German real estate firm buys city centre offices + MORE

NETWORK Rail starts work tomorrow (Saturday, February 13) on a £17m project to protect Cheshire’s most iconic railway bridges aimed at protecting the structures for decades to come.The refurbish…

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AUTOMOTIVE giant Toyota is to make a new hybrid engine at its factory on Deeside.A £7m investment by the company, supported by a £700,000 grant from the Welsh government,  is expected to secure hundre…

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GERMAN real estate PATRIZIA UK has bought Linley House in central Manchester for £12m at a net yield of 7%.The purchase of the 85,sq ft building on Dickinson Street, off St Peter’s Square follow…

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THE future of the M6 Toll is in doubt with well-informed reports suggesting it has been put up for sale for around £2bn.The troubled project – Britain’s first toll motorway – is effectively run …

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OUTSOURCING group Capita has agreed a major contract with a North West local authority, designed to support economic growth, while also delivering cost savings.Capita has been named as preferred bidde…

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North is fertile ground for US investors + MORE

THE northern regions continue to provide a home for US investors making strategic acquisitions in the UK, as M&A activity between the two countries is the strongest globally. New research from Deloitt…

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JD Sports Fashion has appointed Andy Rubin as a non-executive director.Rubin is chairman of Pentland Brands, a director of Pentland Group and the European vice-president of the World Federation of the…

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HIGH profile Lancashire chef and restaurateur Paul Heathcote is selling his remaining restaurant as he switches focus to his contract catering business.Christie & Co’s Manchester office has been appo…

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PROPERTY company Henry Boot has underlined its commitment to the region with a new office in Manchester city centre.The Yorkshire-based group, which has been active in Manchester for the last 10 years…

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TRADE chiefs are inviting North West businesses in the creative, fashions and technology sectors, to join two missions to the Far East.UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is running trade missions to Hong Ko…

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A-Plant swoops for climate control firm + MORE

EQUIPMENT and vehicle rental group A-Plant has completed the purchase of the brand and assets of Rapid Climate Control, a specialist in the hire and sale of portable cooling, drying and heating equipm…

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PEOPLE from Preston are the country’s most generous Valentine’s Day spenders, according to payment processing giant Worldpay.Analysis of consumer spending patterns around Valentine’s Day …

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Accountancy firm hails 'strong year'

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INTERNATIONAL accountancy firm Mazars has reported strong financial results for its UK practice, with fee income up 14% and profits rising 10%.Driven by strong organic growth the firm – which employs …

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Carrier adds three German routes

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IRISH budget airline Ryanair is expanding its route network from Manchester with three daily flights to German cities beginning in the autumn.Launching at the start of November the carrier will serve …

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PHIL Gartside, the chairman of Championship football club Bolton Wanderers and a prominent North West businessman, has died aged 63.Gartside stood down from his role at the club late last year when it…

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Co-op shines in latest grocery market data + MORE

MANCHESTER-based convenience store operator Co-operative Food was the stand-out performer in the three months to the end of January, the latest grocery market data has revealed.The Co-op, which is the…

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WARRINGTON-headquartered healthcare property company Assura has revealed its chief executive Graham Roberts is battling cancer. The company says Roberts is receiving treatment and remains actively in…

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HOUSEBUILDING firm Redrow has seen a marked increase in both revenue and profit.Its first half results for the  six months to 31 December 2015 reveal revenue increased by 8% to £603m on a year on year…

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Car sales soaring for JLR

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VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has announced record global sales for January, with 46,016 vehicles dispatched to owners – a 24% increase on the same month last year.The company, which em…

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Airport's £1.5m lounge expansion

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MANCHESTER Airport is investing more than £1.5m on an extension and revamp of it pay-to-enter passenger lounge in Terminal 2.The £1.6m project will increase the size of the Escape Lounge by more than …

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Pop's 'Queen B' to play at Lancs' home + MORE

DERWENT, the property firm owned by the late billionaire, Albert Gubay, has pledged to give £10m a year to charity and good causes.The company, which is estimated to be worth in the region of £700m, s…

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THE owners of Liverpool Football Club are reported to be considering a review of their controversial new ticket prices after a mass walkout by fans at Anfield on Saturday.Around 10,000 supporters prot…

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CHINESE carrier Hainan Airlines has already increased capacity on its forthcoming Manchester-Beijing route.Launching on June 10, Hainan Airlines will fly four times a week to the Chinese capital and w…

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REDROW, the Deeside-based housebuilder founded by Cheshire-based, Liverpool-born businessman Steve Morgan is to build 1,100 new homes on a former golf course in Staffordshire.It has acquired the 148-a…

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SUPERSTAR Beyonce has announced a North West date as part of her Formation World tour.The singer will perform at the Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday 5 July, six days after fellow chart topper Rihanna…

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Liverpool FC fans in revolt over price hikes + MORE

MANCHESTER United have announced a ground-breaking global partnership with film distributor 20th Century Fox. As one of the biggest and well-known names in film production and distribution, 20th Centu…

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New hospital for city gets go-ahead

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NUFFIELD Health’s state-of-the-art hospital and wellbeing centre in Manchester city centre has been given the go-ahead to be built. Located on a five acre site adjacent to the Manchester Royal I…

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ANGRY Liverpool fans are calling for the first-ever walk-out in the 132-year history of the iconic Anfield stadium in a bitter row over higher ticket prices.Supporters groups are angry over the pricin…

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Motorway delays after HGV overturns

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COMMUTERS are being warned of severe delays this morning after a serious incident on the M6 overnight.Police say there are miles of tailbacks after a lorry overturned on the northbound carriageway at …

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Clarke Energy powers ahead Down Under

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CLARKE Energy, the distributed power generation specialist, has won a major contract in Australia.The Knowsley company, which has 1,000 employees based in 17 countries, installs and maintains gas and …

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Arrests amid major fuel smuggling probe + MORE

LANCASHIRE’s business leaders have unveiled a new report arguing that better transport links could create 15,000 jobs and contribute an extra £685m GVA a year to the economy.A 48-page stategic transp…

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MPS have said it is “shameful” that capacity at regional airports is unused at a time when there is a log-jam at Heathrow and political indecision over future aviation policy.A special debate took pla…

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ACCOUNTANCY group RSM has snaped-up a HR consulting business with a Cheshire base.The firm has bought Right Hand HR  for an undisclosed sum. Righ Hand has 26 staff, turnopver of £1.3m and operations…

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Flooding causes UK biscuit shortage

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A NATIONWIDE biscuit shortage has been caused by flooding at the Carlisle-based United Biscuits factory during Storm Desmond which hit the UK in December.The facility, which produces the UK’s fa…

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EIGHT men have been arrested and 55,000 litres of fuel seized after customs officers raided premises in Merseyside and Manchester. HMRC said the swoops were made as part of an ongoing investigation in…

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Property firm boss hails 'world's 21st biggest economy' + MORE

A SIX-storey office building near Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium has been sold for £1.9m.The building at 701 Chester Road has been acquired by Acre Manchester, a subsidiary of Westcombe Gro…

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THE regional head of commercial property company Colliers International says the four key cities which make up the Northern Powerhouse would rank its economy 21st in the world if it was a country in i…

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A WEB of construction and civil engineering companies, some registered to offices in Manchester and Liverpool, have been ordered into liquidation by the High Court after being used for fraud.The Insol…

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A BLUEPRINT for a the new Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre in central Manchester looks odds on to get the thumbs up from city council planners tomorrow (February 4).The proposal for the building…

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Landlord fined over safety breaches

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A PROPERTY company has been ordered to pay £12,400 to Manchester City Council after breaching safety regulations.Beckhall Properties Ltd, of Lower Hillgate, Stockport, was fined a total of £11,000 for…

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St Modwen chief to stand down + MORE

St Modwen chief to stand down

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THE boss regeneration specialist St. Modwen, Bill Oliver, has announced he is to stand down.The announcement overshadowed the release of the group’s full year results, which showed a 91% increas…

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HOME shopping and education supplies company Findel has completed the sale of its online sports business Kitbag to a $1bn revenue company with ambitious growth plans.The Hyde-based company will receiv…

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NWF shows resilience in tough times

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NWF Group, the Cheshire-based fuel, animal feed and food logistics company, has hailed a resilient performance as profits increased amid tough trading.The AIM-listed company based at Wardle said marke…

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Toy story for private equity firm

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SAMBRO, a leading independent toy manufacturer, has been acquired by London-based private equity firm Elysian Capital in conjunction with its management team.Bury-based SAMBRO was established in 1997 …

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MANCHESTER-based Premaitha Health, the developer of the non-invasive prenatal screening test (NIPT) branded IONA, has partnered with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to provide a private service for…

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