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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.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Legislation does more harm than good, says pressure group. 

Employers are shying away from taking on young mothers due to the cornucopia of employment laws that have been introduced in the past decade.

Wednesday, 28 February 2007

The National Training Awards scheme, which is now in its 21st year is looking for entries for its 2007 programme.

The awards clearer – run by UK Skills on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills – provides telephone mentoring to entrants, as well as a series of half-day workshops in Yorkshire during March.

Friday, 23 February 2007

Work has commenced on the first phase of a £100 million redevelopment of Wakefield's historic waterfront.

The centrepiece of this phase will be the restoration of the 18th-century Calder & Hebble Navigation Warehouse as a restaurant and 15,000 sq ft of office space.

Friday, 23 February 2007

The Leeds business community has been claiming it for years but now it's official: Leeds is home to the UK's biggest financial sector outside London.

Friday, 23 February 2007

Freeserve founder and, latterly, angel investor Ajaz Ahmed has been ruffling feathers among the venture capital community following a speech that was well-received by an audience of entrepreneurs at Venturefest Yorkshire, held at York Racecourse in February.

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Alwin Thompson - the man who built Inter Link Foods into one of the UK's largest bakeries - has announced his retirement from the firm on health grounds.

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