Friday, Mar 31


One+all’s Donald Moore named Greater Manchester Leader of the Year

Donald Moore, Chair of Stockport B-Corp schoolwear manufacturer, One+all has been named Leader of the Year for the Greater Manchester city-region at the 2023 Northern Leadership Awards.

SAS Daniels welcomes Macclesfield FC owner to re-launch of Business Breakfast events

SAS Daniels held the event to mark the re-launch of its popular Business Breakfast events. Robert Smethurst delivered a presentation sharing his experiences and plans since rescuing the Cheshire club.


National Living Wage to rise to £10.42 from 1st April

The National Living Wage will increase to £10.42 from 1st April, while the minimum rate of pay for apprentices will rise to £5.28.

Stockport businesses invited to take advantage of fully-funded Instagram training

The course, taking place from 25th to 28th April will cover how to use Instagram to drive brand awareness, boost sales, and build and track audience engagement.

Together’s donations to Manchester Youth Zone reach a quarter of a million pounds

Last year 56 of Together colleagues also contributed a total of 222 hours of volunteer work to initiatives at the charity,


Stockport Council launches Greenspace Volunteer Awards

Stockport Council has opened nominations for new awards in the borough to recognise the volunteers and community groups taking care of Stockport's green spaces.

Thursday, Mar 30


UK Government sets out approach to AI innovation

The approach set out by the UK government aims to balance protections for the public with enabling further innovation and advances.

Order placed for 170 electric buses for Stockport

Buses have been jointly funded by Stagecoach and local and national government and will enter service from 2024.

Vulnerability found in 3CX Desktop app

Users of versions 18 and above of the app on both Windows and macOS computers are being advised to uninstall the software.


£480,000 grant secured for decarbonisation Stockport school

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme grant will enable 1960s buildings at Dial Park Primary School to benefit from new heat pumps and improved insulation to reduce its carbon footprint.

Programme to monitor young people’s wellbeing in Greater Manchester to be rolled out elsewhere after publishing second year of findings

Cllr Mark Hunter, Greater Manchester Portfolio Lead for Young People and Leader of Stockport Council said the #BeeWell surveys "have facilitated a real breakthrough in conversations about young people’s health."

Wednesday, Mar 29


John Lewis becomes 10,000th organisation to sign up to Armed Forces Covenant

The retailer is the latest organisation to confirm its commitment to working with serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans since the Covenant was established in 2011.


Better connectivity worth £2.2 billion to Greater Manchester SMEs

Research by Three Business has prompted the telecoms provider to launch a grant scheme for Greater Manchester SMEs to invest in faster 5G broadband.

Solar panels installed at two key sites in Stockport

Grand Central Leisure Centre and Totally Local Company's Endeavour House in Bredbury will both benefit from new solar panels, cutting annual CO2 emissions by a combined 82,000 kg.

Local businesses invited to showcase opportunities at Stockport College Leavers Jobs Expo

The STEP INTO WORK - College Leavers JOBS EXPO will take place on the 24th May from 11am to 3pm at Stockport College.


HMRC late payments interest rates revised

Increased rates of interest on late payments will come into effect from 3rd April for quarterly payments, and 13th April for non-quarterly payments.

Tuesday, Mar 28


Two-thirds of workers in the North West stressed over cost of living

A study commissioned by Acas found 16% of employees in the region reported being Very stressed, while nearly half of respondents (49%) said they were Fairly Stressed.


New homes approved for former Heaton Mersey school site

Anwyl will now bring forward 72 retirement apartments and 10 semi-detached houses on the site of the former Focus School, off Didsbury Road.

Emergency Alert System now live in the UK

A nationwide test of the new system will take place on Sunday 23rd March.

Funding boost helps council’s plan to decarbonise borough

Stockport Council has been awarded a grant of more than £300,000 to help develop a District Heat Network to heat buildings in the town centre with renewable energy.


Expert Opinion: How to develop a growth strategy

Hallidays explain how to develop a growth strategy that builds your company’s best future ahead of their next Rise seminar on 16th May.

Monday, Mar 27


Property market set for spring uplift, predicts local conveyancer

X-Press Legal Services has seen a 47 per cent increase in product orders from conveyancing professionals across England and Wales since December.


Stockport College officially opens £25 million campus

The college’s new front of house facility, the Lyme Building, features a main reception, state-of-the-art hair, beauty and nail salons, science labs, a business centre, Costa Coffee lounge and Student Services hub.

Development Manager appointed to deliver Cheadle Eco Business Park

Network Space Developments (NSD) has been appointed to bring forward the light industrial Eco park that aims to offer world class employment space with low carbon design.


Stockport Council agrees deal to bring more EV chargers to borough

The chargers will take just two weeks to install and are expected to be operational by the end of the year, allowing 100 vehicles to charge at once across the borough.

Lords Primary and Community Care Committee to hear from Andy Burnham on efforts to integrate care in Greater Manchester

Questions will focus on how Manchester’s Integrated Care System seeks to coordinate primary and community care, as well as the barriers that have had to be overcome to develop integrated care.

Friday, Mar 24


Stockport ranks among North-west’s Best Places to Live in Sunday Times list

The Sunday Times guide described the town centre as "a funky, family-friendly alternative to Manchester’s Northern Quarter".


A quarter of women have no pensions savings, finds Handelsbanken research

Research by the bank investigating the gender wealth gap found male respondents’ pension pots averaged £142,234, while women’s came in at just over a third of this.

Industrials REIT welcomed to 2 Stockport Exchange

The industrial property company have taken a 4,327 sq ft space at the town centre scheme, which will house 32 staff and act as a new regional HQ for operations in the North West.

Vernon reopens Reddish branch after refurbishment

Local contractors, Monks Morton Design Interiors and Flexible Office, have completed a six-week, £150,000 refurbishment of the branch to create a better experience for members and colleagues.