Local elections so far, at a glance

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As the counting of votes continues across a number of the North West’s local authorities, the results are in for all Greater Manchester’s boroughs outside the city centre, and in Liverpool, Mayor Joe Anderson’s re-election was confirmed with 52.6% of the vote.

AS2015: Apprenticeship levy set at 0.5%

Three million apprenticeships will be funded by 2020 through the levy on all businesses with more than £3m payroll costs, prompting mixed responses from industry.

AS2015: New Enterprise Zones named

A handful of new Enterprise Zones were announced by the chancellor in the Autumn Statement to lever investment into the region, at Kingmoor Park in Carlisle, a new Cheshire Science Corridor linking several assets, Hillhouse Chemicals & Energy at Thornton-Cleveleys in Lancashire, and Greater Manchester Life Science.