A market leading payroll and HR firm has invested £100m in Greater Manchester after opening a new Salford office. Bury-based Moorepay has set out plans to spend £90m on training and developing its 180 staff and will invest £1.2m into an apprenticeship scheme with 27 graduates already enrolled. The SME specialist claims the new hub in Lowry Mill shows commitment to the region and local talent, following its acquisition earlier in the year. A further £5m will be invested in property, facilities management and utilities – with a strong focus on local purchasing and suppliers. CEO Alistair Blaxill said: "At Moorepay, we strongly believe in regional investment. This includes our office, graduate and apprenticeship scheme, and our commitment to regional suppliers and local customers – all of which is aligned with the HM Government Northern Powerhouse Strategy. "This marks the beginning of an exciting new phase of growth for us as a company.” The new … [Read more...] about Payroll and HR firm Moorepay invests £100m into Greater Manchester
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Drones could follow yobs back to their homes as part of a new police trial to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. Greater Manchester Police is forming a new drone unit and is currently training officers to use eye-in-the-sky technology to thwart crooks. The airborne devices will be used to photograph offenders and could even track them to their home address - potentially leading to evictions for serial wrongdoers. Supt Chris Hill said: "We are looking at utilising new technologies in order to aid frontline policing and safeguard communities. "As part of this we have trained pilots who are trialling the use of drones to support frontline policing. We will make the public aware of any further developments when we are able to." Read more of today's top stories here News of the police's new aerial initiative was announced at a Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting, in Middleton on Wednesday night. Residents have long complained about off-road bikes being driven recklessly on … [Read more...] about Greater Manchester Police are going to start using drones to follow people home
Christmas is coming - which means it's time for your little ones to pay a visit to the main man. We all know Santa makes a flying visit to see what all the girls and boys want for Christmas, so we're making sure you know exactly where to find him this year. We've already featured the the much-anticipated Trafford Centre grotto, which this year is themed around Peter Rabbit. Here, we've compiled a list of some of the main grottos in and around Greater Manchester. Santa's Snow Grotto at Chill Factore, Trafford Chill Factore, at the rebranded Beyond, is the home to the UK's only Santa’s grotto on real snow. A traditional Lapland home, the grotto is surrounded by sparkling trees, glistening lights and Santa’s helpers. All of Santa’s guests receive a special gift on the day and are able to access snow fun in either Mini Moose Land, for under fours, or the Snow Park. Prices start at £11.50 for little ones to meet Santa and have a trip to Mini Moose Land. For … [Read more...] about Where are Santa’s grottos in and around Greater Manchester this Christmas 2018?
Serious attacks on staff, fights, drug and alcohol abuse and arsons were just some of the incidents red-flagged by inspectors at Greater Manchester’s worst performing children’s homes. Data from Ofsted shows that several districts had around one in four of their homes branded not good enough by the watchdog at their last inspection. Four providers – in Manchester, Bury, Rochdale and Wigan, respectively – were rated as ‘inadequate’, the lowest possible ranking. However, the annual report for 2017/18 does highlight more encouraging inspection results in areas such as Bolton, which had 95 percent of its homes rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. Likewise, Stockport (91pc), Tameside (87pc), Trafford (86pc) and Rochdale (83pc) all either match or improve on the national average of 83pc. In Manchester that drops to 70pc – the lowest figure in Greater Manchester – with 82pc in Salford and 78pc in Bury. In Wigan the figure … [Read more...] about Inside some of Greater Manchester’s worst performing care homes
Leeds has been revealed as Channel 4’s new home, with Greater Manchester losing out in the battle to house broadcaster's new national HQ. Bristol and Glasgow will get two new 'creative hubs', it has been announced. Bosses in Manchester and Salford fought to have the new base in the city centre or MediaCityUK. The conurbation went head-to-head with a raft of other hopefuls nationwide for the prize. Many had expected Birmingham to emerge the victors, its Tory mayor Andy Street having run a particularly vocal campaign since the start of the process. In the end, Channel 4 plumped for Leeds, commending bosses for having a 'compelling and ambitious strategy'. "Following discussions between Channel 4 and ITN, it has also been decided that a major new Channel 4 News hub will be established in Leeds, following the decision for Channel 4 to be located there in a new building including a studio with the capability to regularly co-anchor the programme," a statement read. The government had … [Read more...] about Channel 4 to move to Leeds after Greater Manchester loses battle for new HQ