Archive for October, 2014

Flintshire Business Week 2014 Hailed a Huge Success

Flintshire Business Week 2014 Hailed a Huge Success

Flintshire Business Week has been hailed a success for the eighth year running, with 18 well attended events and workshops proving that Flintshire is an established place to do business. Highlights this year included Tuesday’s official opening with Mark Berrisford-Smith,…

    Difficulty Warnings for Wrexham Super Prison

    Difficulty Warnings for Wrexham Super Prison

    The difficulties of launching a super-prison in North Wales must not be underestimated, according to the UK’s chief inspector of prisons. Nick Hardwick warned Welsh MPs of the potential impact on local health costs and the challenges of getting a 2,100-inmate…

      Warrington UTC Plans Are In

      Warrington UTC Plans Are In

      Proposals for Warrington’s £10m University Technical College (UTC), which will be in the heart of the town’s £190m Stadium Quarter redevelopment, have been lodged. The UTC is the second building to be constructed as part of Warrington Borough Council’s redevelopment…

        Pochin Secure New £15m Facility

        Pochin Secure New £15m Facility

        The Middlewich-based company was taken private earlier this year in a deal led by chief executive James Nicholson, who is the grandson of the company’s founder. The new facility with the Royal Bank of Scotland provides £15.2m of investment and working capital….

          First Look at Crewe HS2 Train Station

          First Look at Crewe HS2 Train Station

          Royal London Asset Management, the owner of land earmarked for a Manchester Airport HS2 station, has created an image of how the scheme should look if it goes ahead, while Cheshire East Council’s architect Farrells has released an image of…

            Sci-Tech Daresbury University Fair – 21st November 2014

            Sci-Tech Daresbury University Fair – 21st November 2014

            On Friday November 21st from 9.45 – 12.30pm, Sci-Tech Daresbury will be running a University Fair in the Cockcroft Institute. They believe this is the only event of its type in the NW. Regional universities are a key partner to…

              Ecommerce Gurus Pledge Help Increase Online Donations

              Ecommerce Gurus Pledge Help Increase Online Donations

              A Warrington charity that offers support and guidance to families with young children will be given a helping hand from an award-winning digital agency and Cheshire Connect. The team at Warrington-based eCommerce experts Space48 has pledged to build a new…

                North Wales Manufacturing Skills Summit

                North Wales Manufacturing Skills Summit

                BETTER SKILLS FOR NORTH WALES MANUFACTURERS THE NORTH WALES MANUFACTURING SKILLS SUMMIT 6 NOVEMBER 2014 Manufacturers in North Wales say skills issues present some of the most pressing challenges to survival and growth.  But not everyone has the same issues,…

                  Devolution ‘Could Provide £79bn Economic Boost’

                  Devolution ‘Could Provide £79bn Economic Boost’

                  Giving more decision-making and financial powers to UK cities could boost economic growth by £79bn a year by 2030, according to new research published today (22 October 2014) A report called Unleashing Metro Growth, published by the RSA City Growth…

                    Bristol-Myers Announces Creation of 200 Jobs in Chester

                    Bristol-Myers Announces Creation of 200 Jobs in Chester

                    Two hundred highly-skilled jobs are to come to Chester after world-leading bio-pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb announced expansion plans. Chester MP Stephen Mosley met with representatives from Bristol-Myers Squibb last week to discuss their plans for expanding current operations on Chester Business Park and in…

                      Shotton Plant Not Affected by Proposed Tata Sell Off

                      Shotton Plant Not Affected by Proposed Tata Sell Off

                      Tata Steel has today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Klesch Group to undertake detailed due diligence and negotiations for the potential sale of its Long Products Europe business and associated distribution activities. The memorandum covers several…

                        Glyndwr University Celebrates Best Ever Student Numbers

                        Glyndwr University Celebrates Best Ever Student Numbers

                        The Wrexham-based institution has enrolled more than 1,350 new full-time undergraduate students for 2014/15. Staff at Glyndwr – Which also has campuses in St Asaph, Northop and London – worked tirelessly to improve the curriculum and introduce fresh, vibrant and…

                          Capenhurst Nuclear Services Shortlisted to Store Parts

                          Capenhurst Nuclear Services Shortlisted to Store Parts

                          Radioactive power plant fittings from the Royal Navy’s decommissioned nuclear subs could find their way to Ellesmere Port’s outskirts. Capenhurst Nuclear Services (CNS) has welcomed a Ministry of Defence (MoD) announcement it has been shortlisted to be involved in work connected…

                            New £18m School Campus Build Put on Hold

                            New £18m School Campus Build Put on Hold

                            The future of a high school is in question after the council put a hold on plans to build a new campus. Construction work on the £18.5m Queensferry Campus Project to replace John Summers High School and refurbish the adjoining…

                              Specialist Keen to Redevelop Queens Park Former Site

                              Specialist Keen to Redevelop Queens Park Former Site

                              A residential conversion specialist would be “enthusiastic” to buy a former bank site overlooking the River Dee but says Lloyds Banking Group appears to prefer an offer from the University of Chester. Manchester-based PJ Livesey Group says its bid for the Queen’s…

                                New Chairman for Weaver Valley Partnership Board

                                New Chairman for Weaver Valley Partnership Board

                                A former journalist and owner of a PR business has been named as the new chairman of the Weaver Valley Partnership Board. Nicola Dufty, who was mostly recently running PR and marketing business Profile Communications, is to lead the partnership…

                                  Indian Order Boost for Airbus

                                  Indian Order Boost for Airbus

                                  Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Indian airline for the manufacturer’s single largest order by number of aircraft. The agreement is for 250 A320neo aircraft. IndiGo, India’s largest domestic airline by market share, and its co-founders Rakesh…

                                    Wirral Council Chief Executive Announces Retirement

                                    Wirral Council Chief Executive Announces Retirement

                                    Graham Burgess is to retire as chief executive of Wirral Council. Mr Burgess broke the news at tonight’s meeting of the ruling cabinet and said he will leave the authority on December 31. The 62-year-old joined Wirral Council in September 2012 having previously been…

                                      Castle Park Arts Centre Reopens After Refurbishment

                                      Castle Park Arts Centre Reopens After Refurbishment

                                      A local treasure in Frodsham is hoping to firmly establish itself as the largest independent art gallery in Cheshire, following an extensive makeover. Castle Park Arts Centre’s Gallery 2 and adjoining room have undergone a refurbishment over the last three months and…

                                        Banks Launch £105m Small Business Fund

                                        Banks Launch £105m Small Business Fund

                                        A £105m Small Business Fund has been launched by RBS and NatWest aimed at supporting small businesses across the North West. Part of a wider £1bn which will be split across 11 different areas across the UK, the fund will…