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Thursday, 1 February 2007

Manchester has unexpectedly won the right to build Britain’s first Las Vegas-style super-casino, bringing an influx of investment and jobs to the area.

The Casino Advisory Panel picked Manchester from a list of seven locations, dealing a surprise blow to Blackpool - the bookies’ favourite to be granted the licence.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

A Chester-based employment lawyer has called for the widespread abolition of employees’ rights.

Mark Ellis, chief executive of employment consultancy firm Ellis Whittam, claims the economy risks being damaged by the rising tide of legislation, which none of the main parties seems willing to challenge.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Frank McKenna, chairman of private sector club Downtown Liverpool In Business, has launched a second branch of the organisation in Preston.

McKenna says that Preston was chosen as the second destination because of his own links to the area (he is a former deputy leader of Lancashire County Council) and the fact that there are similarities between the cities.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Atherton seeks new tech stars

David Atherton, the founder of Boltonbased e-tailer, is set to launch a new seed fund to back technology ventures.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

A new website promises to help businesses dispose properly of hazardous waste.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

The HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards is launching its seventh annual search for the UK’s most promising start-up businesses and the inspirational entrepreneurs behind them.

The awards are open to any fledgling firm less than three years old, and with a top prize of £25,000 it might be worth a punt.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Corporate failures jumped by 10.7 per cent in 2006, to 20,067, according to the latest figures from Experian.

That’s 1,938 more failures than were recorded in 2005 and the highest annual number since the credit reference agency began reporting in 1997.

Tuesday, 30 January 2007

The Big Chip Awards 2007 are underway and entries are open to North West companies that have undertaken digital initiatives in the past year.

Organised by Manchester Digital for the ninth year running, the awards are hosting nine new categories – including Best Animation, Best Interactive Mobile Application and Best Digital Brand Development.

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Jail threat for users of illegal gangmasters

Farmers and food processing entrepreneurs that use gangmasters to supply their labour force could now face jail if they do not ensure that the labour provider they employ is licensed.

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Another chance for Entrepreneurs

Those nice people at Auntie Beeb are lining up another chance for entrepreneurs to get some much-needed investment with the announcement of a fourth series of Dragons’ Den. The only trouble is, you need to get through these delightful characters first.

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