Archive for May, 2014

College Shortlisted for Investors in People Award

College Shortlisted for Investors in People Award

West Cheshire College has been named as a top organisation for people management practice in the UK, having been shortlisted in the One to Watch – Most Improved category, in the first Investors in People Awards. The Awards, which received…

    Micro-Care Franchises are a ‘First’ in the UK

    Micro-Care Franchises are a ‘First’ in the UK

    A Chester-based care company is to launch the UK’s first ever micro-care franchises in Cheshire West. SureCare says the community-based franchises – called SureCare Local – are perfect for younger entrepreneurs or those over 60. Unlike a full SureCare franchise…

      St Asaph Design Firm to Expand After Investment

      St Asaph Design Firm to Expand After Investment

      A cutting edge product design team is set to expand after a major investment in new hi-tech equipment. Design Reality, based in St Asaph, has enjoyed 13 years of expansion since originally starting up in Rhyl in 2001. Clients include…

        140 Jobs Saved at Flint Food Factory

        140 Jobs Saved at Flint Food Factory

        More than 140 jobs have been saved with the sale of a food factory in Flint. Parent company Brakes Group have announced they have signed an agreement for David Wood Baking to buy the closure-threatened Creative Foods business in Flint. Once the…

          Grant Funding for Optics Research

          Grant Funding for Optics Research

          A grant of £600,000 has been provided to a team of scientists at Glyndŵr University’s OpTIC facility in St Asaph to support the optics industry. The team has secured the funding from the Welsh Government’s A4B scheme, a six-year £70m…

            Airbus Praised for Apprenticeship Programme

            Airbus Praised for Apprenticeship Programme

            Airbus is leading the way for apprenticeships in the UK, according to Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband. The MP visited the company’s Broughton site last week, touring the factory floor and speaking with staff. He described Airbus as a ‘brilliant’ company, which continues to make a real difference…

              £8m Care Home Given the Green Light

              £8m Care Home Given the Green Light

              Specialist care developer and building services provider Castlemead Group Limited has received planning permission for a 74-bedroom care home in Chester. The development, a 40,000 sq ft care facility, which is set to open in summer 2015, will adjoin the…

                Kier Secures £500m in New Contracts

                Kier Secures £500m in New Contracts

                Kier Group, the construction, services and property group, is seeing the benefit of the upturn with an increased order book and £500m in contracts secured so far this year for its construction division. In an interim management statement covering the…

                  Deeside Industrial Park East Sold

                  Deeside Industrial Park East Sold

                  SWIP Property Trust and asset manager Centurion Properties have acquired Deeside Industrial Park East in Chester from Universities Superannuation Scheme, for £34m, at an 8% yield. The 105-acre estate comprises 49 units totalling 827,500 sq ft, with individual unit sizes…

                    Welsh Government Funding to See 50 New Jobs Created

                    Welsh Government Funding to See 50 New Jobs Created

                    Almost 50 new jobs are to be created and 242 more secured in North Wales after a £1m package of support was agreed by the Welsh Government. Oil and gas consultancy Robertson, which was acquired by the French geoscience company…

                      New Group Seeks to Save Wirral’s Heritage

                      New Group Seeks to Save Wirral’s Heritage

                      A new conservation group has formed to preserve Wirral’s heritage. Wirral Conservation Areas Forum was established in response to concerns about the future of the 26 conservation areas. The meeting was held in Port Sunlight and had representatives from each…

                        Foreign Tourist Visit to Wales up More Than 30,000

                        Foreign Tourist Visit to Wales up More Than 30,000

                        Foreign tourism visits to Wales rose by more than 30,000 in 2013 – pumping an extra £8m into the economy. The Office for National Statistics has revealed that 900,000 visitors came to Wales from overseas last year – a 3.5%…

                          Chester City Walls to be Restored

                          Chester City Walls to be Restored

                          Sections of Chester’s ancient city walls will be closed for seven months as conservation specialists begin work to protect the future of the scheduled ancient monument, starting in September. The project will also involve restoration work on the 18th century…

                            Business Groups Back Chester BID

                            Business Groups Back Chester BID

                            Business organisations representing hundreds of companies in Chester have backed the CH1 Chester Business Improvement District (BID) proposals. Chester Business Club, which has 200 members, and the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce have pledged their support for…

                              Balfour Beatty Meet the Buyer Events

                              Balfour Beatty Meet the Buyer Events

                              Balfour Beatty are holding two Meet the Buyer events in order to reinforce their local supply chains for Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East and North East Wales area. Venue for Events: Thursday 12th  June – Holiday Inn Chester – South,…

                                Revenue Boost for Flowgroup in ‘Year of Progress’

                                Revenue Boost for Flowgroup in ‘Year of Progress’

                                The launch of its energy business and a partnership with boiler manufacturer Jabil have led to a significant rise in turnover for energy efficiency product developer Flowgroup. The Chester-based company has posted revenue of £13.8m for the year to 31 December 2013…

                                  Chester Green Day – 21st June 2014

                                  Chester Green Day – 21st June 2014

                                  Chester Green Day 2014 Saturday 21st June 2014 – 10.00am to 3.30pm Chester Cathedral and Chester Town Hall Your organisation is invited to take part in Chester Green Day 2014. This is a significant event in the City, attracting large…

                                    Jobs To Go in College Cash Cuts

                                    Jobs To Go in College Cash Cuts

                                    The iconic West Cheshire College campus on Sutton Way could become college’s main base as it fights enormous funding cuts. Chief executive and principal Nigel Davies made a shock pre bank holiday announcement that almost 80 jobs could be cut…

                                      Town Chemist Wins Top Chemistry Prize

                                      Town Chemist Wins Top Chemistry Prize

                                      A university professor from Ellesmere Port has won a prestigious prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Gideon Davies, of the University of York, has been name the Khorana Prize winner for 2014 for his work on the chemistry…

                                        Mersey Gateway Work to Start

                                        Mersey Gateway Work to Start

                                        Construction on the £600m Mersey Gateway scheme is set to begin  with a groundbreaking ceremony. Halton Borough Council leader Rob Polhill will formerly declare the start of the work during the event. The first phase will involve the Merseylink Consortium building…