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Independent agency brings a world of tailored travel inspiration to Flemingate

A new independent travel agency offering a fresh approach to booking a holiday has opened at the Flemingate retail and leisure destination in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

North West business numbers rise by 11,000 as start-up boom continues

The number of businesses in the North West rose by nearly 11,000 during 2019, which could indicate that the startup boom is continuing, according to research by insolvency and restructuring trade body R3.

Gala Technology starts the year creating 50 new jobs

On the back of another record-breaking year, Gala Technology, the innovative development team behind the cloud based, secure and PCI DSS compliant payment solution, SOTpay, have announced exciting expansion plans as they look to expand their team....

R3 urges rethink on plan to make directors pay company tax debts

Plans to make directors of failed companies personally liable for their business’s tax debts could penalise genuine entrepreneurs, a North West insolvency expert has warned.

Present Works Wraps-up Its Debut Year on a High

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Manchester tech firm expands again with first US office

A tech firm specialising in world-class intranets and business solutions is pleased to announce it will be opening a new office in Chicago in January 2020.

Entrepreneurs’ Forum strengthens exchange programme with three new members

Three North East businesses have become exchange members of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, committing to continuous professional development for their teams. Funky Chunky Furniture, Park Commercial...

Asbestos removal specialist sets sights on expansion after securing support from Finance For Enterprise...

A specialist Yorkshire-based asbestos removal business is expanding its operations, after securing a six figure combined investment from alternative lending provider Finance For Enterprise and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.
Finnmark Sauna

County Durham based Finnmark Sauna Expands With New Hires And Is Moving To New...

The company is known in the industry for their uncompromising dedication to quality and authenticity when it comes to the sale of sauna equipment and bespoke installations.

Liverpool cake maker makes TV debut on Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

A former Hollyoaks make-up and hair artist has swapped make-up for cake artistry to make her TV debut on Kirstie's Handmade Christmas on Channel 4. Liverpool-based Leanne Harry beat off thousands of applicants to win her place on the show to compete

Founder of Durham’s Aztec Diamond Equestrian triumphs at Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2019

Durham-based Jordan McCabe of Aztec Diamond Equestrian, an international equestrian fashion brand, has scooped the coveted New Entrepreneur of the Year award at the prestigious Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2019.

Yorkshire business support programme provides over £1m in grant funding

A Yorkshire business support programme has provided more than a million pounds in grant funding since its launch.

North East eco-friendly cosmetics brand celebrates first year success

One year on from the launch of the natural cosmetics range ‘Moonstone’, Anna Stonehouse celebrates its huge success. The Northumberland based make-up range has gained...

Collaboration is key for retailers and landlords in 2020

The owner of an independent shop in Leeds Corn Exchange has advised that whatever challenges 2020 may bring to retailers, he is confident that a collaborative approach with property owners is the key to success.

Disrupter brand in the networking industry celebrates successful first year

Network services provider Principle Networks, which has offices in Leeds and Manchester, is celebrating a successful first year which saw its turnover top £350,000. Launched...

Craftbar serves up winning cocktail recipe for proud Leeds United fans in Club’s centenary...

A Leeds-based mobile craft drinks business is helping Leeds United fans celebrate the club’s centenary in style after creating a cocktail dedicated to the...

4 Things Every Small Business Must Have To Be Successful in 2020

More and more people want to ditch their 9-to-5s and take control of their futures by starting their own businesses. But starting a business isn't...

MerseyMade Brings Together Local Artists and Makers to Reignite the Region’s Creativity

MerseyMade is calling on artists, makers and the general public alike to support a creative revolution in the North West, following its recent opening...

Former colleagues join forces to launch a new kind of strategy consultancy

Claire Rigby and Martin Carr have joined forces to launch boardroom consulting; a new kind of strategy consultancy to help build and develop organisations, places and brands that are ever more relevant and relatable to stakeholders and audiences.

DivideBuy achieves personal sales record during Black Friday 2019

DivideBuy, which was named the fastest-growing business outside London in 2019 by Deloitte, saw record figures this Black Friday - it processed over four times more transactions than on a normal day, a new personal best.

Applications open for innovative tech scheme to support Manchester’s next generation of ambitious entrepreneurs

Exchange, a revolutionary new digital and technology programme, has opened applications for its first cohort, as it looks to foster the UK’s next best...

Orbis Owner Aiming To Bring On The Next Generation Of Specialist Care Providers

A North Tyneside entrepreneur who has built a successful business helping to meet the support needs of people with learning disabilities and Autism is looking to pass his knowledge on to younger people who want to follow in his footsteps.

Veterinary tech startup partners with Animal Friends Insurance

Vet-AI, an award-winning Leeds-based startup which formed to give pet owners access to affordable and convenient veterinary care, has exclusively partnered with one of the UK’s largest pet insurers, Animal Friends.

Dogs Aloud opens doggy day care centre in Trafford Park

A doggy day care centre with a swimming pool and chill-out movie zone has launched in Trafford Park following an investment of £100,000. Dogs Aloud is based in a 5,500 sq ft former children’s play centre on the Astra Business Park.

Newcastle hosts the region’s first-ever Google DevFest

Tech leaders and entrepreneurs from across the region attended the North East’s first-ever developer event held by global giant Google, as part of a new partnership to help build the region’s tech sector further.

Ian Whilby Joins Noir Agency as Non-Executive Director

Noir Agency, today announces the appointment of Ian Whilby as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Ian joins Noir to assist in driving growth with his extensive experience in Business Development within the creative industry.

Manchester’s Sport and Music reports 135% increase in turnover to 5m, in record year

Manchester-based VIP hospitality provider, Sport and Music has today released its annual turnover figures, revealing revenue has reached £5,000,000 for the first time in...

The North East entrepreneurs defying the high street gloom

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum is praising its innovative members who are rising from the ongoing high street slowdown by developing a unique and resilient blend...

County Durham start-up disrupts tutoring market with innovative peer-to-peer learning app

According to recent statistics published by The Sutton Trust, the North East has one of the lowest rates of access to private tuition, with...

The North’s Got Talent

Tech start-up, Caroo, has revealed the most sought-after roles across the North, as well as the jobs that some of the region’s biggest brands...

Northern startups invited to join pioneering business experiment

Startups from across the North of England are being invited to participate in a pioneering business experiment designed to help accelerate the development of new technology companies, it was announced today.

Human Lending Library opens second branch in Manchester

The free service connecting charity and social enterprise leaders with successful entrepreneurs such as the founders of Carphone Warehouse, Pret-a-Manger and The White Company will operate from Manchester’s Central Library.

Liverpool Fashion Entrepreneur Launches New Label Designed to Inspire Body Confidence

Lucy Bramley, a 26-year-old fashion entrepreneur from Liverpool, is taking Instagram by storm with her new brand, Ruched and Ready, which has been created...

Clip ‘n Climb to launch first ever franchise centres

Clip ‘n Climb UK, the market leader in fun climbing, is rolling out its successful model by launching franchise centres and concessions nationwide. Clip ‘n...

Global Hospitality Duo return to the North East to Launch Halo Business Consulting

Having lived abroad and in London for many years, husband and wife hospitality duo return to the North East to launch Halo Business Consulting - offering flexible, outsourced leadership to businesses in Customer Experience, Marketing & Communications

North West programme helps family baker’s growth

Cumbrian food business Ginger Bakers is the latest participant in the Be The Business Northwest Family Business Advisory Boards programme. This programme is designed to...

Organic European growth for Tyneside Nutrition

South Tyneside agricultural complementary feedstuff supplier, Tyneside Nutrition, is going from strength to strength following EU growth.

Pudsey cake maker to star on Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

Award-winning Pudsey-based cake artist Beccy Weston is made her TV debut on Kirstie's Handmade Christmas on Channel 4 tomorrow night (Wednesday 27 November). Beccy, who beat off thousands of applicants to win her place on the show, will compete with

Newcastle digital products agency grows through national work

A Newcastle-based creative digital agency is driving growth by focusing on new technologies and securing business from beyond the North East.

SafeTicketCompare.com Buys Review Website TicketReview.net

UK ticket comparison website SafeTicketCompare.com acquires TicketReview.net for immediate merger. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed but a potential revenue share and upfront fee were agreed.

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