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New business role for Wales and British Lion rugby player Rhys Webb

Welsh international rugby star Rhys Webb is set to become an ambassador for Oil 4 Wales

The scrum half, who played for the British and Irish Lions in 2017, has been appointed to the role with the independent Pembrokeshire family-run oil distributor to coincide with his return to Welsh ...

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Speedflex opens 40th fitness studio at Gateshead International Stadium

A North East fitness firm launched by entrepreneur Sir Graham Wylie is opening its 40th studio in the North East.

Speedflex was first launched eight years ago by Sage founder Sir Graham, who was given a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list, one-time Newcastle United physio Paul ...

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Pre-pack administration saves seven jobs at Preston law firm

Seven jobs have been saved at Preston-based law firm PHC Law following a pre-pack administration.

Firm solicitors Chris Wood and Craig Porter purchased the firm after founder Philip Cuerden died unexpectedly in March last year.

The pair, who became caretaker directors after Mr ...

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First new Merseyrail train leaves Swiss factory on its way to the Liverpool City Region

The first new Merseyrail train has left the factory in mainland Europe - and is making its way to the Liverpool City Region to begin testing.

On Tuesday, Merseytravel released a video and images showing one of the new vehicles setting off from Switzerland.

The transport body said ...

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Avoiding border and customs checks on fresh food post-Brexit will be "vital" for East Mids growth

The number of people working in food and drink across the East Midlands is at its highest for 15 years according to a new report.

The sector remains the biggest within the region – thanks to big players such as Samworth Brothers, Pukka Pies, Cofresh and Walkers – and the biggest ...

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Peaky Blinders effect gives boost to SW's top bridal boutique

A Plymouth bridal boutique is expecting a bumper 2020 after the success of TV’s Peaky Blinders has had an unexpected knock-on boost for men’s tailoring.

Prudence Gowns, in the Keyham area of the city, said there has been a huge demand for men’s three-piece, tweed, checked suits, for ...

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Works suspended on major Elliot Group developments following arrest

Works to two major projects led by Elliot Lawless' firm Elliot Group have been suspended following his arrest last month .

Along with Liverpool City Council regeneration chief Nick Kavanagh, Mr Lawless was arrested last month on suspicion of fraud .

In December, officers ...

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Swansea rugby legend joins local solicitors

A Swansea rugby legend has joined a local solictiors.

The Swansea-based Peter Lynn and Partners have appointed the former Welsh rugby international Stuart Davies as their new business development consultant.

Mr Davies, who played more than 250 games at No 8 for Swansea as well as ...

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SaaS firm CMAP secures multi-million pound NorthEdge backing to support global expansion

Private equity house NorthEdge Capital has announced a multi-million pound investment in Wilmslow-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) company CMAP.

CMAP, which also has offices in Orlando, provides enterprise software to clients across a range of sectors in more than 60 ...

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Kitchen giant's IT investment leads to app launch

A ground-breaking mobile app has been launched by the UK’s leading kitchen manufacturer and retailer as it helps customers manage major purchases from the palm of their hands.

Wren Kitchens is the first off the blocks with the innovation, having invested significantly in building up an ...

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Former Dragons’ Den star James Caan hires Flintshire husband and wife design team to develop app

Former Dragons’ Den star James Caan has enlisted the help of a Holywell design agency to develop a new app revealing his top business secrets.

Daydream Designs, which is owned by husband and wife, Sian and Rob Saunders, and based in Greenfield Business Centre, has just launched ‘James ...

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Timber supplier's profit and turnover soars after major investments

Timber supplier Arbor Forest Products has enjoyed a strong year of double digit growth as investment in the North Lincolnshire import and value-added processes continues to pay off.

Turnover was up 16 per cent to £96.7 million – a rise of £13.4 million on the year to March 31 2018 – ...

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Plans lodged for new £30m Birmingham tech hub

Plans have been lodged to build a new £30 million tech campus in Birmingham city centre.

Called Enterprise Wharf, the 11-storey project will be constructed on vacant land at Innovation Birmingham at the junction of Aston Road and the A38.

If approved as proposed, the block will have ...

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Vegan chocolate firm LoveRaw secures multi-million pound investment from Beyond Meat backers

An Altrincham-headquartered vegan chocolate firm has received investment from financial backers behind plant-based giant Beyond Meat.

LoveRaw, which makes peanut butter-filled chocolate cups, was founded by managing director Rimi Thapar in 2013. 

The multi-million pound investment ...

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Warwickshire CCC chief executive to join ECB

The chief executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club is stepping down from the role.

Neil Snowball has been appointed as the new managing director of county cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

He will leave the Birmingham-based club to take on his new role ...

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Northern Power Women Awards 2020: Media, tech, finance and sporting trailblazers up for top accolades

Trailblazers in sectors including media, tech, finance, charity and sport have been shortlisted to win a top accolade at the Northern Power Women Awards later this year.

Now entering into their fifth year, the Northern Power Women Awards celebrate the women and men who work towards ...

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'Signs of optimism' for Humber business in 2020 despite tough quarter

Business in the Humber region is showing “signs of optimism” for 2020, despite a difficult final quarter of last year.

Confidence wavered in the weeks and months leading up to December’s General Election, according to a Chamber of Commerce boss, as export figures plummeted at the end ...

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Chancellor Sajid Javid promises to "unite country" with first post-Brexit Budget on March 11

Chancellor Sajid Javid will today announce that the first post-Brexit Budget will take place on March 11 – promising a spending spree to “unleash” Britain’s potential, help “left behind” parts of the country and usher in a “decade of renewal”.

The budget will come less than ...

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Bruntwood enjoys another strong year as revenues grow to £160m

Property company Bruntwood has seen revenues top £160m following a year of ‘transformational growth.’

The results for the year to the end of September represent the first financial period since the group created Bruntwood SciTech, a 50-50 joint venture with Legal & General, to ...

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Online giant Ocado moves into new North East office amid recruitment drive to fill 300 jobs

Global grocery business Ocado Group has moved into its Sunderland home after the first 30 of 300 new employees took up their new roles.

The ecommerce firm has taken two floors of The Beam, the first building to open its doors on Riverside Sunderland – the former Vaux Brewery site – and ...

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Dragons' Den success Oatein seals deal to stock 830 Aldi stores across the UK

A rapidly rising North East snack brand which scooped investment on Dragons’ Den has sealed a lucrative deal to launch a new vegan bar in supermarket giant Aldi.

The founders of Oatein, Andy Dixon and John-Paul Gardner, launched the Whitley Bay-based firm four years ago as part of moves ...

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