Archive for February, 2014

Pedestrian Power Rules in New Vision

Pedestrian Power Rules in New Vision

Creating a European ‘al  fresco’ atmosphere is one aim of a transport vision backed by leading councillors. Pedestrianising Northgate Street, St Werburgh Street and Hunter Street, is key to the city’city’s ambition of becoming a world-class visitor destination, according to…

    Third Lease of Life for Denbigh Building

    Third Lease of Life for Denbigh Building

    A beloved former school building and court of law is being given another new lease of life! Free Press photographer Craig Colville and reporter Kirstie Dolphin were given a tour of the magistrate’s courts in Denbigh, Grove Road, and even…

      Hundreds of Jobs Linked to Housing Plan

      Hundreds of Jobs Linked to Housing Plan

      Developers have submitted two  multi-million pound plans to redevelop landmark former hospital sites in  projects that will create hundreds of  jobs. Pure Residential and Commercial  has unveiled its proposal for a 87 home  development at the eight acre site of …

        Union Action to Save Llangollen Jobs

        Union Action to Save Llangollen Jobs

        Unite is investigating the possibility of a rescue package from the Welsh government, as a third of the 90-strong workforce at the printers, Dobson & Crowther in Llangollen, near Wrexham, face redundancy. Unite, Wales’ largest union, has already contacted Welsh…

          Council Leader Tells Developers to ‘Think Again’

          Council Leader Tells Developers to ‘Think Again’

          Council leader Mike Jones is encouraging developers to come up with fresh plans for riverside homes and apartments after the previous scheme was unanimously rejected. Redrow Homes and site owners Lloyds Banking Group had sought approval for 33 dwellings at…

            Deeside Firm to Help Supersonic Jet Car Smash Record

            Deeside Firm to Help Supersonic Jet Car Smash Record

            A supersonic jet car  that aims to smash the  world land speed record by  travelling 1,000mph is  being backed by a Deeside  aviation firm. Bloodhound SSC – a car  with both a rocket and jet  engine – has been designed …

              IFB to Include Dedicated Professional Services Week

              IFB to Include Dedicated Professional Services Week

              The International Festival for Business has revealed details of a week of events dedicated to the UK’s professional and financial service business communities. The Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW), UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA), Chartered Institute of…

                New Rhyl Aquatic Centre Moves a Step Closer

                New Rhyl Aquatic Centre Moves a Step Closer

                Plans for a new aquatic centre in Rhyl have been given the green light by councillors. Denbighshire council’s cabinet approved proposals to select a preferred developer to provide better tourism and leisure facilities in Rhyl, including a new aquatic centre….

                  European Funding Available for Welsh SMEs

                  European Funding Available for Welsh SMEs

                  Two new European programmes have been revealed which could help small businesses across Wales reach new markets. The Eurostars programme provides funding for small and medium-sized companies to develop innovative products, processes and services which can be commercialised. Participating businesses…

                    The Mere ‘Considering Future Expansion’

                    The Mere ‘Considering Future Expansion’

                    The Mere Golf Resort and Spa is eyeing further investment in its facilities, chief executive Mark Boler told Insider. The resort, which opened a new hotel in 2012, is this year celebrating its 30th anniversary since the Boler family took over….

                      Student Scheme Gets Green Light on Appeal

                      Student Scheme Gets Green Light on Appeal

                      A government inspector has given the go-ahead for more city centre student accommodation after overturning Cheshire West and Chester Council’s decision to refuse planning consent. The planning committee had rejected an application by William Fishwick and Son Ltd to build…

                        New Figures Show Unemployment Rise in Wirral

                        New Figures Show Unemployment Rise in Wirral

                        The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Wirral increased by more than 300 last month. Official figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number rose to 6,710 in January – a rise of 328 on the previous…

                          Pets at Home to Raise £275m with Float

                          Pets at Home to Raise £275m with Float

                          Cheshire retailer Pets at Home has become the latest retailer to confirm plans to float on the London Stock Exchange in a move that will raise £275m. In addition, the Handforth-based business, bought by private equity firm KKR for £955m…

                            CWaC Seeks Fresh Design Team for Northgate

                            CWaC Seeks Fresh Design Team for Northgate

                            Cheshire West & Chester Council is formally procuring a new design and development team for the £300m retail-led scheme in Chester city centre. Up until this point CWAC was advised by ACME, scheme architects; Davis Langdon, cost consultants; WSP, covering transport,…

                              MoD Shortlists Nuclear Submarine Waste Storage Sites

                              MoD Shortlists Nuclear Submarine Waste Storage Sites

                              The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has shortlisted five possible locations to store nuclear waste from submarines. The MoD is looking for somewhere to store radioactive components until the 2040s when a permanent disposal facility is due to be ready. The…

                                New Marketing Campaign for Deeside Enterprise Zone

                                New Marketing Campaign for Deeside Enterprise Zone

                                High flying business executives are being targeted in a new marketing campaign promoting a regional enterprise park. Deeside Enterprise Zone’s latest promotional material has set business leaders using Liverpool and Manchester Airports in its sights. The business park’s location and…

                                  Nineteen Homes to be Built on Former Hotel Site

                                  Nineteen Homes to be Built on Former Hotel Site

                                  Nineteen new homes are to be built on the derelict site of a former hotel. Clwyd Alyn Housing Association was yesterday granted planning permission by Conwy County Council for 15 one-and two-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom houses. The apartments will be in…

                                    New Tenant Moves into Daresbury

                                    New Tenant Moves into Daresbury

                                    The North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) has become the latest tenant to take space at Sci-Tech Daresbury. The organisation, which is one of 15 academic health science networks, has taken 1,130 sq ft at Vanguard House. It…

                                      Members to Vote on Enlarged Chester Pedestrian Zone

                                      Members to Vote on Enlarged Chester Pedestrian Zone

                                      Chester’s core pedestrianised area could be extended to include the new theatre, library and cinema complex and proposed Northgate development, if members endorse a new city-wide transport strategy. The proposal would see Northgate Street, St Werburgh Street and Hunter Street…

                                        Brussels Launch for IFB

                                        Brussels Launch for IFB

                                        Business secretary Vince Cable has launched the International Festival for Business in Brussels. Dr Cable launched the 50-day expo at the British Residence in Brussels at an event hosted by the British ambassador to Belgium, Jonathan Brenton, and urged businesses…