Should enterprise be taught in schools? + MORE

SO it’s Chinese new year and the Year of the Goat, but in business speak Week Ending has noticed that another creature, the black swan, is all the rage.In successive meetings with leading regional co…

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A FUME cupboard and ducting firm near Bolton has gone into administration with the loss of 70 jobs.Workers at Mach-Aire in Bridge Street, Horwich were called into a meeting this morning and told their…

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Should enterprise be taught in schools?
Retail entrepreneur and former Dragon, Theo Paphitis, has said that enterprise should be taught in schools as part of the national curriculum.  Theo argues that traditional qualifications don’t guarantee career success, rather learning about enterprise from an early age would mean that less businesses fail at startup stage…

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Syscap snapped up by Wesleyan

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SPECIALIST financial services provider Wesleyan has expanded its operation with the acquisition of firm with a Cheshire base.The Birmingham-based mutual has acquired Syscap Holdings Ltd, from a fund a…

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Bakery bids to turn nation on to 'soft and fluffy' bread + MORE

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Combine the power of direct marketing with our regional business database and develop a meaningful communication channel with SMEs that you’d like to work with. Our mobile optimised email is the ideal platform to reach out to an engaged, opt-in business community…

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A CHESHIRE bakery has embarked on its first ever television advertising campaign to support investment in a white bread rebrand as ‘soft and fluffy’.Northwich company Roberts Bakery has de…

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CONTRACT wins with major retailers helped events company fresh Group enjoy its best-ever year as profits rose 18% to £1.3m and revenues by nearly 15% to £15.6m.The Cheadle-based firm, which was acquir…

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COMMERCIAL property investment in the UK reached a record £54.9bn in 2014 with the UK regions becoming an increasingly attractive option for domestic and foreign investors.Property consultancy DTZ&rsq…

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A subsidiary of Peel, the property and investment giant, has taken three strategically-important industrial units in Liverpool near the new SuperPort development. The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company …

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New car sales drive forward 6% + MORE

Getting up close and personal with Bdaily readers
As a member of the sales team, it’s hard not to be acutely aware of what our clients want and need, as they’re more than open to giving us feedback and suggestions – the majority of which have been invaluable. One of the main queries we hear from potential customers is “Who’s reading Bdaily?” and this is why we’re making it a top priority to explore this question further over the next year…

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A SENIOR Cathay Pacific executive has hailed the response to the airline’s  new direct flight from Manchester to Hong Kong and said the plan is for it to move to a daily service.Rupert Hogg, chief op…

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New car sales drive forward 6%

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UK CAR sales have started the year positively although some leading manufacturers saw registrations dip significantly on this time last year.Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and …

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ACCOUNTANCY  firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been accused of promoting tax avoidance “on an industrial scale” by MPs.It is said to have helped hundreds of clients slash their corporation tax bil…

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US firm buys Kleeneze from Findel

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HOME shopping group Findel has called time on its loss-making home shopping business Kleeneze with the sale to a US firm.The new owner of Accrington-based Kleeneze is Trillium Pond, which is a subsidi…

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Nothing to fear from EU exit – veteran Lamont + MORE

FRENCH sportswear marketing company Sport Fashion Distribution (SFD-UK) has signed a deal to move into Richmond House in Manchester city centre.Norgate Properties unveiled  SFD-UK – the latest subdivi…

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What does it mean to be a Bdaily Columnist?
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Bdaily is fortunate enough to have a variety of knowledgeable business professionals contributing informative, perceptive and original content to our Columnist sections every day.
Our editorial team cherry pick the best opinion and advice content uploaded each day by our members to the self-publishing platform, and we upgrade it to the Columnist sections, which appear on the homepage as well as on region pages…

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A LANCASTER student accommodation provider has secured a £16.2m financing agreement.CityBlock currently provides high-quality en-suite housing for more than 400 students across five student blocks in …

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FORMER Chancellor Norman Lamont has told a group of business leaders and academics that the North West economy would survive British withdrawal from the European Union.Lord Lamont was addressing an au…

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LED by Amec’s £1.9bn merger with Swiss engineering group Foster Wheeler, 2014 saw North West businesses inject some £2.12bn into overseas corporates.Deal volume in the year grew 15% from 34 to 39 dur…

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DLA confirms St Peter's Square move + MORE

LIVERPOOL Cruise Terminal is predicting a record year in 2015 with 54 ships carrying 80,000 passengers.This would be an increase from 50 vessels this year which brought in 57,844 passengers adding an …

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FRED Done’s finance director Barry Nightingale is leaving to join travel group Monarch in a similar role.Luton-based Monarch Group has just undergone a major restructuring, with 700 redundancies, and…

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Top 10 PR tips: How to get your client in the press
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Bdaily works with PR agencies across the country to source and promote regional SME business news. We’ve compiled some handy tips for agencies looking to build brand awareness for their clients and gain coverage in the media:
1. Research potential publishers
Be sure to research any publishers you are contacting with press content before getting in touch; a targeted approach is proven to be more effective when reaching journalists…

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Illicit fuel depot shut down

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TWO suspected diesel laundering plants, said to be capable of producing nearly 120,000 litres of fuel a day, have been raided by police.Laundered fuel is discounted red or green diesel which has been …

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DLA confirms St Peter's Square move

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LAW firm DLA Piper has confirmed its widely anticipated move to a new office block in St Peter’s Square, Manchester.The firm has agreed a 15-year lease on 45,000 sq ft at the 280,000 sq ft One St Pet…

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Graphene firm working on hi-tech false teeth + MORE

PIONEERING graphene firm 2-DTech has revealed more detail of its project to develop false teeth using the new material.Earlier this month the company secured £80,000 from InnovateUK, formerly known as…

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SHARES in Outsourcery, the AIM-listed cloud computing company fronted by Piers Linney, one of the investors on Dragon’s Den, have surged more than 60% on news of a new deal with software giant Micros…

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Small Business Saturday – here again to save our high streets
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In this digital age, the inevitable rise of internet shopping and the pulling power of corporate giants has dramatically changed the way in which we shop. As consumers, we have evolved to place increasing value on convenience and instant gratification.
With chain stores rapidly dominating our high streets, creating a promenade of shop fronts indistinguishable from any other, the future of independent businesses is hanging in the balance…

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THE task that all of the candidates secretly look forward to most is a trip overseas. This week’s challenge was never going to be a holiday, as the teams were asked to create a new brand of soft…

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TWO UKIP councillors in Cheshire East have discovered the authority has so far spent £3.7m on its future development strategy, known as a local plan, which has been heavily criticised by a planning in…

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Lakes couple retire for a second time + MORE

Connecting better - 10 tips on how to master Linkedin like a true pro
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Ok, I’ll admit it…Linkedin was never my best friend. I first created an account when the professional social media site launched but after being deluged by requests to connect from a wealth of complete strangers and out and out oddballs I deactivated my account. I soon scampered back to the loving bosom of Facebook and the fast paced arena of Twitter and remained there happy and content…

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FAZENDA, the South American dining concept with restaurants in Leeds and Liverpool has opened in Manchester’s Spinningfields.Fazenda’s parent company, City District Group has invested £2m in the 1,8…

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Lakes couple retire for a second time

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A LAKE District couple have retired for a second time after selling their Laurel Bank guest in Keswick.Margaret and Rodney Roper previously ran Rickerby Grange near Keswick and sold up in 2004 but dec…

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The last few tickets are up for grabs at this year’s Pride of Henshaws awards night.It takes place at the V&A Marriott Hotel in Water Street in Manchester city centre on November 22, starting at 7pm …

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Do you use the internet to its full potential? Join I-COM, Cloud Solutions and Barclays Bank for a morning of short presentations that remove some of the mystique and provide a quick overview of the o…

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Better Bathrooms linked with £100m sale + MORE

BETTER Bathrooms, the North West online and high street retailer founded by award winning entrepreneur and former eBay trader Colin Stevens, is being linked with a £100m sale to FTSE 100 building mate…

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CBI calls for supply chain investment

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TARGETED action to revitalise domestic supply chains could inject £30bn into the economy by 2025, creating more than half a million jobs across the UK, according to a new CBI report.Pulling Together r…

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The children’s market - A tiny goldmine?
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Stepping out of the lift with clammy hands and a rising pulse, entrepreneur Effie Moss would never have expected what was about to happen as she faced Deborah Meaden and her fellow Dragons in their infamous den, last month.
Having established her children’s tepee business – Just for Tiny People – 17 months ago, she approached the hugely popular BBC show looking for an investment of £50,000 for an equity stake of 10%…

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A NEW report singles out improved rail links between Leeds and Manchester as the critical first step to turning the “Northern Powerhouse” political rhetoric into reality.Fast Track to Growth – T…

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A SPIN-OUT healthcare company from The University of Manchester is to raise £31m in an AIM listing led by Zeus Capital.C4X Discovery which has developed a technology to improve the discovery process f…

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South East businesses – we’re coming for you + MORE

WEALTH management firm Quilter Cheviot, which had been looking at an IPO, has instead been sold to Old Mutual for £585m.The firm, which has offices in Liverpool and Manchester, will become a key part …

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JAGUAR Land Rover (JLR) is anticipating high demand for its new Discovery Sport which was officially launched on Friday.The first vehicle rolled off the production line through dry ice at Halewood in …

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South East businesses - we’re coming for you
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Bdaily is now officially covering content in the South East of England, this includes Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Essex, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, London and Greater London.
Earlier this year, the South East was named the region with the highest value of business deals being completed…

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Monitor report reveals hike in start-up rates + MORE

Building and maintaining good relationships in sales
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It’s been a couple of months since my first blog, so I thought I’d write a little piece on what I’ve learnt about building and maintaining good relationships with new and existing clients over the years. This is without doubt one of the most important aspects of sales – because without our clients we are nothing…

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JOHNSON Service Group, the Cheshire-based company behind the Johnson’s dry cleaning shops chain and three textile rental brands, has reported strong half year profits and said it expects to top forec…

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TRANSFER spending by Barclays Premier League clubs hit a record £835m in the summer window, up more than 30% on last summer, Deloitte has calculated.Manchester United, with the late confirmation of a …

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THE latest edition of the Manchester Monitor – a snapshot of the ecomomic health of Greater Manchester -paints an encouraging picture with a surge in business start-ups and solid house price and…

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JUST weeks before its 40th birthday North West-based national housebuilder Redrow has reported record annual sales and profits on the back of a sharp upturn in the sector.The company, founded in Novem…

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