Consumer champion nets another £19m + MORE

Consumer champion nets another £19m

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CONSUMER champion Martin Lewis has made a further £19.2m from the sale of his online financial advice portal MoneySaving Expert.com.Lewis, who led the campaign against the banks over the PPI scandal, …

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MANCHESTER car dealership Lookers is celebrating a strong performance in the third quarter of 2015, driven by improvements in all areas its business.Key to its success was the acquisition of Benfield …

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A REGION-wide drive to open global trading doors to North West companies is behind a series of events staged by UK Trade and Investment during Export Week.The campaign to help businesses to start sell…

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WYG, the global project management consultancy has bought a Cumbrian property asset managenment and planning consultancy in a deal worth up to £5m.The group believes the acquisition of Carlisle-based …

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SHAREHOLDERS in League Two football club Accrington Stanley have backed a proposal for significant new investment to be made into the club.More than 70% voted in favour of a deal which will see local …

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Surgical robotics firm acquired in $275m deal + MORE

THE parent company of Manchester City Football Club, has launched a new company targeting commercial opportunities in South East Asia.City Football Group has launched City Football Singapore, which is…

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CHESTER-based professional services firm Knights has advised on a joint venture which has seen Henry Boot Developments acquire two substantial commercial properties in transactions worth a total of £1…

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BLUE Belt Technologies, which has its European headquarters at Manchester Business Park, has been acquired by global medical technology company Smith & Newphew for $275m.Blue Belt designs and develops…

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Walney Extension to create world’s biggest offshore wind farm + MORE

A KEY man behind the new generation of out-of-town football stadia across the UK believes the trend for building new grounds away from urban centres has been a mistake.Ex-footballer Paul Fletcher help…

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PREPARATION work to start building a tower for 430 homes, half a mile from its distinctive sister Beetham Tower has started.Demolition is about to begin of the part-build multi-story car park on River…

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Jewel House sold for £1.8m

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MANCHESTER Northern Quarter property Jewel House has been sold for £1.81m by Hardy Mill Properties and Real Estate Investment Partnerships.The Grade II-listed building on the corner of High Street and…

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DONG Energy, a Danish energy company which owns the huge Walney Offshore Wind Farm off the Cumbrian/Lancastrian coast line, has announced it is to go ahead with the 660MW Walney Extension.The Walney E…

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BUDGET airline Ryanair is trumpeting six new routes from Manchester Airport in the launch of its summer 2016 schedule.With an additional aircraft based in Manchester, new services to Slovakian capital…

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FK Group wins £3.7m Tomorrow contract + MORE

LEYLAND bus company John Fishwick and Sons has ceased trading after more than a century of service.The company, which operated buses across Preston, South Ribble and Leyland announced it would be clos…

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THE Port of Liverpool has become part of the biggest carbon saving project in Europe.Phase One of the new £100m terminal began business with the first-ever shipment of sustainable biomass pellets boun…

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FIGURES released today show that gross domestic product in the UK has risen by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2015.Growth in the second quarter, from April to June, was higher than this, reaching 0.7%.G…

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ALTRINCHAM-based building firm FK Group has been awarded a £3.7m contract to design and install bespoke curtain wall and glazing for the new Premier Inn at MediaCityUK’s £20m Tomorrow development.The…

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Baty joins Manchester United as CFO + MORE

Hollowood swallows North West rival

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PHARMACY group Hollowood Chemists has acquired WA Salter (Chemists) in a multi-million pound deal.It sees the Cheadle, Greater Manchester company take ownership of six pharmacies across Lancashire and…

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AGRICULTURAL bioscience firm Plant Impact has reported a near-doubling of turnover and profits for the year ended July 31.The Preston-based AIM-listed company, which leads research and development to …

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Baty joins Manchester United as CFO

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MANCHESTER United has announced that Cliff Baty will be joining the football cllub as chief financial officer.“We are very pleased to welcome Cliff to the Club,” said Ed Woodward, rxecutiv…

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Baker Tilly rebrands as RSM

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GLOBAL business services provider Baker Tilly in the UK is today adopting the name RSM, uniting under a single common brand with RSM audit, tax and consulting firms across the world.  The new RSM logo…

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TalkTalk hit by major cyber attack + MORE

TalkTalk hit by major cyber attack

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BROADBAND and telecoms provider TalkTalk, which has its technology infrastructure divisions in Warrington and Irlam, has been hit by a major cyber attack.The FTSE 250 listed company said a police inve…

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PRIME Minister David Cameron has said the ultimate measure of the success of the Northern Powerhouse will be if it brings growth across the region up to the same levels as the rest of the UK, raising …

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A FAMILY-owned manufacturing company with annual sales of £9m has announced a multi-million pound investment from a private equity firm.Anglo European Holdings, which employs 45 people at sites in New…

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Science in Sport pumps up with £9m

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SCIENCE in Sport, the sports nutrition company with its worldwide manufacturing base in Lancashire, is raising nearly £9m to boost further growth.The AIM-listed business has revealed a Firm Placing an…

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INTERNATIONAL law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has chosen the One New Bailey development as the long term base for its new global centre. Located by Spinningfields, close to the city centre, On…

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Bruntwood acquires major site on Albert Square + MORE

BRUNTWOOD has exchanged contracts on the purchase of Commercial Union House, a 66,249sq ft building on Albert Square, in Manchester city centre from Aviva. The building sits on the corner of Lincoln a…

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COMPETITION chiefs are recommending a number of “far reaching” changes to business and current account banking to make the market place work better for consumers.After an 18-month investigation into t…

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COMMERCIAL Secretary to the Treasury Lord Jim O’Neill and Lord Nat Wei, non executive director of Manchester China Forum, will speak at the UK-China Infrastructure Forum in Manchester on Friday.The N…

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INFRASTRUCTURE and support services company Stobart Group says it is on track to deliver value in its high growth energy and aviation divisions and has returned £13.1m to shareholders in dividends.The…

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MANCHESTER Airport has achieved one of its top targets – securing direct flights to Beijing.The new service, the first ever secured out of Manchester, will begin in June 2016 and will be operated four…

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£13m Market Walk at Chorley gets thumbs up + MORE

CHESHIRE company DJI Holdings, the China-focused lottery and technology provider, has decided to seek a secondary listing on the NASDAQ Exchange in the US.The AIM-listed company, which said in Decembe…

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TechNorth completes board line-up

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A YEAR after the TechNorth project was announced by then-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, a board has been announced for the initiative.The new board members include Manchester-based investment banke…

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Evgen makes its bow on AIM

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SHARES in drug development company Evgen Pharma made their debut on AIM today after a successful and over-subscribed placing.The Liverpool company has raised £6.3m after expenses through the listing. …

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A NEW attempt to bridge the gap between the Northern Powerhouse and the West Midlands Engine for Growth has been launched by local enterprise partnerships in North Staffordshire and Cheshire.The North…

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PLANNING permission has been granted for a £12.9m extension of Market Walk in Chorley town centre.The scheme designed by Manchester architect practice AEW will include a two-storey building providing …

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