Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 08.02.08 - MIDAS

Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 08.02.08

8 February, 2008 – Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 08.02.08’s regular round-up of business stories from around the region, with links to further details.

BBC creates a new drama hub in Manchester
The BBC is to create a new drama hub in Manchester and has appointed Phil Collinson, currently the producer of Doctor Who in Cardiff, as the hub’s first head.

Manchester Central unveils £20m development plans
Manchester Central (formerly GMEX & MICC) has a three phase development which the company said will result in over £20m of capital expenditure in the venue.

Broadcast supplier Blackmagic Design to open first UK office in Manchester
Blackmagic Design, an Australian manufacturer of video cards and converters for the post production and broadcast industries, has announced plans to open its first UK office in Manchester.

eSay announces £100k leak-stopping software deal
The Salford-based software firm has finalised a deal with United Utilities for its ‘Pinpoint’ technology, which monitors and reports leaking mains.
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£50m investment for Gyro International
The Manchester office of marketing agency Gyro International is to share in the benefit of a £50m investment package agreed with US-based backers.
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Fido to launch Cheshire Year of Gardens 2008
Manchester’s Fido has picked up the PR account for the launch of one of the North West’s important ‘Year Of’ events, with the news that it will publicise the Cheshire Year of Gardens 2008.

Bolton’s Cube3 wins five year Christie hospital marketing contract
Cube3 Marketing of Bolton has beaten a host of agencies to the task of handling Cancer specialist Christie’s marketing needs for its private patient suite.

Manchester’s Fuse SPORT shortlisted for national industry award
The sports focused marketing and media agency Fuse has been shortlisted in the ‘best use of PR in a sponsorship campaign’ category in the 2008 Hollis sponsorship awards.

Kershaw Abbott merges with Kennedys
The Manchester based law firm has now becomes the first part of Kennedys Northern operation, along with three partners recruited from Halliwells.
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B3 plans Spanish acquisition
The Manchester-based cabling company is pushing on towards a turnover of £250m after buying the Santander-based arm of French company Nexans.
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Corpacq announces fifth acquisition in two years
The Manchester-based investment vehicle is targeting revenues of £100m, and has acquired Wakefield-based Filtermech Plant Sales as the next step towards its goal.
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North West CIPR urges PRs to go head-to-head in UK awards
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (North West) is calling for regional practitioners to fight for the organisation’s coveted Excellence Awards.

Urban Splash relaunches website
Manchester’s multi-award winning property developer Urban Splash has relaunched its website,, following several months of development work by B&W Studio and Elevator.

Verna looks to overseas expansion after MBO
Market expansion into North America and South Africa is on the cards after a management buy-out at the Bolton-based medical equipment manufacturer.
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Sports Direct announces Chinese strategic alliance
The sports goods chain has announced a deal with Shenzhen-based ITAT Group which will see brands including Slazenger, Dunlop, Karrimor and Lonsdale sold within the Chinese firm’s stores.
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Alder and Allen invests in GM site
The specialist petrochemicals clean-up company has invested £500k in expanding its facility at Walkden.
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Student entrepreneurs win University Venture Out competition
Two high-flying students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Business School have created a buzz by setting up a business importing and selling miniature helicopters.
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MC2 Boss Mike Perls on his passion for Manchester
The MEN has a profile piece on the founder of marketing agency MC2.
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Tenon and Cowgill Holloway sign up MC2
MC2 has significantly boosted its fee revenue and secured its position as one of the leading PR agencies for the corporate and professional services sector.

Lynton Trailers are on a roll
The Gorton-based specialist coach-makers, who produce equipment-trailers for clients including the NHS and private healthcare companies, have unveiled their latest product.
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New IoD NW boss on a mission to expand
Former BT executive Darrell Matthews has been named the new North West regional director for the Institute of Directors and is planning an expansion drive to recruit new members from ethnic minorities.
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Ten year old online research agency Virtual Surveys considers London opening
The Manchester-based online research company Virtual Surveys is celebrating its tenth birthday and said it is considering opening an office in London.

Bury’s Big Spark to launch new print title
Independent publisher Big Spark is launching in April the ‘Girl’s Guide to Property’, which will be primarily distributed free of charge at over 300 Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores.

K2 boss – ‘Junk-mail? Certainly not.’
Kevin Illingworth, Group MD of the East Manchester-based direct mail company, stresses the importance of targeted marketing and keeping communications channels open in an MEN profile piece.
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Former PC returns to Heywood
Ex- Greater Manchester police officer Dave Green has returned to his old station – now a business incubator – to open his new Benchmark Security Solutions HQ.
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Manchester’s young chefs train for TV stardom
Several young chefs have made their first steps to becoming the TV chefs of the future following a two-day young chef ambassador course held in Manchester earlier this week.
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