LJ Real Estate Win Property Newcomer Award

The region’s property elite were in the spotlight at last night’s annual North West Property Awards. Developments that have transformed the skyline of North West towns and cities, such as No.1 Spinningfields, were celebrated along with the teams of planners, lawyers and architects that made them a reality.  To mark the 20th anniversary of the awards, Insider also teamed up with the BBC on a new prize – Building of the Decade – which was voted for by North West Tonight viewers.

Property Newcomer of the Year Winner: LJ Real Estate Advisors
Sam Lawson Johnston and George Haddo have spent more than £40m acquiring, renovating and then leasing historic buildings in Manchester including Canada House and the Northern Assurance Buildings.

People’s Choice Award: Building of the Decade
Winner:
 Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Integral to the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital building, which was completed in 2015, was the input of the children, all current or former patients, who voted on the schemes and designs they liked.

North West Property Personality of the Year
Winner: Lynda Shillaw, MAG Property
Lynda is divisional chief executive of MAG’s property business and is responsible for investment and development across its three airports. Her remit also covers the 3.5 million sq ft Airport City Manchester development.Lynda Shillaw, divisional chief  executive of property at Manchester Airports Group, took home the Property Personality of the Year accolade.

 

New Sculpture For St Ann’s Square

A sculpture of a homeless Jesus sleeping on a bench was unveiled by Dave, a homeless person, outside St Ann’s Church. ‘Jesus the Homeless’ is a near life-size bronze sculpture by the Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz. It depicts a figure lying on a bench, with its pierced feet indicating it is Jesus.

Facing a growing problem of homelessness in the city and a global crisis of people displaced by war and conflict, the figure challenges passers-by to question their attitude towards homeless and marginalised people that they come across in their day-to-day lives.

Rector of St Ann’s, The Revd Nigel Ashworth, said For many people homelessness is not simply about having no place to call home, but about living with some kind of emotional trauma. By giving the homeless Jesus space outside our church we are showing that we stand in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, in the same way that Jesus had compassion on them in His earthly ministry.”

Jesus the Homeless with artist Timothy SchmalzChurches across Greater Manchester have responded to the growing homelessness crisis by developing a clear plan of action in partnership with others. City churches open their buildings every year to help provide winter night shelters and other frontline services for homeless people. St Ann’s is also working on a pilot project for street homeless people called ‘Morning Hours’ which provides a warm space, hots drinks and toast, first thing in the morning before any of the city’s day centres open.

The Bishop of Manchester, The Rt Revd Dr David Walker, who chairs the Manchester Homelessness Partnership, said “Jesus is very explicit in the bible; when we offer or refuse care to those in need, we will be judged as though he himself were the needy person before us. This sculpture casts Christ’s words into metal. It links them directly to one of the most visible expressions of human need. Its identical twins can be found in other great cities around the world; a reminder that Manchester today is a truly global city.”

Article written by Ann Mummery, Communications and Events Manager Manchester Diocese
Original source here

Manchester – A Radical City For 2018

Metro Mayor Andy Burnham has announced his strategic resolutions for 2018 calling on Manchester to reapply it’s radical and pioneering verve. 2018 marks both the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Trades’ Union Congress (TUC) in Manchester and, on 6th February, the centenary of the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918 – granting votes for women for the first time.

It was a victory won by Moss Side-born Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst who inspired and led the Suffragette movement and is acclaimed the greatest northerner in history in a recent poll.

Mr Burnham set out his five resolutions for the New Year. “Right now, our divided world needs a new dose of that radical Manchester spirit. So, as we prepare to celebrate these momentous events, we should resolve today to apply it afresh to the many challenges of our own difficult times.”

Mr. Burnham’s 5 resolutions included support for those affected by the Arena bomb last May and continuing to press government for more funding for Greater Manchester’s emergency services .

Keeping homelessness high on the agenda is another resolution as people demand urgent action to improve the situation. “I am confident that the plans we have developed in Greater Manchester will continue to deliver real results,” he said, “but I will monitor progress closely, as well as continuing to donate monthly to the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, as we work towards our goal of ending rough sleeping here by 2020.”

His fourth resolution is to initiate a major overhaul of the transport system. The increasing level of congestion on the roads reflected the fact that public transport was “simply not good enough”. Mr Burnham pledged to use new powers to change the way local buses worked as well making the case for new investment in infrastructure.

His fifth resolution is to continue to build the voice of the north and make the case for more devolution: “If we are to rise to the challenges of Brexit, we need to develop a world-class digital and transport infrastructure and have the freedom to innovate on policies which Westminster has traditionally neglected, such as technical education.

“While we live in difficult times, I start this year with great pride in our radical past and great optimism for what we are about to achieve.”

Original Story Written By Ray King for ilovemanchester.com 2/1/2018
Full version available online here

Manchester’s BooHoo.com Booms

 

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Manchester-based online fashion retailer boohoo has raised its guidance for full year revenue again to be 80% ahead of expectations, as it posts a 106% increase in half year turnover to £263m.

It was only in June that the company said it expects full year revenue to February 2018 to be 60% ahead of expectations but today’s half year results show the incredible pace of growth, with six-month pre-tax profits up 41% to £20.3m to the end of August 2017.

In June the company raised £50m on the stock market so that it could build an automated super-site of over 600,000 sq ft, which will provide it with over £2bn of net sales capacity to keep up with demand.

The boohoo brand continues to account for the majority of revenue at £182m but the company’s Pretty Little Thing brand, which it acquired at the start of the year, is seeing incredible growth with its half year revenue of £73m up by almost 290% on last year. Nasty Gal – it’s latest addition – had a turnover of £8.4m from March, with sales growing month on month, the company said.

As well as the introduction of new brands, boohoo has also expanded its range and plus size, curve, petite and menswear have been the categories with the highest sales and strongest growth, whilst the more recently-introduced boohooKids, maternity, lingerie and tall ranges are also showing high rates of growth. The company said its growth was largely attributable to international markets as it continues to increase market share overseas.

Article by Joanne Birtwistle, The BusinessDesk.com, 27/09/17
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Top Business Women Join In CEO Sleepout

On 16th October 2017 Old Trafford Cricket Ground will host Manchester’s 2nd CEO Sleepout. More than 80 business leaders will give up one night of comfort, sleeping out under the stars, at the iconic home of Lancashire County Cricket Club in a bid to fight poverty and homelessness in Manchester. Jenna Bowyer (Business intelligence developer at Boohoo.com) and Julie Wilson (co-founder of Rule 5) are among the group of prominent business women taking part in the sleep out.

Statistics from national homeless charity Crisis show that while the vast majority of rough sleepers are male, life for women on the streets can be particularly bad, with one in four women sleeping rough having been sexually assaulted in the past year, three in 10 being the subject of sexual violence while homeless, and six in 10 being intimidated or threatened with violence.

Julie Wilson told Business Desk her reason for being involved:  “Homelessness is an issue close to my heart and I’m delighted to join an increasing number of women in this year’s CEO Sleepout, raising not only vital funds but awareness of local charities such as MASH, who provide invaluable support to women living on the streets of Manchester. It’s a fantastic event, uniting business leaders from all sectors to tackle what is a growing problem.”

Since its foundation in 2013 by businessman and philanthropist Andy Preston, CEO Sleepout has raised more than £1m thanks to support from thousands of executives participating in its sleepouts. In 2016, 87 Manchester business leaders raised £64,000 by sleeping rough with the scheme. Ministry 2 Business was part of a small team that helped establish the initiative in Manchester.

Preston commented: “We’re really pleased to have a number of prominent women from the city joining us for the sleepout, who will help to highlight the needs of women sleeping rough.  This year we have had a great response from Manchester’s business community and other leading figures from the city’s civic life. Our priority as a charity is to raising awareness of the homeless crisis being seen in cities across the country, and this can only be achieved through joint working, so we will continue to work with a range of partners that can affect change and tackling underlying causes of homelessness and prevent it before it occurs.”

You can find out more about CEO Sleepout on the website.

Article written by Nick Jackson, The Business Desk.com, 26/09/17
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New Chairman For Co-Op Insurance

Co-op Insurance appoints chairman

Peter Hubbard is Co-op Insurance’s new chairman.  The former chief executive of AXA and UKGeneral has also held non-executive roles at QMetric Group, Keoghs and Sure Thing Insurance.

Mr. Hubbard said he joins Co-op Insurance at an “exciting and important time in its transformation journey”.

“Co-op Insurance has a long and distinguished history, and we have the opportunity now to create and deliver a compelling Co-op Insurance for the future, one which meets the needs of millions of Co-op members and customers.”

Article by Storm Rannard, Assistant Digital Editor at Insider Media Limited.
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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
Image:
Manchester Victoria Station, original location here
© Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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LJ Real Estate Win Property Newcomer Award

Congratulations to Sam Lawson Johnston and George Haddo of LJ Real Estate for winning the North West Insider Property Newcomer Award 2018.

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New Sculpture For St Ann’s Square

‘Jesus The Homeless’ sculpture installed in St Ann’s Square as churches across Greater Manchester continue to respond to the growing homelessness crisis by developing a clear plan of action in partnership with others.

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Manchester – A Radical City For 2018

Metro Mayor Andy Burnham outlines his 5 resolutions for the new year looking forward to what Manchester can achieve in 2018.

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