Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 29.02.08 - MIDAS

Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 29.02.08

29 February, 2008 – Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 29.02.08’s regular round-up of business stories from around the region, with links to further details.

Manchester’s Business Reputation continues to grow
Manchester’s reputation as a good place for corporates to set up headquarters and offices is growing as more organisations look to regions outside of London, it has been claimed.
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Greengate set to create ‘riviera’ gateway
Developer Ask has predicted that its Greengate scheme will turn the River Irwell into a new ‘riviera’ district, to the great benefit of both Manchester and Salford.

Manchester welcomes two more financial services firms
Manchester’s reputation as a corporate hub has been strengthened by news that two financial and professional services firms have moved into an office building on Oxford Street.
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Manchester Airport celebrates bumper year for cargo
Manchester Airport is celebrating a strong year for its cargo business, with volumes increasing 10.3% to 166,500 tonnes.
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Defra makes £400m available for clean energy investment
The government will be making £400m available for investment in clean energy technologies and enterprises over the next 3 years, via Defra.

Endless unveils £164m investment fund
Corporate turnaround specialists Endless, who have an office in Manchester, plans to use a portion of its investment funding to secure deals in the North West.
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Brammer plans further expansion
The Manchester-based engineering components specialist is planning to use a £120m war chest to add to the seven acquisitions it made last year as it pushes for £500m annual revenues.
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Voiceover Gallery heads down south with new London office
The Voiceover Gallery has opened its first arm outside of its traditional Manchester home, with a new studio and office facility in London.

Brazen comes through three-way pitch to collect Nando’s account
Brazen has won a wide-ranging brief from The Grocery Company Ltd that will see the team promoting Nando’s Peri-Peri Sauces, alongside Pizza Express, Wagamama and Cranks branded product lines.

Brazen wins Cirque Surreal account
UK circus operator Cirque Surreal has awarded its PR account to Brazen after a pitch against fellow Manchester agency Fido.

Wickes appoints McCanns for digital support
Following a five-way pitch, DIY and home improvement company Wickes has appointed McCanns’ digital division to provide digital marketing support to the retailer.

Altrincham’s Marketecture to draw up plans for Pozzoni
B2B marketing agency Marketecture has been appointed to boost the profile of leading architecture practice Pozzoni.

Smith and Smith wins Daresbury business
Manchester’s Smith and Smith has come through a four-way pitch to collect the PR account for the Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus (Daresbury SIC).

Field to Podium looks to Fuse Sport to tackle hearts and minds
New sportswear brand Field to Podium is looking to establish itself in the ‘hearts and minds of the UK public’ and has hired Manchester’s Fuse Sport to help it achieve its objectives.

Oldham rebrand on course for Spring
Oldham has taken a further step towards unveiling a new identity with the conclusion of the ‘consultation and research’ stage of the rebrand process.

Citypress launches and Caspian Publishing’s Hot 100
Manchester-based PR agency Citypress has helped launch the new jobs initiative from Key103 and has been retained by London’s Caspian Publishing.

Wrather Group acquires Arkwright House
The office block at Parsonage Gardens, with tenants including HSBC, has been purchased in a deal worth £18.5m.
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Four Two Four acquires Trinity Way property
The former Staples outlet, a 28,000 sq ft vacant lot, has been purchased by WHR Property Consultancy on behalf of Irish investors Four Two Four.
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MC2 advises Darwen Holdings on floatation
MC2 has helped Blackburn-based bus manufacturer Darwen Holdings to gain admission to the AIM index.

Bird books into Crewe Hall
ter’s Bird Consultancy has been appointed to handle the PR brief for Crewe Hall, the Grade 1 listed 4-star Cheshire hotel owned by the QHotels Group.

Manchester City to launch Seasoncard 08/09 campaign with Mark Studio
Manchester City is aiming to capitalise on the team’s current good form on the pitch with an off the field marketing offensive to push the new Seasoncard for the 2008/09 campaign.

Sales rise at Epistem
The University of Manchester spin-out biotech company saw a £400k rise in sales revenues in 2007 following increased demand for its contract research services.
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Triple acquisition for Infinity
Private equity firm Infinity Asset Management has complete three deals recently, including the buyout of Denton-based slimming franchise Vitaline.
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University of Salford seeks QS for Media City plans
Salford University is looking for a QS to provide independent cost advice on fitting out for a new building at Media City, Salford Quays, ready for the new academic year September 2011.
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Lightmaker relaunches Morphy Richards website
Multinational electrical appliance manufacturer and distributor, Morphy Richards, has relaunched its UK website through the Manchester office of digital agency Lightmaker.

LateRooms celebrates international market expansion
The Salford-based Internet hotel-booking service has signed a deal with InterContinental Hotels which will give it access to 3,800 new destinations in 100 countries.

Rugby League to be swept by Takeover Fever?
At a recent ‘Rubgy League Means Business’ seminar, RL chief Richard Lewis predicted growth and major investment for the sport as future expansion plans are put into place.

Manchester filmmakers enjoy big-screen debut
Filmmakers from across Manchester filled the Cornerhouse cinema to watch a big screen debut of their work, after winning funding from regional screen agency, Northwest Vision and Media.

Northenden Food Market set to continue
Following the hugely successful launch of the monthly specialist market in Northenden, Manchester City Council has today announced that the market will be made permanent.
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Previous round-up items:
Week ending 22.02.08
Week ending 15.02.08
Week ending 08.02.08
Week ending 01.02.08

Source: Various, as per links

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One Response to “Greater Manchester Business News round-up w/e 29.02.08”

  1. welovetrainingcoursescoukToni says:

    Manchester is growing fast lately. Many businesses are moving their main office spaces in to Manchester which means more job opening positions will be available.

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