Your top 10 reads – Outsourcery, Osborne and skiving off for football… + MORE

THE drama at cloud services company Outsourcery continued this week, after UK Fast ruled itself out of any potential rescue deal.The company, founded by Dragons’ Den investor Piers Linney, finally we…

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Queen in visit to city

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THE Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to have lunch at Liverpool Town Hall during a visit to the city on Wednesday (June 22).They will arrive at around midday and will be greeted by a contingent of Mers…

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MORE than 3,000 runners are to take part in the annual challenge of running through the Mersey Tunnel in Liverpool.The 11th BTR Mersey Tunnel 10K race takes place tomorrow (Sunday June 19), starting a…

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A HIGH profile comedy night in Manchester will use humour to raise awareness of a serious subject as it kicks off the biggest ever Psoriasis Shout Out – a week of events from today (June 18) unt…

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Euro 2016 gripping the nation

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IT’S the time that comes round, if we’re lucky, usually every two years for England fans, when we’re gripped by either the finals of the Euros or the World Cup.Opening the Euro 2016 …

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Lancashre health services firm swallowed for £7.7m + MORE

N BROWN, the Manchester-based online, catalogue and high street plus-size fashion retailer has seen its first quarter group revenue edge down 0.2% with a 1.6 % fall in product revenues. Financial serv…

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THE CBI President has likened Brexit to the collapse of Lehman Brothers and warned the UK “could wake up with the mother of a hangover on June 24”.Paul Drechsler was visiting businesses in the West Mi…

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THE Manchester office of Vardags, the specialist in high net worth family law firm, has appointed Legal 500 lawyer Emma Gill to head up its expanding client base. 

Vardags, which also has…

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£1m trampoline park in the offing

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A NEW £1m trampoline park is being built in St Helens on Merseyside.Air Factory is scheduled to open this autumn and will see 65 new jobs created, of which 25 are full time positions, at the Lea Green…

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BLACKBURN-based community health services specialist About Health – also known as Target – has been acquired by AIM-listed company Totally for £7.7m.About Health provides its sevices under…

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Leading property figure hails rise of a 'great city' from ashes of IRA bomb + MORE

Administrators going into Outsourcery

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ADMINISTRATORS are today being appointed at struggling Manchester cloud services company Outsourcery following a deal for the business to be sold.The entire business and assets of Outsourcery Hosting …

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A SERIOUS accident has closed all three lanes of the eastbound M62 between junction 21 (Rochdale) and junction 22 (Denshaw).Motorists are being advised to allow extra time for journeys and to consider…

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THE 4.5-acre Durban Mill site in Oldham has been sold by Gasscroft Property to Countryside Properties which plans to build 80 new homes.Demolition of a 100 metre high chimney and “soft demolitio…

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A FLAGSHIP development scheme which could create up to 10,000 jobs at the former Archbishop Blanch school site in Liverpool has been unveiled by city Mayor Joe Anderson.The proposed 1.8 million sq ft …

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ONE of the most senior and influential figures in Manchester’s office real estate scene has hailed the work of city leaders in the wake of the IRA bomb blast which struck 20 years ago today (Jun…

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5 lessons from Muhammad Ali for your business + MORE

Muhammad Ali once said: “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” The boxing legend and arguably one of the most significant sporting figures of the …

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MANCHESTER biotech company Epistem Holdings is to push ahead with its bid to secure equity funding of £6.5m to broaden the portfolio of its Genedrive tests, developed to fight infectious diseases such…

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How to be the early bird tomorrow

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Do any of us actually like getting out of bed in the morning? We clearly don’t if we all value a lie-in on the weekend. But there are a range of things we can do to make getting up first thing i…

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INVESTMENTS totalling £22m were made by Northern automotive supply base and niche vehicle manufacturing companies – all SMEs – during 2015. This contrasts to a similar survey conducted just one …

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Best ever May for JLR

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VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, which has a manufacturing site at Halewood on Merseyside, has enjoyed its best ever May for sales – its fifth consecutive record-breaking month.The compan…

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New chair for PZ Cussons + MORE

New chair for PZ Cussons

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MANCHESTER-based consumer products company PZ Cussons has appointed Caroline Silver to succeed Richard Harvey as its non-executive chair.The appointment is effective from January 1 2017, following Har…

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AUSTRALIAN stationery retailer Smiggle is set to open in Bolton on Friday (June 10). Bosses are hoping the new shop in the Market Place will win over a legion of new followers with its treasure trove …

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JAGUAR Land Rover is suing a Chinese manufacturer for allegedly copying one of its most successful designs.News agency Reuters, quoting sources with “direct knowledge of the matter”, is re…

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MID-market private equity firm LDC’s Manchester office has completed the exit of Lancashire-based Synexus, a global research site group which provides patient recruitment and treatment services …

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Motorway closed in both directions

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A POLICE incident has closed the M56 in Cheshire in both directions.A section of the road between junction 12 (Frodsham) and junction 14 (Elton) has been sealed off.Motorists are being advised to avoi…

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Linder Myers in pre-pack deal + MORE

MANCHESTER’S iconic shopping hub King Street will come alive with a mix of fashion, beauty, music history and VIP experience today (Saturday) and for the rest of the May Bank Holiday.The King St…

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Bidders poised to swoop for MBNA

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POTENTIAL buyers are reported to be lining up bids for MBNA, one of Britain’s largest credit card issuers.According to Sky News, owners the Bank of America has activated plans for an auction of …

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Linder Myers in pre-pack deal

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MANCHESTER law firm Linder Myers has been sold in a pre-pack administration deal to a newly created legal services firm called Metamorph Law.The deal, which has just completed late this afternoon for …

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THE unveiling of the plans for a £185m mixed-use development near Victoria train station in Manchester won out as the best read story this week.You all wanted to see what urban regeneration specialist…

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FOOTBALL has become such a gargantuan billion-pound industry that it is hard to imagine the first Premier League sponsorship deal was for just £3m-a-season in order to sell a few more pints of Carli…

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Prime office block between city and airport bought for £9.5m + MORE

PET products specialist Pets at Home, based in Cheshire, has seen revenue grow by 6.7% to £777.8m in the year to March 31 (FY 2015: £729.1m).Pre-exceptional EBITDA of £124.7m, excluding £0.8m of M&A r…

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REVENUE for discount retailer B&M has topped £2bn – up 23.6% on last year’s figure of £1.6bn.The Liverpool-based company’s preliminary results for the year ended March 26 saw adjuste…

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CUMBRIA-based infrastructure group Stobart, has sold a 47-acre site at Speke in Liverpool for £37m to the Ford Motor Company.Stobart had intended to hold on to all 53-acres of the site as investment p…

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PLANS have been submitted for a £185m mixed-use development near the recently redeveloped Victoria station in Manchester.  Urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments in partnership with Network R…

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A GRADE A office building halfway between Manchester city centre and the airport has been acquired by a real estate firm and an investment company for £9.5m.Titanium Real Estate and Chenavari Investme…

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Drug discovery firm's leukaemia treatment breakthrough + MORE

TECHNICAL tape specialist Scapa Group has bought a  wound care products business for up to £29m as it sees continued growth in the healthcare sector, although overall profits have slipped.The  acquisi…

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Law firm contemplates US merger

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A US tie-up is on the cards at Addleshaw Goddard which has offices in Manchester, Leeds and London.Addleshaw Goddard is reportedly in merger talks with Hunton & Williams. The firm, headquartered in Vi…

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DRUG discovery and development company Redx Pharma has unveiled a major breakthrough in treatment for leukaemia and other blood cancers.The listed company, based at Alderley Park in Cheshire, says it …

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LOSSES have grown for Lancashire construction consultancy Driver Group with its six-month interim dividend payout ditched.Although revenue for the listed Haslingden company grew 32% to £27.9m (2015: £…

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DEBT-ridden care homes group Four Seasons which houses 20,000 elderly people across 450 establishments says its trading performance for the first quarter of 2016 was ahead of expectations.EBITDA for t…

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Morrisons strikes key deal with Timpson + MORE

INVESTMENT bank Altium has advised AIM-listed waste management business  Augean on its £13.95m acquisition of Colt Holdings and its wholly owned subsidiary Colt Industrial Services.The latest deal rep…

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BOOKER Group, the owner of the Salford-based Makro business, has enjoyed an 9% increase to record pre-tax profits of £127.8m.The company which also owns Budgens and Londis stores said sales in the yea…

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SHADOW Home Secretary Andy Burnham has signalled his intent to stand for Mayor of Greater Manchester, claiming that Labour runs the risk of being marginalized if it does not take devolution seriously….

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SUPERMARKET group Morrisons has signed a nationwide deal with cobbler and key-cutting chain Timpson as part of its store revamp scheme.Under the agreement, Manchester-based Timpson will take over the …

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THE North West Fund has invested over £150m in more than  440 of the region’s businesses since it was launched in 2010.Over the last six years, the fund has created and safeguarded 4,500 jobs and has…

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JMW smashes £20m milestone + MORE

THE emissions scandal that caused an overnight slowdown in the global sales of Volkswagen cars hit the performance of dealership group Johnsons Cars, which has six dealerships across Merseyside.In Sep…

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MORE than100 new jobs are being created at Runcorn Shopping Centre, thanks to the arrival of a new flagship store, The Range. Recruitment for a variety of staff, from general manager and warehouse ope…

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Football club scraps new stadium plan

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EVERTON Football Club have scrapped their plan for a new stadium at Walton Hall Park.The scheme would have sat alongside a major housing and retail development.But the Goodison club and Liverpool City…

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CHESS ICT, a division of  Cheshire-based Chess Telecom, has bought Pinnacle CDT for £2.8m.Pinnacle CDT provides data, telecommunication and certain IT support services to a large customer base from of…

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JMW smashes £20m milestone

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FEE income and profits have both seen double digit growth as Manchester-based law firm JMW Solicitors shows strength in breadth.Income at the firm is up by 16% to £22.5m (2015: £19.4m) and the firm ha…

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