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Monday, 16 July 2007

The sportcity super-casino in Manchester is still on track, according to senior figures within Manchester City Council.

Thursday, 12 July 2007

Superglass, a foam making insulation firm which was sold for £40 million by Wetherby-based insulation firm Encon in August 2005, has just raised £72.8 million following a float on the stock exchange which values the business at £105 million.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Management at Southport-based glass firm Lattimer have secured £4 million in funding to launch a buy-out of both its UK and US divisions from engineering group Hampson.

The firm received £2.3 million of investment in both venture and mezzanine funds from MSIF, with banking facilities being provided by both Bank of Scotland and GE Commercial Finance.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Business organisations are claiming that the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities' (AGMA) consultation exercise with business into plans for its road-pricing scheme is flawed.

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

JJB founder David Whelan has exited the business he founded in 1971, having sold his family’s 29 per cent stake for £190 million.

Whelan’s shares were bought by a joint venture formed by the Icelandic group Exista and Chris Ronnie, formerly of Umbro and Sports Direct.

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Property entrepreneur Paul Bolton is to leave Vermont Developments, the Liverpool-based firm he co-founded in 2004 with colleague Mark Connor.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Andy Bell, managing director of Salford-based pensions management firm AJ Bell, has become the second-biggest shareholder in Super League champions St Helens' RLFC, after buying a 16.4 per cent stake in the club for an undisclosed sum.

Bell, who originally hails from Rainford, sold a minority stake in his group of companies for £14 million to Midas Capital Partners in February.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Speedy Hire, the Bolton-based tool and equipment hire firm, has just bought rival Hewden Tools from US-based Finning International for £115 million.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Altrincham property firms link up after meeting at EN awards

Atrincham-based Armchair Property Investor has been acquired by Braemar Group in a deal worth more than £2 million.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Inter Link chairman sees a way forward despite Aim suspension

Jeremy Hamer, chairman of beleaguered cake baker Inter Link Foods, has told EN he is confident the board will be able to secure an offer that will rescue the business, "hopefully with full employment", following today's (12 June) suspension of trading in the company's shares.

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