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Stockport based CDL ‘one of the best places to work in the UK’

Stockport based CDL has retained its exclusive Top Employers certification, meaning it is officially recognised as one of the best places to work in the UK for a second consecutive year.

The IT company, ranked 20 in a recent list of the top 100 technology companies in the North, employs nearly 700 people at its technology campus on Kings Reach Road and has long been recognised for its agile and collaborative culture and positive role within the local community.

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Townscape Heritage Grant Which Will Help Rediscover The Underbanks

In early 2017 Stockport Council were awarded a Stage 1 of a Townscape Heritage grant for the ‘Rediscovering the Underbanks’ project.

Working with the local community and businesses, the project will help breathe new life into the area, celebrating its truly unique townscape. ‘Rediscover the Underbanks’ will support a range of projects aimed at transforming Stockport’s historic high street into a vibrant destination for businesses and visitors, whilst also telling the area’s stories to new audiences.

The grant scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to refurbish buildings in historic town centres. Townscape Heritage projects aim to support communities and increase business confidence by investing in historic areas. This results in an attractive and lively environment to live and work.

The scheme includes improvements to property and the local area, skills training and community events designed to bring people into the area. They are now preparing to develop the Stage 2 Application to HLF in order to receive funding later in 2018. After the money has been awarded, the project will run for five years.

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Berretto Lounge Opens its doors at Redrock

Berretto Lounge, newest restaurant and bar, has thrown its doors open at Redrock Stockport.

Offering something for everyone, no matter what your taste in food, the new family-friendly and community focussed Berretto Lounge gives visitors yet another reason to visit Redrock.

Overlooking the public square that links Redrock with Prince’s Street, Berretto Lounge will serve everything from fresh, zingy salads to massive burgers with all the trimmings, making it the perfect place to head whether you’re looking for a coffee, a business lunch with colleagues or a lazy all-day brunch. 

Redrock has proven an instant success with visitors from across South Manchester since it opened just 11 weeks ago, with the cinema and restaurants all reporting that their visitor and trading figures are well ahead of predictions.

Visitors have flocked to the new leisure destination, and are loving the 10-screen The Light Cinema where they can relax and watch the latest releases from the comfort of their reclining chair, as well as the ever range of restaurants they find on offer, making it easy to see why it is so popular.

The opening of Berretto Lounge has created 25 new jobs in Stockport, for local residents who are at the heart of the investment work taking place.

Councillor Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration commented: “It’s great to be able to welcome Berretto Lounge to Stockport, and I’m sure that they are going to prove very popular at Redrock.  I’m delighted that their opening has created so many new jobs for local people and want to wish Berretto Lounge and each of their staff the very best for the future.”

Jenny Arnot, Operations Manager, The Lounges, said “We’re delighted to have opened our Berretto Lounge and showing the locals how to lounge in style. The team are looking forward to becoming part of the community and will support local groups and initiatives wherever possible.”

Parking at Redrock couldn’t be easier.  Visitors can now access the new 360 space multi-storey car park directly from the A6, and this links to the neighbouring Merseyway car park.

Free parking is available for anyone coming to Redrock to watch a film at The Light by validating your ticket, as well as for all other visitors after 6pm every day.   

 

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All Change at Grand Central: New Facilities Set To Improve Fitness Access And Enjoyment

As part of a £2.8m investment programme from Stockport Council, the Grand Central leisure complex has unveiled today new centre upgrades and facilities designed to help boost the health, fitness and wellbeing of local residents.

Residents can now enjoy newly upgraded gym changing and shower facilities. Works dedicated to a new ‘health spa’ are currently underway, which will feature a sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy room and a special relaxation area.

The exciting addition follows previous upgrades to the site’s existing fitness suite and complements Grand Central’s 50m swimming pool.

With new slides and a children’s fun pool also set to open by the summer, Grand Central is living up to its name in terms of the level of facilities on offer.

The funding programme from Stockport Council has also seen Grand Central introduce a series of building and facility management improvements to further enhance operations for years to come.

Stockport Council and Life Leisure are also offering 2 hours free car parking at the NCP Stockport Exchange car park for all Grand Central users.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The Council has made a priority to invest in the improvement of Life Leisure sites, so residents can have access to affordable and modernised leisure facilities, with the benefit of having free parking. Grand Central is the most well-used leisure complex in Stockport and I’m sure it will continue to be for years to come thanks to the Council’s continued investment.”

Malcolm McPhail, CEO of Life Leisure, said: “We’ve worked really closely with existing members, the Council and the general public to understand what changes and improvements would make a difference to people’s lives. That’s why, as well as introducing aspects such as the new changing facilities and health spa, we’ve looked at practical measures such as free parking which became possible with Stockport Council.”

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Stockport Succesful In Town Centre Living Grant Bid

Stockport Council has won three major bids from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to kick start a new era of town centre living and make the centre an even more desirable place to live, work and play. 

The £8.5m grant, which has been won against stiff national competition, will help unlock key brownfield housing sites in Stockport’s town centre. This will open up and enhance previously underused areas of the town and the river Mersey, creating new green spaces, bringing iconic historic buildings back into use, catalysing further development and drawing in new investment.

Subject to further feasibility, the grant will be used to overcome the barriers of infrastructure costs and poor land conditions for Stockport’s new Interchange, the Weir Mill complex and Hopes Carr (Hempshaw Brook), bringing more than 500 new homes which will enhance the town centre and strength the local economy. These developments will be high specification, well connected to public transport and with all the town centre amenities on the doorstep.

Cllr Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “I am delighted that the Council’s bid was successful. This grant, which is very much welcomed, will allow the Council to invest in the infrastructure needed to unlock sites for housing development in Stockport town centre. Stockport needs as much good quality housing in sustainable locations as possible.  Such developments not only provide new homes but add to the ongoing regeneration of the town centre.”

The HIF is a £5bn government capital grant programme to invest in council-led projects for the potential building of new homes in areas with the greatest housing demand. This grant will fund key local infrastructure projects such as new roads, flood defences, green infrastructure and land remediation work. 

 

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DIY Projects You Can Do to Increase Your Home’s Value – from Seth Murphy

Seth Murphy, of California USA, shares below his DIY tips which could increase your properties value!

Seth writes – When purchasing a home, it’s a good idea to have a long-term goal in mind. Even if you don’t plan on selling now, you never know what life will bring. With that in mind, it’s good to start thinking about long-term equity. What can best increase the value of your home? What remodels and improvements will garner the best return? Not every change will benefit you financially, which is why it’s important to investigate well before you begin your projects. Start by setting a goal-selling price and then decide which projects will best encourage that price.

Landscaping – If you have a garden or yard out front, your house won’t be the first thing a prospective buyer sees – it will be your greenery. You want your garden to look lush, well-groomed and as attractive as possible. Flowering plants and deciduous trees are some of the safest bets you can hedge. It is suggested to use fresh mulch over bare soil or even grass to make your yard look captivating.

 Energy efficiency – One growing trend and concern by homeowners is energy efficiency. You may immediately think of replacing your appliances and electronics with energy-friendly alternatives, or even of changing out your light bulbs to more efficient ones. However, you don’t necessarily need expensive replacements to update your home and make it more attractive to buyers. Consider putting in new insulation, which will help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter without using the heater or air conditioner.

Upgrade your technology – This doesn’t end up being as complicated as it may seem. A simple surround-sound speaker system in the living room, with speakers wired into each room, can be a boon. This way, music can be played from room to room without the occupant having to worry about setting it up as they move about the house.

Repair your roof – If you have missing or broken tiles or shingles on your roof, it can be an automatic turn-off to potential buyers. It may seem intimidating, but, like putting in speakers, it’s easier than it seems. You can replace shingles and tiles, as long as you know what kind you have, as there are different steps to each. There is more work if the tile is at the junction of your roof, known as a valley, but it is still relatively straightforward.

Clear the clutter – Find ways to add storage and organization to your home. It’s thought that as many as 53 percent of individuals have added storage to their homes in the last five years. Not only will you add a potential selling point, but a well-organized home that looks decluttered seems more appealing to potential buyers than one that looks disheveled or disorganized.

If you keep your goal price in mind, then you can better educate yourself on what will be the best projects to help sell your home. If you have an ambitious price, it may benefit you to have more ambitious DIY projects to better increase your chance of profit. Focus on the areas listed to have the best chance at achieving your asking price.

Look out for more DIY tips from Seth…

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Painted pebbles are randomly appearing in parks across Stockport and Greater Manchester

Pebble art is making its way across Greater Manchester as families find a new reason to take kids to the park. The craze involves people decorating pebbles and hiding them for others to find. Children either take them home and replace them with their own creations, or hide them again so more people can enjoy the hunt.

Facebook groups have been set up across the country for people to share their ideas and places to look, and a number have sprung up in Greater Manchester. This includes Stockport Rocks which has a whopping 3,000 and lists the ‘rules of their game’ as:

  • Collect (or buy) some rocks
  • Decorate your rocks (on the back, write something along the lines of “If found, please post on “Stockport Rocks” on Facebook”). Rocks can be decorated using paint, chalk, sharpie pens, glitter etc. (Please make sure your designs are child friendly.)
  • Hide your rocks in safe, public places
  • Search for hidden rocks and when you find one (or a few), post a photo on this group then re-hide it for somebody else to find

It’s a great idea and is getting kids outdoors which can only be a good thing!

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