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Stockport is ranked as the fastest growing economy in the North West

More great news as Stockport is ranked as the fastest growing economy in the North West, once again highlighting our town’s position as a leading business location.

The UK Powerhouse study is produced by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr). It provides an estimate of GVA growth and job creation within 45 of the UK’s largest cities 12 months ahead of the Government’s official figures. The latest report revealed that Stockport was the top location in the North West in terms of GVA growth during the last quarter of 2017. In contrast, Manchester and Greater Manchester recorded GVA growth rates of 1.2%, while Liverpool only registered growth of 0.7%.

The study also considered the future prospects for all of the major conurbations in the UK, with Stockport expected to once again register growth of 1.3% .

Read the full article here…

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Baekdu: Korean BBQ Restaurant opens in SK1

Baekdu: Korean BBQ Restaurant is now open. The restaurant is located on the corner of Lee’s Street and Wellington Street in the former Little Jack Horner Public House. It’s another great addition to the area!

Read one of the first reviews from the Manchester Evening News here… you can also see the full menu here…

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How to Keep Man’s Best Friend Safe and Secure in Your New Home

The latest Blog article from Seth Murphy:

Moving has been referred to as the third most stressful event in life, after divorce and the death of a loved one. But it’s no walk in the park for your dog either! Things no longer look, sound, or smell familiar, and he picks up on your stress level too. Some dogs regress to some of their puppy behaviors, some show signs of illness, and in the worst-case scenario, a dog may go missing or become injured while exploring his new surroundings. The following tips will help ease the transition for your pup so he will be safe and secure in his new home.

Plan ahead by updating your dog’s ID tag to show your new address, and if he is microchipped, update your address with its registry. Ideally, you will have already chosen a veterinarian in your new neighborhood and have found out if there are any region-specific vaccines your dog may need.

The way you handle moving day itself is key. Even if you use a moving company, keep all your dog’s belongings, such as his bed, toys, and bowls, with you. Familiar scents will help him feel more at home, so hold off on washing these items. Unpack them as soon as you get to your new house and put them in the same places they were in your old home. So, if his food bowl used to be in the kitchen, you’ll put it in the new kitchen as well. While unpacking your things, watch for any potentially dangerous items like chocolate or cleaning supplies your dog might have access to.

Stick to your dog’s previous feeding and walking schedule. This will go a long way in helping him feel comfortable. If you’re unable to stay home the first few days following a move, consider arranging for someone to visit your dog each day to ease his anxiety and to walk him to burn some energy.

Speaking of burning energy, prioritize play! Make sure your furry friend is getting plenty of attention and exercise. Keep him busy with fun activities like playing with Kongs and other food-dispensing toys. Amid all the unpacking, schedule play breaks for both of you. Find nearby dog-friendly locales and take a walk in the neighborhood to familiarize your dog with his new surroundings and neighbors. Don’t add additional stress. If your dog hates getting his nails trimmed, now is not the time! If you’ve been thinking about changing his diet, hold off for a little while.

While dog-proofing your home is important, backyard safety cannot be emphasized enough. Check your yard for plants that are poisonous to dogs. Never leave your dog in the yard when you’re not home. Even when you are home, you’ll want to keep an eye on him. All dogs need a safe, fenced-in area. Proper fencing that keeps your dog in and other animals out, as well as keeps him safe from the attention of passersby, is priceless.

Be on the lookout for signs of stress, such as diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or anxiety. Ask your vet about calming medication or try some natural alternatives from your local pet store. If these symptoms continue, you’ll want to take him to your vet to make sure nothing else is going on.

Congratulations on your new home and for being such a responsible pet owner! Just as your dog has shown you his devotion, you’ll want to show him extra patience during this transition. Stay calm, reinforce positive behavior, and take time to have fun together. By following these tips and focusing on safety, you and your dog will soon feel right at home.

 

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Rapid Bus Scheme: An update from Stockport Council

The vision of creating a new rapid transit bus scheme between Stockport and Manchester Airport moved a step closer, as the funding to further develop the proposals has been secured from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.

Working in partnership, Stockport Council, Cheshire East Council, Manchester City Council, Manchester Airport Group, Transport for Greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority have a shared vision to create a new fast and frequent rapid bus service for residents and businesses between their homes and key employment locations.

Improving connectivity by public transport between Stockport and Manchester Airport, the proposed service would use current and new links to provide a reliable alternative to car travel for commuters, helping reduce congestion on our roads, whilst also improving our air quality.

Within the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund are monies to support the delivery of major transport projects that tackle key challenges. Working together, Stockport Council and its partners submitted a joint first stage bid and have been successfully awarded funding and support to develop proposals for the project further.

Over the coming months, we will work with the Government to develop a full business case for the rapid transit service, including all of the benefits this will create for residents and businesses. This will be submitted to Government this autumn ahead of a decision being made about which of the 44 bidding projects will be granted funding.

Caroline Simpson, Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council, said: “The delivery of rapid transit bus in Stockport is just one element of the wider programme of investment in the borough’s transport infrastructure, which is vital to address congestion on our roads, improve local air quality, and strengthen Stockport’s position as a great place to live, work and invest.

“This announcement by the Government is good news, and we will continue to work closely with our neighbours in Cheshire East and Manchester to push forward with the proposals.”

Don Stockton, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said “We have worked closely with Stockport on this bid and its success demonstrates the importance of cross-boundary working.

“We are very pleased that our bid has had success in the first round. The proposals have the potential to deliver public transport improvements in the north of the borough, especially in the Wilmslow/Handforth area and our links to the airport.

“We will look to make sure that new developments, such as the garden village at Handforth will be integrated into these proposals, maximising the opportunities for sustainable travel.

“The council will continue to work closely with our neighbouring authorities as these proposals develop.”

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Redrock’s The Gym is now open!

Visitors have yet another reason to head to Redrock as The Gym opened their doors. Offering access to the latest fitness equipment and exercise classes 24/7 The Gym is a fantastic addition to Redrock, where members can easily fit their work outs around their busy lifestyles.

Redrock has quickly established itself as one of the North West’s leading leisure destinations with over 11,000 people a week visiting to enjoy watching a film or a meal with family and friends since it opened.  The Gym is the latest name to join the growing line up which already boasts The Light Cinema, Berretto Lounge, Zizzi and PizzaExpress with more to open soon.

The Gym’s opening comes just two weeks after dessert restaurant Creams came to Stockport. Serving waffles, crepes, shakes, sundaes and cakes from their newest store opposite The Light Cinema, Creams is already doing a roaring trade and proving very popular with visitors.

Both openings have created many new jobs for local residents who are at the heart of the investment work taking place.

“I’m delighted to welcome The Gym to Redrock, I’m sure they’ll have a great future in Stockport. It’s also great to see so many new shops and businesses choosing to open in Stockport town centre. An exciting transformation is underway in our town centre, making it an even more popular and vibrant place to visit, live and work,” commented Caroline Simpson, Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council.

With free parking available for everyone after 6pm in Redrock’s 360 space multi-storey car park getting to Redrock and parking there couldn’t be easier.  Visitors going to The Gym or to watch a film at The Light Cinema can park for free any time of the day free by validating their ticket.

You can find out all about what’s on offer at Redrock Stockport, opening times and the latest offers visit www.redrockstockport.co.uk

 

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Gin Jamboree is returning to Stockport Town Hall this April

With 100 different Gins and hundreds of tonic/garnish combinations to try out in search of your new favourite. This is an event far too good to miss!

The ticket price includes a proper gin ‘fish bowl’ glass to take home after the supper. Then at the Jamboree ‘Token Cards’ can be purchased and stamped for each Gin & Tonic with half measure tasters also available (similar format to a Beer Festival!).

The event takes place at Stockport Town Hall on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April.

Tickets are £15.00. You can also be in with a chance to win FREE tickets for you and three friends by visiting the Stockport Council Facebook page!

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Stockport Council have announced the launch of Mobike to Stockport!

From next week the bikes will be available to Stockport residents, in response to high demand for the scheme since it launched in Greater Manchester last year. Starting 12th March, an initial 200 Mobikes will be available in Stockport, gradually increasing to 1000, as the scheme develops. Stockport will initially host 15 approved Mobike Preferred Locations (MPLs) in strategic hubs across the area. This will allow people living in Manchester, Salford and Stockport, to cycle more easily to and from the different areas.

Mobike’s expansion follows the publication in February of a report by Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner, Chris Boardman, asking Mayor Andy Burnham for a £1.5bn spending to make the region one of the best places in the world to cycle and walk.

The report also asks that more than 700 miles of safe cycle lanes be produced over the 10 next years, and that the streets’ design be changed to make them safer for cyclists.

Find out more details here…

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Celebration as Stockport’s Aurora Business Park opens

Residents, businesses, Councillors and guests gathered to celebrate the opening of the town’s newest industrial park, Aurora Stockport, as it was announced another two units have been snapped up.

Held in one of the new units at Aurora, guests came together at the official opening to see the transformation that has taken place for themselves and celebrate the opportunities the industrial park has brought to our town.

The Council’s multi-million investment has turned a once derelict 18 acre site into a 145,000 sq ft industrial park that is home to 10 modern units, a riverside park and improved walking routes into the town centre.

The benefits created by Aurora Stockport go beyond the physical transformation. A number of local residents secured construction apprenticeships and work placements on the development gaining invaluable work skills for the future; Seddon have worked with a number of community groups providing them with new facilities and jobs are being created that residents can benefit from as companies move into Aurora.

The industrial park has proven an instant success.

Eight of the park’s 10 units are now let or under offer as companies choose to move their businesses to Stockport or grow for the future at Aurora. Just weeks after completing a 15 year lease on two units, Aeroco Group, are now under offer on an extra two units at the industrial estate.

New contracts secured by this leading aircraft component maintenance specialist has seen their demand for space grow and Aurora was the natural place for them to invest further. This news means that Aurora is now 83% let or under offer.

 

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Open House: Unlock ways to attract homebuyers

Please find below another blog piece by Seth Murphy on Open Houses and ways to attract homebuyers…

You are putting your home on the market and you want it to sell as quickly as possible. An open house is a great way to get interested buyers through the front door and placing bids. Of course, open houses don’t always inspire countless offers — you have to do it right.

There are various things homeowners often overlook when preparing their place to show to potential interested buyers. By knowing exactly what you need to do, you can avoid these simple missteps. Use the following tips to ensure you have the best open house possible.

Tips for an Open House

When putting your home on the market, you’ll want to price your home correctly! Your Estate Agent can help you with settling on an asking price and getting the listing exposure you need. They can also help you when it comes to setting up your open house. Your Estate Agent will be able to give you personalized tips when it comes to increasing your home’s curb appeal and properly staging your home. Furthermore, they should have plenty of resources for advertising an open house and getting enough traffic through your front door.

Improving Curb Appeal

Your home’s curb appeal determines the first impression it makes on potential homebuyers. If people don’t like what they see right off the bat, they are less likely to explore what your home has to offer inside. Just like with staging your home inside, cleanliness is key here. If your driveway or walkways are scuffed, stained or simply dirty, consider renting a power washer to blast off dirt and grime. You can also use a power washer to get rid of mold and mildew on your siding. A pressure wash over grimy areas of home’s facade can make your home look years younger after about an afternoon’s worth of work.

Landscaping is another key to improving your home’s overall curb appeal. This isn’t the time to do a huge overall of your yard architecture and aesthetic, but there are some simple things you can do to update your landscaping:

  • Plant small shrubs for added privacy.
  • Paint or update your mailbox.
  • Add lighting along walking paths.
  • Add fresh mulch to flower beds and around trees.
  • Re-edge mulch around borders of flower beds, trees, or other landscaping elements.
  • Replace patches in your lawn and keep your grass freshly cut.

Staging Your Home

 When it comes to showing your house, there are going to be times where you’ll have potential buyers over and you aren’t able to have the place perfectly staged. However, an open house gives you the time necessary to put in the work and make your home as appealing as possible. It’s most likely no surprise that real estate experts advise that the home be completely and thoroughly cleaned before an open house.

While cleaning your home yourself is certainly possible, it really doesn’t hurt to tap in for some assistance from a professional. Luckily, you can find great deals on house cleaning through sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial. You can splurge on a one-time deep cleaning before your open house then keep up that tidiness yourself throughout the home selling process.

Beyond cleanliness, you’ll want to do things around the house to make it brighter, warmer and a bit more generic. Cutting back on the things that personalize your home helps make it more appealing to a wider audience. Put away excessive family photos, wall hangings and other decor touches like the kids’ art you hang on the refrigerator. Other updates you can make for open house staging:

  • Add more lighting fixtures in dark or sunless rooms.
  • Declutter kitchen cabinets and closets.
  • Open up curtains and drapes to let light through windows.
  • Consider having your windows professionally cleaned.
  • Put up evidence of pets and consider boarding them on the day of the open house.
  • Fill your home with pleasant, natural scents using stovetop potpourri.

An open house is a great way to show the best your home has to offer to potential buyers in your area. To make the most of this opportunity, it is important to go over the details when it comes to the appearance of the house. Curb appeal is your home’s first impression, and you can improve it by washing away dirt and grime and updating your landscaping. Once you get the people through the door, wow them with a professionally cleaned space that is decorated with warmth and light.

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