Stockport Business Review_May 2015 Edition

Stockport Business Review

May 2015

In this Issue:

  • Stockport Business Awards 2015
  • Events & Networking
  • Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GM AGE)
  • 'In the Spotlight' - Start Smart Programme

Investment & Property News:

Personal injury firm Freeclaim Solicitors has secured new 11,500 sq ft premises at Cheadle Royal Business Park as part of ambitious plans for the development of the practice.

Orbit Developments, has secured a new tenant, Cosmos Tours Ltd, at its Regent House building in the town centre.

The workwear and protective clothing designer and manufacturer Ballyclare has purchased 2 units totalling 11,000 sq ft at Hercules Office Park in Cheadle Hulme. The company will be relocating its Headquarters from Stockport town centre to the new premises.

Chancerygate have completed a deal at Spark totalling 16,782 sq ft. Chinese electrics firm CHINT has taken units 9 and 11 and join Jaguar Land Rover who recently opened a new dealership on the business park. The final phase of the scheme is now 40% sold with strong interest in the remaining few units.

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Investing in Stockport – find out more

Investing in Stockport is the Council's ambitious programme to ensure our town continues to grow and build on its strengths. An important part of this multi-million pound programme is the ‘Investing in Growth’ projects that will see investment being made into a range of developments across Stockport by the Council and partners. Estimates predict that this will bring at least 5,000 new jobs and 1,100 new homes to our town. 

As part of the Council's commitment to keep you informed, dedicated webpages have just been launched to provide information about all of the key Investing in Growth projects that are being implemented, as well as regularly updated parking and traffic & travel information.

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Stockport Jobs Fair

This year's Stockport Jobs Fair will be held on Tuesday 29th September at Stockport Town Hall.

The event, organised by Stockport Council and Jobcentre Plus, provides employers with an opportunity to reach a wide range of potential employees. If you know you will have a recruitment need and would like to book a stand please call 0161 429 2146.

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Business Events Calendar

To find out more about Business Events in Stockport including workshops; seminars and networking opportunities visit Stockport Council's Business Events Calendar.


Contact Us

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Tel: 0161 474 3737

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Welcome to the May 2015 edition of the Stockport Business Review, Stockport Council’s business newsletter updating you on the latest business news and activity in Stockport.

Stockport Business Awards 2014 winners

Stockport Business Awards open for Entries

The fourth annual Stockport Business Awards are now open for entries and it is free and easy to enter any of the 13 categories. You can also enter for more than one! We urge you to nominate your business so that we can once again highlight business excellence in the region. We want this year to be a bigger, better event that uncovers yet more fantastic Stockport based companies.


For further information on each of the categories visit the Stockport Business Awards website.


Business News

(L to R) Cllr Iain Roberts, Deputy Leader of Stockport Council; Tom Hogg, CDL Group Chairman and Founder; Stockport Council Chief Exec, Eammon Boylan

CDL celebrates official opening of The Codeworks

CDL, one of the UK’s leading insurance software houses celebrates the opening of its new striking three-storey office development at its Strata Campus on Kings Reach Road, Stockport. With over 500 members of staff, CDL is one of Stockport’s largest employers, and the new building extends the company’s campus to enable its workforce to be located on one site. Read more...

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Stockport Businesses Get Digitally Connected

Two funded schemes are assisting businesses across Stockport to improve their broadband capacity and speeds. Both programmes are integral to Greater Manchester's vision to become one of the world's top 20 digital cities by 2020. Read more...

Marketing Stockport Co-founders Richard Higginson (L) and Helen White (R)

Marketing Stockport celebrates securing 100 members

Marketing Stockport is now firmly positioned as one of the region’s premier source of business news and a major influencer in promoting Stockport’s vibrant business community across the North West and throughout the UK. This month they are celebrating breaking through the 100 barrier for members and attracting more than 3,300 followers on Twitter! Read more...

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Contra Vision win the Queens Award for Enterprise 2015

Bramhall based Contra Vision has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second year running. After gaining an award in 2014 for International Trade it has this year won a Queens Award for Innovation in recognition of the company’s achievements in one-way vision and see-through graphics.

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SKone Loyalty Scheme Celebrates First Year

Stockport’s largest commercial property landlord, Orbit Developments, is celebrating 12 months of a unique reward scheme for its customers located in Stockport town centre. The SKone card is available to all staff located in Orbit Developments’ 12 central Stockport buildings, which enables them to benefit from discounts and special offers from companies in the area. Read more...


Events & Networking

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Connecting Stockport, 4pm - 6pm, 28th May 2015, Cafelito, St Petersgate, Stockport

Connecting Stockport is a new business networking event, aimed at bringing business into Stockport and supporting town centre growth. This is a casual networking event where like minded businesses from Stockport can meet, form relationships and hopefully, build their businesses. Book here...

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Support to Local SME Business Owners, 8.30am - 10.30am, 4th June 2015, Alma Lodge, Stockport

This seminar has been designed for local business owners to get a better understanding of what support is available for growing businesses. Guest speakers include advisors from the Business Growth Hub and Business Doctors who can help your business achieve your growth targets. Book here...

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Stockport Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary, 7.15am - 9.00am, 11th June, Alma Lodge, Stockport

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Stockport Breakfast Club, guest speaker Tom Cheesewright will be telling us what the next 30 years will bring and show us how he helps organisations to see, share and respond to a coherent vision of tomorrow. Book here...

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Stockport Business Community Summer BBQ, 4pm until late, 19th June 2015, Stockport Rugby Club

Fun packed event for the whole of the Stockport Business Community and their families. BBQ, Hog Roast, fairground rides and family entertainment will be available for all to enjoy. Book here...

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South Manchester Financial and Professional Network, 7.30am - 9.00am, 8th July 2015 Deanwater Hotel, Woodford

The South Manchester Financial and Professional Network provides members of Stockport’s flourishing finance and professional services sector with an opportunity to network and build business relationships. Book here...


Funding News

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Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GM AGE)

Greater Manchester (GM) AGE is a grant of £1500 for GM employers who recruit an apprentice where you haven’t employed an Apprentice in the previous 12 months. It replaces the national AGE offer within Greater Manchester. GM employers can apply for additional incentives each of these is worth £1000. Read more...


In the Spotlight...

Isabelle Farquhar

Business Growth Hub's Start Smart Programme

The Start Smart programme is a fully funded service for people with the ambition and drive to start and grow their own business and which has the potential to employ five staff within the first three years and/or have turnover in excess of £250,000 within three years. Learn more...


In Other News...

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Stockport Museums Corporate Offer

Stockport Museums would like to offer you and your employees the opportunity to visit all of our fantastic museums by purchasing Multi-Site Tickets at a special discounted rate. Read more...


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