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SPECIAL REPORT | How to reinvent Chester Northgate

Criticism of Chester’s £300m Northgate project has recently come to a head, with local businesses rallying behind a letter to its developer, Cheshire West & Chester Council, calling for an immediate halt on the scheme. But is there an alternative, and can the city reinvent itself as a modern leisure destination? Walking down Chester’s Foregate Street as the city’s retail core begins, it soon becomes clear...
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Sales soar at holiday property lettings agency

A technology-enabled self-catering holiday property lettings agency has increased sales and profits in its latest financial year. Founded in 1991, Sykes Cottages provides holidaymakers with handpicked cottages in the UK and Ireland. In its latest accounts, covering the year to 30 September 2017, the private equity-backed business upped pre-tax profit from £5.5m to close to the £6m mark on turnover which leapt from £27.3m to £34.7m. EBITDA...
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Chester hotel snapped up

Belgrave Hotel, a 34-bedroom property close to Chester’s historic city centre, has been sold by property consultancy GVA, on behalf of its owners. The hotel was purchased for an undisclosed sum but was sold from a guide asking price of £1.4m. In addition to the 34 ensuite bedrooms, the Belgrave Hotel, which is located 150 metres from Chester Railway Station, also features an onsite restaurant, as well...
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Shortlist Announced for Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards 2018

Against the backdrop of Cheshire’s surging visitor economy - up 3.9%* - businesses will shortly be competing for top honours at the 14th Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards. The much-awaited shortlist for the awards was announced today (10 August) and chosen from more than 80 nominations from individuals, initiatives and businesses. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at Cheshire’s Carden Park Hotel on Thursday...
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Premier Inn gets green light for second city centre hotel

A 94-bed Premier Inn hotel has been given the green light within empty space at Chester ’s Grosvenor Shopping Centre. Mall owners HIG Chester Property Sarl have received approval from Cheshire West and Chester Council to transform vacant retail and office space at the Pepper Street entrance into a hotel with bar and restaurant. The hotel is an alternative to previous plans for a second phase of...
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Why Cheshire is England’s most underrated county

Years ago, if I told someone I came from Cheshire I’d get a blank look. Most non-locals simply didn’t know the county: they’d struggle to pinpoint it on a map and what little impression they had of it generally came down to a handful of things: a plain, some cheese and perhaps a fleeting glimpse of Crewe station through a train window. Fast forward...
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HS2 to hold community information events in Cheshire

Three community information events will be held in the region during June and July 2018, as part of a wider engagement programme along the entire route between the West Midlands and Leeds, and Crewe and Manchester. Teams from HS2 Ltd will be visiting locations in Cheshire to talk to people about how the design of Britain’s new high speed railway is progressing. Read...
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Work starts on luxury apartments in Chester city centre

Work has started to create luxury apartments within a city centre building once home to a well known professional services firm. Knights 1759 was based at the Cuppin Street premises but is now located in the HQ building alongside Cheshire West and Chester Council and Chester Race Company. Overlea Hilbre Estates Ltd, known as Blueoak Estates, gained planning consent for an initial 13 apartments within the building...
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Christine Gaskell becomes vice-chair of a new NP11 group

The Chair of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership is to take a prominent role in a new Northern Powerhouse body announced by Government today ( 6 July 2018). Christine Gaskell will be vice-chair of the newly formed, Government-funded board called the ‘NP11’, made up of the chairs of the 11 Northern LEPs. This new influential group has been set up to support the Government’s ambitions for...
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