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Employers supported to recruit more apprentices

Cheshire East Council is helping employers across the borough to promote apprenticeships. The council’s arms-length Skills and Growth Company has published a new directory to promote businesses’ apprentice schemes – to help boost opportunities for school leavers. The first edition of the apprenticeship directory features 23 employers across the borough, ranging from multi-nationals AstraZeneca, Barclays and Siemens to smaller businesses, such as Thrive Creative and RedEye. The council’s...
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Marketing Cheshire ad aims to attract home movers to Ellesmere Port

A new Sky TV ad campaign will aim to attract home movers to Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. The 30-second adverts are to be broadcast throughout the North West and North Wales and emphasise the town’s growing economy, affordable housing, low unemployment, good schools and green spaces. The campaign is a joint initiative between the Ellesmere Development Board and Marketing Cheshire. The ad, created by Read more

HS2 launches registration for Cheshire route

Project promoter HS2 Ltd has begun the process of contractor engagement for phase 2a of the high-speed rail programme, covering the stretch between the West Midlands and Crewe. The organisation has opened a registration page for companies to register their interest in taking part in the market engagement process. Potential bidders will then be issued with further information. Detailed design work is expected to start...
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CWAC pushes on with Winsford Industrial Estate expansion

Following a £5m funding deal in April this year, Cheshire West & Chester Council is set to sign off proposals for an expansion of Winsford Industrial Estate including 340,000 sq ft of warehouses and a 14,500 sq ft hotel. The council set aside £1.8m earlier this year to kick-start the development, the first phase of which featured a 125,000 sq ft manufacturing facility for Tiger Trailers....
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Rural Businesses Offered Bespoke Marketing Masterclass

Cheshire East Council’s arm’s length Skills and Growth Company is offering rural businesses the opportunity to learn from an expert in marketing rural businesses. It is taking place on Thursday, 20 September, at the Aqueduct Marina in Church Minshull – the free half-day event will focus on helping rural businesses develop an effective marketing strategy. It will be an informal, insightful and easy-to-understand workshop on how...
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New funds to boost diversity of people working in digital and tech jobs

Over £1 million will be available for initiatives which will help boost the digital skills of underrepresented groups and disabled people.
  • £1 million Digital Skills Innovation Fund will help people from underrepresented groups gain the skills they need to work in digital roles.
  • An additional £400,000 will help older and disabled people get life-changing digital skills.
People from underrepresented groups with the potential to become tomorrow’s...
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Small suites are booming at Birchwood Park

BIRCHWOOD Park is celebrating the completion of a flurry of new lettings for its small suite office spaces, welcoming 15 new businesses to the park this year. More than 5,500 square foot of small office space has been let across the park so far in 2018. Recent new occupiers include radiation shielding and criticality safety specialists, Cerberus Nuclear, setting up the firm’s first office at the heart...
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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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