Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 14.03.08 - MIDAS

Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 14.03.08

14 March, 2008 – Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 14.03.08’s regular round-up of business stories from around the region, with links to further details.

Plans for Bolton’s Church Wharf unveiled at MIPIM
Developers Bluemantle and Ask Developments have revealed plans for the £210m Bolton redevelopment project at the MIPIM property conference in Cannes this week.
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Stockport Grand Central scheme given go-ahead
Plans submitted by developer TargetFollow for the £45m transformation of Stockport’s town-centre leisure destination have been given the green light.
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Exchange Station scheme secures £8.5m grant
A property scheme set to transform the area around Manchester’s Victoria Station and linking the area to Salford, is set to go ahead following the award of an £8.5m grant from English Partnerships.
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National Enterprise Academy for Greater Manchester
The Government has announced that an £8m training centre for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow will be launched in Greater Manchester, in partnership with Manchester Business School.
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Bank of New York chosen by O2 for financial services
Mobile phone giant O2 has selected the Bank of New York, whose Euro HQ is based in central Manchester, to provide investment accounting, cash management and securities lending services.
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Commercial property market remains buoyant in North
The North of England doesn’t suffer from the same problems caused by lack of availability and choice in the South and South East, according to a new report from Property Executive.
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AMEC reports soaring profits
Engineering group AMEC, employer of around 800 people in the North West, has announced a 59% increase in profits, following a year of significant changes in its business operations.
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IJS Global opens new Altrincham hub
The global freight-forwarding company has relocated from the Manchester International Office Centre to Altrincham Business Park as part of an ongoing expansion drive.
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Ultimate to open central Manchester office
Invoice discounting and factoring specialist Ultimate Finance has announced plans to raise its profile in the Manchester market by moving its northern HQ to the city centre.
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DAC planning recruitment & expansion drive
Manchester-based law firm Davies Arnold Cooper has announced plans to double the size of its operation and is exploring flexible working options as an incentive to new recruits.
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Report recommends high-speed rail between Manchester and London
A new report from planning consultants Atkins has said that a 187 mph high-speed train line between Manchester and London would make financial sense.
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Developer Chosen For Stockport’s New Civic Building
Stockport Council’s Executive has chosen Alfred McAlpine Developments as its ‘preferred developer’ to construct a new civic building next to Stockport Town Hall.
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Out There Events grabs MEN’s Business of the Year Awards
Manchester’s Out There Events has won the contract to stage the Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Awards 2008.

Publisher Excel looks to create 25 new jobs in online and events push
Manchester, Leeds and Stockport-based Excel Publishing Company is looking to expand its online and events departments in a move that company bosses say will create 25 new jobs.

Hemisphere launches brand for Manchester/Salford regeneration area
Design agency Hemisphere has continued to plough its fertile creative furrow of place branding with the launch of a new name and identity for a ‘twin city’ regeneration project.

Standards Board wraps up hunt for design agency with Tayburn appointment
The SBE has been looking to appoint a design team to handle its annual report and review task; the pitch process has now been concluded and Tayburn has succeeded in claiming the brief.

Monster Music entrepreneurs set for Manchester return
Two London-based video production specialists have opted to set up their new business in Manchester, citing the city’s thriving new media scene as the inspiration for their move.
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Grimwood and Dix on takeover trail
The Dukinfield-based firm of electrical engineers recently bought administration-hit Hyde Electrical Services and is now looking to make further acquisitions.
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Profits rise again at Inventive
Tameside-based vodka bar chain Inventive Leisure continues to push forward its expansion plans, and has already announced a profit rise of 25% for 2007/08.
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Connexions appoints Go Creative to re-brand brief
Go Creative, part of the Sale-based AWA Group, has come through a three-way pitch to pick up the task to re-brand the Cheshire and Warrington based branch of Connexions.

Walsh Simmons to develop new branding for Harvest
Manchester-based design and marketing agency Walsh Simmons has been appointed to develop branding and launch materials for five new build developments in Cheshire.

Vision Media reveals £2.5m Clear Channel deal
Vision Media Group, the new name for the AIM-listed outdoor firm formerly known as ScreenFX, has revealed a ten-year advertising agreement with global giant Clear Channel.

Dr Newman’s Clinic looks to RMS for consultancy work
Specialist skincare operation Dr Newman’s Clinic has appointed Altrincham’s RMS PR to raise its profile amongst consumer groups.

Cherry Red wins 7 Feet Kazakhstan contract
Bolton’s Cherry Red Design has been picked to build a new website selling yachts to the super-rich of former Soviet republic Kazakhstan.

US expansion for Footie Chick
The Altrincham-based sports and leisure-wear fashion firm has opened its first US-based franchise operation in Atlantic City.
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Tuborg appoints Momentum to manage its summer festivals
The Carlsberg lager brand Tuborg has appointed Manchester-based marketing agency Momentum to manage its summer festivals promotional campaign.

Manchester’s Red reaches ‘first look’ agreement with BBC Worldwide
Red Productions has struck an agreement whereby the BBC will have first rights to all their drama output internationally over the next three years in return for investment in the company.

TBWA launches new campaigns for ghd and Crown
TBWAManchester is supporting the launch of a new ‘club’ for haircare brand ghd and has also launched an integrated campaign for Crown’s range of Breatheasy paints.

Three regional winners at CIPR Grand Prix Awards
PR agencies SKV and Brazen together with the Lancashire Constabulary won awards at the CIPR Grand Prix awards in Birmingham last week.

International client-base boosts Mazars
The Manchester office of accountancy firm Mazars is on course for a £10m fee income after taking on a number of new overseas-owned clients.
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Navy contract for desalination specialists
Rochdale-based Salt Separation Services has won a contract to install million-litre per day water-purifying systems on two Royal Navy aircraft carriers.
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Tenon remains on the acquisition trail
Turnover has doubled at Tenon Group following a number of acquisitions in the North West, but further expansion is still very much on the cards.
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Manchester City fans can buy with PayPass
Manchester City has become the first club in Europe to roll out a ‘PayPass’ system, allowing fans to pay for items at the club’s shops and bars with a swipe of their season ticket.
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MBS wins European final of Venture Capital Investment Competition
A team from Manchester Business School has won the European final of the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC).
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New operator set to expand scope of Bolton Farmers’ Market
A specialist operator is to take over the management of Bolton Farmers’ market, aiming to widen its appeal and attract more shoppers into Bolton town centre on Sundays.
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Salford & Trafford Council websites among best in UK
Salford City Council and Trafford Council’s websites have both been ranked among the best of their kind in the country.
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Stockport luthier supplier launches online
A specialist importer of the rare woods and other materials required in the manufacture of guitars has set up an online business ( supply luthiers across the UK.
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Martin Freeman hits Manchester as Boy Meets Girl goes into production for ITV
The Office, Love Actually and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy star Martin Freeman is set to start filming in Manchester in a new gender-swapping ITV1 comedy drama.

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