‘Educating the North’ report calls on businesses to help close the skills gap

All North West businesses should “meaningfully reach out” to young people on careers and skills according to a Northern Powerhouse report.The ‘Educating the North’ document, published today, calls on firms to help close the education and skills gap between the North of England and London.Highlighting one of five recommendations by ... Read More...

Is commercial property investment a savvy buy-to-let alternative?

Is commercial property investment a savvy buy-to-let alternative? Buy-to-let has become challenging in recent years and when the going gets tough, the tough buy shops, as Christine Toner discovers. Words by Christine Toner Unless you’ve purposely avoided any news on buy-to-let in recent years (and if you’re a landlord you could be forgiven for ... Read More...

Ask the panel: digital or physical infrastructure – which will have the greater impact in the North West?

Ask the panel: digital or physical infrastructure - which will have the greater impact in the North West? The government’s recently announced UK Digital Strategy includes commitment to developing a “world class” digital infrastructure whilst, at the same time, it presses ahead with the £56 billion HS2 and the mammoth Trans-Pennine ... Read More...

Business rates relief in Spring Budget 2017

Help for firms hit by high business rates was among the key measures outlined in Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Budget.The government has set aside £435 million for the companies affected, with a £300m hardship fund set up for the small businesses hit hardest.Hammond pledged that businesses losing existing relief will pay ... Read More...