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North West News

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has launched a new business initiative to promote digital innovation across the city.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Unemployment among the North West's economically active population tumbled by 28,000 to 291,000 between July and September, a fall of 8.9 per cent on the previous quarter.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Lancashire County Council has joined forces with online marketplace Funding Circle in a bid to stimulate economic growth and employment.

Monday, 12 November 2012

A fabric printing company has been fined a total of £14,000 after one of its employees suffered injuries to his hand when it was dragged into a machine at its Lancaster factory.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Employers in the North of England took on permanent staff at the fastest pace in 23 months during October, while starting salaries climbed at the sharpest rate in over four years.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

A new apprenticeship programme in Manchester is aiming to create a "golden generation" of leaders and entrepreneurs in the retail sector.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

A major 15-year framework to deliver improvements to key business and residential districts in the centre of Liverpool will help the city become a "world-renowned international trading and cultural location".

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Greater Manchester faces "continuing struggles" in the manufacturing, housing and labour markets, strengthening the case for more decision making to be devolved away from Whitehall, an expert has said.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Preston and the wider Lancashire area have been invited to put forward a bid to secure decentralised powers and resources from Whitehall under the Government's City Deals programme.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

EHL Ingredients has smashed its £5 million turnover target for 2012 with sales up by 20 per cent on last year, the company has announced.

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  • Former professional golfer turned entrepreneur Colin Stevens has had a busy 18 months. The Better Bathrooms founder has increased turnover at the firm, secured a multi-million pound investment and...

Five Minutes With

David Hughes sums up his entrepreneurial career to date thus: four spectacular successes and two failures. He founded the sports retailer Allsports and achieved turnover of £180 million before a vicious price war meant decline, administration in 2005 and a sell-off to rival JD Sports.

It took Richard Shonn, managing director of 151 Products, three years to find a warehouse big enough for his requirements.