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RETAILER Pets at Home has bought two veterinary specialist referral businesses.Eye-Vet Referrals (EVR), based in Cheshire, a dedicated opthalmology centre with six veterinary clinicians, will operate …

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MANCHESTER’s Female Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Karina Jadhav, has announced plans for a luxury £1.5m restaurant at One New Bailey in Salford. Jadhav is the former co-founder and creator of …

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6 apps every employee needs

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A smartphone doesn’t need to only be for Instagram and Snapchat, they can come in handy for organising your workload and helping out with your productivity. Head to your app store and download t…

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Pharmacy chain set to offload stores

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WARRINGTON-based Lloyds Pharmacy owner Celesio may have to sell some stores in 13 areas in order to complete its purchase of 277 Sainsbury’s pharmacy stores.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA…

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REVENUE for energy saving company Flowgroup has grown 21% from to £40.4m (2014 £33.4m) in the financial year to December 31.However, investment in staff and infrastructure means the Chester-based firm…

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Vimto maker on sugar detox + MORE

STUDENT accommodation specialist Unite Students has acquired a site in the centre of Liverpool which has planning consent for 713 student bedrooms, and has set its sights on a £70m development project…

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THE region is to be positioned as  a Financial Centre of Excellence, to attract more international investment to the region.Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Harriet Baldwin, will be at the launch e…

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INTERNATIONAL engineering group Amec Foster Wheeler has reported a 1.5%  drop in income to £1.3bn in its first quarter trading update, as the company prepares to welcome a new chief executvie.However,…

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Vimto maker on sugar detox

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NICHOLS, the North West drinks specialist best known for its Vimto brand, is gearing up for the relaunch of sugar free brands this summer.The Newton-le-Willows company said in a trading update that co…

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Retail park acquired for £14m

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SUI Generis Investments has acquired Atlantic Street Retail Park – an 80,000sq ft scheme in Altrincham, Greater Manchester – for £14m.Commercial property company Cushman & Wakefield acted …

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Tech firm to raise £10.5m for 'transformational' Chinese deal + MORE

DJI Holdings, the Cheshire company which promotes and distributes Chinese sports and welfare lottery products, has announced a placing to raise £10.5m.It will use the money to fund a “transformational…

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TWO hundred and forty-three businesses across the UK have today received a new Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognising their contribution to international trade, innovation and sustainable dev…

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CHESHIRE-based pet products retailer Pets at Home has said it expects full year pre-tax profits to fall between £93m and £97m.Revenues are around £793m for the year to the end of March 2016 – and 8.8%…

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NORTHEDGE Capital has backed the management buyout of a healthcare manufacturer for an undisclosed eight figure sum.Direct Healthcare Services (DHS), based in Caerphilly, makes pressure area care prod…

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MANCHESTER United’s official Forex and online financial trading partner Swissquote is extending its global partnership with the club.The partnership, first announced in January last year, has pr…

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Trampoline business springboards to growth + MORE

MMU announces business growth fund

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MANCHESTER Metropolitan University has announced a new fully funded business development programme, to give a growth boost to start-up companies and SMEs in Cheshire and Warrington.The programme will …

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A HUSBAND and wife team have brought a derelict Hyde pub back to use and opened a state of the art family swimming pool and activity hub inside. The new family-friendly space provides the perfect cent…

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Contract win for ServicePower

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STOCKPORT-based SerivePower Technologies has won a new three year contract worth £525,000 with one of its clients. The  workforce management software company will provide ServiceOperations and NEXUS F…

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TRAMPOLINE park business Jump Xtreme has launched its first venue in Bolton.The £1.5m site at Bolton’s Trinity Retail Park launched in March and it is thought to be amongst the largest trampolin…

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CHESTER-based investment manager Deepbridge Capital has announced the funding of four seed stage life sciences companies based in the North West.A total of £575,000 will be invested across Widnes-base…

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Sainsbury’s to create new tech hub in Arndale centre + MORE

THE two managing directors of Linsco, a Nottingham-based recruitment company, have completed an MBO of the business.Linsco operates out of Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Warrington, Glasgow, Coventry…

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THERE are long delays on the M62 westbound in Greater Manchester, due to a multi vehicle traffic collision earlier this morning.The collision happened between J19 and J18 just before 7am and although …

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SAINSBURY’S will create 150 new digital and technology jobs in Manchester over the next 18 months as the firm prepares to acquire Argos. Based at Sainsbury’s existing support hub in the Ar…

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INTERNATIONAL veterinary products company Dechra Pharmaceuticals has overcome a major hurdle in its plans to acquire a firm in the United States.The listed Northwich, Cheshire announced last month tha…

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BIOTECH company Epistem Holdings has announced the commercial launch of its Genedrive tuberculosis (TB) and antibiotic resistance test in India. With its Indian commercialisation partner, Xcelris Labs…

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United Utilities secures £500m loan + MORE

VISTA, a private rental sector joint venture between Hermes and Countrywide, has forward purchased the first phase of Manchester Waters from Rowlinson Construction in a £23m deal.The development was a…

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Law firm targets £10m

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LAW firm Slater Heelis is targeting a £10m fee income after making four acquisitions in three years across the Manchester legal market.The firm, which has four offices and employs more than 130 staff,…

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DWF buys niche firm

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LAW firm DWF is acquiring niche law firm Fox Hartley.Bristol-based firm Fox Hartley specialises in insurance, litigation and product liability cases, and DWF hopes to enhance those areas of its own bu…

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Council buys shopping centre

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STOCKPORT COUNCIL has exchanged contracts to buy  Merseyway Shopping Centre for an undisclosed sum.The council, which did not disclose the purchase proce for “commercially sensitive” reasons, said fol…

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United Utilities secures £500m loan

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UNITED UTILITIES has taken a £500m loan from the European Investment Bank  to support investment across its North West facilities.The 18 year loan from Europe’s long-term lending institution wil…

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Bathroom firm's revenue continues to flow + MORE

JD Sports Fashion is continuing to enjoy spectacular success with record results as it continues to grow its store count across Europe.The Bury-based group’s preliminary results for the year end…

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MANCHESTER Building Society has posted  a full year loss as uncertainty over its future remains.It has announced pre-tax losses of £600,000 (2014: £4.3m profit), while operating profit before impairme…

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LIVERPOOL-based contractor PHD1 Construction, whose schemes include the £77m Angelgate in Manchester, has gone into administration.Administrators from Oldham-based Bridgestones are now running the com…

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CHESHIRE-based bathroom specialist Norcros is predicting trading results marginally head of expectations, while a recovery plan for its pensions scheme has been put into effect.The Wilmslow company, w…

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INTERNATIONAL consumer products company PZ Cussons has warned that the lack of availability of dollars in its main market of Nigeria could have an impact on its results.Whilst the official naira excha…

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Winding up petition served on accountancy firm + MORE

The Rainmaker Awards – North West

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We understand the corporate finance community because we are the corporate finance community. We are proud of each other, but we’re not arrogant. We like to get together and we like to work together…

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A GROUP which has campaigned for the UK to vote to leave the European Union has said it will launch a legal challenge that could result in the referendum being put back until October 23.Leave.EU, the …

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Citation heads over the Irish Sea

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CITATION, the HR, employment law, health and safety and ISO provider, is expanding into Northern Ireland.The Wilmslow-headquartered company has opened an office now in Belfast and already recruited a …

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FORTIS Developments, which claims to be one of the UK’s fastest growing companies in its sector, is set to double its presence in Greater Manchester – taking the total value of schemes to …

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A WINDING UP petition has been brought against accountants Montpelier Professional.HM Revenue and Customs are creditors of the company, and are bringing the case against Montpelier which will be heard…

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Law firm acquires practice in neighbouring town + MORE

FLOWTECH  Fluidpower, the AIM-listed company which specialises in technical fluid power products, has seen operating profits increase 67% in its first full year as a listed company.The Skelmersdale-ba…

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THE rooftop restaurant and garden terrace at No 1 Spinningfields, which is under construction and will have spectacular views over Manchester, is to be operated by renowned London restaurant group D&D…

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FROZEN food specialist Iceland will open its new store format, The Food Warehouse, at Trafford Peel Retail Park soon, targeting families, bulk buyers, and those in the catering or hospitality business…

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BOLTON law firm KBL has taken over Blackburn legal practice Garricks LLP and itself become a limited liability practice.The move will bolster KBL LLP’s commercial offering with the arrival of Greg Ga…

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CHESHIRE-based pet products retailer Pets at Home has reversed its decision to appoint Graeme Jenkins as chief financial officer.The decision comes after Jenkins’ former employer Wesfarmers yesterday…

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Jolie good price of £1.6m invited for hotel + MORE

Research company hails 27% growth

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A MANCHESTER-based research company, which last October was named as one of the UK’s fastest growing businesses in the research and insight industry, has announced a year on year increase in rev…

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Maven behind £12m MBO at Westfield

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MANCHESTER-based Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has led the management buyout of Westfield Medical which operates in Somerset, with a £12m funding pac…

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A HOTEL where movie star Angelina Jolie stayed during the filming of Tomb Raider 2 has been put up for sale with offers invited for about £1.6m.The Hollywood A-lister stayed at Seiont Manor Hotel at L…

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MANCHESTER Airport is celebrating after flying more passengers than ever in its 78-year history with 23.5 million people opting to use the North’s international gateway.Traffic numbers for March…

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UP to 19 jobs at structural steelworkers Severfield are being cut as it carries out measures to ensure “operational efficiency”.Six jobs are being axed in Dalton, at Severfield’s Wes…

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