Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 01.02.08 - MIDAS

Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 01.02.08

1 February, 2008 – Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 01.02.08’s regular round-up of business stories from around the region, with links to further details.

PZ Cussons in £75m Sanctuary acquisition
The Greater Manchester based soaps and beauty products manufacturer has bought Sanctuary Spa Holdings, makers of the exclusive Sanctuary spa beauty care range and a health spa in Covent Garden.

Manson Insurance acquired by Jelf
Manchester-based insurance broker the Manson Insurance Group has been bought in a £16.2m cash and sales deal by the Jelf Group of Bristol.
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Mutley Properties expands north of the border
The Altrincham-based property developer has announced the purchase of a distribution unit in Livingston, West Lothian, for £2.45m.
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King Street purchase for UK Land and Property
The Liverpool-based developer has made its first acquisition in Manchester with the purchase of a King Street property in a deal though to be worth around £15m.
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Willmott Dixon hub opens with £90m order book
Construction group Willmott Dixon’s new Oldham hub has secured a healthy order book for the next two years, including school and leisure projects across the north west and Yorkshire.
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Chester Zoo banks on more (virtual) visitors with KMP and Flickr
Chester Zoo has come to the end of a nine-month project to completely revamp its online presence, working with Stockport’s KMP to integrate the photo-sharing application Flickr into its website.

Manchester’s Ingenious wind Imperial War Museum brief
Design agency Ingenious has come through a three-way pitch to get the chance to create a ‘Horrible Histories’ themed exhibition for the Imperial War Museum North.

Manchester’s Marketecture launches new website for Business Post
Business Post, which claims to be the UK’s largest independent parcel, mail and logistics services company, has relaunched its website following a redesign by marketing agency Marketecture.

Key103jobs goes Head First with outdoor launch
The new jobs website devised by Emap’s Jonathan Turpin for Key 103 is set to launch with an outdoor campaign produced by Manchester’s Head First. opens for business with Richard Lloyd as MD
InfoUSA’s UK subsidiary – the company set to build a database of every UK business – has has recruited Richard Lloyd as general manager started trading from its Old Trafford base.

Good opportunities for renting office space in Manchester
Corporates and other businesses looking for commercial property may find they are better off renting than agreeing to a freehold contract, one expert has said.
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Manchester Business School maintains world ranking position
MBS has maintained its 22nd place position in the Financial Times ranking of the world’s leading business schools. Read the full story on

NCC Group boss celebrates 41% profit rise
The MEN is running a profile of Rob Cotton, boss of Manchester’s NCC Group, which posted excellent half-year results last week along with news of a further corporate acquisition.
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K2 Group acquired by larger rival
Manchester-based Printing and direct mail specialists the K2 Group have been bought by dsicmm Group of Rainham in Essex, creating a £120m turnover operation with 1,100 staff.
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Argent unveils big plans for St Peter’s Square redevelopment
Leading property developer Argent has spoken to the Manchester Evening News about its plans for regenerating the St Peter’s Square area of Manchester City Centre.

SSL on track with profits rise forecast
Healthcare products manufacturer SSL says it is on course to achieve a 10% increase in operating profits, following a strong sales performance in the six months to September 2007.
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Manchester lawyer chosen as honorary Japanese consul
Peter Heginbotham, senior partner at Manchester law firm Davis Blank Furniss, has been named Japan’s first honorary consul for the north west.
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Steve Walsh returns with third online venture
Salford entrepreneur Steve Walsh, founder of and, has launched his new online business,, to help consumers get quotes from tradesmen.
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GGP Systems’ unique vision for urban regeneration in Salford
UK GIS supplier GGP Systems is playing a key role supporting one of Britain’s most successful and innovative urban regeneration partnerships.
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First tenants for Spring Gardens development
Bank of Scot
land Corporate is the first tenant in the new 40 Spring Gardens development recently completed by developer Langtree in central Manchester.
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Funnel creates ‘work of art’ for David Mackintosh
Manchester-based design agency Funnel has crafted a new book to promote the work of leading UK artist David Mackintosh.

SKV looks to build BDP’s profile
The UK’s biggest architecture firm has appointed Manchester’s Spinoza Kennedy Vesey to promote its offices in Liverpool and Manchester.

Developer commended for Salford school construction
Property developer Morgan Ashurst has scored top marks from the Considerate Constructors Scheme for its work at Harrop Fold High School on Hilton Lane in Salford.
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Krispy Kreme extends its relationship with MC2 ahead of new opening
The Manchester-based PR agency will coordinate launch activity for Krispy Kreme’s new city centre ‘donut coffee bar.’

TBWAManchester re-launches International Paper brand
TBWAManchester has launched an integrated campaign for International Paper’s Duo Brand. The campaign involves packaging and design and on and offline initiatives.

BDB picks up international business with Mettler-Toledo Safeline
Altrincham communications consultancy BDB has won a new contract from international product inspection company Mettler-Toledo Safeline.

Bikeshows Europe select Bird consultancy to launch new show Speed
Event organisers Bikeshows Europe has appointed the Manchester-based Bird Consultancy to promote its new event – The Speed Show – which launches in May.

Creative Lynx launches campaign for MBS
Manchester Business School (MBS) has launched a new campaign devised by Creative Lynx which harks back to the School’s ‘Manchester Method’ pioneering glory days.

Dawson picks up Graduate Prospects account
Graduate Prospects, the commercial arm of the charitable Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) is one of three new accounts for Dawson Design.

James Halstead reports 13% sales rise
The specialist flooring manufacturer from Radcliffe said that the weaker pound had helped them boost profits through cheaper raw material costs.
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Battlefield Sports set to invade Manchester
A Darwen-based company that specialises in large-scale laser-fighting games is set to launch a site in Greater Manchester, with more to follow if this one proves successful.
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Flic Everett launches ‘Pitch Doctor’ media consultancy
Manchester-based broadcaster and journalist Flic Everett has launched Pitch Doctor, a new agency that’s aiming to train PR professionals how to maximise media coverage.

Winning Pitch in £100k acquisition
The Manchester-based sales development agency has bought Creative Business Achievements of Sheffield in a cash and shares deal.
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3-D Sir Alex on display at Manchester United museum
Wilmslow-based Mather and Co are the technological brains behind a new exhibit that creates an interactive 3-D hologram of the Manchester United manager.
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Manchester International Festival offers commissions
The Manchester International Festival has put out a call to local artists and performers to bid for three separate £100,000 commissions for the 2009 and 2011 Festivals.
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Wigan goalkeeper launches travel guide series
Carlo Nash and his wife Jill have launched a new series of travel guides for backpackers who want to experience the luxury end of the travel market.
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Heywood sound system suppliers backing the Spice Girls
Five members of staff from Wigwam Acoustics are currently touring the globe with the re-formed girl group, providing the technical know-how behind the on-stage sound system.
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Manchester Airport unveils new valet parking service
Manchester Airport has launched a new valet parking service providing fast and convenient access to both terminals 1 and 3.

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