(covering SK1, SK2 and SK3)

Author: Andrew Smirthwaite

New Food and Drink Awards are coming to Stockport

Hosted by Robinson’s Brewery, on Wednesday 20th June, are the first Stockport Food and Drink Awards.

Catagories include:

  • Best Ethical food project
  • Best Supplier (Non-Food)
  • Best Producer (Food/Drink)
  • Best Restaurant/Place to eat
  • Sustainability in action award/Best supply chain
  • Best casual eats/Best cheap eats
  • Best drinking establishment
  • Best food and drink newcomer
  • Best Stret food
  • Best digital feed/Instagram Feed/social media presence

Tickets are priced at £17.50 and include a drink on arrival, food tasters, and entry to the after party.

Find out more here…

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Stockport’s Gigantic Jurassic Day Out

Saturday 9th June is going to be a totally packed fun Jurassic adventure as Dinosaur Takeover Day hits Stockport.

Stockport is set to go totally Jurassic as a herd of prehistoric reptiles gets ready to take giant steps into the centre town for Dinosaur Takeover Day on 9th June.

For 160 million years, dinosaurs ruled the Earth and now they are back ready to strut their huge stubby toes around Redrock & Prince’s Street, Merseyway & Mersey Square and St Peter’s ‘Jurassic’ Square.

Over at Redrock, The Light cinema are giving dinosaur themed tote bags away throughout the day – 10 bags every hour from 10am!

Packed full of fun and entertainment for all the family, Dinosaur Takeover Day is completely free for everyone and includes a Dinosaur Park compete with Jurassic jeep, walkabouts from Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor and Dino babies. On stage to entertain the crowds with an exciting show will be children’s presenter Andy Day and the ever-popular colourful Trolls are back with their unique song and dance display. The Dinosaur grill will be serving tasty food, to satisfy even dinosaur-sized appetites.

Meet the Flintstones

A Dinosaur Day Out wouldn’t be complete without the Flintstones: Fred’s incredible stone wheeled ‘footmobile’ will be rolling around Mersey Square alongside the easier to navigate, and slightly more modern-day, rides of the kiddie’s fairground.

Dinosaurs won’t be patrolling the Market Place but you will find the Makers Market where over 50 stalls will be packed with something for everyone: a selection of unique creatives, creators, makers, designers, producers, bakers, musicians and artists.

Plan your Dinosaur Takeover Day out

10.30 – T Rex Walkabout in St Peter’s Square
11am – T Rex Walkabout in Merseyway
11.15 – Velociraptors Walkabout at Redrock
11.30 – Andy Day’s Dino Show in St Peter’s Square
11.45 – Trolls Show in Mersey Square
12.00 – T Rex Walkabout in Merseyway
12.30 – Velociraptors Walkabout at Redrock
1.00 – Dino Babies in Merseyway
1.00 – Velociraptors Walkabout in Mersey Square
1.15 –  T Rex Walkabout in St Peter’s Square
1.30 – Velociraptors Walkabout at Redrock
1.40 – Dino Babies in Merseyway
1.45 – Trolls Show in St Peter’s Square
2pm – Andy Day’s Dino Show in Mersey Square
2.15 – Velociraptors Walkabout at Redrock
2.30 – T Rex Walkabout in Merseyway
3 pm – T Rex Walkabout in St Peter’s Square
3.15 – Velociraptors Walkabout at Redrock
3.30 – T Rex Walkabout in Merseyway

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Local occupancy ratings

Some people rattle around in their home like two beans in a can whilst others are packed in like sardines in a tin. There is a formula, created by the Office for National Statistics which gives the occupancy rating of each home. This number shows whether a property has the ‘right’ number of rooms given the number of people living there. This shows the picture in our local housing market.

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Property prices by house type

The last few years have been something of a rollercoaster ride for property markets up and down the country and our area is no different. Here we show how prices of different house types have changed relative to one another over time.

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A tribute to Dusty Springfield at The Stockport Plaza

On Sunday 17th June The Stockport Plaza are hosting a tribute night to the legendary Dusty Springfield.

Dusty & The Shades of the 60s celebrates the life and music of one of the most iconic female artistes of our time, the legendary Dusty Springfield.

The show covers an incredibly successful decade for Dusty featuring the songs ‘I Only Want to be With You’, ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’, ‘I Just Don’t Know What to do With Myself’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me’.

The ever-graceful Shades of the 60s take you on a journey through the artists and writers who worked with Dusty over a career spanning 3 decades; including hits by Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Aretha Franklin and performing popular songs such as ‘Say a Little Prayer’ and ‘Downtown’.
Supported by the glamorous Shades, the soulful Dusty Springfield is honoured and her personality brought back to the stage in a great night out that takes you back to the era of peroxide blonde bouffant hair.

Celebrate the 60s in style, relive memories and create new ones with this unforgettable evening of Dusty and The Shades of the 60s.

Buy tickets here…

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The annual sales split (houses vs flats)

In some parts of the country, the split between a house and flat sales is very extreme while elsewhere there is more of a balance. It primarily comes down to the nature of the area and how densely populated it is. Rural, semi-rural and suburban areas are dominated by houses whereas urban districts are awash with flats. The chart shows the picture in our area.

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28 Reasons Stockport Is Greater Manchester’s Hidden Secret

It’s as much a part of Greater Manchester as Chorlton, Whitefield or even Trafford – but Stopfordians have their own pride. And when you look at what they have on their doorstep, it’s easy to see why.

Feast your eyes on the coolest little corner of the region that’s getting better and better every year… Explore the full list here

 

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How best to increase the value of your Stockport home

When it comes to selling your home, a significant amount of your home’s resale value will depend on what’s happened to the Stockport market as a whole. Here average sales values have risen by 9.4 percent over the last ten years. However, there are several tactical decisions you can make to push up the final price.

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Business Investment into Stockport at an all time high!

Business investment into Stockport is at an all-time high, with deals on over one million square foot of commercial space completed during the past 12 months.

Creating 2,060 new jobs and ensuring another 952 stay in Stockport for the future, the news comes as the town continues to undergo an exciting £1 billion transformation that reinforces its position as a leading business location.

The decisions made by companies to seize the opportunities Stockport offers means the future use of one million sq ft of office, retail and industrial space has been secured over the past year.

Companies choosing to invest in Stockport have included Advanced Laser Technology who moved to Reddish from Manchester; Prince’s Street dessert restaurant Creams and LSH Auto who are investing £60 million into a new Mercedes-Benz dealership and regional hub. A number of local companies have also chosen to expand their business here in Stockport including Rowlinson Knitwear, Wheatley Plastics, CDL and O’Neill Patient Solicitors.

At the same time, new developments across Stockport town centre are quickly filling up.

Eight out of Aurora Stockport’s ten units are already let with many of the businesses moving in choosing Stockport for the first time. Since November, The Light Cinema, Zizzi, PizzaExpress, Berretto Lounge and The Gym Group have all opened at Redrock, and are trading ahead of expectations. Redrock is proving so popular that the Light Cinema welcomed their 200,000th guest recently.

Stockport Exchange, the town’s new award-winning business district has also proven to be a phenomenal success. The first office building, One Stockport Exchange was fully let within just six months to Stagecoach and musicMagpie, who were looking for the perfect locations from which to grow their business. The new Holiday Inn Express is also proving exceptionally popular.

Stockport’s strong investment performance has seen the town placed in the top 10 locations nationally for office occupier investment by “CoStar 50”, as well as the fastest growing economy in the north west in the recent UK Powerhouse report.

 

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Work on new Town Centre Bridge link begins

Work creating a new direct link road bridge across the River Mersey has begun in Stockport town centre.

Linking Swaine Street with Astley Street, just east of Stockport viaduct, the new 38 metre Mersey Bridge will provide a two-way link for buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians between the A6 and the planned transport interchange via Heaton Lane, making it easier for passengers to change between different stages of their journeys.

Funded as part of the Greater Manchester Growth Deal programme, the bridge is the first stage of preparatory works for the town centre’s new transport interchange.

Having successfully won the bridge contract last year, construction firm Osborne has now begun work on-site. Over the coming months the contractor will be carrying out ground investigation, excavations and piling of foundations ahead of the bridge’s steel beams being lifted into place and the construction of the bridge itself.

Mersey Bridge is due to open to traffic in 2019.

 

 

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