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Atlanta Group CEO teams up with Liverpool FC stars to launch Football for Change UK

The CEO of the Atlanta Group of insurance companies has teamed up with Premier League stars to launch an initiative promoting opportunities for disadvantaged communities.

Ian Donaldson, who heads up the group owning Swinton, Carole Nash and Autonet, has kickstarted Football for Change UK ...

2020-08-07 08:14 open_in_new
Plans revealed for £16m hotel, hostel and apartments scheme in Leicester city centre

A new 100-room hotel, bowling alley, indoor play area and conference and banqueting suite is being planned for Leicester.

Developers want to redevelop the Kapital Buildings close to the Burleys Way flyover, on the northern edge of the city centre, under £16 million regeneration ...

2020-08-07 08:14 open_in_new
Martin James Network expands with acquisition of VR Simulation Systems

A Birmingham conglomerate has expanded its portfolio of companies with the acquisition of a West Midlands virtual reality business.

Martin James Network has acquired Telford-based VR Simulation Systems.for an undisclosed sum in order to expand its mental health in the workplace ...

2020-08-07 08:14 open_in_new
CBI issues six-point plan for Wales if areas get locked down

CBI Wales has set out six-point plan for local areas that come under new temporary restrictions.

The business group believes it has outlined ways in which to build confidence for those businesses, local authorities and communities affected if there is a local lockdown. ...

2020-08-07 08:14 open_in_new
41,000 businesses in Wales have shared £1.4bn in bounce back loans from Covid-19

More than 41,000 businesses in Wales benefited from over £1.4bn of support to bounce back from Covid-19 through government-supported loan schemes.

In addition, figures published today reveal that under a third of employees in Wales (28%) utilised the furlough scheme, as the government ...

2020-08-07 08:14 open_in_new
'Same business risks but topped with Covid'

With the impact of Covid-19 businesses, whether large or small, client facing or otherwise, need to heed the government’s wide ranging ever changing guidance and assess risk.

The one thing most businesses have in common is that they are employers. The overarching duty of every employer ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
Lancashire wallpaper firm Holden Decor bought by Belgian group Grandeco

Lancashire family-owned wallcovering company Holden Decor has been bought by a Belgian group.

Grandeco Wallfashion Group has completed the purchase of the North West firm, with the move part of its global expansion strategy and intention to become a pan-European market leader.

Holden ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
Plan to extend city centre office block upwards and outwards

Plans are being drawn up to build extra floors on a Plymouth city centre office block and turn it into student flats.

A new scheme is being put forward to keep the original nine-storey Moneycentre building in the heart of the city and put extensions at the side and on top.

A previous ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
Exports rocket 85% at Port of Sunderland during coronavirus pandemic

The Port of Sunderland has chalked up an 85% rise in exports during the second quarter of the year, helping to keep goods flowing in and out of the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The municipally-owned port, which marked 300 years in operation in 2017, played a pivotal role in sustaining ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
Grants worth £490,000 have helped 220 businesses stay connected through Covid-19

Almost £500,000 in ICT grants have been awarded to more than 220 small and medium-sized businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Humber Business Growth Hub’s #GrowMySME programme launched in March, with £490,000 distributed – and more support is still available.

The ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
'Shovel ready' projects aim to create 4,200 jobs across North East

Government backing for some of the region’s most high profile regeneration projects will create more than 4,200 new jobs and safeguard another 3,500.

A total of 21 schemes in the North East and Tees Valley have won a combined £64m in backing from the Government’s Getting Building ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
Nisbets confirms more than 400 jobs losses as part of restructure - but 260 will be saved

Catering equipment giant Nisbets has confirmed it is making 437 redundancies across the group as it ends its restructure.

In May, the company, which employs 1,500 people in the UK and Ireland, warned as many as 800 roles could be lost - but today (August 4) the business said it had managed ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
Scotts and Canters merge to provide total property solution as rental specialist also acquired

Three property firms have been brought together in a major merger and acquisition.

Residential sales and lettings in Grimsby have been added to the pan-Humber commercial offering of Scotts Property, as the double deal completed.

Long-established town estate agency business Canters ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
Viddyoze co-founder Joey Xoto hits out at mass of hideous online racist abuse he receives on a regular basis

A North West tech entrepreneur has spoken out against the horrendous racism he is repeatedly subjected to online, saying there should be "no hiding place" for racists.

Joey Xoto is co-founder of Preston SaaS animation firm Viddyoze, and has hit out at the regular racist abuse he ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
Innovative tech firm Filtronic cautious for future despite 8% rise in revenues

County Durham tech manufacturer Filtronic has sounded a note of caution amid Brexit and Covid-19 uncertainties, despite chalking up an 8% rise in full year revenues.

The Sedgefield firm, which makes antennas and filters for the telecoms market, posted revenue of £17.2m for the year ended ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
The seven 'shovel ready' major Manchester schemes to benefit from £54m Government funding

Seven major Manchester schemes are set to benefit from £54m of Government funding in a move hoped to create over 11,000 jobs and 1,000 new homes.

The money from the Government’s ‘Getting Building Fund’ will be used to support ‘shovel ready’ projects that will help to drive the ...

2020-08-04 17:14 open_in_new
Merger deal for Birmingham property agencies

Birmingham-based commercial property agencies Pennycuick Collins and Cosnett Price have merged.

Under the terms of the deal, the latter will move to Pennycuick Collins' offices in Hagley Road, Edgbaston, with eponymous founder Alan Price focussing on industrial and commercial ...

2020-08-04 08:50 open_in_new
NatWest Tourism Business Barometer launched across the North as firms report huge losses

Tourism boards across the North have launched a new business barometer measuring the post-lockdown environment as economies begin to recover from the Covid-19 crisis.

Led by Marketing Manchester, nine tourism boards from Liverpool to Durham have launched the fortnightly NatWest Tourism ...

2020-08-04 08:50 open_in_new
London's 'Containerville' inspires new storage and office park in North Wales

Shovels are in the ground for a revolutionary new business park in North Wales that combines storage and office space – all built from containers.

The new Interlinq site in Sandycroft, on Deeside, close to the A55 North Wales Expressway is to be built for Denbigh-based Lock Stock ...

2020-08-04 08:50 open_in_new
Liverpool company Marine Specialised Technology wins £9m Ministry of Defence contract to build two new boats to patrol Gibraltar shores

A Liverpool company has been awarded a £9m contract to build two new boats for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The six-year contract will see Brunswick-based Marine Specialised Technology build two new vessels to replace the Gibraltar Squadron Fast Patrol Craft.

According to the MOD, ...

2020-07-27 12:53 open_in_new
Building supplies giant MKM hires Kate Tinsley as new chief executive

Building supplies giant MKM has appointed a new chief executive.

Kate Tinsley, who has held senior leadership roles as companies including Ibstock, will start as CEO of Hull-based MKM in September.

Bain Capital invested in MKM in 2017 and had been working with founder David Kilburn ...

2020-07-27 12:53 open_in_new