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Chancerygate Granted Planning for £20m Mersey Reach Logistics Development

Leading industrial and logistics developer, Chancerygate has been granted planning permission for a new 212,000 sq ft development at Dunningsbridge Road in Sefton. The 13.5 acre site is close to Peel Ports’ recently launched Liverpool 2 deepwater port and was the former Peerless Edible Oils factory, which closed more than 20 years ago. The new £20 million development, known as Mersey Reach, will comprise six self-contained industrial and logistics units ranging from 12,000 sq ft to 60,000 sq ft. A 36,000 sq ft unit has been pre-let to Grafton Group Plc to trade as a Selco Builders Warehouse. Chancerygate has also pre-sold a two-acre plot on the front of the site to Euro Garages, which will build it out as petrol filling station and a convenience store plus a drive-thru Starbucks coffee store. Mike Walker, Development Director for Chancerygate in the North West, commented: “We have taken a collaborative approach on working with Sefton Council to provide a scheme that...Read More >

Business Festival brings in £600m boost

A major international business festival hosted in Liverpool has boosted UK trade and investment by £600m. The economic windfall has been provided thanks to the biennial International Business Festival, staged in 2014 and 2016, which has attracted 31,000 visitors from 98 countries, with large delegations from the US, India and China. The festival – backed by central government through the Department for International Trade – is aimed at small and medium-sized companies. In 2016, sales valued at £250m were agreed at the festival with some 500 UK companies securing exports worth in excess of £87m. Figures were revealed in an independent analysis published with a year to go before Liverpool hosts the 2018 event. Brian Wilkins of blast-proof security blind manufacturers Abbey Group said: “In the 12 months since we took part in the festival we have significantly advanced our global profile – working towards high-value deals with prospective buyers in Asia, the Middle East and the Americas. As a direct...Read More >

Bliss Hotels acquires landmark Southport Waterfront development

Bliss Hotels has swooped to acquire the 250-year head lease for the entire Southport Waterfront development from Promenade Estates.The undisclosed deal follows its acquisition of the Ramada Plaza Hotel at Southport Waterfront in December 2016. Looking over the marine lake and coast beyond and adjacent to the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre (STCC), the Waterfront already comprises the 133 bed 4-star hotel, together with a Genting Casino and a Hungry Horse operated by Greene King. Bliss Hotels – a Bliss Investment Partners venture – said it is already working up plans for the launch of the new Waterfront. Daniel Broch, BIP partner, said: “[It] will be a vibrant multi-faceted leisure based destination in what is surely one of the finest coastal locations in the country. We’ve got a lot of additional space to work with so expect to see some really exciting ideas and additions which will connect with a wide customer base across the region. This is going to...Read More >

Inside Liverpool’s secret shopping arcade you need to visit

When most people think of hitting the shops, many will head straight to Liverpool’s City Centre, however there are more options outside this area than you might think. Aside from the retail park we’ve all probably visited, there is now a new shopping arcade which has popped up in Netherton that every shopper should visit. Based inside a Rent a Space building on Dunningsbridge Road, the arcade is full of mixture of stalls, stocking everything from clothing to musical instruments. The Liverpool Echo were surprised just how much was there when they paid a visit to the site recently. There’s even a florist which also stocks all your party decoration needs-including flower walls which are hugely popular at the moment. And, not forgetting a dress maker who does everything from bikinis for your next holiday right through to dresses for your next big occasion. As if you needed any more reason to visit this new arcade, but if you still...Read More >

Sefton is getting a massive new Home Bargains

One of the city’s most loved shops, is set to expand its presence as it plans to open yet another huge new store. Home Bargains has recently opened a new store at North Liverpool Retail Park on East Lancashire Road, which included a garden centre and cafe. Maghull is now the next area in Merseyside which the discount retailer has chosen to open a new store. A site previously home to Maghull’s library will now be the home for what is set to be a massive store. The site itself has been vacant for more than a year following the library closure, with speculation mounting over what would be based there. Hoardings have been placed around the building confirming Home Bargains will be taking over the site with the store believed to be opening in August. There is already a Home Bargains store in Maghull minutes away from where this new store is set to open. A spokesperson for Home...Read More >