£22m funding for power station to create thousands of jobs + MORE

BOLTON Wanderers Supporters Trust has made a direct approach to owner Eddie Davies in a bid to buy the cash-starved football club.The move follows the collapse of a takeover bid from Sports Shield, th…

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CHESHIRE-based wealth asset management company Best International has secured £22m of funding needed to start work Anglesey’s power station project, creating thousands of jobs.It means work will…

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City to get £32m road improvement

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PLANS for a £32m improvement and widening of a major route in North Liverpool are set to take a major step forward. A report to Liverpool City Council cabinet is recommending it reserves the right to …

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£75m First Street office revealed

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GERMAN  investor Patrizia Immobilien has formed a joint venture with Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund to deliver a £75m office scheme at First Street in Manchester.The seven storey building wi…

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LOUISE Garforth has joined business advisers Grant Thornton as its new business development manager in the North West. She will operate across its Manchester and Liverpool offices and brings a wealth …

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Airline still flying high in face of terror fears + MORE

TERRORIST alerts following the attacks on Paris last year failed to slow the improvement in growth of European airline Flybe.The airline, the largest at Manchester and Birmingham airports in terms of…

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STOCKPORT Council has launched a masterplan to regenerate the area around the rail station in order to strengthen its connections as a transport hub for the town centre.The local authority says the fa…

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UK economic growth for 2015 is 2.2%, down from 2014 when it stood at 2.9%, figures released by the Office for National Statistics today show.Growth in the three months to the end of December was 0.5%….

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City office market booming

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MANCHESTER’s Grade A office market is booming, with more big firms choosing to move into new-build space.This is according to property developer Ask which today released a statement based on 2015 off…

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MORE than 100 food manufacturing jobs could be lost at a plant in Gorton, east Manchester.The site on Hammerstone Road is operated by Iceland Food Manufacturing, a subsidiary of the Deeside-based froz…

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Scheme tabled for 232 city centre homes + MORE

SUPERMARKET giant Aldi is the latest business to sign up to the new £18m Mill Farm Sports Village currently taking shape in Wesham on the Fylde.   The fast-growing retailer will be launching at the si…

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A £600m build-to-rent partnership between Legal & General Capital and Dutch pension fund manager PGGM which will provide 3,000 includes at least one scheme in Salford.The link-up aims to help address …

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TWO new companies have been installed at Bruntwood’s co-working facility at The Loft in Liverpool’s Cotton Exchange.REK Publications, which produces titles such as Good News Liverpool and …

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A PLANNING application has been submitted for a 232 residential units on the site of the former Shepherd Gilmour offices and adjacent sites in the Castlefield area of Manchester.The proposal has been …

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SLATER and Gordon, the Australian legal group which has been an aggressive consolidator in the consumer legal market, is consulting with staff over the potential closure of two regional offices.The gr…

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Russell Holt + MORE

New flights to island 'paradise'

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SARDATUR Holidays, an independent tour operator specialising in holiday travel to Italy, is set to launch from Manchester Airport in the summerFrom July 9, Sardatur will introduce weekly flights from …

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AROUND 500 crane operators at national crane hire firm Ainscough have voted to strike, after spurning a pay offer from management.The Wigan-based company said it had offered employees 2.5% this year a…

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100 jobs under threat at food firm

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A 100-year-old food packaging company is under threat with the jobs of up to 100 employees at stake.Simpsons Foods, based in Urmston, Greater Manchester has entered into a period a consultation with i…

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Russell Holt

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Russell has spent more than 20 years working in both the business advisory and asset based lending arena.A well known figure in the North West market, Russell is a former Partner at UHY Hacker Young’…

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ENERGY sector recruiter Air Energi has merged with a US rival creating a $1.2bn revenue group with offices worldwide.Private-equity backed AirEnergi and Swift Worldwide Resources are combining to crea…

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Council reveals £250m five-year plan + MORE

THE founder of a royalty auditing business with clients including campaigning celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Liverpool FC and pop star Gary Barlow, has bought out her minority investors to take full own…

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Flooding nightmare set to return

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BUSINESSES and communities across the North West already reeling from the effects of winter floods are being warned of the more storm misery due to hit the UK tomorrow and Wednesday.The weather front,…

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FRENKEL Topping,  which provides specialist independent financial advice to personal injury trusts and the families of people awarded money for clinical negligence, is looking to double its profits ov…

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A NUMBER of trade buyers are said to be lining up for Royal Bank of Scotland’s Williams & Glyn division.The Manchester-based business, which RBS must sell as part of state-aid rules,  has been throu…

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Council reveals £250m five-year plan

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A PLAN to attract £250m of private sector investment to the Wirral has been unveiled.The Wirral Growth Plan, launched by Wirral Council, aims to make the area one of the most attractive postcodes for …

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Outspoken critic confirmed for hospitality showcase + MORE

TOP food critic, writer and Master Chef guest judge Jay Rayner, is will be headline speaker for the 2016 Northern Restaurant and Bar (NRB) Debate.An annual event, part of the hospitality trade exhibit…

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MANCHESTER United has agreed a deal with US company Columbia Sportswear to be its first official outdoor apparel partner.As part of the deal, the Oregon-based company will design and create dual brand…

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Urban Splash wins Salford green light

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URBAN regeneration specialist Urban Splash has been awarded planning consent for more than 170 homes in Salford.The property developer is creating Irwell Riverside, a new waterfront community off Trin…

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Growing finance firm looking to hire 50 + MORE

FINANCE provider Together is creating more than 50 jobs at its head office.The company, which until last year was known as Jerrold Holdings, has seen revenues surge from £121m to £165m in the last thr…

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WIZZ Air, the low fare – low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe is to commence flights to the city of Katowice in the South West of Poland  from Liverpool John Lennon Airport in March.The new …

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THE discount footwear retail chain Brantano UK has gone into administration leaving 2,000 jobs at risk, just three months after it was bought by a specialist investor.Administrator PwC said Brantano’…

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MORE than 100 companies have now signed up to sponsor and exhibit at ProlificNorthLive, the biggest ever media and marketing services event to be held outside London.Also, over 2,500 delegates are exp…

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AN overwhelming number of business owners in the North West believe  their revenue will increase during 2016, according to a report. Manchester-based Tindall Perry Partnership – the specialist f…

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Crossley Park sold for £11m + MORE

Redx hails rapid progress

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DRUG development compamy Redx Pharma has hailed a year of progress as it released its first full year results since its AIM-listing last March.Despite pre-tax losses more than doubling from £4.3m to £…

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Go-ahead for 100 homes on Fylde

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PLANNING permission has been granted for 100 new homes in the Lancashire village of Wrea Green on the Fylde has been granted.Carlisle-based housebuilder Story Homes received consent from the Planning …

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AMBITIOUS plans have been announced to create a £2m flagship scheme in Salford providing accommodation and training for young people.As part of the plans, housing association Salix Homes has unveiled …

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Crossley Park sold for £11m

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STOCKPORT industrial estate Crossley Park has changed hands for more than £11m in two separate transactions.The main property – comprising more than 300,000 sq ft – was bought for £10.8m b…

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THE volume of homes currently under construction in Manchester is at its highest level since 2008.Results from Deloitte Real Estate’s annual Crane Survey show above average levels of development…

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Investment boost for beauty brand + MORE

Investment boost for beauty brand

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BEAUTY company Grace Cole is targeting fresh growth in international markets after agreeing a multi-million investment from the Business Growth Fund.The Stockport-based company, owned by Tracy Mort an…

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Global law firm heads to No1

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INTERNATIONAL law firm Squire Patton Boggs is to move its Manchester office to No.1 Spinningfields, the new 260,000 sq ft centrepiece of the city’s business district.The firm, which is moving from Tr…

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REVOLUTION Bars Group, the listed vodka and rum cocktail specialist, says it has had a good first half and is looking to open more sites.The Ashton-under-Lyne-based company, which returned to the stoc…

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FAIRPOINT, the AIM-listed professional services group, says it sees further growth in the legal services market despite the government’s crackdown on whiplash claims, as announced unexpectedly in the…

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Knightsbridge acquires PDHL for £2m

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KNIGHTSBRIDGE Insolvency Services, part of the Money Advice Group, has completed the acquisition of all insolvency cases from Personal Debt Help Line (PDHL), a debt management company based in Cheadle…

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Stay of execution for Bolton Wanderers + MORE

INDEPENDENT Lancashire-based grocer Booths said its like-for-like sales over Christmas has been hit by the ultra-competitive retail market and by the severe floods in its Northern heartlands.The upmar…

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FORMBY Hall Golf Resort & Spa has been sold to C S Hotels for an undisclosed sum.Acting on behalf of Formby Hall, CBRE completed the deal for the resort at the heart of England’s “Golf Coa…

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ONLINE retailer Missguided is reported to be looking at a wave of store openings after making a key hire.The ambitious Salford-based company has so far eschewed having physical stores, but is now look…

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FLOWTECH  Fluidpower, the AIM-listed company which specialises in technical fluid power products, says it had a “solid year” and 2015 revenues will be up 18% at around £44.7m.In a trading update ahead…

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CRISIS football club Bolton Wanderers have received a stay of execution with a winding up order in the High Court postponed unil February 22.The up-for-sale Championship basement club which has estima…

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