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% .
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.”
The property, which was formerly the Olde Woolpack Pub, is situated adjacent to Junction1 of the M60 Motorway at Brinksway (A560), opposite The Pyramid Office Building and within five minutes walk of Stockport town centre.
On the market with a Guide Price of £265,000, it has the potential to be a good commercial to residential investment, subject to the correct planning and permissions.
Click here to see the property in more detail on the selling agent, Impey & Co’s, website…
The very exciting and long anticipated ‘Coven Garden’ scheme is now well underway. Situated in a prime Town Centre location, the 9.4m scheme of 74 houses will revitalise the London Square area and is expected to unlock the potential of the area and surrounding properties, thanks to its proximity to Stockport town centre.
You can read the full update from Stockport Council’s website here…
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
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.
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.
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.
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.