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.

Manchester Central launch virtual tour of venue

Manchester Central has launched a new 360 degrees virtual tour of their venue, allowing clients to fully immerse themselves within the iconic venue and support them in the planning process.

Developed by Virtronix, the tour allows event planners to see what the venue’s event spaces look like in a variety of different set ups, with each space tagged with useful information, including hospitality options, room measurements and AV facilities. Shaun Hinds, CEO said “When we first looked into the world of virtual reality,

Peel L&P reveals MediacityUK’s ‘The Victoria’

One of MediaCityUK’s most photographed office buildings, ‘The Victoria’, is undergoing a major refurb and has repositioned itself simply as ‘The Vic’, to reflect a more modern, flexible and people-focused design.

Investing in a £9m transformation of the 115,000 sq ft building and its external spaces, Peel Land & Property (Peel L&P) is pitching The Vic as one of the most desirable and ‘chilled-out’ waterside office locations in Greater Manchester. Designed around themes of collaboration, creativity, relaxation and healthy living,

Theo Paphitis crowns Many Hands winner

Businesses across Greater Manchester came together in October to attend Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity’s Many Hands Campaign finale which took place at the UK Fast Campus in Manchester.

Launched in April, the campaign encouraged Northwest businesses to support their local children’s hospital by raising £1,000 through a unique and innovative fundraising initiative, with the aim to collectively raise over £50,000 towards the hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Unit. Hosted by former MEN editor Paul Horrocks and spearheaded for the sixth time by renowned businessman Theo Paphitis,

City Mayor of Salford and RICS President drive growth

President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), John Hughes FRICS and the City Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett joined forces recently at a mini summit held at the University of Salford where they addressed the future of the built environment, and how the property and construction sector is driving economic growth in Greater Manchester. The visit, which coincided with the RICS’ 150th anniversary saw the RICS President speak with over 100 property professionals about what RICS is doing to prepare its professionals and property markets for future challenges,