Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 07.03.08 - MIDAS

Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 07.03.08

7 March, 2008 – Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 07.03.08’s regular round-up of business stories from around the region, with links to further details.

Peel Holdings unveils plans for ‘Super-Port’
Peel is set to invest £50bn in the North West in order to realise its ‘Ocean Gateway’ vision for a port complex linking Liverpool to a massive Eccles depot, via the Manchester Ship Canal.
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Arora believed to have bid £100m plus for Granada site
ITV has chosen the privately-owned hotel and property company headed up by Surinder Arora as preferred developer on its 24 to 30 acre Granada TV site in central Manchester.

MCR Property Group in £33m portfolio purchase
Manchester-based MCR has acquired Legal & General’s Illustrious portfolio, which includes office and industrial properties throughout the UK and negotiations are underway on a second portfolio deal.
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Bruntwood pays £28.5m for Bridgewater House
The Manchester-based property group has invested in the Whitworth Street office block, one of the largest in the city, buying from UBS Triton Property Fund.
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Four regional winners at Design Week Awards
North West agencies won a record number of categories at the annual Design Week Awards in London this week, with a total of four regional winners and one commendation.

£420m Catalyst Healthcare consortium appoints Bell Pottinger North
The Catalyst Healthcare consortium, which is responsible for a £420 million PFI scheme to redevelop the Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals, has appointed Bell Pottinger North as its PR agency.

Markets’ £42 million Christmas bonus for city
The hugely-popular Christmas Markets in Manchester brought a massive £42.6 million worth of business to the city last year, according to new figures announced today.
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Cheetham Bell JWT picks up Bronze Global Effie
Manchester’s Cheetham Bell JWT has won a Bronze Global Effie at the World Effie Festival in Singapore for its work on the Kellogg’s Special K campaign ‘Drop a Jean Size Challenge’.

Manchester’s Tangerine launches event division with Dulux win
Castlefield-based Tangerine PR has launched a new events division on the back of securing a new events contract with Dulux.

Aimia Foods appoints Tangerine to help launch Slazenger drinks
Aimia Foods has awarded a PR contract to help launch the company’s new licensed brand, Slazenger drinks, to Tangerine PR.

Building Trade Skills Centre hires Beattie
The Manchester office of Beattie Communications has been taken on by the Building Trade Skills Centre to promote its plumber training courses.

UKFast goes green with Ecoservers
Manchester-based web hosting firm UKFast has introduced eco-friendly server technology in a bid to help the environment and make the most of the SME market.

Bolton Council seeks development partner
A developer is being sought to implement a 70-acre mixture of high-quality office space, leisure space, hotels and residential accommodation for students.
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Peel unveils business jet hub plan for Barton
Peel Holdings has recently re-badged Barton Aerodrome as ‘City Airport, Manchester’ and is now planning to develop the site as a hub for business travel.

JYSK selects Stockport for UK HQ
The Danish furniture and furnishings retailer has opened its UK headquarters in Hazel Grove, from which they plan to coordinate a 500-store UK roll-out and expansion plan.
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Peel Ports sells haulage division to Danish company
The £48m turnover haulage operation Roadferry has been purchased for an undisclosed sum to DSV Road Holdings, part of a Danish-based global logistics operation.
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Fuse Sport’s Tongan rugby stunt beats the BAFTAs, Wembley and Glastonbury
Manchester-based sports marketing agency Fuse Sport has again beaten some big name competitors to secure the ‘best use of PR’ accolade at the Hollis Sponsorship Awards.

Fuse brokers Observer deal for Paddy Power
Sports marketing agency Fuse Sport has struck a deal with The Observer to promote bookmaker Paddy Power during the Cheltenham Festival.

Future School Solutions launches school admin service
A new Sale-based company aims to ease the administrative burden on primary schools by offer a range of services from financial planning through to HR and recruitment.
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Corpacq’s Purple Spot agrees £3m deal for Vista Group
The Manchester-based investment firm has agreed a cash offer for the AIM-listed door manufacturer.
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Bredbury Hall sold for £17m
The luxury hotel and country club in Stockport has changed hands, with First House Leisure Group selling to investors Kenneth Abbott, Andrew Runnacles Chadwick and David Schofield.

Fred Done fancies a punt on Tote
Betfred’s Fred Done is potentially interested in the possibility of the Tote chain of betting shops being sold on the open market.
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Big Chip Awards entry deadline extended
Manchester Digital has taken the decision to extend the Big Chip Awards deadline for entries to 17 March.

Carlyle Group plans further acquisitions
The US-based property investor that bought Three and Four Piccadilly Place from Argent has confirmed that it is looking to expand its North West portfolio.
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Bagel Nash set to open five Manchester outlets
The takeaway bagel bakery chain has announced plans to expand across the north, with the first of five stores set to open in Manchester’s Arndale Centre.
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atg UV Technology wins export award
The Wigan-based water purification specialists have taken UKTI’s ‘North West Passport to Export Award 2007′.
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Shares rise at 4imprint
The Trafford Park-based promotional merchandising company saw share values rise following an announcement of a healthy start to 2008.
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NWDA officially confirms design panel appointments
The NWDA has officially confirmed the agencies that will now constitute its ‘design panel’, serving all of the RDA’s design requirements for a maximum of four years.

UKTI & RDAs announce overseas trade support strategy
Following comprehensive joint reviews, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the English Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) have agreed new arrangements for delivering inward investment promotion overseas and trade support in the English regions.

Facebook head heads to TBWA
TBWAManchester has secured the services of Facebook’s commercial director for a one off event at the agency’s Didsbury base.

School book supplier celebrates 20th anniversary
Oldham-based Madeleine Lindley expects sales to reachthe £3m mark as it marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the company.
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Manchester United desktop news service on target for end March launch
Manchester United is set to add to its online offering with a free desktop news service for fans.

Channel M invests ‘substantial’ six figure sum in TV and outdoor campaign
MEN Media is investing an undisclosed ‘substantial’ six figure sum on raising awareness of its Manchester TV station Channel M.

Rovers Return to move from Coronation Street to the high street?
ITV bosses are said to be considering opening up themed Rovers Return pubs on the high street, as the broadcaster looks to exploit the earning potential of some of its biggest brands.

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Manchester Evening News
England’s Northwest
Manchester City Council

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