Bdaily's North West correspondent

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North West timber supplier with £10m turnover undergoes MBO

Richard Bell

A £10m-turnover timber supplier with four depots across the North West has undergone a multi-million pound management buyout (MBO) by one of its directors. North West Timber Treatments Ltd has been…

BT has taken on 157 new staff in Warrington since April last year
Nearly 100 jobs up for grabs at BT’s Warrington contact centre

Richard Bell

BT has revealed plans to create 97 new jobs at its contact centre in Warrington. The announcement forms part of a UK-wide recruitment drive, as the telecoms giant looks to transform…

Liverpool FC gather views on their £50m ‘state-of-the-art ’ Academy redevelopment

Richard Bell

A public consultation over Liverpool FC’s plan to redevelop its Academy in Kirkby has now closed. The £50m scheme, being developed in partnership with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, would consolidate the…

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Wirral car salesman gears up with new Bromborough dealership

Richard Bell

A car salesman on the Wirral has decided to go it alone and open his own dealership. John Parks launched Parks Motor Company on Old Hall Industrial Estate in Bromborough after…

BDO’s Ed Dwan
‘Calculated investment risks’ deliver £11.3bn overseas turnover for North West mid-sized businesses

Richard Bell

Mid-sized companies have been the driving force behind the North West’s overseas turnover in the last year, according to new research. Data released by accountancy and advisory firm BDO has underlined…

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New Sandbach base for aerospace parts manufacturer AVS-SYS

Richard Bell

Aerospace composite design engineering company AVS-SYS Ltd has set up shop at a new facility in Cheshire. The firm said new base, located in Sandbach, will offer staff a more efficient…

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Virgin Atlantic’s Manchester expansion takes off with inaugural flight to San Francisco

Richard Bell

Virgin Atlantic has kicked off “significant growth” this week at Manchester Airport with the launch of the first in a hat trick of long-haul services to the US. This morning (March…

Article 50: Let’s hope this Pandora’s Box unleashes something good for Britain

Richard Bell

It’s finally happening. Article 50 is being triggered this week, paving the way for Britain’s formal divorce negotiations with the European Union. Whether you voted to Leave or Remain in last…

Phillip Nunn
Manchester investment company Blackmore acquires new city centre base

Richard Bell

Investment firm The Blackmore Group has relocated to a new HQ in central Manchester to accommodate its growing team. The company moved from Albion Wharf to the 15,000 sq ft 2…

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Booths expands outside North West for first time with Malaysia export deal

Richard Bell

North West supermarket chain Booths is expanding outside the region for the first time after signing an export deal in South East Asia. The Preston-headquartered company has announced a joint venture…

Athena Livesey
Meet the female engineer looking to empower the North West’s women in industry

Richard Bell

A female principal engineering geologist for professional services and engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is taking steps to empower women working in engineering in the North West. As part of…

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New Manchester base for travel firm Thomas Cook

Richard Bell

Travel company Thomas Cook is establishing a new base in Manchester. The firm has signed a five-year deal with developer The Derwent Group for 6,300 sq ft, a whole floor, at…