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Monday, Feb 26

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£1.5 billion HS2 funding to be reallocated to North West leaders from 2025

Local leaders in the region have criticised the announcement given previous broken promises by the government to invest in infrastructure in the region.

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Electricity network operator outlines plans to improve storm preparedness of the region’s power grid

Electricity North West is seeking £35 million to fund seven programmes to enhance network reliability when adverse weather hits remote areas.

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TfGM encourages sustainable travel through Get On Board campaign

As part of the campaign, businesses are receiving support to encourage their workforce and customers to use public transport and active travel to help shape the future of the Bee Network.

Local charities benefit from almost £40,000 from Manchester Airport’s Community Trust Fund

Among the latest groups to benefit from the fund is Stockport-based Jump Space, which enables access to physical activity and sensory experiences for disabled people.

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Expert Opinion: Identifying and harnessing your business’ driving forces

You don’t need to be a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs, or even a Richard Branson, to turn your vision into enviable growth, advises the Hallidays team.

Friday, Feb 23

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Stockport Council sets its 2024/25 Revenue Budget

A balanced budget for the borough was approved by councillors on 22nd February and includes a 4.99% increase to Council Tax and over £10 million in savings amid a real-terms cut in national government funding.

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Totally Stockport launches #ThisisStockport, a new video for the town centre

#ThisisStockport gives the audience a glimpse of our vibrant town centre and what’s on offer on our doorstep

New Occupational Health Taskforce to address rising level of in-work sickness

Currently just 28% of employers, provide some form of occupational health, despite an estimated 1.8 million workers reporting work-related ill health in 2022/23.

Metrolink to see further £21.4 million investment

Greater Manchester's tram system is the UK's largest light rail network and currently has 99 stops across 64 miles of track.

Stockport school nurse shortlisted for Student Nursing Times Award

Rachel Donnelly is being recognised for a project aimed at reducing health inequalities faced by LGBTQ+ young people that is set to be introduced nationwide.

Thursday, Feb 22

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Plans submitted for 17 storey apartment scheme on town centre pub site

76 one- and two-bedroom apartments are being proposed for the site of The George pub on the corner of Heaton Lane and Wellington Road.

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New research highlights salary boost of digital skills bootcamps

Demand for technology talent surged in 2022 after a pandemic slump; however, organisations are particularly struggling to recruit for junior and entry-level roles.

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Together announces strong quarterly profits, further loan book growth

The Cheadle based business which now employs over 750 people has, in its latest results, announced a “strong and sustainable financial performance”.

Handforth health club chain reports strong revenue growth

Total Fitness' strong performance has also meant it has been able to exit from a Corporate Voluntary Arrangement following challenging pandemic trading.

Citizens Advice SORT Group calls for support ahead of digital landline transition

For decades, landlines have been delivered through an analogue network, but this is being replaced with newer digital technology by 2025.

Wednesday, Feb 21

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Short-term lets rules to be strengthened in planning reforms

A new planning use class will be created for short-term lets and planning permission required to convert homes into holiday properties. A mandatory national register of lets will also be set up.

King Charles III banknotes to enter circulation from June 2024

From 5th June 2024, banknotes with a portrait of the King will appear on the £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes. No other changes to the design or security features will be made.

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Handforth roads improvement scheme completes ahead of schedule

Work has delivered enhanced cycling and pedestrian provision and traffic calming measures to the B5358 Wilmslow Road to the North of the A555 as far as the junction with Stanley Road.

Stockport NHS Charity supports neonatal family room improvements

Upgrades include comfortable beds and sleeper chairs to provide much needed rest for parents who want to stay near their babies.

Tuesday, Feb 20

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Bee Network prepares for second phase of bus franchising

In addition to the franchising roll-out more boroughs, the Bee Network ticketing app will also gain a journey planner and bus tracker for passengers across Greater Manchester.

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Cityheart makes further hires as national regeneration projects expand

The housing, regeneration and placemaking development specialist is delivering Stockport Interchange residential scheme and the 442-home Royal George Village (pictured).

New statutory Code of Practice aims to end ‘fire and rehire’

The new Code sets out how businesses should behave when seeking to change employees' contract terms and conditions.

Daikin UK partners with Greater Manchester colleges on green heating training

Daikin will deliver the ‘Train the Green Trainer’ programme for nine Greater Manchester colleges, including Trafford & Stockport College Group, with 50 tutors to be trained by April 2024.

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Gold standard status for Stepping Hill joint replacement surgery

Only trusts which are 100% compliant receive the gold standard, and Stepping Hill Hospital was one of only four in Greater Manchester to receive the rating.

Monday, Feb 19

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Greater Manchester colleges awarded £2.5 million to expand innovation

Trafford & Stockport College Group is among those awarded a share of the funding to increase innovation support for businesses.

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Buses to start running from new Stockport Interchange and park to open from March

The state-of-the-art transport interchange will open to passengers on Sunday 17th March, with its rooftop park opening the following day.

Understand drivers of your business’ growth at upcoming Hallidays seminar

Hallidays’ popular Rise with Xeinadin business support programme will hold its next session on 12th March on the topic of ‘Drivers of Growth’.

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Stockport Council to appoint contractors to address RAAC at Romiley’s Forum Theatre

Extensive investigation work has been ongoing since the theatre closed and the Council will appoint contractors later this month to work on long-term safety.

HMRC warns Self Assessment taxpayers of rising scam reports

HMRC responded to 207,800 referrals from the public of suspicious contact in the past year to January – up 14% from the 181,873 reported for the previous 12 months.

Friday, Feb 16

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Young entrepreneurs secure over £100 million financing via Start Up Loans scheme

More than 15,000 loans have been provided to under 25s by the British Business Bank scheme since it launched in 2012, including nearly 2,000 in the North West.