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Brother joins elite club of world’s most sustainable companies

Tameside-based Brother UK has played a leading role in helping its global parent company, Brother Industries, to join the FTSE4Good Index – a select group of the world’s most environmentally and socially sustainable companies. The Index measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practice, which includes household names such as Apple, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson. The listing reflects the global business’s success in working to meet the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, from tackling climate change and resource depletion,

MediaCityUK launches smart city innovation testbed

Digital venture builder and investment specialists UP Ventures Group, in partnership with MediaCityUK and The Connected Places Catapult, have announced a ground breaking Smart City accelerator programme. Focusing on people-centred technology, especially in the current health and economic climate, the ‘Smart City Innovation Testbed’ aims to find ground-breaking technology solutions that will positively improve the quality of life for people and businesses in a post pandemic world. Europe’s largest, digital, tech and creative hub – MediaCityUK and The Connected Places Catapult –

Manchester Central to manage event spaces at Runway Visitor Park

Manchester Central has been awarded the contract to deliver events and hospitality services at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park and Concorde Conference Centre. The win forms part of the venue’s long-term strategy to expand the business by delivering its world-class hospitality and event management services at other prestigious venues across the region. Home to the iconic Concorde aircraft, the venue offers a one-of-a-kind setting for dinners, conferences, weddings and parties for up to 700 people. Two smaller break-out rooms and an on-site café and restaurant make the park a top choice for event organisers and one of the region’s most popular visitor attractions.

Safely Reopening GM campaign launched

GM Mayor Andy Burnham has joined business and transport leaders in launching a campaign to ensure that the region’s economy can reopen safely from coronavirus lockdown. The Safely Reopening GM initiative is a coordinated campaign across Greater Manchester. It’s designed to ensure that employers and employees are aware of the information they need to work and travel safely during the continuing pandemic.

Delivered by the Growth Company in partnership with TFGM and GMCA, Safely Reopening GM continues to reinforce the protection of public health as a key priority,

Growth Company launches programme of support for thousands of retail workers

The Growth Company have launched an urgent programme of support for thousands of Greater Manchester retail workers at risk of losing their jobs or already made redundant. The economic impact of long-term store closures due to coronavirus is now starting to take its toll, with many large employers warning of potential job cuts. The owner of restaurant chains Café Rouge and Bella Italia fell into administration recently, with 91 Casual Dining Group outlets closing immediately. The group is cutting 1,900 jobs.

Stockport commercial property heavyweights in surprise merger

As Stockport continues to deliver on its £1bn plan of regeneration and development, property experts Buckley Commercial and Fairhurst Estates are to merge and become Fairhurst Buckley – the largest, independent surveying and agency practice in Stockport.

Both businesses have had a strong foothold in Stockport with Buckley Commercial being in the town centre since 1995 and Fairhurst since 2002. Nigel Blyth will take the role of Managing Director and David Buckley as Director. Nigel commented: “Fairhurst Buckley brings together two long standing and highly respected Stockport commercial property advisers under one roof.

Hilary Devey sells Pall-Ex to management

The Pall-Ex Group has agreed a management buyout that will see founder, owner and Chairwoman Hilary Devey step away from the day-to-day running of the business. The BBC’s Dragons’ Den star has agreed to sell the group to its network membership and management. Contracts were signed in October. The deal, which Pall-Ex believes is the first of its kind, will offer UK and European members what it described as “a unique opportunity to be involved in the development of the pallet network”.

Manchester Central teams up with local waste food enterprise!

Manchester Central builds on its sustainability agenda by donating surplus food to the city’s first waste food catering project! The venue has been working together with Open Kitchen MCR to donate unused food, which is then transformed into high quality, nutritious catering for events, meetings and special occasions. Open Kitchen MCR is a not-for-profit initiative which sources food which would otherwise go to waste and turns it into delicious dishes for all. The income generated from their catering funds their work with a number of local organisations who support people having a hard time.

AsOne expands to Ancoats

AsOne Digital Business Development have announced that they will be moving from their existing site in Tameside to Manchester’s Ancoats Urban Village this November. The move highlights the establishment of Manchester as a growing digital sector leader for the UK, adding to the headcount of digital service businesses in the redeveloped Northern Quarter and adjacent Ancoats areas.

Joel Rush, Director, commented: “AsOne have been established and steadily growing for the past 18 years. We’re specialists in web development and digital marketing and have long enjoyed a reputation for reliable and consistent results not just across Greater Manchester but internationally.

New masterplan announced for Stockport town centre west

The plan aims to build homes of all types and tenures across the area, along with a whole host of new features, such as a rediscovered urban riverside, new public spaces and 1,000,000 ft2 of mixed employment space. Cllr Elise Wilson, the Leader of Stockport Council, said: “Stockport Town Centre is undergoing a massive £1bn regeneration programme. The Council has already created a track record of delivery through major commercial and leisure projects like Stockport Exchange and Redrock.