Retailers exchange places in billionaires’ club

The North West rich list contains seven billionaires for the second year running although the make-up has changed; Matalan founder John Hargreaves slips out, replaced by Philip Day, owner of Peacocks and Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

First look at Northern Powerhouse business plan

Paul Unger

The North’s best chance lies in better interaction of financial and professional services, logistics and further and higher education, according to early findings of the Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review, due to be published in full next month.

Arts Council unveils latest funding winners

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Five projects in the region have been awarded Arts Council England funding to take forward small capital projects, including improvements to theatres, music venues and an artist’s residence at the Turner Prize-winning Granby Four Streets in Liverpool.

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.

Events Plan 2016

Introducing the schedule of Place North West events for next year.

New MD for Britain’s Energy Coast

Michael Pemberton will take up the reins of Britain's Energy Coast in west Cumbria later this month as Steven Szostak steps down as managing director to return to consultancy.