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160,000 sq ft Stockport industrial building set for refurbishment

Mercia Real Estate purchased the manufacturing/warehouse facility on Kenwood Road, Reddish for £7.25 million. The property is the only one of its size vacant within the M60.

Monday, Oct 18

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18th October: Coronavirus Latest News

Co-op to offer 300 LGV driver apprenticeships to tackle transport sector staffing crisis. Covid-19 infection rates in GM reach 3 month high.

Vernon 2022 charity calendar goes on sale

Vivian Bath won the front cover spot for her shot of Stockport's marketplace as part of the building society's annual photography competition.

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Andy Burnham to set out accelerated plan to reduce carbon emissions

The Mayor plans to reduce the city-region's emissions by 1 million tonnes of CO2 in the next three years, through retrofitting buildings, greener transport and locally produced energy.

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Consultation on library services Stockroom move closes at midnight

The proposals will see book borrowing, IT provision and other services moved to a new £14.5 million accessible hub in disused retail units in Merseyway.

Pure Innovations launches rebrand

A central part of the clear, modern, accessible fresh look - designed in partnership with Home Marketing - is a logo reaching for the stars.

Stockport celebrates Get Online Week with over 60 sessions planned to help share essential digital skills

A complete list of Get Online Week events in Stockport is available from the Stockport Council website with DigiKnow Champions offering support on a wide range of topics.

Friday, Oct 15

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15th October: Coronavirus Latest News

New rules allowing international travellers returning to England come into effect from 24th October, allowing a lateral flow test to be used in place of costly PCR tests.

High street bank pledges £100 billion to finance transition to net-zero

A report by NatWest has also found that SMEs can achieve 50% of the UK's decarbonisation targets should they receive the proper support and funding.

Apprenticeship and careers service supports over 100,000 young people

GMACS launched over 18 months ago to provide a one-stop shop for young people to search and apply directly for apprenticeships with Greater Manchester businesses.

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Northern leaders set out five ‘gamechangers’ for levelling up the region

In a document published by the NP11 group of northern local enterprise partnerships, the North's leaders set out their vision to grow an inclusive economy.

LSH Auto inspires colleagues with visit from Olympic medallist

Taekwondo triple World Champion, Bianca Walkden, took time out from her training schedule to visit the team at Mercedes-Benz of Stockport.

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Need to make redundancies? Do it properly, warns SAS Daniels

Deciding to make someone redundant is never an easy decision but employers could do much more to make the process as amicable as possible and avoid risking a tribunal.

Thursday, Oct 14

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14th October: Coronavirus Latest News

Lateral flow tests, offering results in 30 minutes, more accurate than first thought in detected Covid-19, new research finds. £250 million winter rescue package announced for GPs.

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Financial support for HGVs, private hire and other vehicles to launch this Winter ahead of Clean Air Zone

Owners of HGVs will be able to apply for funding from 30th November, with financial support schemes for other affected vehicles launching in January 2022.

Manchester Airport boss optimistic for sector’s ‘road to recovery’

Traffic levels dropped to as low as 5% of normal volumes at the height of the pandemic; however, Karen Smart confirmed customer confidence was returning.

Giant G7 heads arrive at the Eden Project

musicMagpie's Mount Recyclemore installation, depicting G7 leaders in discarded electronics, has returned to Cornwall to mark International E-Waste Day on 14th October.

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Aldi reveals Stockport locations being targeted in 100-store expansion plans

The German chain has pledged to invest £1.3 billions to grow its retail estate by 2023, and has ambitions to open one new store a week.

Stockport young people receive over £27,000 for community projects

Money has been provided by the R Time Special Projects funding, managed by Life Leisure, Stockport Youth Justice and Targeted Youth Support Services, and Stockport Homes.

Expert Opinion: Implementing hybrid working

With the pandemic turning the way many of us work on it’s head, many businesses and organisations are now looking to implement hybrid working arrangements long-term.

Wednesday, Oct 13

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13th October: Coronavirus Latest News

The UK economy grew by 0.4% in August as more people dined out, went on holiday and attended music festivals, but the economy remains 2.1% below pre-pandemic levels.

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Demolition begins at Stockport’s old bus station

The new multi-million pound Stockport Interchange is set to open in 2024, and includes a rooftop park and 196 new high-quality town centre apartments.

Stockport manufacturer secures support for low carbon innovation

Hazel Grove based Fibrestar Drums are working with Lancaster University to research and develop new materials and solutions for their products.

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Toronto route is latest to return to Manchester Airport in boost for North’s economic recovery

Canadian airline, Air Transat, has announced direct flights between Manchester and Canada's financial centre will resume for the first time since the pandemic began.

Hallidays discusses ‘What drives growth?’ in next Business AM seminar

Hallidays’ Director Philip Jones will focus on how to grow your business by generating and converting more leads and ensuring your customers stay longer and buy more.

New report reveals role of VCFSE sector in Stockport pandemic response

The report found that overall income across the sector had reduced by 40% whereas expenditure had increased by 32% in order to meet unprecedented demand.

Tuesday, Oct 12

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October 12th: Coronavirus Latest News

Institute for Fiscal Studies suggest little room for big spending announcements from government after pandemic. Recruiters report candidates for jobs in 'position of control' in wake of labour shortages.

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Manchester to Leeds high-speed rail could offer £22 billion economic boost

The East-West high-speed rail link was first suggested by the then-Chancellor George Osborne in 2014 as part of the Northern Powerhouse vision to rebalance the UK economy.

Skills Bootcamp launches to offer retrofit training in Greater Manchester

The Skills Bootcamp for Retrofit is a flexible course of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview.

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Runway Visitor Park’s Flight Academy returns for October half term

The popular attraction at Manchester Airport will run daily from 25th to 29th October after a sold-out run during the summer holidays.