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Accelerate Places to create co-working space for Manchester’s growing small businesses

Richard Bell

Co-working space provider Accelerate Places is establishing a centre in Manchester’s Grade II-listed 101 Princess Street. With backing from private equity firm Blenheim Chalcot, the company’s new two-storey space will target…

L-R: Laura Dover, David Edwards, Helen Griffin, Roger Spence, Jennifer Larton and Nick Booth
This week’s North West appointments

Richard Bell

Five appointments, Harrison Drury Harrison Drury, the Preston-based commercial law firm, has made a series of promotions in its senior management team. The company has given directorships to its operations manager, Laura…

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Pharma collaboration to make Greater Manchester a world leader in medicines

Richard Bell

A new partnership announced today (February 24) is seeking to help Greater Manchester become the world’s safest and most effective place to receive medicine and cement its position in the…

SurveyMe lets businesses capture real-time employee and consumer feedback
Stockport’s SurveyMe expands into California with £2m funding

Richard Bell

Mobile survey app developer SurveyMe has closed a £2m funding campaign. The seven-figure boost has allowed the Stockport-based firm to expand with a new office in California as part of strategy…

Paul Whitney, corporate finance director at Hallidays
Oldham manufacturer James Briggs secures buyer for Premiere Products business

Richard Bell

North West manufacturing firm James Briggs (Holdings) Limited has sold its Premiere Products business to one of the UK’s biggest independent cleaning product suppliers. Family-owned Selden Research Limited acquired the brand…

Jonathan Burr with Intelesant’s service development director, Louise Rogerson
Manchester health tech startup Howz secures £30k accelerator grant

Richard Bell

Health tech firm Howz has landed a five-figure grant after winning the EDF Energy Pulse Award for Connected Home and Business. The Manchester-based startup, which offers a connected home system allowing…

A total of 2,000 sq ft has been let at the Dallam Lane facility
Three companies bring 24 jobs to Warrington tech hub The Base

Richard Bell

The Base, Warrington’s Grade-A tech and engineering hub, has secured three new tenants. A total of 2,000 sq ft at the Dallam Lane facility has been let to software company Ixis…

The scheme is located next to Manchester’s £800m NOMA district
Manchester-based Progressive Living begins work on 64-home Angel Street scheme

Richard Bell

Developer Progressive Living has started work on its North Central development in Manchester. The scheme, located on Angel Street next to the city’s £800m NOMA district, will create 40 two-bedroom and…

L-R: RMG MD Giles Hampson, Enterprise Ventures’ Chris Pestell and RMG founder Andrew Evans
Cheshire’s Recruitment Management Group undergoes Enterprise Ventures-backed MBO

Richard Bell

A recruitment business in Cheshire has changed hands following a management buyout. Daresbury-based Recruitment Management Group (RMG) has been taken over by Giles Hampson, who acquired the shares of founder Andrew…

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Costa coming to Kirkby Town Centre

Richard Bell

High street chain Costa Coffee has revealed plans for a new branch in Kirkby. The store, Costa’s first in the Merseyside town, will occupy a 2,700 sq ft unit within St.…

One-third of North West manufacturers consider moving overseas

Richard Bell

A large chunk of the North West manufacturing community is considering moving some of its plants or operations abroad, according to a new survey. Research from professional services giant KPMG found…

Dr Singh (left) with broadcaster John Humphrys
India offers Northern Powerhouse firms access to ‘massive’ opportunities

Richard Bell

The boss of the biggest business organisation in India is calling on the North to take advantage of emerging opportunities across the subcontinent. Dr A Didar Singh, the secretary general of…