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New £20m retail and aparthotel scheme to open in Leeds

Property developer ​Town Centre Securities has been selected by Leeds City Council to develop a major new ​£20m ​scheme ​o​n George Street, Leeds​, which is ​adjacent to the new Victoria Gate shopping centre and the central market in Leeds city centre. ​

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Persimmon said it has increased the number of new homes it has built by over 65 per cent over the past five years

Persimmon's chairman resigns over pay dispute

​​The row over Persimmon's plan to award its managers up to £600m under a long term incentive plan has led to the resignation​​ of chairman Nicholas Wrigley and remuneration committee chair Jonathan Davie.

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Severfield has worked on the retractable roof for Wimbledon No 1 Court

Severfield wins £50m Google contract

Britain’s biggest steel work contractor Severfield has won a landmark contract on the recently announced new Google Headquarters in King's Cross, London.

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The Bradford-based group has blamed a combination of macro-economic factors

Safestyle shares tumble amid weak demand

Shares in double glazing firm Safestyle UK slumped 17 per cent after the group said demand has weakened further and it expects market conditions to continue to be very challenging in 2018.

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Aldi was Britain's fastest growing grocer during the latest quarter

Consumers are paying £100 more a year for their groceries

Grocery inflation has hit its highest level since 2013, rising to 3.6 per cent in the 12 weeks to December 3, putting further pressure on hard pressed consumers.

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Pressure Technologies' CEO John Hayward and CFO Jo Allen

Pressure Tech's shares leap on bullish future prospects

Engineering firm Pressure Technologies said it is preparing for future growth across all its divisions amid signs that oil and gas markets are improving.

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Clipper reported significant organic growth, both with long-standing customers and with more recent start-ups

Black Friday promotions boost Clipper

​Clipper Logistics, the firm that distributes goods for retailers such as John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Asda​ ​and Morrisons,​ has reported another year of double digit growth and said it has benefited from the explosive growth of online retail sales.

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The Sheffield-based firm said customers are queuing up on site opening days as more home buyers look to buy houses in former pit villages

Gleeson cheers shareholders with news of strong demand

Urban regeneration housebuilder MJ Gleeson told shareholders at its AGM that the forward order book at the end of November was up more than 30 per cent on last year.

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The tie-up would create an online-led gambling giant with operations worldwide

Foxy Bingo eyes up Ladbrokes

Gambling giant Ladbrokes is in "detailed" talks over a takeover by online rival and Foxy Bingo owner GVC in a deal worth up to £3.9bn.

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Father Christmas and Lucie at Breakfast and Tea with Father Christmas event. 
By Christmas Eve, Wyevale Garden Centres, the UK�"s largest garden centre retailer, will have served over 40,000 people at their Breakfast and Tea with Father Christmas events.

Blackfriar: Who will be the winners and losers in the retail world this Christmas?

Analysts are expecting a mixed bag for retailers this Christmas.

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Redhall has been awarded preferred bid status on the 8m marine works at Hinkley Point C

Redhall close to completing its turnaround

Manufacturing and services group Redhall said its turnaround is mostly complete and it expects its £8m contract with Hinkley Point C will be concluded by the end of next summer.

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Victoria Gate, which opened in October 2016, is anchored by John Lewiss first store in the city

Victoria Gate owner buys rival to create £21bn shopping centre giant

Shopping centre owner Hammerson​, which owns the Victoria Gate development in Leeds,​ has agreed an all share takeover of rival Intu in a £3.4​bn deal that will create Britain's biggest property company.​

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Utility infrastructure being installed for an advanced manufacturing centre in Sheffield

Fulcrum reports strong order book

Fulcrum Utility Services​, which provide​s​ gas and electricity to major sites around the country including​ ​the Olympic Stadium​,​​ Scottish distilleries​ and a large number of housing estates​, has reported a 19 per cent jump in half year profits.

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David Richards, CEO of WANdisco

WANdisco placing is five times oversubscribed

Software firm WA​N​disco has raised £16m through an equity placing and said shareholders including CEO David Richards are to sell shares worth ​nearly £6m.

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Dalriada Trustees has appointed Jo Harris as a trustee representative

Pension firm opens office in Leeds

Pension scheme trustee​ ​​Dalriada Trustees ​has opened a new office in Leeds ​​to support development of Dalriada’s business across the North​.

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Avant said the changes to Stamp Duty announced in the Autumn Budget will disproportionately benefit buyers in the South

Avant ​warns lack of housing could derail Northern Powerhouse

Leading Northern housebuilder Avant Homes has warned that the Chancellor’s Budget policies missed the mark by disproportionately benefiting buyers and builders in the South of England​.

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The new chair is Chris Hearld, KPMGs North region chairman and Leeds office senior partner

TheCityUK appoints Leeds chair to champion Yorkshire

TheCityUK​, ​the industry-led body for financial services across the UK​, has appointed its first ever ​c​ity ​c​hair for Leeds​ ​to champion ​financial services in ​Leeds and across the wider region.​

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Bradford & Bingley was rescued by the taxpayer at the height of the financial crisis

UKAR aims to pay off last of its B&B loan by next summer

UK Asset Resolution (UKAR), which manages Bradford & Bingley and NRAM’s closed loan books on behalf of the taxpayer, said it has reduced its balance sheet by a further £13.2bn.
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Aviva said that it is now targeting higher than 5 per cent annual earnings growth from 2019

Aviva to return cash to shareholders

​Britain's biggest life insurer Aviva ​is planning to return​ cash to shareholders​ and make bolt-on acquisitions ​​following what it called a transformation of its financial and strategic position.

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Cranswick is one of the UK's biggest pig producers

Blackfriar: The future looks bright for strong and stable Cranswick

Upmarket sausage maker Cranswick has always followed a mantra of heavy investment whatever is going on in the wider economy.

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