Accounting giant 'cutting partnership by 50' + MORE

BUSINESS leaders reckon one of the solutions to the Northern Powerhouse conundrum over East to West links – connecting Manchester with Newcastle – could be a Trans-Pennine tunnel.Considere…

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THE Hut Group, the fast-growing online health and lifestyle retailer, has added to its product portfolio with the  acquisition of an upmarket haircare brand sold in Boots and Selfridges.The privately-…

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THE owner of the Trafford Centre shopping and leisure complex, intu properties, says net rental income increased 8% to £428m.Profit for the year ended December 31 of £518m included a £351m property re…

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The ‘big four’ accounting firm KPMG is set to cut the size of its UK partnership by around 50, according to reports.The accounting giant has declined to comment on Sky New’s report that a big shake…

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LUFTHANSA Group UK boss Christian Schindler is backing calls for improvements in the North’s over-land transport infrastructure.Schindler, the group’s regional director for the UK, Ireland…

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Joinery group making progress in uncertain market + MORE

Bentley unveils latest luxury model

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LUXURY car maker Bentley has relaunched its flagship Mulsanne model with three variants.Hand-made at is Crewe factory, which employs 4,000 people,  Bentley says the updated Mulsanne represents everyth…

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Flybe launches new French route

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FLYBE, the regional airline, is launching a new year-round daily flight to the French city Lyon.FLYBE, the regional airline, is launching a new year-round daily flight to the French city Lyon.The new…

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CUMBRIAN marine services specialist James Fisher has won a major contract to support a new offshore windfarm.The Barrow-based firm said the marine services and support contract for Galloper Wind Farm …

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KITCHEN and buildings supply firm Howdens Joinery, which has a site in Runcorn, Cheshire, has continued to grow “all aspects” of the business,” but chief executive Matthew Ingle said…

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Major build-to-rent scheme unveiled for prime city centre site + MORE

A SPECTACULAR build-to-rent property scheme next to the Lowry Hotel in Manchester has been revealed by Bruntwood and Select Property Group.The second joint venture by the two companies will see buildi…

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LEGAL group Slater & Gordon has voluntarily suspended its shares on the Australian stock exchange as it prepares to declare an impairment on its UK business.The company’s first half results are sched…

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NORTHERN cities must ensure their planning structures are better prepared to attract foreign direct investment to fund the Northern Powerhouse, according to global infrastructure services firm AECOM. …

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HOUSEBUILDER Persimmon Homes North is celebrating an outstanding performance for 2015.Managing director Neil Follows says his team, based across the region, helped to deliver an increase in underlying…

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A SCOTTISH judge has dismissed charges against Manchester insolvency practitioner David Whitehouse, a partner at Duff & Phelps, in relation to the administration and sale of Rangers Football Club in 2…

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Now electric car outlet gets solar power + MORE

THE long-anticipated extension to the flagship Piccolino restaurant in Manchester city centre is now underway, parent company Individual Restaurants has said.The restaurant on Clarence Street – a Manc…

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PROPERTY investment company Picton has acquired the fully-let Metro in Salford Quays for £17.6m.The building on Trafford Road is close to the BBC’s home at MediaCity UK.Picton says that after fi…

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BOLTON Wanderers’ prospective new chairman has spoken of his pride and relief that the Championship club has avoided administration, but remained tight-lipped on his group’s future investment plans….

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SOME 45 solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Tesla Motors outlet in the Cheshire town of Knutsford.It is the first scheme of its time rolled out by Tatton Estate Management Utilities, l…

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LONG-established stockbroker and wealth manager WH Ireland has been fined £1.2m and banned from taking on any new corporate broking clients for 72 days after a probe by the City watchdog.The Financial…

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Individual and celebrity chef serve up Euston opening + MORE

US construction company Jacobs Engineering Group has joined the roster of contractors for the £1bn 10-year project to transform Manchester Airport.The California-based group has been awarded a contrac…

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FUNDING of up to £150m has been secured by joint venture partners Capital & Centric and Henry Boot Developments for the residential-led Kampus scheme in Manchester city centre.US-based fund Ares Inves…

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OBI Property director James C Scott has left the Manchester company to set up creative design studio business Cube 8 Studio.Scott was also lead workplace consultant at the firm for four years, creatin…

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A MAJOR new residential scheme on the site of the former Boddingtons Brewery in Manchester is to be launched by property investment and development company Realty Estates.A planning application for th…

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MANCHESTER-based Individual Restaurants and popular TV chef Gino D’Acampo have launched a new restaurant at London’s Euston Station.The leisure operators, which formed a partnership in 2015 whe…

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Green light for Widnes industrial scheme + MORE

RYANAIR, the low cost airline, has revealed significant expansion at Manchester Airport, which it says is being driven by demand from European businesses for direct links to the North West.The Irish a…

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JOURNEY9, the Manchester-based marketing and events agency has been rebranded as Wolfe.The new name and logo – which features a howling wolf in front of a blue moon, reflects the name and passion of f…

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COMMERCIAL property developer Stoford and land owner Ainscough Strategic Land have gained planning permission to create three industrial and warehouse units in a multi-million-pound development at a 2…

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THE boss of a failed Brazilian restaurant chain has been banned from acting as a company director for seven years after an investigation by the Insolvency Service.Volnei Augusto Borgert, 51, from Ches…

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A SCRAP metal firm has been fined just £2 after a Manchester-based employee suffered severe injuries to his left arm when it became stuck in a forklift truck and was trapped for more than two hoursThe…

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Football giant in new alliance with web developer + MORE

Plan for £160m mixed-use development

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A £160m mixed-use development is planed for Alderley Park in Cheshire.The scheme, including a 410,000 sq ft laboratory, offices and light manufacturing, 16,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant, a pub, 275 …

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NETHERLANDS-based AkzoNobel has made an agreed offer for BASF’s Industrial Coatings business for €475m (£372m).The transaction would include technologies, patents and trademarks, as well as…

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WEB development platform Wix.com and City Football Group have announced new global partnership which sees the company become its official website design and hosting partner for their clubs Manchester …

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DIGITAL automotive marketplace Auto Trader is anticipating its full year profits will be ahead of expectations – between £169m and £171m.The listed company, which its largest office with 600 peo…

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WORK has stared on the demolition of the Old Trafford Lodge and Development House as Emirates Old Trafford makes way for a brand new 150-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn.

Following a short demol…

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Ex-midfielder takes over as head of football giants' academy + MORE

PHARMACEUTICALS group Dechra has announced that its chief financial officer, Anne-Francoise Nesmes, is to step down from the business to join Merlin Entertainments, owner of Alton Towers.
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NUCLEAR power plants at Heysham in Lancashire will have their lives extended, under plans announced by French energy firm EDF.Heysham 1 and Heysham 2, near Morecambe, will have their closure dates put…

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FORMER Red Devils and England midfielder Nicky Butt has been appointed as Manchester United’s new head of Academy.The 41-year-old is a graduate of the Academy’s famous Class of 92 and made…

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STRUCTURAL steel group Severfield, which employs about 400 people in Bolton, says its trading performance for the current financial year is in line with management expectations.The company has a UK or…

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Airport bosses feeling the love

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VALENTINE’S Day and the start of school half term holidays helped to make the weekend the busiest of the year so far at Liverpool John Lennon Airport with more than 38,000 passengers passing thr…

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Clothing chain gets respite from £500m debt + MORE

ECI Partners, the growth-focused mid-market private equity firm with offices in Manchester and London, has sold its investment in Citation to Hg Capital, generating a multiple of more than five times …

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Fit-out firm's stellar start to 2016

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WARRINGTON design and fit-out practice Claremont has handed over 161,000sq ft and £9m of new office space in the last six weeks, marking a stellar start to 2016.The completed projects include the inte…

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ONLINE fashion retailer boohoo is expanding with the acquisition of a property in the Northern Quarter of its home city of Manchester.The company’s subsidiary boohoo.com UK has bought the buildi…

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LIVERPOOL retailer Matalan has been given brief respite as it struggles with its £500m debt.According to reports, Lloyds Bank has agreed to reset the covenants on Matalan’s loans, which will giv…

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A FATAL accident on the M62 has resulted in severe delays for motorists travelling into Liverpool with all lanes of the motorway closed.A man is reported to have died after falling from a bridge at th…

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