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Thursday, 29 March 2007

Lords vote throws spanner in casino plans

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Lyons review recommends business rate hike powers

Slipped out in the shadow of Gordon Brown's valedictory budget, the Lyons review of local government recommended granting councils the power to raise a supplementary business rate of up to 4p in the pound to "support local economic expansion".

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Brown's last budget leaves business confused

It is testament to the complexity of the rules now governing corporate taxation, reliefs and credits that nobody seems entirely sure whether today's Budget represents good or bad news for business.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Shake-up fails to ignite spark

A planned reform of the main business support agencies in Liverpool has been dismissed as window-dressing by a local private sector pressure group.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Union fury at former owners TVR purchase

MPs and unions have called for a probe into the conduct of TVR owner Nicolai Smolenski after administrators PKF confirmed that the Russian had succeeded in his bid to buy back the company which owned the TVR marque, Blackpool Automotive.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

A £10.2 million business park is being created on the eastern approach to Liverpool city centre on the former Mersey Transport and Marconi sites on Edge Lane.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) has signed a deal with council chiefs and developers, including Tesco, which will secure the future of its historic Old Trafford ground.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Plans have been approved for a £40 million redevelopment of the main shopping thoroughfare of Manchester’s Openshaw district.

Barnsleybased developer Dransfield Properties is to work alongside New East Manchester to create a new shopping, leisure and commercial complex, which will include a large food store and 12 other retail units.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Cushion king wants direct flight

Tony Caldeira, the St Helens-based entrepreneur who has become the UK’s biggest distributor of cushions, has called on North West entrepreneurs to lobby for a direct link between the region and China.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Fashion group seeks international expansion following buyout

Americana International Group, the Manchester-based fashion business behind brands like Bench and Hooch and the Westworld retail chain, has changed hands in a deal valuing the company at £190 million.

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