Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 22.02.08 - MIDAS

Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 22.02.08

22 February, 2008 – Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 22.02.08’s regular round-up of business stories from around the region, with links to further details.

 Mike Ingall forecasts Manchester population to treble by 2050
Allied London chief executive Michael Ingall made the upbeat prediction on Manchester’s future growth whilst unveiling the latest building in the city’s £1.5bn Spinningfields scheme.
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Peel reveals plans for Spanish Trafford Centre
Manchester-based property developer Peel Holdings has announced that Spanish authorities have given the green-light to a £500m ‘Trafford Centre España’ development on an 80-acre site in Torremolinos.
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Morgan Sindall reveals £4.3bn order book
The conglomerate owner of a number of Manchester-based building and refurbishment operations says its 2008 order-book is £1bn stronger than it was in 2007.
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Latest round of North West ERDF funding launched
The NWDA has announced details of the latest round of the European Regional Development Fund, which will make £521m available for development projects in the region over the next five years.
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Skills Boost for North West biomedical sector
A new government initiative has been launched that will aim to provide graduates with the necessary skills to work in the bioscience sector.
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Photolink opens Mumbai studio
The Manchester-based diverse media agency is planning to expand its operations into India and the Far East with the opening of its new Mumbai studio.
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SASS signs up R.O.EYE to promote photography franchise Venture UK
Communications agency SASS has recruited the services of R.O.EYE, a Manchester-based affiliate marketing agency, to help drive sales leads to portrait photography franchise Venture UK.

pro.manchester appoints RMS
Professional and financial services lobbying group pro.manchester has appointed RMS to advise on its media relations on a three year contract.

Big Issue in the North appoints Momentum for ‘strategic research’
The Big Life Company, the publisher of the Big Issue in the North, has appointed Momentum as its ‘strategic research consultant’ prior to an expansion programme planned for 2008.

Red Vision invests £1m to extend its working day internationally
BAFTA award-winning visual effects company Red Vision is investing £1m in technology that will enable its team in Canal Street Manchester to work with C4 Studios in Toronto and Vue in Perth, WA round the clock.

JYSK and Grand Arcade open up with Mediavest Manchester
Mediavest Manchester is set to launch two new retail ventures with the news that it has been appointed to handle the opening briefs for JYSK and The Grand Arcade.

Creative Times goes online from April
Manchester’s Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS) has announced that it is taking Creative Times, its popular quarterly publication, online from April.

Surgery PR consults Manchester’s Bubble for online nip and tuck
Surgery PR, a high-profile ’boutique’ PR agency based in London, has looked to Manchester’s Bubble to completely redesign its online presence.

Trimedia triumphs in three-way pitch for Keele University PR
The Manchester office of Trimedia has graduated from a three-way pitch to win the PR brief for Keele University, the UK’s largest campus university.

Manchester’s A&NG re-brands as Remedy
Creative agency A&NG, based at Chorlton Mill in Manchester city centre, has taken the decision to re-brand as Remedy on its tenth anniversary.

Funnel takes centre stage with Royal Exchange work
Manchester’s Funnel Creative has designed the spring/summer brochure for the acclaimed Royal Exchange Theatre, and is now in the process of crafting new work for the autumn/winter schedule.

The Neighbourhood enjoys online makeover from Manchester’s Love
Animation and illustration studio The Neighbourhood has launched an innovative new web presence through Love Creative.

Soya Health Foods revamps its range with Touchpoint
Cheshire-based health food company Soya has relaunched its core Sunrise soya milk range following a rebrand by Manchester-based agency Touchpoint.

MC2 scoops two financial PR accounts
MC2′s financial PR offering which was launched last summer is to manage the ongoing financial and corporate relations activities of AIM-listed NetServices plc and PLUS markets’ Winning Pitch.

Computer company Aria appoints Creation for new campaign
Computer component supplier Aria PC has appointed Manchester-based agency Creation, a subsidiary of Alvaston Media plc, to launch a consumer focused sales campaign for the company.

Hogg Robinson set to expand its Manchester operation
The corporate travel specialist, which claims an 18% share of its market, is planning to increase staffing at its King Street HQ from 140 to 220 over the next two years.
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Epistem and AstraZeneca announce oncology breakthrough
Epistem plc has completed a preliminary study with AstraZeneca for the use of its proprietary, minimally invasive plucked human hair biomarker technology to help steer oncology drug development.
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RBS strengthens Manchester property finance team
The Royal Bank of Scotland has appointed two experts to strengthen the property finance team at its Spinningfields base in Manchester.
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A&L Director predicts ‘robust’ NW economic health
Bryce Glover, Director of Corporate Banking at Alliance & Leicester in Manchester says the North West economy is strong enough to avoid any significant down-turn in the immediate future.
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BRB Residuary plans Rail House re-vamp
The concrete ‘eyesore’ next to Piccadilly station is set to be transformed into ‘Piccadilly Gate’, a 125,000 sq ft office scheme.

Lowri Beck secures £750k expansion funding package
The Wigan-based firm, which specialises in providing meter-reading and billing services, has secured funding to support a major new software investment and expansion drive.
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Access gets under the skin of BODY WORLDS
Manchester based creative agency Access Advertising Marketing and Design is behind the advertising campaign for Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 4 at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry.
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Carlick changes hands in management buy-in
Two senior managers at the Heywood-based specialist furniture manufacturer have bought the family-owned business and now plan to expand operations.
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Designer Wayne Hemingway visits MMU
The acclaimed designer was visiting the university to present Land of Lost Content, a web resource described as the ‘most comprehensive collection of cultural and design images’ in Britain.
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NWV+M’s Virgin Shorts funding for film-makers
North West Vision + Media is offering funding of up to £2,500 for first-time film-makers who want to develop their short film ideas.
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Oldham Town Centre Partnership appoints new Chairman
Andrew Fletcher, former Assistant Chief Executive of Oldham Council, has become the new Chairman of the Oldham Town Centre Partnership.
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Hampsons re-brand moving ahead
Sale-based Lyndale Foods is re-branding its 100-strong chain of Hampsons bakeries to bring them under the umbrella of its long-standing brand Sayers.
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Zetex reports shares surge
Shares in the Chadderton-based semiconductor manufacturer rose by 5.8% following reported pre-tax profits of £7.75m for 2007.
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Altrincham shopping centre swoop on the cards
The MEN reports that Altrincham-based property tycoon Nabeel Chowdery is planning to buy the town’s Grafton Shopping Centre.
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Trafford Council offers business emergency planning seminar
Trafford businesses are being asked how would their business cope if their premises were struck by fire, flood, computer crash or attack?
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Stockport Business Reviews Winter 08 out now
The Winter 08 edition of the Stockport Business Review is available now from Stockport Council.
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