Over the last few years Smithdown Road has become a hub for independents, with more businesses flocking to the South Liverpool suburb and giving a new lease of life to the area. From indie cafés and record shops to new bars and restaurants, independent businesses have found their niche alongside longer standing establishments on the street, making Smithdown Road what it is today. Known to many for its thriving student population, the offering on the road will continue to grow in the next few months, as independents including LEAF and a new vegan cafe get set to open their doors. To find out just how much the historic street has changed over the years, the ECHO went to meet some of the faces behind the businesses - old and new. Doll's House Specialists Business partners Mike Booth and Debbie Taylor have seen Smithdown Road change in many ways since they opened the renowned Dolls House Specialists shop 25 years ago. Originally running an antiques business further down the street, … [Read more...] about We spent a day seeing how Smithdown Road is changing
Suburb gets a new lease on life
The Baltic Triangle has undergone over a decade of seemingly boundless expansion, with businesses, start-ups and residential blocks springing up everywhere. But in the context of this driving force of growth, one enclave of sleepy residential properties remains unchanged. The council estate that winds around Grafton Street, Camarthen Crescent and Oakham Street was built in the early 1980s and managed by Liverpool Council. Over the years, it's changed hands - with many residents now owning their own homes and others living in properties managed by Liverpool Mutual Homes or the Plus Dane Group. What's remained the same in the face of huge upheaval in the surrounding area is the close-knit sense of community found on the estate. While the Baltic continues to build and evolve, this corner of Grafton Street remains resolute in its old fashioned values. We spent an afternoon walking round the estate and speaking to residents about what it's like living in a council estate on the doorstep of … [Read more...] about Life on unchanged council estate in Liverpool’s trendiest area
New life is set to be breathed into a former veterinary practice in a Derby suburb which has been empty ever since the business relocated to larger premises. For more than 20 years, the property on the corner of Vicarage Road and Uttoxeter Road, in Mickleover, had been home to Scarsdale Vets. But in February last year, the business moved to larger premises in Devonshire Drive. Since then, the building has stood empty - but it would now seem that will not be the case for much longer. In March last year, an application was submitted to Derby City Council to extend the two-storey property, to create a larger commercial area on the ground floor and an extra flat on the first floor. Now, the authority has given those plans the green light. It is not yet known what the commercial space might be used for - but the applicant has received permission from the city council for a number of uses. This includes as shops, financial and professional services, a restaurant, café, drinking … [Read more...] about Is Mickleover about to get a new restaurant?
A fast-growing software firm has opened a new office in Sheffield and unveiled plans to hire up to 110 as part of a $40m expansion drive. Data security provider Egress has moved 70 staff from the Electric Works into Acero on Concourse Way. The company hopes to recruit a further 30 employees ‘at all levels’ by the end of 2019 and up to 40 a year in the two years after that.Chief executive Tony Pepper said: “Our new office underlines our commitment to developing a technology innovation hub in Sheffield, something which is very important to the senior team here at Egress.“There is enormous potential in this region to create exciting and innovative technology opportunities which capitalise on the considerable talent that is coming out of the region’s universities and schools.“We are determined to show that Sheffield has a huge role to play in national digital and data security innovation.”The firm also employs 90 in London and has … [Read more...] about Sheffield software firm opens new office and plans to hire 110
Bring on more ‘cracking nights out’. That’s the message from people living in the Sheffield suburb of Crookes where two pubs are to undergo a smart revamp. True North Brew Co – which runs The York in Broomhill as well as The Forum in the city centre, the Waggon and Horses at Millhouses and The Broadfield on Abbeydale Road, among others – has acquired The Punchbowl and The Old Grindstone in Crookes from brewery chain Greene King.The firm plans to renovate both pubs and, when taken together with the neighbourhood’s existing alehouses and eateries, boss Kane Yeardley has said he hopes to create a 'cracking night out' for residents. And people living locally welcomed the move.Jordan Thompson, a 21-year-old student, said Crookes was ‘underrated’. “There's already a few nice bars and area to go to and there is a warmer feel to the area than if you go to town,” he said. “I feel the development in … [Read more...] about Why everyone is excited about plans for Sheffield suburb: ‘This is a new lease of life’