Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 15.02.08 - MIDAS

Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 15.02.08

15 February, 2008 – Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 15.02.08’s regular round-up of business stories from around the region, with links to further details.

Merrill Lynch in multi-£m dental practice acquisition
Bolton-based dental chain Integrated Dental Holdings has been bought for around £300m by Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity.
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Hasgrove announces latest acquisition
The Manchester-based communications consultancy has made its fifth merger deal in just over a year, with a deal to buy London-based public affairs consultancy Politics International.
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Neville Johnson to change hands for £10m
The Trafford Park-based fitted furniture firm is set to be bought by venture capital outfit Key Capital Partners.
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Wii deal for Worsley-based electronics company
Accessories 4 Technology’s hopes to more than double its turnover this year after its ’2.1 Speaker System’ was endorsed by global giant Nintendo for use with its Wii video game console.
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Head First to launch video game for Japanese publisher Capcom
Design and digital illustration agency Head First has won a pan-European project to help launch the latest video game in the ‘Devil May Cry®’ franchise for Japanese publisher Capcom.

T3D approaching £1m milestone
The Bury-based 3D / virtual reality design agency has reached the £750k turnover mark after a series of new account wins, and is heading for £1m within the next 12 months.
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Zetex wins Chinese trade award
The Chadderton-based semiconductor manufacturer is the recipient of this year’s North West England Greater China Business Award.
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NWDA gears up to put climate change on the regional agenda
The NWDA is looking for a partner to make key regional players sit up and take notice of the perils of climate change and its potential consequences for the people of the North West.

Origin picks up new financial services projects
Stockport agency Origin has won significant projects from mutual life insurer Royal London and the Cheshire Building Society.

Glorious Creative picks up Carlisle Airport business
Carlisle Airport has added Manchester and Liverpool design consultancy, Glorious Creative, to its roster of agencies, as it develops its objective to rebrand itself as the airport for the Lakes.

Fluid bags double awards haul
Fluid Creativity has fulfilled the promise it showed in the nominations for the E-Tameside awards last month, by taking two of the scheme’s key accolades.

Out There picks up Ask Developments launch
Ask Developments is set to create a new ‘urban quarter’ linking Salford and Manchester and is looking to Out There Events to handle the launch activity.

Rapport works with RBS and BAE
‘Green’ events design and production firm Rapport has won some of its biggest contracts to-date, with news that the firm has picked up work with Royal Bank of Scotland and BAE Systems.

Cranks gets a lot of Love with brand refresh
Vegetarian food brand Cranks has tasked Manchester’s Love with redesigning the packaging for its line of 38 products, as well as completely rebuilding its online presence.

4,400 new homes, 14,000 new jobs and one growing Vision Twentyone
Manchester-based public consultation agency Vision Twentyone has picked up the contract to handle Mid Bedfordshire District Council’s plans for regenerating the district.

Newcastle United signs 999 on year-long contract
999 Manchester has been brought in by Premiership club Newcastle United to complete a raft of marketing projects over the course of the next year.

ITIS plans for Iberian expansion
The Altrincham-based software company is planning to roll out its traffic management system across Spain after a successful trial in Barcelona.
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APPH Group announced MoD contract
The Bolton-based aviation engineering specialists have secured orders worth £1.1m to supply spares and maintenance services for RAF aircraft.
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Parfetts continues retail expansion
The Stockport-based, family-owned cash and carry company has opened its second Local4U retail store as it continues its expansion into the retail grocery sector.
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Eclectic benefits from upgrade investment
Boutique hotel chain Eclectic has spent £500k o
n its central Manchester and Didsbury apartment hotels and has seen occupancy rates rise as a result.
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Lookers to drive more sales online with new look site
Car retail giant Lookers has re-launched its website in an effort to supplement its showroom business and drive more sales online.

Renold shares up 10% on strong trading report
Shares in the Manchester-based engineering group have risen following a rise in profitability for 2007.
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Fleet investment for Heywood haulage firm
North West Logistics has spent £600k on eight brand new Mercedes Actros 26-tonne vehicles in order to meet increased client demand for its services.
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Trustguard Manchester plans office expansion
The mortgage and loan company is set to invest around £750k in new and larger offices in order to help it meet rising demand for its services.
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New Manchester flower market opens for business
Contractor Russells Construction has completed the new wholesale flower market at Smithfields four weeks ahead of schedule.
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Neon Creations lights the stars
The specialist neon-sign manufacturer from Bolton has been commissioned to provide its wares for a growing number of album covers, TV shows as well as shops, bars and museums.
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Award winning flash designer joins Code Computerlove
Interactive designer Stewart Hamilton has joined digital agency Code. He was voted Freelancer of the Year in the Big Chip Awards in 2006.

Primary School puts Chinese on the curriculum
A Manchester primary school is one of the first in the UK to teach Chinese, with help from teachers supplied by the Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester.
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Blue Peter Garden to be re-located as part of BBC move
Blue Peter’s famous garden, which has been situated at Television Centre in West London for the past 33 years, is scheduled to be transported to a site in West Manchester in 2009.
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