Mobikes Arrive In Manchester

Image result for manchester mo bike1,000 Mobikes have been scattered around the city centre as a new bike sharing scheme for Manchester and Salford has been launched. Manchester is the first area outside Asia to adopt the service, initially for a six-month trial but with a view to expand.

Reporting for the Manchester Evening News, Charlotte Cox explains:

Mobike is the world’s first smart, dock-free bikeshare platform aimed at helping people make short trips across cities. The orange and silver aluminium machines have non-puncture airless tyres, a GPS tracker, built-in locks and a cashless smartphone app. The bikes are designed with chainless shaft transmission and durable disc-brake, they are hailed by their creators as ‘maintenance-free bikes’ with a four-year fix-free life span.

Bosses say they are ‘near impossible’ to vandalise and ‘pointless’ to steal. They have developed a credits system where users who defy the Mobike rules – park them in the wrong place for example – will be charged more to hire them. ‘Good users’, meanwhile, will be rewarded.

The bikes the brain child of Hu Weiwei, a Chinese entrepreneur.  She told the M.E.N at a cycling conference in Holland that she envisions Manchester becoming the ‘Shanghai of Europe’ – doing for bike-sharing on the Continent what Shanghai began in China. Welcomed by city leaders the hope is that they will help tackle congestion and pollution levels.

To use a Mobike subscribe to their app, pay the deposit, find your nearest bike & hop on! Visit the Mobike website

Read the full article here>>  Published By M.E.N Written by Charlotte Cox

N Brown To Pay Back Customers

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Manchester-based N Brown Group, the home shopping company behind brands including JD Williams, Simply Be and Jacamo, is to pay out up to £40m to customers after selling product insurance that did not ‘offer value’.

The company said it had ‘identified flaws’ in historical insurance products provided by a third party insurance underwriter and sold by the group to its customers between 2006 and 2014.

It follows a review of whether its general insurance products and add-ons offered value for customers, prompted by the FCA.

The customer redress will cost the group between £35m to £40m and will impact company cashflow from its 2019 financial year onwards, it said in a statement to the stock market.

It’s a tough time for the retailer – last month saw it retreat from the high street with the announcement that it would be closing five loss-making Simply Be and Jamaco dual fascia stores, blaming weak high-street footfall.

The closures will be completed by the end of August, with an anticipated exceptional cost of £10m to £14m.

N Brown’s insurance redress follows that of Findel – another listed North West firm – which first announcement in February that it was to refund £12.5m to around 300,000 of its Express Gifts customers who were sold insurance that offered little or no value. But that figure has since more than doubled to around £29m.

Article By: Joanne Birtwistle, The Business Desk.com View Article Online Here

Manchester: A City Grieving

The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, has spoken of the terror attack in Manchester last night.

Today is a day to mourn the dead, to pray with their families and with the injured, and to reaffirm our determination that those who murder and maim will never defeat us.

Like other great cities, Manchester is an obvious target for terrorists to choose. What makes this latest atrocity particularly dreadful is the deliberate choice of a concert known to attract very young fans. Many lives will be lived out, impacted by this tragedy for long years to come. Others have had decades of life ripped away from them.

There is a proper anger and rage in the face of events like this. Our challenge will be to direct that rage and anger to be a force for good. We will rally around the victims and their families. We will unite across our diversity, drawing close especially to any that the terrorists would seek to separate us from. And we will rebuild and repair the damage to our city, as we have done before.

Today is a day to mourn, and I would ask churches throughout Greater Manchester and beyond to make space and time for people who wish to come into their buildings and pray. But today is also a day to begin our response. A response that will crush terrorism not by violence but by the power of love. A love which Christians celebrate especially now in Eastertide.

Original Source: Church of England Diocese of Manchester. Here

 

Manchester Is Europe’s 3rd City

The Colliers International Cities of Influence TLC index has named Manchester as one of Europe’s top influential cities. The combination of skilled and emerging talent, an accessible location, the affordable cost of living as well as the city’s work within the Northern Powerhouse has given Manchester a growing recognition and reputation on an international scale.

In his interview with MEN Business Andrew McFarlane, Director and head of the Manchester office of Colliers International, commented: “Manchester has worked hard to build its reputation as an international city. Over the past 20-plus years it has steadily grown and developed into the global player that it is today and that momentum is still building as Manchester cements its place at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

“What is encouraging about this report is that what has been clear to many in Manchester for several years is increasingly being recognised by a global audience. Manchester’s best days lie ahead.”

The top 20 influential European Cities identified by Colliers International are:
1. London
2. Paris
3. Manchester
4. Stockholm
5. Dublin
6. Munich
7. Amsterdam
8. Madrid
9. Vienna
10. Prague
11. Frankfurt
12. Berlin
13. Zurich
14. Hamburg
15. Warsaw
16. Barcelona
17. Lisbon
18. Brussels
19. Budapest
20. Milan

Source:
Abridged version of an original article by Shelina Begum, MEN Business online here
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Manchester Victoria Station, original location here
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The North’s Growth Depends On Transport Connectivity

The Independent International Connectivity Commission has published a report today that advocates better connected airports and ports in the North of England could release massive potential benefits for trade and business growth.

Improving international links from the North could see 75 million air passengers travelling to and from the region each year by 2050, nearly double the current number. However, road and rail links also need investment and development which could also see more freight being shipped directly into and out of the region, naturally boosting the economy and easing pressure on south coast ports.

The commission was brought together by John Cridland, Chair of Transport for the North and former Director General of CBI, and consisted of Chris Davis (chief operating officer at PZ Cussons), Mark Parsons (chief customer officer UK & Ireland, DHL Supply Chain), Andrew Sentance (senior economic adviser at PWC) and Sarah Stewart (chief executive, NewcastleGateshead Initiative).

John Cridland comments: “It’s clear that the North’s ports and airports are key economic assets for the region, with nearly 40 million passengers flying from the region each year and around a third of all UK freight using northern ports.

“Yet we know that the lack of access to and from our ports and airports is holding them back, with congestion on our roads and railways making it difficult for people and goods to reach international gateways. These inadequate ground transport links, coupled with not enough direct services to key international destinations, mean that passengers from the North often have to travel from Southern gateways. They also act as a disincentive from both business and leisure travellers to visit the region.   Unlike in the South, where ports and airports are heavily congested, the North’s international gateways have unused capacity.”

“We believe international connectivity starts on the ground; by properly utilising available resources we can both boost the economy of the North and ease pressure on overloaded ports and airports elsewhere. We need to start promoting the North as a destination of choice, both to do business and to visit.”

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Original article here by Nick Jackson, Deputy Editor North West, TheBusinessDesk.com
Image by Jannik Selz, Profile here at Unsplash.com

Crane Survey Identifies Construction Boom

The Deloitte Crane Survey is in it’s 16th year and shows unparalleled growth in residential development, office refurbishment, hotel construction and education developments.

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[View the MEN’s Business Week Crane Survey Map Here]

22 new residential schemes are under construction in Manchester contrasting with the last peak count of 14 in 2008. That means 6,963 residential units will be built this year compared with 2,982 in 2016.

In his interview with Manchester Evening News, Simon Bedford, partner and head of Deloitte Real Estate in the North West, said: “Deloitte’s construction pipeline monitors residential development through to 2020 and shows a number of exciting schemes set to evolve the city’s skyline.  Four towers over 25 storeys high have begun construction, marking a new, exciting era for housing in Manchester. One of which, Owen Street, is set to become the highest residential building in the UK.”

The growing trend for office refurbishment means 8 out of the 9 new starts this year are refurbishments. The  demand for office space in Manchester and Salford grows with the construction pipeline for 2017 set to provide 1.4 million sq ft of floorspace 12% of which is pre-let.

The Hotel sector is also meeting the growing demand of tourism with a further 1,040 rooms currently under construction in Manchester in addition to the 338 completed in 2016. This year expects to see the largest delivery of hotel rooms since data collection started in 2006.

Simon Bedford’s analysis of the overall forecast for construction in Manchester and Salford is one of opportunity and confidence: “Our latest crane survey results are a reflection of Manchester’s growth and resurgence.  The weakening of sterling and boost of international connectivity via Manchester Airport is also set to provide a fertile environment for potential investors, while the universities are likely to continue delivering further schemes in 2017 as part of strategic repositioning and expansion.”

“Construction activity has not just matched those of 2007, it has completely blown those figures out of the water, demonstrating unparalleled scale and volume of development. While we cannot be certain how these factors will continue to manifest themselves in the years ahead, there is real cause for optimism and Manchester competing as a global city.”

Original Story by Shelina Begum, GM Business Week 31/01/17
Full Article Online Here>>

 

Sir Howard Bernstein Retiring As CEO Of Manchester City Council

Sir Howard Bernstein who has been Chief Executive of Manchester sir-howardCity Council since 1998 has announced he will step down from his role in Spring 2017.  He joined the local authority as a junior clerk in 1971 and is credited with leading some of Manchester’s biggest regeneration projects including developments after the 1996 IRA bomb and in the lead-up to the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

During Sir Howard’s tenure the city has experienced phenomenal growth and investment including flagship developments such as Spinningfields, NOMA, First Street, Corridor Manchester and forthcoming investments in St John’s, Airport City, the Northern Gateway and HS2. He also oversaw the development of the Northern Powerhouse initiative and a series of historic devolution agreements – transferring significant powers and resources from central government to the city region. He received his knighthood for his services to the city in 2003.

Sir Howard commented: “It has been a privilege to serve the city during such a pivotal period, working with many excellent people both within the council and in public and private partner organisations. I’m incredibly proud of what the city has been able to achieve in this time and to have played a part in it.

“Manchester is firmly established as a confident and dynamic place, recognised as a premier league world city although of course there are still significant challenges to address to ensure everyone who live here has the opportunity to share in, and contribute to, its growing success.

“We have a clear, shared vision for the future direction of the city – set out in the Our Manchester Strategy which takes the city up to 2025– and a strong platform from which to move forwards. But by definition this is a long-term strategy.

“I will have been at the council 46 years next year and this feels like the right time to plan for my succession. There is still considerable work to do in the months ahead and my focus on it will not be diminished.”

Extract from North West Insider.
Read the original article by Richard Frost here >>

4,700 New Companies Started In Greater Manchester In 2016

StartUp Britain, a Government-backed national Start Up Britainenterprise campaign, showed 4,700 new businesses,  in Greater Manchester, were registered with Companies House between January and June 2016. This is compared with 8,712 during the whole of 2015. The positive news is that in spite of the uncertainty generated in the build up to the EU referendum there hasn’t been a slowdown in the rate of new businesses being started.

Entrepreneurs in Greater Manchester are starting new business on average of 180 a week.  Bury led the way for the most start-ups registered, with 2,766, followed by Stockport with 1,869 and Salford with 1,606. Some of the companies started include: Milk Jam, Fierce Fit, Piiick & Hall Brown Family Law.

For a closer look at the statistics and some the companies that have been established please read the original article by Shelina Begum at GM Business Week here>>

 

Rob Turley 1950 – 2016

Rob Turley the founder of, and driving forceRob-Turley-football, behind the independent and national planning consultancy, Robert Turley Associates, now known as Turley, died earlier this month from cancer.

Rob was an extremely talented, pioneering businessman who saw the potential in creating and developing spaces in towns and cities where people could work and flourish.  His close friend, John Rose, commented about Rob’s approach to business: “For Rob it was always more than business, believing that business should be based upon relationships, the hallmark of which was respect and integrity.”

Rob was a very generous and supportive friend of Ministry2Business and as a committed Christian shared the vision of connecting faith and work, there should be no sacred/secular divide. He passionately believed that planning should be a Godly process as it involved human creativity, using the earth’s resources wisely, creating beauty and space in an environment where humans and the natural world can thrive. What he most enjoyed doing was revitalising places that, in his words were “tired or messed up” and that this truly reflected the gospel message of restoring humanity and breathing new life into all of us through faith in Jesus Christ.

You can read the full tribute written by John Rose here.
Our prayers are with Isabel his wife, and his two daughters and son: Helen, Laura and Mark.

The First CEO Sleepout In Manchester

Manchester’s business communityResized_SHP_LCCC_FOUNDATION_150116_005 is joining other cities across the UK in the fight against homelessness.

The first ever Manchester CEO Sleepout will take place on Monday, 16th May with over 100 senior business and community leaders signing up to sleep out on the pitch at Emirates Old Trafford to help raise funds for and awareness of homeless projects across the city.

CEO Sleepout Manchester is being organised by the LCCC Foundation in partnership with CEO Sleepout UK, which has already seen over 500 business people sleep out at stadia including Wembley Stadium, Cardiff Castle and St James’ Park Newcastle, raising almost £700,000 to date.

Ministry2Business has been assisting CEO Sleepout UK since summer 2015 to make the first Manchester sleepout a reality.

Andy Preston from CEO Sleepout UK said: “CEO Sleepout UK is delighted to holding its first ever Manchester Sleepout at Lancashire County Cricket Club. We are blown away by the support we have received from Manchester’s business community so far and we’d love to make Manchester the biggest and most successful Sleepout yet!

“We have a diverse range of leaders signed up already including The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker; Vernon Lord, Managing Director, Individual Restaurants; Theresa Grant, the CEO of Trafford MBC and Andy Bell, CEO of AJ Bell. We would love more of the business community to join us.”

More information and to sign up – www.ceosleepoutuk.com or email info@ceosleepoutuk.com.

If you’d like to support Pete Horlock who will be sleeping out on Monday 16th May please visit his Just Giving Page.

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