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Blossoms claim to be ‘talking to Netflix’ about their own TV show

Stockport band Blossoms have teamed up with Early Doors stars Craig Cash and Phil Mealey as they bid for their own Monkees-style TV show.

In an interview with the Daily Star, band singer Tom Ogden said: “We’ve met up with Craig and his writing partner Phil Mealey as they love all the little video films we’ve done.

“We love Early Doors, the pub sitcom Craig and Phil wrote which was set in Stockport.

“Our comedy is going to be like The Monkees meets The Royle Family.

“We’re talking to Netflix – it’ll be the first Netflix show set in Stockport if it comes off.”

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welcome to harriet

Welcome to Harriet who has joined our busy Stockport team as a Saturday Professional viewer.

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Coming to the Plaza this Saturday – Milton Jones is Out There!

In his brand new show, which takes place at The Plaza in the heart of Stockport on Mersey Square on Saturday 28th April, he’ll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media.

He will also be scaling the heights of fashion at the risk of falling into a terrible cravat. Milton will be talking about his life so far – the ups, the downs and why buying his own see-saw was the best decision he ever made. But perhaps he should give all this up and seek the highest office in the land – but how do you get a desk and a swivel chair up a mountain? Oh and now he wants to be Prime Minister too. Can we do worse than the politicians we already have? Yes we can!

Tickets for Milton Jones Is Out There at The Stockport Plaza can be purchased in person from The Plaza Box Office on Mersey Square, by calling our Booking Line on 0161 477 7779 or by visiting The Plaza web site on www.stockportplaza.co.uk

 

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Stockport Exchange – works on the next phase of Stockport Exchange is set to start this week

Work on the next phase of Stockport Exchange will start on site this week with the announcement that ADM Regeneration has been appointed to demolish the former Cineworld cinema.

Over the coming weeks, the site at the heart of Stockport Exchange will be cleared by contractors paving the way for work to begin on the next office building at the award-winning business district.

Read the full update here…

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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% .

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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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