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New generation house types revealed by Bellway North West in Preston

Bellway North West has revealed its first Artisan house types at its Cotton Woods development at Sheraton Park in Preston. Developed using customer feedback and...

Insolvencies rise as distressed firms choose to shut down voluntarily

The number of business failures rose by 9% in May compared to the previous month and by 7% compared to May last year, according to the latest official figures.

Almost half of SME owners putting themselves at personal financial risk

Almost half (47%) of SME owners and shareholders are inadvertently putting themselves at financial risk because they don’t understand loan personal guarantees, according to new research from Reparo Finance.

McGoff Group secures funding for new concept in Lymm

The McGoff Group, in partnership with joint venture partner Macdonald Hotels, has secured funding deals with Puma Finance and Octopus to progress plans for...

Who can drive on fleet insurance?

Fleet insurance policies are typically set up in one of two ways that will determine who can drive on a policy. This is according...

TransPennine Express Join the Fight to end Loneliness

TransPennine Express (TPE) has joined the fight to end loneliness in the UK by partnering with the Campaign to End Loneliness.

Lightspeed Broadband appoints Code Computerlove for fast-paced growth of its digital capabilities

New ISP challenger brand Lightspeed Broadband has chosen product studio Code Computerlove as its digital partner. Code will develop a full digital identity and suite of digital products for Lightspeed as the business embarks on an ambitious roll out.

HURST chooses Willow Wood Hospice as its charity of the year

Staff at accounting and business advisory firm HURST have chosen a Greater Manchester hospice as their charity of the year for 2021. Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton-under-Lyne provides specialist care for adults with life-limiting illnesses.

Historic Bolton property that was home to clairvoyants goes up for auction

Number 12 Churchgate, a centuries-old property in Bolton’s town centre, has been put up for sale and will feature in an online auction to...

B8 Real Estate expand team amidst record demand

B8 Real Estate, the North’s leading industrial property agents, have expanded their award-winning capital markets team with the appointment of Joe Sinclair as Investment Surveyor.

PPE firm that’s 75% cheaper than competitors reach 4,000 sales

A Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) firm that launched in March 2020 is experiencing rapid growth, with demand for affordable PPE higher than ever before....

Charity golf day raises vital funds for Pendleside Hospice

Nelson-based hotplate manufacturer Sugden has raised over £1,200 for Pendleside Hospice through a charity golf day.

New fully-funded support will enable Cheshire & Warrington manufacturers to exploit digital technologies

SME manufacturers in Cheshire and Warrington can now access free hands-on support and local R&D expertise to help them make the most of industrial...

Burnley FC in the Community appoints new head of business partnerships

The community arm of Burnley FC has appointed Ben Bottomley to head its partnership operation, working with businesses to fund its work in and...

Salford Rum puts northern rum hot spots on the map

Salford Rum creates the first Rum Map of the city to thank fans - and raises money for Salford Lads Club

David Lammy and Maxine Peake feature on Women in the Law UK podcasts

Shadow Lord Chancellor and acclaimed actor share their opinions and experiences with Women in the Law UK's founder, Sally Penni MBE.

Global pandemic report preparedness highlights North West consortium

A global think thank has hightlighted the work of the North West based Infection Innovation Consortium (iiCON) as an exemplar partnership tackling the infectious disease challenge.

PHX secures contract to upskill Lancashire

PHX Training, which has centres in Blackpool, Preston and Morecambe, is working with Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver 1,500 in work qualifications over the next two years.

Eight jobs created at Yorkshire social enterprise to help find work for prison leavers

Ex-offender employment specialist Offploy has been enlisted by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to help get 348 prison leavers ‘work ready’ and...

Dept announces Manchester growth and recruitment push

Dept Agency is welcoming several new clients, including Co-Op Live, RIBA, Harwoods and Asana. To fuel continued growth, the agency is recruiting 30 digital specialists to join its UK team.

Clarion Wealth Planning appoints trainee associate financial planner

Cheshire-based Clarion Wealth Planning has appointed a new trainee associate financial planner.

The Flava People team up with Guinness to launch three new stir-in sauces

The Flava People has teamed up with drinks company Diageo to launch a range of Guinness flavoured recipe mixes. Launching this month, the new stir-in...

Manchester Bedding Firm Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award

Manchester Bedding Firm Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award.

Abel & Cole Launches New App To Boost Customer Retention

Organic grocery business Abel & Cole has launched a new consumer app to enhance its overall customer experience.

North-West Insolvency Practitioner Provides Advice On Accelerated Payment Notices

HM Treasury outlay during the Covid-19 pandemic has reached historic proportions, and no doubt HMRC will seek to maximise recovery post-pandemic using all the...

One Day secures I Saw It First and leads paid media during Love Island...

The Manchester-based boutique advertising and marketing agency has secured I Saw It First’s account for another term and will support the brand’s digital media during ITV’s Love Island sponsorship.

New credit union branch opened for Trafford residents in Stretford Mall

Manchester Credit Union has opened a new branch in Stretford Mall to provide ethical loans and savings to new and existing Trafford members.

American Golf store re-opens in Liverpool after six figure refurbishment

International leisure brand, American Golf, has re-opened its Netherley store at Liverpool Golf Centre, following a £400k investment, providing fourteen jobs and state-of-the-art services for all types of golfer.

Lancashire eco-conscious entrepreneur’s lockdown loungewear range set for success

With the mix of nights in, working from home and the urge to seek comfort wherever possible during the pandemic, there’s been a surge...

Open for business – awards that honour town centre retailers

Entries are now open for a business awards scheme that will honour a town’s independent retailers. With non-essential stores now open again, the awards will put retailers in the centre of Ashton-under-Lyne in Tameside in the spotlight.

PSS and Everton in the Community secure Government funding

The new PSS Growing Together service, in partnership with Everton in the Community, has been awarded part of the Starting Well health and wellbeing...

Lancashire childcare entrepreneur expands into Greater Manchester

Founder of Teddy Towers in Leyland has acquired a Whitefield childcare business in a deal arranged by Bury-based Abacus Day Nursery Sales.

Sci-Tech Daresbury wins award for charity work

Sci-Tech Daresbury has been honoured with a Corporate Supporter Award from Stick ‘n’ Step, a North West based cerebral palsy charity, in recognition of...

Creative Spark appoint Former Simply Be SEO Manager Alex Browne.

Creative Spark, today announced they have appointed Alex Browne as their new Digital Strategist and Senior Account Manager. This significant hire strengthens Creative Spark’s offer for clients such as Junkyard Golf and Saint Gobain, as Alex has a wea

Investor Confidence in the thriving UK staycation market Lifestyle Homes Group secures £100m lending...

25th May 2021: Manchester headquartered Lifestyle Homes Group has secured a £100million lending facility and acquired five holiday parks across England (Exclusive Luxury Lodges...

HR managers ‘the unsung heroes of the office’

The role played by HR managers during the pandemic has highlighted how many of them are the unsung heroes of the office, say regional executive recruiters Walmsley Wilkinson.

Foresight announces first closing of its latest regional private equity fund

Foresight Group, an award-winning listed infrastructure and private equity investment manager, announces the first close of the Foresight Regional Investment III LP (the “Fund”)...

Creamline delivers support for Manchester producers with Best of Local business boost

Trafford-based dairy and grocery home delivery service, Creamline, is set to extend a supportive hand to local companies affected by the pandemic, with the launch of its Best of Local Business Booster scheme.

PlayStation VR pioneer leads unique training academy for the next generation of real-time developers...

The co-founder of the PlayStation VR project is spearheading the training programme at the first Unity Centre of Excellence in the UK at innovation hub HOST, the Home of Skills & Technology at MediaCityUK.

World Product Day 2021 – 10 essentials of digital product development

As a forerunner to a product approach, Code Computerlove, which was established in 1999, made the shift to become a digital product studio in 2016 and has led the way in product thinking ever since.

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