North West Is Best

Positive news stories that have caught my eye, mostly Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool, Merseyside, St Helens and surrounds.


North West Is Best – July 2014

Big Feature: World has come to Liverpool to do business, says UKTI’s North West director. Echo.

People in Merseyside happier than the national average, claims new report. Echo.

Balloon-covered taxis and their generous drivers took blind and sensory impaired children on huge day out. Echo.

Plan to turn city’s ‘forgotten space’ into arts venue. MEN.

Beetham Tower architect Ian Simpson designs new luxury apartment block in the Northern Quarter. MEN.

Famous scene of Beatles on Liverpool town hall balcony re-enacted for homecoming anniversary. Echo.

£1m skate park network coming to Liverpool. Echo.

‘It’s long overdue’: Rochdale is finally going to get a statue of Gracie Fields. MEN.

Phil Redmond returns to land of the scouse wedding. Liverpool Confidential.

Liverpool actor Paul McGann picks up honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University. Echo.


North West Is Best – July 2014

World’s largest-ever Viking longship set sail for Merseyside today. Echo.

Fashion student lands placement with the House of Holland. St Helens Star.

Comedian Johnny Vegas to be honoured by Edge Hill University. Echo.

Chancellor pledges £14m to Parkside’s transport links. St Helens Star.

Caring youngsters volunteer to clean up cemetery vandalised by gang of youths. Echo.

ECHO Regional Business Awards winners share their delight on the night. Echo.

Best in digital recognised at Big Chips Awards 2014. MEN.

Festival Gardens in Liverpool wins educational award. Echo.

5,000 jobs on the way in £470m bonanza for transport, science and education across Greater Manchester. MEN.

City Region receives £230million from Regional Growth Fund. Liverpool Express.

Tour de France hits Rochdale for ONE minute… and brings £1m to the local economy. MEN.

Driving instructor Samuel L Jackson gets phone call from Hollywood namesake. Echo.

“The results of our latest survey bring more good news for the St Helens economy”. Echo.

New £1m cycle path to be created in Salford. MEN.


North West Is Best – July 2014

New Balance, the sportswear and athletics brand, is to open a new European HQ in Warrington. MEN.

Haydock Park victory celebration for racehorse Steve Prescott. St Helens Star.

The contemporary artist behind a planned ‘chess set’ sculpture has revealed plans to get local people involved in the artwork. MEN.

New ‘urban bazaar’ plan for mothballed Cains Brewery. Liverpool Confidential.

Liverpool’s St Johns Market £2m refurbishment move closer. Echo.

Our pride: Merseyside’s most tireless female campaigners honoured. Echo.

Inspirational Rebecca is crowned M.E.N. Mum Of The Year at a ceremony full of winners. MEN.

Watch: Hero kickboxer rescues family from blazing home after booting down door. MEN.

War hero Andy Reid’s mission to inspire. St Helens Star.

Manchester becomes European City of Science. MEN.

In pictures: Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle comes alive with street art. Echo.

Brave Joe to take on run mission for blind ex-service men and women. Echo.

WATCH: Manchester’s answer to street magician Dynamo is a hit with city’s shoppers. MEN.

Urban Splash smash through £100m mark. MEN.


North West Is Best – June 2014

Joe Anderson bids for World Mayor crown. Liverpool Confidential.

Red squirrels on Merseyside inspiring hope species can beat deadly virus. Echo.

Couple launch pocket wellies. MEN.

‘City can be digital king of the world’. MEN.

Bike-tastic month as Greater Manchester Saddles up to celebrate cycling. MEN.

Chorlton street to become country’s first ever ‘cashless’ shopping area in one day experiment. MEN.

Next stop the Trafford Centre: Trams could be on track to run to shopping haven from 2019. MEN.

The Space Race Started here. Now for the next chapter… 7 Streeets.


North West Is Best – June 2014

New Lord Mayor wants dementia friendly streets. Liverpool Confidential.

Jack Ashley sculpture unveiled. Liverpool Confidential.

How the North West benefits from the World Cup. MEN

Westfield Street Music Festival ‘a roaring success’. St Helens Star.

Full list of Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients in Greater Manchester.MEN.

Full list of Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients on Merseyside. This website

North West winners of Queens Award For Voluntary Service. This website.

Volunteers make sure left over food gets to those who need it most. MEN.

More than 30 new railway stations being considered across Merseyside. Echo.

Honour for man responsible for major woodland projects. St Helens Star.

Helena’s helping hand with jobs. Echo.


North West Is Best – June 2014

Beetham Tower: 10 years since work began on iconic city centre building. MEN.

Cutting (dr)edge art! Rubbish pulled from canal transformed into sculptures. MEN.

Merseyside photographer takes official wedding pictures of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Echo.

Queen Victoria cruise liner makes Mersey maritime history with Liverpool visit. Echo.

Enter the Dragon: Hundreds take part in spectacular Chinese boat race in Salford Quays. MEN.

Hitting the high notes! Music college releases single in bid to reach £3m target for concert hall revamp . MEN.

World’s largest reconstructed Viking longship to sail for Merseyside during next month’s Open golf tournament. Echo.


North West Is Best – May 2014

Changing ways at landfill site. St Helens Star.

Seneley and Garswood Juniors Football Club Gets cash boost to improve facilities. St Helens Star.

Liverpool ECHO RBA 2014 shortlist revealed. Echo.

Smile if you live in Stockport – voted the fourth happiest place in the UK. MEN.

Steve Prescott’s incredible life story to be published this summer. St Helens Star.

St Helens soap stars up for awards for Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. St Helens Star.

Garden is blooming after volunteers take control. MEN.

Liverpool to Manchester by train in 32 minutes. Liverpool Confidential. 

Poet inspiring children to pen verses about their hometown. MEN.

National Laughter Championships coming to Manchester. MEN.

Wirral Farm Feast festival hailed as ‘gamble that paid off’. Echo.

Liverpool Echo School Awards on look out for top achievements in education. Echo.

Volunteers needed to help build spectacular waterfront park. Echo.

Up for grabs for £400 – a piece of the Hacienda dance floor. MEN.

Liverpool to host global trade union conference involving more than 3,000 delegates. Echo.

Wedding dreams come true thanks to Mersey couples. Echo.


North West Is Best – May 2014

Step inside Merseyside’s buildings using Google Business View. Echo.

International Festival for Business will offer access to 1,200 business leads worth £1.7bn. Echo.

Ambitious £1.5billion plans for Liverpool city centre. Echo.

Plans for Sky Pier viewing platform in Everton Park set to be approved. Echo.

The clothing firm turning unwanted plastic bottles into school blazers. MEN.

Digital entrepreneur wins national competition after wowing Sir Richard Branson. Echo.

Full steam ahead for new Sunday market. Echo.

Specialist care village to open in Warrington creating 100 jobs. MEN.

Business in the Community organises Give & Gain day for Mersey schoolchildren. Echo.

Actor Ricky Tomlinson to be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool. Echo.

Red carpet rolled out for budding Liverpool film directors. Echo.

Man behind the Giants talks about why he had to come back to the city. Echo.

Pop-up coding open to all. MEN.

Echo awards for Merseyside’s green champions. Echo.


North West Is Best – May 2014

Brides donate £15,000 worth of dresses to help terminally ill people get married. Echo.

Liverpool’s new bike hire scheme launched by Olympic hero Chris Boardman. Echo.

56-car drive-in cinema granted licence for Liverpool. Echo.

A Warrington woman who fought back from bankruptcy to set up her own business has won a £10,000 start-up competition. Echo.

Rotunda Living to build first round eco-classroom. A north west mum has been awarded a Start Up Loan to fund her business launch, after turning down a Dragon’s Den investor. MEN.

Stockport couple back star-studded dementia awareness TV campaign. MEN.

When X fails to mark the spot. Turning arty venues into polling stations. Liverpool  Confidential.

Liverpool digital entrepreneur sees sales of his ‘how to create your own app’ book soar. Echo.

Liverpool’s Central Library once again star of the property show after scooping two more industry awards. Echo.

Original Mandela artwork to go on public display in Liverpool. Echo.

Exciting times for teenage entrepreneur Eric. MEN

Dragons Den’s Duncan Bannatyne to be unveiled as patron of Andy Reid’s charity AIM. St Helens Star

Meet the West Kirby dad who’s behind the branding of Merseyside. Echo

Liverpool Docklands icons in line for restoration ahead of International Festival of Business. Echo.

Merseyside butcher named best of British in “food world’s Oscars”. Echo.

North West business output reaches three-month high, says bank report. Echo.

REVEALED: The next phase of the Co-op’s NOMA scheme. MEN.

Manchester Airport set to hit 21m passengers this summer after figures fly for April. MEN.

A museum in Liverpool has come up with an innovative way of helping Alzheimer’s sufferers. Telegraph.

Party fit for a Queen and a Princess. Mersey greets cruise liners with three-day bash at Princes Dock. Liverpool Confidential.

Neglected Trafford park is transformed with new children’s playground. MEN.

Lord Heseltine to be a keynote speaker at IFB regeneration conference. Echo.



North West Is Best – May 2014

Liverpool’s £42m waterfront redevelopment revealed in new artist’s impression. Echo.

Great music is only part of the story as Liverpool Sound City 2014 gets under way. Echo.

Property firm unveils plans for new Sunday market in Liverpool. Echo.

BAC Mono supercar firm looks to move up a gear with rapid expansion. Echo.

Technical prowess earns manufacturer Queen’s Award. St Helens Star.

Free bikes to help successful jobseekers get back to work. MEN.

N Brown has an eye on US after sales and profit growth. MEN.

Chinese tourists fuelling North West growth. Salford Online.

Boutique hotel to open in Corn Exchange as part of £30m redevelopment. MEN.

Huge Beano comic will celebrate the history of Chapel Street in Salford. MEN.

Great-gran and pioneering fashion entrepreneur who escaped Nazis dies aged 92. MEN.

Film fan’s spoof movie posters are viral web hit. MEN.

Chester Zoo use scouring pads help rear rare chicks. MEN.

Comedy club Frog and Bucket celebrates 20 years of helping comedians launch their careers. MEN.

All change! Improvements to the railway lines will slash journey times between Liverpool and Manchester. Echo.

Work on the second Mersey crossing due to get underway this week. Echo.

Wigan based tour operator Shearings sees increase in passenger numbers and earnings. MEN.

Handelsbanken opens branch in Wilmslow. MEN.

The High Sheriff of Merseyside gives a thumbs-up for Helena Partnerships. St Helens Star.

Museum to bring Collider experiment to Manchester. MEN.

Surge in Scout numbers across region as children find it cool again. MEN.


North West Is Best – April 2014

Census shows more people in Manchester are cycling to work. MEN.

Three firms fly Mersey flag in entrepreneurial awards. Echo.

The CEO leading Wirral Chamber of Commerce into a new era. Echo.

£700,000 boost for region’s creative and digital community. MEN.

Future Cabs Set to Revolutionise Hackney Cab Driving in Liverpool. website

Historic pictures of the co-operative movement’s journey from Rochdale to royalty. MEN.

Liverpool Housing Association shortlisted for national care award.  24 Dash.

First tenants for £2m eco-homes. Housing News.

Warrington’s property market hists 16 year high. MEN.

From Bury to Barca… black pudding to go global. MEN.

Mersey River Festival set for June spectacular on Liverpool waterfront. Echo.

See how Liverpool has changed with Google Street View’s ‘Time Machine’. Echo.

To the end of March 2014, the North West fund has invested over £87 million into 265 businesses. NW Fund

The first look at the Titanic Hotel on Stanley Dock. Echo.

Wirral Business Awards aim to recognise the best of the borough’s talent. Echo.

Huge Beano comic will celebrate the history of Chapel Street in Salford. MEN.

University experts want to bury the dead in city’s parks. MEN.

Celebrate the best in education with our Schools Awards. MEN.

Down the decades: See how Market Street has changed since 1900. MEN.


North West Is Best – April 2014

‘Five star restaurant for Cunard Building’. Liverpool Confidential.

Big Feature: Merseyside ‘bright sparks’ who are doing the business. Echo.

Liverpool regional economy among best in England. Echo.

Group ‘humbled’ after raising funds for city flyover feasibility study. Echo.

Jobless numbers fall across Merseyside. Echo.

A bolt from the brew: Non-profit coffee shop smashes fundraising target. MEN.

Community volunteers to recreate great Sunlight Send Off. Echo.

Liverpool buildings among the winners at the Royal Institute of British Architects awards. Echo.

Easter appeal sees Manchester hospice receive 6,300 knitted chicks. BBC

Help make me the proudest Scouser in London, says Liverpool-born entrepreneur. Echo.

Rowetta starts Spinningfields duck race and helps thousands raise £20k for cerebral palsy charity Brainwave. MEN.

Twisting his melon: Bez celebrates 50th birthday with all-night rave. MEN.

Stunning portrait of Sir Alex Ferguson created with names of 218 United players he managed. MEN.

TV star Sheridan Smith rocks The Dovey with impromptu Dolly Parton cover. Echo.

Manchester rapper MC Tunes debuts second album Damage By Stereo 23 years late. BBC.

Darkstar Laser in St Helens shortlisted for Liverpool City Region Tourism Award. St Helens Star

Retro adverts could be used to improve Rochdale’s image. MEN.

The carbon-fibre streamlined ARION1 has been designed by students at Liverpool University looking to break the pedal-powered speed record. Mirror

Visitors to Piccadilly Gardens wheel soar by a third. MEN.


North West Is Best – April 2014


Spinningfields square set to stay for good. MEN.

Liverpool firm that is leading the way in teaching kids how to handle money. Echo.

Community garden being built in the back alleys of Pocket Nook. St Helens Star.

Seven North West businesses receive £23 million from Regional Growth Fund. BDaily Business News.

20 facts about Oasis’ Supersonic 20 years after its first release. MEN.

Thirty fascinating aerial pictures of north Manchester from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. MEN.

Liverpool fourth best tourist destination in UK, says TripAdvisor. Echo.

Sutton man’s devotion to honouring St Helens Pals who were victims of WW1. St Helens Star.

Johnny Vegas bangs the drum for musical talent in St Helens. St Helens Star.

Sefton Council set to offer loans to small Companies. Sefton Council.

Wirral Chamber of Commerce set to help create hundreds of new businesses. Echo. 

1000 volunteers needed for International Fesitval of Business. IFB

Manchester Evening News writers, website and newspaper up for top awards. MEN. 

Artists plan to revive empty King Street – with not-for-profit coffee shop. MEN.

Piccadilly Gardens: It’s just TOO popular, says city leader. MEN.

Port Sunlight River Park nears completion as new public park to offer spectacular Liverpool’s waterfront views. Echo.

Liverpool music prize The GIT Award reveals Lapsley as One To Watch winner. Echo. 

Dub dance act Forest Swords takes Merseyside music’s GIT Award. Echo.

Warrington set to build an £8.5m business incubator in town centre. Echo. MEN. 

There is a new way to explore Heaton park this summer – on a Segway. Echo. 

Trainee guide dogs take to the skies – with a little help from Virgin. MEN.

Star sales executive Jane Ball flies the flag for St Helens in Washington DC at Gannett Awards. St Helens Star.

Deaf entrepreneurs making a big impact. St Helens Reporter.

Top award for St Helens boozer saved from last orders. St Helens Star.

Knighthood for The Iron Men of Crosby beach creator Antony Gormley. Echo. 

Liverpool One pop-up shop honoured with award. Echo.

Port of Liverpool to rival Tilbury for importation of vital building materials. Echo.     


North West Is Best – April 2014

Northern Rail to start electrified mainline services from Liverpool to Manchester. Echo.

Watch as Merseyside man does world’s highest bungee jump…backwards! Echo.

Co-op set to transform Manchester with £800m injection. MEN.

Man to run 40th marathon, two years after brain haemorrhage. MEN.

St Helens plant hire venture secures £25k funding from Merseyside Special Investment Fund. Echo

A new online matching service launched by North West firm to help small Companies access loan opportunities. Website

Hero schoolboys kick down door of burning house in bid to save man from suspected arson attack. MEN.

Sir Alex Ferguson takes up teaching position at Harvard University. MEN.

Fully booked: Gerard’s Park business hub home to 21 businesses. St Helens Star

Owner of Liverpool’s newest landmark hotel hails its speedy creation. Echo.

Supermum promised her dying friend she would look after her six children and two foster children. Mirror

Liverpool – Steven Fletcher’s poem on the greatest city in the world. Echo.

Shameless estate tower blocks ‘recycled’ as area renovated. MEN.

Alien invasion at the Dream? Artists create stunning photos at Sutton Manor. St Helens Star.

St Helens library launches ebook lending service. St Helens Star.

Celebrity single launched to raise funds for Brian Epstein statue. Echo

Campaign for new Metrolink line – down Princess Parkway. MEN.

New book reveals story of Manchester’s real-life Sherlock Holmes. MEN.

Promising young Liverpool chef, 15, has scooped a national catering award. Hospitality & Catering News.

A brand new Liverpool music, entertainment and film festival has won support from pop icon Will.I.Am’s charity foundation. Echo.

St Helens Chamber start-up support scheme helps to create 84 new businesses. Echo.

Liverpool city centre bar Oh Me Oh My to open a rooftop venue overlooking the Mersey. Echo.

Labour would create ‘Minister for the North West’. MEN.

Giants to take over Liverpool’s Newsham Park for summer showcase. Echo.


North West Is Best – March / April 2014

From Bold Street to Sold Street, how the city’s gateway thoroughfare is thriving. Echo.

Selfridges buyers on look-out for local food and drink producers. MEN.

Airport gives £340,000 to Manchester arts and tourism groups. MEN.

Jobs boost after £50m project plans approved. MEN.

Liverpool tops the UK league for small business start-ups. Echo.

Liverpool Biennial evokes World War I artists in water-borne installation. Echo.

You’ll never snore alone. Council offices set to become Bill Shankly themed hotel. Liverpool Confidential.

Photographer blends Manchester’s past with present to take people back in time. MEN.

Family raise £50,000 for girl’s operation in USA. MEN.

Hidden St James’s station project back on track. Echo.

Big Digital Project has grand finale in Albert Square. MEN.

Community projects bid for a chance to get up to £25k of funding. MEN.

Liverpool to host cycling’s Tour of Britain. Echo.

MOSI gets £800k cash boost towards expansion. MEN.

Passenger trams start running to and from Rochdale town centre for first time in 80 years. MEN..

Happy birthday to Greater Manchester as the region turns 40 today. MEN.



North West Is Best – March 2014

Mum’s bid to make her town dementia-friendly. MEN.

Soul Cafe best eating place in mystery shopper oscars. Liverpool Confidential.

BID’s boost to city centre footfall figures. MEN.

£2m plan to modernise St John’s Market is unveiled. Echo.

City events scoop top two places at world awards. Echo.

Liverpool FC supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly wins top award. Echo.

Pete Wylie: The Sound of the City. 7 Streets.

New community gardens will provide Liverpool people with produce. Bay TV

Manchester named one of the world’s brainiest cities. MEN.

St Luke’s Church in sell off. However…. Liverpool Confidential.

“We’ll bring more blockbuster films to Liverpool” Echo.

St Helens town centre is being transformed into an outdoor adventureland in April. St Helens Star.

Legendary Manchester City boss Joe Mercer honoured by new Royal Mail stamp. MEN.

How the battle to save Gorton Monastery was fought. MEN.

Sheridan Smith hails Liverpool as ‘greatest city in the world’ as she films new Cilla drama. Echo.

Adoption campaign launched in North West. Youtube.

Video games entrepreneur set to launch his Starship enterprise in Liverpool. Echo.

Images show how new street sign honouring hero soldier will look. MEN.

Call for bands to perform at Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Echo.

Century marker past in St Helens Chamber’s quest to find 365 jobs for youngsters. St Helens Star.


North West Is Best – March 2014

Princess Cruises’ biggest ever ship will visit Liverpool six times next year. Echo.

A children’s centre in Rainhill has been given a makeover thanks to the Prince’s Trust. St Helens Reporter.

Manchester has left its ‘calling card’ around the world, says Airport City’s Chinese investor. MEN

Hot topics on the panel at Great Manchester Business Conference. MEN.

Iconic Strawberry Field gates are set to be opened to the public. Echo.

I don’t believe it: Visit from Victor Meldrew lifts spirits at hospice. MEN.

Businessman leading campaign to save Jam Butty camp. MEN.

Manufacturing embracing recovery. Echo.

Liverpool hoteliers set for bumper summer. Echo.

Spoof campaign posters for Bez’s bid to become Salford MP are web hit. MEN.

4,000 jobs boost with plans to redevelop Manchester Science Parks campus. MEN.

Lighting up night sky to honour code hero turing. MEN.

Tribute to a Chinese-Liverpool legend: The cafe man known as San. Liverpool Confidential

Cream founder James Barton named most influential person in dance music by Rolling Stone magazine. Echo

RIBA Nomination for Everyman and Central Library. 7 Streets.

Are Liverpool’s Food Banks The Answer? 7 Streets.

Blind great-grandmother’s sight restored after world’s smallest telescope is fitted into her eye. MEN.

Organisers of Crabbie’s Grand National to pay tribute to victims of Hillsborough and their campaigners. Echo.

Darren’s big trip of a lifetime: A kind-hearted support worker is travelling overseas on a life-changing tour. St Helens Reporter.

Liverpool telescope at the edge of the cosmos. 7 Streets


North West Is Best – March 2014


Liverpool doctors in global breakthrough which will help more premature babies survive. Echo.

Liverpool Science Park signs up first tenants at its £8m extension. Echo

Funding model is a winner. Echo.

Nurturing the next generation of Liverpool entrepreneurs. Echo.

Three quarters of Mancunians oppose fracking, an M.E.N survey finds. MEN.

Bruntwood launches Together office concept for Manchester start-ups. MEN

Man of Steel to be re-named after Steve Prescott. St Helens ReporterSt Helens Star

Martin Murray boxes clever to raise £5,000 for Steve Prescott Foundation. St Helens Star.

New boutique hotel set to get green light for Manchester city centre. MEN

Manchester urged to bid for ‘capital of culture’ MEN

15 inspirational Greater Manchester women MEN

Breath-taking pictures that heighten excitement ahead of cruise liner’s visit to Liverpool next year. Echo.

Liverpool goes bananas to celebrate ten years as a Fairtrade city. Echo.

How the GPW Recruitment St Helens 10K unfolded. St Helens Star

Best Liverpool start-ups collect awards at city ceremony. Echo.

Liverpool housing association ranked number one not-for-profit company to work for in UK. 24dash.

Coffee success leaves Stuart full. MEN.

Make Up artists Jen Hunter  wins National Award. St Helens Star

The Big Read: Signs of the times revealing so much about Liverpool’s retail heritage. Echo.

Record year ahead for cruise ships with Liverpool ‘ahead of the game’. Echo.

Banks help more than 620 SMEs through Funding for Lending Scheme. Echo.

Bolton cafe owner crowned winner of The Taste. MEN.


North West Is Best – March 2014

Homegrown movie boss’ team effort is a triumph. St Helens Reporter

Two town hall leaders scoop national awards. Manchester Evening News.

Santander launches first fast growth SME incubator in Liverpool. Liverpool Echo.

Final countdown begins to the start of the International Festival For Business. Liverpool Echo.

Former United star Gary Neville will outline the thinking behind his 139-room hotel at MIPIM Conference. Manchester Evening News.

Merseyside Special Investment Fund helps drive expansion of Liverpool events company. Liverpool Echo

The return of the Giants to Liverpool to mark World War I gets £250,000 Arts Council boost. Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool Adelphi – the ‘Grand Old Lady of Lime Street’ – marks 100 years’. Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool businesses to get £1,000 off their tax bills under new plans backed by town hall bosses. Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool’s Spark Up business pilot gets under way today. Liverpool Echo.

The north holds the key to a better economy. Manchester Evening News.

‘Foreign owned SMEs not performing’. Manchester Evening News.

Our top growing firms win awards. Manchester Evening News.

Why regions are vital to the UK’s long-term prosperity. Manchester Evening News.

Wirral taxi drivers to be trained up as ‘ambassadors’ for the borough. Liverpool Echo

HOME topping out ceremony announced. Manchester Evening News.

Everything is ship-shape for cruise liner’s voyage across the Atlantic next year. Liverpool Echo.

Property gets new lease of life. St Helens Reporter.

A vinyl revival that shows records never really went away. Liverpool Echo.


North West Is Best – February 2014

Rainhill eco garden will be a sanctuary for people and wildlife. St Helens Star.

Old rail line set to be a Dream cycle path. St Helens Reporter..

College’s £5m new direction. St Helens Reporter.

Trio of organisations join city’s delegation to Cannes property and investment event. Liverpool Echo.

Wirral campaigners opposing new Tesco store celebrate as supermarket giant’s appeal is dismissed. Liverpool Echo.

“Liverpool is the envy of the world because….” Liverpool Echo.

Manchester Central Library ready to open its doors after £48m refurb. Manchester Evening News.

12 foot hedgehog on the prowl in Manchester. Manchester Evening News.

£4.5m of grants available to community groups helping people back into work.  WEA North West REgion. 

Run-down Ardwick park gets £140k for renovation. Manchester Evening News.

Work begins on new look Metrolink stop at Victoria station. Manchester Evening News.

Legendary Hacienda DJ to play free gig in support of Barton Moss anti-fracking protesters. Manchester Evening News.

Liverpool University staff and students create world’s biggest brain. Liverpool Echo.

Pensioner power wins new bus shelter. Manchester Evening News.

Roman invasion brings new jobs. Liverpool Echo.  St Helens Star

First look: Inside the new Liverpool Everyman. Liverpool Echo

Lift Off Film Festival coming soon to Liverpool

Libraries secure £150,000 for arts projects. St Helens Star.

Hope Academy pupils have won a nationwide competition to spend a day being inspired by London 2012 icon Jessica Ennis-Hill. St Helens Star

Manchester jobseekers to be given free bus and tram passes.  Manchester Evening News

High-tech ‘sandbag’ firm sees record demand following winter floods. Manchester Evening News.

Big hitters backing Liverpool’s International Festival for Business. Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool’s top rated restaurant Yukti now aiming for Michelin star.  Liverpool Echo.

Kind-hearted builder steps in to repair conned pensioners storm-damaged roof for free. Manchester Evening News.

Greater Manchester major beneficiary of Regional Growth Fund – but too much cash ‘remains unspent’. Manchester Evening News.

£4m funding delivered to hundreds of start ups. Manchester Evening News.


North West Is Best – February 2014

School opens new playground – on the roof!. Liverpool Echo

Great idea for a business but not sure what to do next? Events in Merseyside.

Expanding merchant services provider Handepay have completed the move into brand new office space in St Helens. St Helens Council.

Newts to get their own crossing on East Lancs Road. Manchester Evening News.

Liverpool firms believe local economy will grow in the next five years. Liverpool Echo.

Co-op running web poll on future. Manchester Evening News.

Regional Business Awards will celebrate businesses and business leaders. Liverpool Echo.

Legal research site scoops £60k. Manchester Evening News.

New business rates system suggested. Manchester Evening News.

Manchester based Boohoo to float on the stock market soon. Manchester Evening News.

Manchester takeaway Abra-kebabra named in UK’s ‘best pun’ shop names. Manchester Evening News.

Mersey-based film wins BAFTA. Liverpool Echo.

Exhibition centre “to be ready for next summer”. Liverpool Echo.

Teen spearheads campaign to slash Mersey travel fares. Liverpool Echo.

New chapter as community hub opens its doors. Manchester Evening News.

Is that supermarket offer really so special? 10 ways supermarkets bamboozle us. Mail.

Grants available for superfast / ultrafast broadband in manchester and salford. Biz Growth Hub.

MerseyHour are hosting a face-to-face for Businesses in Liverpool on 26th February. EventBrite

In Conversation With Michael Heseltine Event. Little Atom Productions.

Hundred’s of jobs up for grabs at Living Local – Working Local event. Liverpool EchoTickets

Free networking event on Monday 24th, hosted by FSB Merseyside. Eventbrite.

North West Is Best – February 2014

Liverpool city leaders win legal challenge over European funding cuts. Liverpool Echo.

North West projects receive £225k. St Helens Reporter.

Merseyside projects secure £160k. St Helens Reporter.

Hero teachers stop class to foil robbers. Manchester Evening News.

Wirral hospitals’ £6.3m energy saving plan. Liverpool Echo.

New look Merseyrail trains begin service on Monday. Liverpool Echo.

The by-election circus: why Manchester deserves more. Manchester Evening News.

Appliances Online’s float on the stock market will turn £1 wager into £400m jackpot for Bolton entrepreneur. Daily Mail.

Global urban sports stars in city. Liverpool Echo.

More than £1bn of regeneration projects in Liverpool last year. Liverpool Echo.

Bright ideas to transform dull Piccadilly Gardens. Manchester Evening News.

Liverpool’s Albert Dock reports a 17% rise in coaches in 2013 to 4,137. Liverpool Echo.

A fund set up to back SMEs with growth potential has invested £79m since being set up. Manchester Evening News.

A new 290-room hotel is planned for the heart of Manchester city centre. Manchester Evening News.

More of Prescot’s historic buildings to benefit from £3.2m facelfit. St Helens Star. Prescot Online.

A fund set up to back SMEs with growth potential has invested £79m since being set up. Manchester Evening News. Liverpool Echo.

BAC supercar to be the star attraction at Liverpool’s MIPIM stand. Liverpool Echo.

See how community groups have shared our £25k Wish campaign cash pot. Manchester Evening News.

Wigan entrepreneur and her amazing experience of facing the fire of TV’s intimidating Dragons’ Den. Wigan Today.

Small firms in Merseyside urged to join the IFB Business Club. Liverpool Echo.

New Wirral Chamber will allow local businesses to ‘have a greater impact’. Liverpool Echo.

Applications start to pour in for Merseyside’s Spark Up project. Liverpool Echo.

Women who are overcoming barriers to start their own businesses. Liverpool Echo.

Top 10 hotels to stay at in Liverpool as recommended by Trip Advisor. Liverpool Echo.

£20k to create Wirral skate park ‘youth village’. Liverpool Echo.

Business secretary says more needs to be done to get funding for small firms. Liverpool Echo.

Manchester has become the hub of the UK’s high-tech boom. Manchester Evening News.

Katrina builds on her Hoochie Mama website with loan from Start Up fund. Manchester Evening News.

New ‘Norman Foster’ emotional support centre planned for The Christie. Manchester Evening News.

Awards turn spotlight on the region’s green future. Liverpool Echo.

New £8m Hugh Baird College building to be community hub. Liverpool Echo.



North West Is Best – February 2014

Prescot producers market back for 2014. Prescot Online.

Liverpool will be ‘strangled’ unless it gets HS2 railway line. Liverpool Echo.

Granada Studios redevelopment could create ‘modern village’ for 6,000 people. Manchester Evening News.

Creative sector to play in key role in the International Festival for Business. Liverpool Echo.

Royal Liverpool Seamen’s Orphanage, more recently Newsham Park Hospital, set to be used as events venue. Liverpool Echo.

Move Government seat of power from London to Manchester. Manchester Evening News.

How much can an extra hour’s sleep change you? BBC News

Manchester is the place to start-up. Almost 12,000 businesses started up in Manchester in 2013. Manchester Evening News.

Manchester Central Library to reopen after £48m restoration. Manchester Evening News.

Stretch of Bridgewater Canal to get £5.5m facelift. Manchester Evening News.

Prince Andrew to be patron of Liverpool’s International Festival for Business. Liverpool Echo.

First voyages from Liverpool to New York for almost 50 years set for July 2015. Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool-based B&M Bargains considers £2bn stock market flotation. Liverpool Echo.

Parent and carers will be able to track the whereabouts of children and vulnerable adults thanks to a special wristband developed in Greater Manchester. Manchester Evening News.

Apprentice star launches business and SMEs contest in North West. Manchester Evening News.

Huge redevelopment plan unveiled for St Helens. St Helens Reporter.

Three new skate parks coming to Liverpool. Liverpool Echo.

Winter survival packs handed out in St Helens. St Helens Star.

Mancunian dictionary: The 50 top words and phrases that say you’re a Manc. Manchester Evening News.

The 10 best restaurants in Greater Manchester according to Trip Advisor . Manchester Evening News.

St Helens restaurant ‘best’ in UK. St Helens Reporter.

Lending a hand to first-time buyers in St Helens. St Helens Reporter. Commentary.

Innovative online ticketing firm Fatsoma announces 100% increase in Sales. Manchester Evening News

Welcome to City’s property hotspot…. Newton Heath. Manchester Evening News.

Merseyside house prices on the rise. Liverpool Echo.

Sky is the limit as our building boom returns. Manchester Evening News.

UK’s youngest council leader could be voted in tomorrow night. Manchester Evening News.

International Festival For Business Hub to be located at Mann Island. Liverpool Echo.

100 new apprenticeship roles created.  Liverpool Echo.

George Osborne kicks off £600m Northern Hub investment at Manchester Airport. Manchester Evening News.

City’s top young talent in awards celebration. Manchester Evening News.

Energy saving roll-out to create 1,000 jobs. Liverpool Echo.

Time to give real power to Greater Manchester. Manchester Evening News.

Christmas Markets are run by Mancs, not Germans…… Manchester Evening News.

Ashton Market,  devestated by fire,  rises from ashes to be named best in Britain. Manchester Evening News.