Competition hots up for control of Everton FC + MORE

THE US-led consortium bidding to buy Everton Football Club could be facing competition from other investors.The Goodison Park club have signed a non-disclosure agreement with John Jay Moores and Charl…

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PROGRESS Care, a specialist education and care provider based in Preston, has been sold to Priory Group for a multi-million pound price.Progress supports children and young adults with high acuity lea…

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ARTISAN, the casual dining bar restaurant in Spinningfields, Manchester operated by Living Ventures, has reported a surge in revenue and EBITDA. The 250-capacity restaurant increased revenue by 37% to…

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THE Stanneylands Hotel in Wilmslow, Cheshire has been bought by The Mere Golf Resort & Spa for £4.14m.The deal comes after The Stanneylands previous owner Prima Hotels went into administration in May,…

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A BURNLEY-based lamb and beef supplier has ceased trading with the loss of more than 130 jobs.Abattoir and meat processing specialist B Riley & Sons, went into administration on December. Paul Flint a…

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£200m takeover of Everton looks imminent + MORE

LISTED gaming company Sportech has confirmed it is about to sell its Liverpool-based football pools division.The board of the London-based group has announced its has received a number of proposals.In…

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UNITY Trust Bank has separated itself from the Manchester-based Co-operative Bank after completing a share buy-back.Unity, headquartered in Birmingham, is a specialist aiming to create community, soci…

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BOLTON-based builder and developer Seddon has secured places on all 13 lots of a £55m Welsh housing framework two months after reopening its offices in the region. The appointment to Undod will see th…

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EVERTON Football Club is on the verge of being taken over by an American-led consortium in a £200m deal.The Times is reporting the group has signed a head of terms agreement and is performing due dili…

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DEALS which will provide an “unprecedented package of imrovements” and bring about the biggest transformation of rail journeys in the North of England and Scotland for decades were being s…

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AJ Bell revenue up to £57m in face of low interest rates + MORE

Bluebell on target for £1.6m revenue

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BLUEBELL Fitted Furniture is on track to hit £1.6m turnover this year, following support from Business Growth Hub, part of Manchester Growth Company. Sale, Greater Manchester-based Bluebell designs, m…

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Gledhill swallowed by Groupe Atlantic

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FAMILY-run cylinder company Gledhill which recently expanded into the manufacture of duplex stainless steel cylinders from its Blackpool plant has been acquired by France-based Groupe Atlantic.The dea…

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THREE former bosses of a Cheshire telecoms company which went out of business owing creditors more than £30m, have been banned from being company directors for over 30 years.The disqualification of Ja…

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MBL Group, the AIM-listed entertainment and gardening products supplier based in Lancashire has cut its losses and boosted revenue by 14% to £6.7m.For the six months to September 30 losses before tax …

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MANCHESTER-based investment platform AJ Bell has increased revenue 7% to £57m (2014: £53.5m) in the face of the continuing low investment rate environment.Pre-tax profits fell 4% to £15.5m (2014: £16….

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IoD reveals regional director shortlist + MORE

FORMER Apprenctice candidate Neil Clough and the founders of a leading pub and bar operator and a challenger law firm, have been shortlisted for the Institute of Directors’ 2016 North West Direc…

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£26.5m Crewe bypass link road opens

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THE £26.5m Crewe Green Link Road is officially opening today.It has taken 15 months to build and its launch follows a full weekend closure of the Crewe/Derby railway line to a allow a 2,000 tonne brid…

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SPORTECH, the listed gaming company, could be set to sell its Liverpool-based football pools division.Speculation has been rife for some time that the London-based group may wish to divest itself of t…

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INSURERS are expecting to pay out more than £520m to help flood victims in Cumbria and Lancashire recover after Storm Desmond.Up to £2.6m in emergency aid has already been paid out to people and busin…

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Liverpool HMRC building sold for £7.9m + MORE

The Hut and Blackrock 'in deal talks'

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THE Hut Group, the fast-growing online retailer, is understood to be in talks about selling a significant stake to US investment firm BlackRock after opting against a flotation.The US asset manager is…

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BOSSES of a fast-expanding door components distribution firm have bought the business from its founder in a deal backed by private equity firm NorthEdge Capital.Denton-based TK Components (TKC), which…

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LAW firm JMW has hailed “exceptional growth” after revealing staff numbers have topped 300 for the first time ever.The Manchester-based firm said revenues in the first seven months of its current fina…

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A GOVERNMENT-let office building in Liverpool has been sold for £7.9m, reflecting a net initial yield of 7.49% and a capital value of £98per sq ft.  Located close to the city’s business district…

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Investments dent profits at KPMG

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KPMG’s £196m investment in its long-term growth, including new offices in Leeds and Manchester, subdued its profits as the firm’s revenues nudged nearer £2bn.The firm spent £49m on acquisitions, inc…

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First phase of £700m Middlewood Locks approved + MORE

INVESTORS in Slater and Gordon, the Australia-based consumer law firm which has snapped up a plethora of UK practices, have been served up yet more bad news.Overnight the company, which has had a turb…

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SHAMED retail boss Chris Ronnie, the former chief executive of JJB Sports, has been ordered to pay a confiscation order of more than £600,000 within three months, or face a further five years behind b…

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THE first phase of FairBriar International’s £700m Middlewood Locks development in Salford has been granted detailed planning consent by the City Council.The 24-acre site is earmarked to become a new…

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A PLANNING application for a new 13-storey tower at a key gateway to Manchester centre near the Bridgewater viaduct in Castlefield has been submitted.Planning consultancy Turley has tabled the proposa…

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AIRLINE easyJet has  announced it will operate a new route to Tivat in Montenegro  next summer from Manchester Airport. Montenegro will become easyJet’s 32nd country in its network and the 45th …

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Peninsula widens reach with Croner deal + MORE

DWF makes strategic swoop in Germany

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LAW firm DWF has accelerated its European expansion plans with an acquisition in Germany.The Manchester-based national firm, which announced the launch of a Brussels office earlier this month, is buyi…

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WILMSLOW-based property firm Williams Commercial is to be renamed Williams Sillitoe Commercial following the appointment of industrial agent Mark Sillitoe who joins the firm as co-director after 13 ye…

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itsu to open in Spinningfields

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FOOD brand itsu is opening its first northern store in Manchester with a launch in Spinningfields in the new year.Due to open on January 27 on Hardman Boulevard, the new outlet follows successful rece…

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PENINSULA Business Services, the health and safety and employment law consultancy, has added £22.5m (€31m) and 270 staff with a key acquisition.The company owned by Betfred founders Fred and Pete…

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NATIONAL developer and urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments which has offices in Manchester, has been selected by Conwy County Borough Council as the preferred development partner for a tow…

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New name for landmark former BBC site revealed + MORE

CHRISTMAS they say, is a time for giving, and John Robers, founder of online white goods retailer AO World has done just that.The entrepreneur has given away one million shares in total worth more tha…

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THREE firms have been appointed to begin the work to bring high speed rail to the region six years early.The contractors will provide detailed structural design and environmental services on the route…

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KNUTSFORD Conservative Club – the home of Chancellor George Osborne’s Tatton constituency office – is to be become the latest outlet opened by luxury furniture company OKA, which was co-fo…

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FORE buys former bank HQ for £13m

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FORE Partnership, the pan-European real estate investment club for family offices and private investors, has acquired a vacant office building in a prime location in Manchester’s city centre for…

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THE landmark former BBC regional headquarters on Oxford Road will be called Circle Square.Comprising 1.1million sq ft of commercial, residential and public space development, a planning application fo…

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Property firms sign £100m development deal + MORE

A NORTH West legal investor has made a first swoop for his new venture, snapping up a Yorkshire practice for £13m.Pryers, a personal injury and medical negligence firm established in 2002 and based in…

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ENERGY saving comany Flowgroup has relaunched its pioneering electricity-generating domestic boiler to the market place.The Cheshire-based company, which was forced to delay the launch of its Flow boi…

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PIONEERING medical screening test company Premaitha Health has struck a £5m investment deal with one of the world’s largest scientific groups.The Mancheste-based firm, which has developed a pioneerin…

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CUSTOMER analytics and mobile data company RealityMine has struck a $17.25m (£11m) growth deal with a private equity firm.Trafford Park-based RealityMine has wooed Kennet Partners, a firm that backs h…

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STOFORD Developments and Liberty Property Trust have signed a joint development agreement to undertake a development programme involving more than 1m sq ft of industrial/warehouse space.The deal inclu…

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