Join the celebration as Chinese New Year returns to The Plaza with another unique and exciting show of cultural spectacle.
Chinese New Year Extravaganza features a team of performers showcasing amazing Chinese performing arts. From the cheerful spirit of the auspicious Lion Dance, to the awe-inspiring contortion, the show is a colourful display of Chinese cultural tradition. Witness the daring stunts of Chinese acrobatics alongside energetic kung fu performance, the magnificent 18-metre long Dragon Dance and more. This colourful and action-packed show is the perfect entertainment for all ages to enjoy on this auspicious occasion. Do not miss it!
The UK has been crowned by Forbes, for the second year running, as the best country for business following its latest survey published in December 2018. A total of 161 countries are assessed on 15 different criteria.
The UK is the only country to land among the top 30 in all 15 metrics, including property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom and workforce.
Forbes states that although sterling plummeted 9% against the US dollar the day after the EU referendum result and remains down, the economy has ‘held up relatively well’.
With the official exit from the EU scheduled for this March, Forbes recognises that uncertainty remains. Some UK companies are holding off investments to see how Brexit affects trade relations, but on balance the business climate remains attractive, with a globalised economy that is more open than most in terms of trade, investments and capital flows.
Transformation in Stockport could be taken to the next level when Greater Manchester leaders meet on Friday (11th January). It comes as Stockport Council works with the Mayor, Andy Burnham, to develop Greater Manchester’s first Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC), which will look to unlock development sites and accelerate the speed of transformation within Stockport’s Town Centre. Key to this is Stockport Council’s vision for Town Centre West, an urban village that would adapt the town centre to meet changing demands nationally. As a walkable neighbourhood in the heart of Stockport, it’s hoped that Town Centre West will become Greater Manchester’s newest, greenest and coolest affordable urban neighbourhood. It will provide a choice of homes and workspace where residents and business will have enviable access to public transport and be amongst the best connected in the region. And as Stockport’s popularity as somewhere to live grows, the Council is doing all it can to maximise development of new homes on brownfield sites across the borough, with developments like the Former Sorting Office site on the A6 already planned to start on site soon. This means Stockport has significantly reduced the amount of land they need to release for development in the Green Belt. At the same time the Council wants to bring new homes across all tenures, and all of the supporting amenities, into the town centre, giving more people the chance to come and live in the heart of Stockport to enjoy everything on offer. Councillor Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration said: “We need to bring new homes into Stockport for the future, but are doing all we can to protect our borough’s green spaces. The Mayoral Development Corporation will help drive these developments shaping the future of our town. “As these plans for the MDC develop, we’d like residents and businesses to have their say for how it would bring change to our town centre.” If consultation for the MDC is given the go-ahead by leaders at the meeting on Friday, residents and businesses will be able to have their say on these important documents. An online consultation will also be launched asking for your views on the MDC, as well as writing to all of the businesses in the Town Centre West area. To get involved in the MDC consultation visit.
A beautiful new development of 24 luxury finished, one and two bedroom apartments. The development is made from the conversion of the beautiful former Cherry Tree Hospital building plus a complete new build section to the rear. It will be finished to a very high standard by local and reputable developer, Urbanize Homes.
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On Saturday 22nd December 10 Giant Ice Sculptures will create the first ever Stockport Ice Trail. With a live giant being carved out of the biggest ice cube you will have ever seen! Ten giant ice sculptures will form an Ice Trail around the town centre at St Peter’s Square, Mersey Square, Merseyway, Suffragette Square at Redrock, Peel Centre, Market Place, Stockport Exchange, Great Underbank and at Warren Street.Follow the ice trail to see what the letters spell!!With late night shopping and free car parking* you can sure of a warm and icy welcome in Stockport this Christmas.
Find out more at: www.stockportchristmas.co.uk
To register for your free car parking pass visit: www.totallyfreeparking.co.uk Ice Sculpture Trails – Saturday 15th December Live carving of an Angel Rudolph Antlers and nose – photo opportunity Penguin Grinch Polar Bear Elf with toy Gingerbread Man Arctic ExplorerSantaIce Sculpture Trails – Saturday 22nd December Live carving of a Unicorn Ice wings – photo / opportunity Reindeer Olaf Killer Whale Seal Frog Tinkerbell Christmas Tree Knut-cracker
There are many factors that influence our quality of life and well-being. In 2010, the ONS started the ‘Measuring National Well-being’ (MNW) programme in order to have a standardised monitor of well-being. The latest bulletin was published on 28th November 2018.
At a national level, previous research has shown that how people view their health is the most important factor, followed by employment status and relationship status. At a local level, a wide range of local conditions can affect people’s well-being, with housing affordability a key issue. In particular where local house prices are too high relative to incomes, thereby preventing prospective buyers from getting on to the housing ladder and they subsequently remain in rented accommodation.
Comparing June 2017 with June 2018 there were no significant changes to personal well-being measures (life satisfaction, feeling that things done in life are worthwhile, happiness and anxiety) in the UK, or indeed across any of its countries. Also, fewer people reported low happiness ratings and more people reported very low anxiety ratings.
The positive changes in well-being across the UK may be influenced by the improvement in economic indicators during the 12 months, such as the unemployment rate which was at its lowest level between April and June 2018 since the period from December 1974 to February 1975, at 4%. Also, average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.7%, in nominal terms, compared with a year earlier. However, in June 2018, the rate of annual house price growth was also at its lowest level since August 2013, at 3%.