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.

Strategic Analytics Team moves into domestic market

Strategic Analytics Team (SAT) has expanded its offering by moving into the domestic marketplace by taking on an exclusive agreement to market and sell the Sherlock Bike Tracker in the UK. The tracker is designed for use in cycles, although it does have a range of other applications that it could be used for.

“In the UK there are on average in excess of 315,000 bikes stolen each year with most not being recovered, with Sherlock you can track your bike to within 5 metres and then take steps to recover it” said Paul Jorgensen,

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,