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Grab a seat Euan, Nigel and Marie

Just Jim

In a year’s time the General Election campaign will be in full swing across the North. So it’s crunch time for people hoping to be candidates. Each selection has its own little dramas particularly in those constituencies that carry a job for life because of their large majorities. So as you enjoy your Easter eggs […]

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Future Leaders

Taking The Michael

We had a Downtown Leaders Lunch this week, which is part of a series of lunches where we ask leaders from the city to speak – that’s why there’s no apostrophe, my grammar pedant friends. The speaker was billed as Sir Howard Bernstein, the chief executive of the city council, but he was unwell. He […]

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Did Esther pay the price for “Getting It”

Just Jim

Miller Affair The Wirral West MP Esther McVey should be in the Cabinet this weekend as the new Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport. She had a career in television, she is from the North, is female and doesn’t have a posh accent. All boxes ticked Mr Cameron, so why didn’t you pick […]

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OVG announces Great Kinder Surprise

Online Ventures

Digital and content marketing agency Online Ventures Group has launched its Great Kinder Surprise for 2014, in which the entire company will raise money for Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity. The aim of OVG’s latest charity fundraising effort is to raise £1,000 for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital burns unit, which helps […]

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Apprenticeship Funding Reforms – Government Consultation Now Taking Place, don’t miss your chance to respond

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The Government is currently consulting with employers over proposed changes to the way apprenticeships are funded. The Government has indicated that it intends to significantly change the way Apprentices are currently funded for their training and assessment. The proposed changes remove much of the responsibility from the training provider and place this upon the employer. […]

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Manchester Marriott V&A Breakfast Club

Manchester Marriott

Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert hotel have launched a brand new ‘Breakfast Club’. As they say: “Meeting a client in the morning? Need to meet somewhere away from the office? Try out our breakfast club in the V&A Bar, if you spend over £10 from this menu, you will receive complimentary car parking between 8am […]

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The North West Fund for Digital & Creative achieves first exit – sale of Adaptis Solutions Limited

North West Fund

The North West Fund for Digital & Creative is pleased to announce the successful disposal of Adaptis Solutions Limited, a business which provides a range of parking services, including electronic parking permits, automatic number plate recognition systems for car parks and penalty charge notices. The North West Fund for Digital & Creative invested £250,000 in […]

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B&M praised for playing role in reducing waste management burden

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A leading waste management company has been praised for its work at a House of Commons event. B&M Waste Services was invited to attend the prestigious event at which Environment Secretary Owen Paterson spoke. Organised by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the event showcased initiatives aimed at simplifying regulation and reducing […]

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Recovery hits a bump as quarter one bites back

Begbies Traynor

North West Business Distress Figures Rise The number of North West-based businesses facing significant or critical financial problems rose marginally during the first quarter of 2014, latest Red Flag Alert research from Begbies Traynor reveals. There was a total of 22,760 businesses with either significant or critical problems during the three months to the end […]

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