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Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Cities should focus on demand before supply, says think tank

Policymakers should put more effort into identifying where their cities fit into regional, national and global markets in order to more effectively target business support, according to a new report from the Centre for Cities - an offshoot of New Labour's favourite think tank, the IPPR.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Local market bucks trend

Yorkshire's retail property market looks set to avoid the harshest elements of an expected downturn, according to a new report.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Future cover ok but underinsurance threatens flood-ravaged businesses

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Martin Penny, the entrepreneur behind Silsden-based Jemella, has completed his second management buy-out in 11 months - a deal which has seen the value of his business virtually treble.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

The Direct Marketing Group, the Shipley-based agency previously known as Millennium ADMP, has taken over Leeds-based rival JDA Group to create the UK's biggest full-service marketing agency.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Leeds chain sold for £30 million

Herbert Brown, the family-owned chain of pawnbrokers and jewellers based in Garforth, West Yorkshire, has been sold to Albemarle & Bond for £30.758 million.

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.

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