helath Design Award for Conversion/Infill at the European Health Design Congress.The gong is for its Manchester Science Partnerships, Ci…

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THE growth and development of the City of Preston is set for another boost with a landmark plan to be approved by city councilThree years in the making, the Preston Local Plan is set to be adopted by …

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THE first new occupier since the refurbishment less than two months ago at 60 Fountain Street in central Manchester has been secured by sole letting agents WHR Consultants.Footy Accumulators has reloc…

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MANCHESTER Airport managing director Ken O’Toole has reiterated that Heathrow is not the only show in town after the Airports Commission’s final report backed its plan for a third runway.As the rele…

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A CHESHIRE architectural practice is opening offices in Manchester and Liverpool as it looks to expandHeadquartered in Preston Brook, near Runcorn, the £4.5m turnover Ellis Williams Architects employs…

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