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5 April 2012
Buyer interest in David Stearne - Insider North West
"The future of a Cheshire pharmaceutical wholesaler could be saved after about 15 different parties expressed an interest in buying it..."
Kennels secure Yorkshire Bank funding for expansion - Insider North West
"A Cheshire-based kennels and cattery business has expanded its offering into physiotherapy after securing £160,000 funding from Yorkshire Bank..."
Far East boosts Bentley as China becomes top market - Insider North West
"China has emerged as the new key market for Cheshire luxury car manufacturer Bentley as the UK stalls..."
2 April 2012
Financial services sector growth continues - Insider North West
"The volume of business in the financial services sector grew for the eight quarter running at 'well above the average pace', according to a new report..."
Manufacturing sector rebounds - survey - Insider North West
"The North West's manufacturing sector has bounced back strongly, according to a survey of the region's businesses..."
23 March 2012
Lloyds' plan for 500 jobs in Co-op deal - Insider North West
"Lloyds has announced the creation of 500 new jobs ahead of the sales of 632 retail bank branches to the Manchester-based Co-operative Group..."
21 March 2012
Government to pilot student-loan style funding for entrepreneurs - Business Zone
"The government is to trial a funding initiative for young entrepreneurs based on the student loan system, the chancellor has revealed..."
Government has high hopes from Osborne's budget - TheBusinessDesk.com
"Chancellor George Osborne will today set out a range of measures on tax and regulation he hopes will help the private sector grow without deamaging the Government's credibility on cutting the deficit..."
"A ground-breaking deal with the government will give Greater Manchester the chance to 'earn-back' up to £30m a year in tax..."
"An entrepreneur has praised the chancellor's decision to cut the top rate of income tax fro 50p to 45p..."
20 March 2012
"Big businesses should be made to use some of the resources that they have available to help a start-up get off the ground, says Norman Shaw..."
19 March 2012
Prescot consultancy celebrates ten-year milestone - Insider North West
"Merseyside cost consultancy Compass Costs has celebrated its first ten years in business..."
"Dear PM, Just in time, I hope, I've set out below why we need small business legislation to make micro and small business policy and regulations work..."
16 March 2012
"Businesses will be hit by a £190bn funding gap unless access to alternative finance methods is improved, a government-appointed taskforce said today..."
15 March 2012
"UK entrepreneurs need to take advantage of the government's Open Data agenda to innovate and compete in global markets, according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude..."
13 March 2012
Small firms back payrise for apprentices - MEN Media, Business
"Smaller firms would back an increase in the minimum wage for apprentices amid an increase in business confidence, according to a new report today..."
9 March 2012
'Grasp Green Investment Bank opportunities' say business leaders - MEN Media, Business
"Manchester business leaders today spoke of the need to grasp opportunities presented by the Green Investment Bank, despite having lost out on a bit to host the institution..."
Triangle to be reshaped as 'Carnaby Street of the north' - MEN Media, Business
"Manchester is set to push forward with plans to return the city's famous Corn Exchange to its former glory..."
6 March 2012
Acquisitions boost K3 revenues - Insider North West
"Half year revenues have climbed by 35 per cent at K3 Business Technology Group following a string of acquisitions..."
23 February 2012
"Speaking at pro.manchester's Annual Corporate Finance Review and Lunch, Chairman Paul Lupton who is also a Partner at Deloitte said that overall it had been an encouraging year for Manchester's financial advisory community..."
"The city is in the running to secure the institution, with a decision due within weeks..."
22 February 2012
RGF cash there for small companies - Heseletine - Insider North West
"Lord Heseltine has told Insider there is a 'lot of money available' from the Regional Growth Fund for small companies..."
21 February 2012
North West Fund cash for Imperative Energy - Insider North West
"Biomass business Imperative Energy has been awarded investment from the North West Fund for Energy and Environmental..."
Uber looks to overseas growth in the Middle East - MEN Media, Business
"Entrepreneur Sarah Cross will use her knowledge fo Arabic to spearhead her firm's expansion into the Middle East..."
20 February 2012
IoD backs "essential" Northern Hub scheme - Insider North West
"Business leaders in the North West have added their weight to the Northern Hub campaign, calling for the government to make a firm commitment to the scheme..."
I-COM looks to buy after record year - TheBusinessDesk.com
"I-COM, the Manchester-based online marketing company, is on the acquisition trail after a year of strong financial growth..."
17 February 2012
North West businesses urged to boost exports to India - MEN Media, Business
"The chief executive of the UK India Business Council will today tell the region's businesses they must do more to win opportunities in the booming Indian economy..."
Branson warning on BMI takeover - MEN Media, Business
"Some fares could rise and some flights be cut if British Airways' parent company is allowed to take over UK airline BMI, Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson said today..."
15 February 2012
Co-op cuts greenhouse gases by 35 per cent - MEN Media, Business
"The Co-operative has cut greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by more than a third as part of its 'radical' ethical plan, it said today..."
Leapfrog begins the the year with a record order book - MEN Media, Business
"A firm which supplies and installs video screens, audio equipment, interactive whiteboards and other hi-tech goods has got its year off to a roaring start with a record order book..."
14 February 2012
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce aims to build up to 500 apprenticeships - MEN Media, Business
"A drive to encourage firms to create 500 construction sector apprenticeships in Greater Manchester over the next three years was unveiled today..."
10 February 2012
Small firms demand government support to create apprenticeships - FreshBusinessThinking.com
"Small business are unsatisfied with the level of government support for creating apprenticeships, research has found..."
9 February 2012
"Economic growth will be weaker than previously thought in 2012 but the UK should still avoid a double-dip recession thanks to an improvement in business investment and stronger exports, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)..."
Assura boosted by take over and new sites - Insider North West
"Assura Group has said an acquisition and new buildings have boosted its performance..."
FSB backs the bid - Insider North West
"The Federation of Small Businesses has told Insider that it backs our campaign for the Northern Hub..."
"Good chance" of Warrington landing Portas cash - Insider North West
"Warrington would give a 'quick and lucrative return' on any investment so is the ideal location to receive part of the £1m 'Portas Pilot' funding from the government..."
8 February 2012
"The five banks signed up to the Government's Project Merlin agreement missed their target for lending to SMEs in 2011..."
7 February 2012
Dragons' Den star urges businesses to hire apprentices - My Business
"Apprenticeships provide an 'overwhelmingly positive' experience for employers and employees. That was the message from Dragon's Den star Theo Paphitis as National Apprenticeship Week launched in England today..."
"The British public overwhelmingly think business is a force for good - provided companies abide by the law, pay their taxes and prioritise job creation over profits, according to a new poll..."
1 February 2012
Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership lands £25m regeneration fund - MEN Media, Business
"Projects leading to regeneration and job creation will be kick-started by a £25m Government cash windfall for Greater Manchester..."
Life is sweet for Real Good Food - TheBusinessDesk.com
"Sugar and bakery ingredients and products supplier Real Good Food Group reported further progress with year-end profits more than doubling to £5.7m..."
32 locations compete for Green Investment Bank - TheBusinessDesk.com
"More than 30 locations, including London, Birmingham and Leeds will compete with Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Warrington, to be the home of the Green Investment Bank..."
Apprenticeships on the up - Insider
"Apprenticeship starts have increased by more than 60 per cent in 2010/11, the government has said..."
Discount UK creates 40 jobs with new store - MEN Media, Business
"Bargain retailers are expanding into Greater Manchester, providing an investment and jobs boost..."
31 January 2012
Nina Dar's 99 steps that will transform your business - MEN Media, Business
"A business consultant who has worked all over the world for clients including PZ Cussons and Unilever has launched her first 'self-help' book..."
EHL Ingredients' sales grow upto 20 per cent - MEN Media, Business
"A raw ingedients supplier has reported its 'best ever' Christmas trading with sunflower, linseed, poppy and pumpkin seeds selling particulary well..."
27 January 2012
Kids Planet aims for ten centres - MEN Media, Business
"Children's nursery chain Kids Planet is eyeing further expansion as it gears up for the launch of its seventh centre..."
Ultimate Finance in £1m share drive - Insider North West
"Ultimate Finance Group has raised about £1m through successful share placing..."
26 January 2012
Liverpool's Green Investment Bank bid praised - TheBusinessDesk.com
"Liverpool has put forward a 'strong and cohesive' case to host the Green Investment Bank, according to the Lord Mayor of the City of London..."
25 January 2012
City to make £60m from conference season - MEN Media, Business
"Health, nuclear science and the Labour Party look set to dominate Manchester's conference circuit in 2012, boosting the city's economy by nearly £60m..."
24 January 2012
"A new scheme to encourage people to start their own businesses has been launched by the Government..."
23 January 2012
£10.5m for cultural organisations in Liverpool - Insider North West
"A new funding programme is available for organisations involved in theatre, dance or performing arts from Liverpool City Council..."
20 January 2012
More flying at Liverpool John Lennon - Insider North West
"Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) has reported a 4.5 per cent increase in passengers using the airport..."
19 January 2012
Greggs looks to open 15 stores and create 150 jobs - MEN Media, Business
"Bakery chain Greggs hopes to create up to 150 jobs in the north west this year through a series of store openings away from the high street..."
17 January 2012
Digital banking reaches 'tipping' point, says PwC - MEN Media, Business
"More banking will be done online than through the branch network by 2012, according to a new report..."
Turbo drinks bought by Gareth Thomas consortium - Insider North West
"Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas, currently in the Celebrity Big Brother house, is part of a consortium that has acquired Cumbrian drinks manufacturer..."
Supply UK partners with Brazil engineering group - Insider North West
"Brazil-based Vector Technology Group (VTG) has signed a joint venture agreement with a Stockport equipment hire and asset management company..."
Co-operative Group £22m food depot to create 340 jobs - Manchester Evening News
"More than 300 jobs are to be created by The Co-operative Group under multi-million-pound investment plans..."
Bruntwood starts asset sale with 1 New York Street - MEN Media, Business
"Property giant Bruntwood is to start a january sale of some of its prominent assets - starting with the £40m disposal of 1 New York Street in Manchester..."
16 January 2012
Nick Clegg plans a 'John Lewis economy' - The Telegraph
"Companies will be given tax breaks if they offer shares to their employees..."
11 January 2012
myParcelDelivery.com aims for £10m turnover - MEN Media, Business
"Price comparison site myParcelDelivery.com hopes to smash the £10m turnover barrier next year as it prepares to expand into Europe..."
9 January 2012
KPMG revenues up in the north west - MEN Media, Business
"Accountancy giant KPMG today posted a three per cent rise in annual revenues for its operation in the north, which includes its flagship regional office in Manchester..."
6 January 2012
The eurozone crisis - rising to the challenge - Insider Midlands
"Marc Henstridge, head of risk at Atadius UK & Ireland, shares his views on where the major export opportunities are for business..."
5 January 2012
Entertainment Magpie Warehouse to create 100 jobs - Manchester Evening News
"Retailer Entertainment Magpie today announced plans to create 100 jobs at a new warehouse in Greater Manchester..."
21 December 2011
Living Ventures to create 400 jobs - Manchester Evening News
"The Manchester-based restaurant and bar group behind Australasia, The Alchemist and the Gusto brands today announced plans to open eight outlets..."
20 December 2011
£6m lent to north west companies by Business Finance Solutions - MEN Media, Business
"Manchester-based Business Finance Solutions has provided more than £6m funding to companies in the north west as part of its Small Business Loan initiative..."
Business Growth Fund takes on more expertise - MEN Media, Business
"The Manchester Office of a fund set up by Britain's biggest banks to help small and medium sized businesses grow has made two new recruits..."
14 December 2011
Google's online business drive beats targets - Insider North West
"Google's three-month drive to provide advice and support to small business in Liverpool has "surpassed" its expectations and helped more than 1,500 companies and entrepreneurs..."
6 December 2011
1,000 north west companies to benefit from £45m UK Trade and Investment injection - MEN Media, Business
"A £45m windfall for UK Trade and Investment from Chancellor George Osborne will help at least 1,000 north west firms start exporting during 2012..."
Energy entrepreneur predicts £60m sales - TheBusinessDesk.com
"A North West entrepreneur who launched an energy supply business from his spare bedroom, is expecting sales at his three companies to double to £60m this year..."
1 December 2011
Software business Kirona gets LDC backing for growth plans - MEN Media, Business
"A fast-growing softward business has received backing from provate equity firm LDC as the company looks to double in size..."
Starbucks to create 1,000 north west jobs - MEN Media, Business
"Coffeehouse chain Starbucks today said it will create up to 1,000 jobs in the north west over the next five years by opening dozens of drive-through branches..."
24 November 2011
M&A activity among SMEs tipped to rise - growthbusiness.co.uk
"One in ten small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are actively considering acquiring a competing business..."
10 November 2011
SME Exporting: The National Challenge - Lord Green's Speech - UK Trade & Investment
"We have heard from the PM about the centrality of trade and investment to this country's economic strategy..."
27 October 2011
"2.5 million people in the UK currently out of work, the interest in starting up a new business has increased significantly..."
16 September 2011
The SME Club is here! - MEN Media, Business
"The SME Club - a major scheme to help small and medium-sized businesses across the region grow - has been launched..."
12 September 2011
North West businesses expect growth despite economic uncertainty - TheBusinessDesk.com
"North West businesses are more confident about their own prospects than that of the wider economy over the next twelve months..."