Archive for September, 2014

Sales Accelerate Past £200m at Car Supermarket

Sales Accelerate Past £200m at Car Supermarket

Turnover has climbed past the £200m mark at the company behind Cheshire car supermarket Fords of Winsford. But a rise in administrative expenses has led to a slight reduction in pre-tax profit. Graham Bell (Holdings) has posted turnover of £202.6m…

    Cultural Centre Set for Green Light

    Cultural Centre Set for Green Light

    Plans to extend Chester’s grade II-listed former Odeon cinema and turn it into a theatre and cultural centre are set to get the go-ahead. The redevelopment is part of the £200m Northgate scheme. Located within the Chester City Conservation Area,…

      £100m Wind Farm Gets Go Ahead in North Wales

      £100m Wind Farm Gets Go Ahead in North Wales

      A £100M 32 turbine windfarm which will provide enough power for up to 40,800 homes has been approved in North Wales. Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change Ed Davey has announced consent for the construction of Clocaenog Forest…

        New Brighton Car Park Site of New Housing Development

        New Brighton Car Park Site of New Housing Development

        Plans to scrap a community car park to make way for a possible housing development have been met with furious opposition from nearby residents. More than 570 people have signed a protest petition against local authority moves which could see the…

          Prince Charles Visits Airbus to Celebrate 75 Years

          Prince Charles Visits Airbus to Celebrate 75 Years

          The Prince of Wales paid a flying visit to Airbus to mark the Broughton plant’s 75th anniversary. HRH Prince Charles joined current and former employees at the site, where the aerospace factory opened in 1939. He was shown around the North…

            New Sixth Form Centre Opens

            New Sixth Form Centre Opens

            The brand new Grange School Sixth Form Centre has welcomed its first cohort of students. The happy buzz of the sixth form students that now fills the facility has brought to reality the purpose of the building as a place…

              Petition Launched to Save Flintshire to Manchester Train

              Petition Launched to Save Flintshire to Manchester Train

              A petition has been launched to save a train stop connecting Flintshire to Manchester. Residents and politicians have thrown their support behind an online campaign to prevent the 7.21am calling at Flint Railway Station on the Llandudno to Manchester service…

                Chester Co-Working Hub Launched by Local Entrepreneurs

                Chester Co-Working Hub Launched by Local Entrepreneurs

                A pair of local entrepreneurs have launched a campaign via crowdfunding site Kickstarter to bring a co-working hub to the centre of Chester. The CHIC (Co-working Hub in Chester) initiative will take an unused office in The Exchange, St John…

                  Green Belt Site Considered for New Fire Station

                  Green Belt Site Considered for New Fire Station

                  Campaigners against plans to build a fire station in the green belt say alternative locations include garage showrooms, a recovery garage, a café site and even a redundant pig farm. Friends of North Chester Greenbelt say Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service can’t demonstrate…

                    Denbighshire Council Chief Calls for Merger with Conwy

                    Denbighshire Council Chief Calls for Merger with Conwy

                    Two councils should voluntarily merge before changes are forced upon them. That is the view Denbighshire’s chief executive Mohammed Mehmet who recommends, that if neighbouring Conwy agrees, they should move towards a voluntary merger by April, 2018, in a report to his authority on…

                      New Structure and Future for Glyndwr University

                      New Structure and Future for Glyndwr University

                      Glyndwr University in Wrexham has unveiled the seven heads of revamped academic divisions who will pioneer a radical overhaul of its educational offering in a bid to attract more students and commercial partners from Wirral. Popular and innovative courses appearing…

                        Cheshire Tech Group Eyes US Growth

                        Cheshire Tech Group Eyes US Growth

                        A Cheshire provider of technology for the financial services industry is aiming to double its revenues in the US. Quintessential Finance Group, the Macclesfield-based parent company of Pingtree UK and Pingtree USA, has posted turnover of $4.7m (£2.85m) in the…

                          Innovation Network Event – Wednesday 8th October 2014

                          Innovation Network Event – Wednesday 8th October 2014

                          The next MDA Innovation Network Business Breakfast will be held at Coleg Cambria in Deeside on Wednesday 8th October at part of Flintshire Business Week 2014. Coleg Cambria are hosting this event in partnership with the MDA. The event will again…

                            Chester Joins Empty Shop Scheme

                            Chester Joins Empty Shop Scheme

                            Chester has become one of the first UK cities to join an initiative aimed to boosting footfall and filling empty shops. Business improvement district (BID) team CH1ChesterBID is to join the Healthy High Streets campaign, created by Business in the…

                              Plans Revealed for £21m for New Homes in North Wales

                              Plans Revealed for £21m for New Homes in North Wales

                              A newly formed housing association has revealed plans to spend £21m on more than 200 homes – part of more than 1,100 properties social housing groups plan to build over the next five years. Grŵp Cynefin was set up this…

                                House Prices in Flintshire at Highest Level Since 2011

                                House Prices in Flintshire at Highest Level Since 2011

                                House prices in Flintshire shot up by more than £8,000 over the last year and are now are their highest level since 2011. The county was the top performer in North Wales in the latest Land Registry figuresalthough most areas saw…

                                  Capenhurst Seeks Project Manager for £80 Facility

                                  Capenhurst Seeks Project Manager for £80 Facility

                                  Capenhurst Nuclear Services is looking to appoint a project manager to oversee the design, construction and commissioning of an £80m expansion of its nuclear-licensed Cheshire site. Capenhurst launched the search for a contractor for a legacy cylinder facility earlier this…

                                    Help to Buy Supports Record Results for Redrow

                                    Help to Buy Supports Record Results for Redrow

                                    Revenue and pre-tax profit have soared at housebuilder Redrow, aided by a rise in completions that have been supported by the government’s Help to Buy scheme. The Ewloe-based group, which this year is celebrating its 40th anniversary, said Help to…

                                      Student Housing Scheme to be Decided at Inquiry

                                      Student Housing Scheme to be Decided at Inquiry

                                      Campaigners against a student housing complex will be able to put their case forward at a planning inquiry. Members of the public applauded when Cheshire West and Chester Council’s strategic planning committee rejected Miller Developments’ 350-bed scheme next toTelford’s Warehouse at Tower Wharf…

                                        £70m Tidal Project is Suspended

                                        £70m Tidal Project is Suspended

                                        A £70m tidal project off Anglesey that would have powered 10,000 homes and created dozens of jobs has been suspended. The 10MW Skerries Tidal Stream Array, which was to be Wales’s first commercial tidal energy farm, was given planning permission…