Stories of the year

Which stories were the most read on Place North West in 2009?

Stories ranked according to the number of page views, as recorded on Google Analytics. Place North West was a subscription website with a pay barrier between Home page and News stories until mid September 2009, since when there has been a significant increase in readership. The list of top stories prior to going free is printed below the all-year list.

1.

Three resign from WHR to create new practice

6 Nov 2009, 11:42

Five years after their bosses left Lambert Smith Hampton to set up their own commercial agency, three young surveyors at WHR Property Consultants in Manchester have resigned to launch a new agency together.

2.

B&M Retail poised for South Liverpool depot

13 Oct 2009, 10:44

Lancashire-based discount specialist B&M Retail is expected to create hundreds of jobs at a new 611,000 sq ft distribution centre on Liverpool International Business Park.

3.

Part of MCR portfolio into receivership

9 Nov 2009, 11:50

MCR Property Group has put part of its portfolio into receivership after loans were called in by West Bromwich Building Society.

4.

TJ Morris plans 'plenty' of new NW stores

25 Sep 2009, 10:34

Joe Morris, retail director of Liverpool-based Home Bargains, said plans to expand from 170 to 500 stores would include new North West units.

5.

Retail agent Steve Birkby dies aged 40

24 Feb 2009, 10:08

Steve Birkby, retail partner at Liverpool agency Mason Owen, died last weekend whilst out cycling.

6.

Car dealer awarded £1m in Mann Island arbitration

14 Dec 2009, 11:15

The North West Development Agency has been found liable to pay a one-off overage payment owing to the sale of the Mann Island site on Liverpool waterfront in 2001.

7.

NWDA prepares to unveil £100m JESSICA property fund

25 Nov 2009, 11:51

Developers will receive a welcome funding boost when the region's £100m JESSICA fund is launched next month by the North West Development Agency.

8.

Peel reaches tall building compromise for Liverpool Waters

22 Oct 2009, 11:30

The new statutory planning guidance for the city's world heritage-protected docklands is a 'fair and sensible response' to feedback from developers, according to Lindsey Ashworth, development director of Peel.

9.

Conference trade boosts Hilton Liverpool opening

17 Nov 2009, 11:11

The new Hilton Liverpool opened to guests today with £1m of forward bookings already secured.

10.

Brian Birtwistle latest heavyweight to fall at DTZ

12 Nov 2009, 14:46

Senior industrial agency figure Brian Birtwistle has been made redundant by DTZ in Manchester.

Top subscription-era stories of 2009, prior to 17 September

1.

Retail agent Steve Birkby dies aged 40

24 Feb 2009, 10:08

Steve Birkby, retail partner at Liverpool agency Mason Owen, died last weekend whilst out cycling.

2.

Cushwake job losses hit Manchester office

12 Feb 2009, 11:06

Cushman & Wakefield is consulting staff in several departments over redundancy at it Manchester office.

3.

Space Northwest launches Liverpool Innovation Park

8 Apr 2008, 15:05

Space Northwest, the joint venture of Ashtenne and the North West Development Agency, has re-branded sites near Edge Lane as Liverpool Innovation Park.

4.

Peel deputy named NWDA chairman

9 Jul 2009, 10:39

Robert Hough, deputy chairman of Peel Holdings, has been confirmed as the new chairman of the region's most powerful quango, the North West Development Agency.

5.

Football clubs launch Liverpool office searches

23 Apr 2009, 12:09

Liverpool FC and Everton FC have both retained agents to search for city centre offices as they seek to free up space in their stadiums for increased corporate hospitality revenue.

6.

Industrial agents latest victims of job cuts

5 Feb 2009, 10:36

Several senior industrial property agents in the North West are being laid off as redundancies continue to shake the property community.

7.

ESBI starts work on new Carrington power station

23 Jan 2009, 10:55

ESB International, the overseas arm of the Republic of Ireland's Electricity Supply Board, has started preliminary site work on the £500m Carrington power station.

8.

Council chooses First Street for interim relocation

26 May 2009, 15:19

At the second time of asking, Manchester City Council has selected Ask Developments' Number One First Street as the location for its temporary offices, while the three-year £175m refurbishment of the Town Hall complex takes place.

9.

Grosvenor signs Red Hot restaurant at Liverpool One

21 May 2009, 14:07

East Midlands-based restaurant operator, Red Hot World Buffet, is taking a 12,000 sq ft unit in Liverpool One.

10.

Picture special: Who needs Cannes with 'MIPIM in Manchester'

11 Mar 2009, 17:05

The opportunistic folk at PR company MC2 turned the credit crunch to their advantage with a packed attendance at the MIPIM in Manchester drinks party held at the Ha Ha restaurant in Spinningfields on Tuesday night.

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