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...Read more
Over £1 million will be available for initiatives which will help boost the digital skills of underrepresented groups and disabled people.Read more
- £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.
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
The University of Chester has now lodged an appeal against Cheshire West and Chester Council‘s decision to close its learning centre at Thornton Science Park. CWaC’s planning committee recently rejected the university’s retrospective plan to allow six buildings at the science park, near Elton, to continue to be used for educational purposes. This was based...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more