North West business round-up

Firms across the region have been continuing to produce great results as the year comes to an end. Here's some of the highlights.

Government seeks insights from Port of Liverpool

A delegation from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), led by its chairman Lord Adonis, has made a fact-finding visit to the Port of Liverpool to see how developments there are helping to transform the Northern economy.

Accompanied by fellow commissioner Lord Heseltine and expert advisers from the NIC, he was given a tour of facilities at the port, including the new £400m container terminal, Liverpool2, which was opened at the beginning of November by the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox.

Lord Adonis also received a briefing from Peel Ports Group’s Chief Operating Officer Gary Hodgson on the company’s overall investment programme, which is looking to significantly change the movement of goods in the UK logistics sector by shifting freight from road and rail to sea.


Liverpool firm makes Pinterest's ‘100 for 2017’

Liverpool-based start-up Murals Wallpaper made it into Pinterest's highly anticipated list of top 100 trend predictions for 2017, after being handpicked by Pinterest’s insights team from a sea of 8 billion interior pins.

The company's success on Pinterest has helped them achieve 303% growth year on year. 


Manchester fit-out company hits £4m turnover

Spatial Office Environments, who provide top quality interior solutions to a wide range of corporate and commercial clients, is celebrating rapid growth with turnover of £1.2m in their first year set to grow to £4m in 2016. 

Director of sales, Paul Eatock, said: "Our efficient internal working practices and supplier diversity are key assets. By utilising modern working methods, we are able to fulfil large orders easily and with minimal overheads. This means we can do incredible work at a fraction of the price of our nearest competitors.”


New top team, funding package and rebrand for PPSI

A Lancashire engineering company has revealed ambitious expansion plans including a new nuclear division after naming new leadership and securing growth funding from Lloyds Banking Group.

With the support of a funding package worth a total of £865,000, PPSI now plans to continue its diversification strategy, which has seen it expand into new sectors after a decline in work building and maintaining newspaper printing presses linked to a downturn in newspaper sales.

Today PPSI works with a range of clients, from SMEs to blue chip companies in sectors including automotive, oil and gas, nuclear, defence, construction and robotics.

It will also be launching a dedicated new business PPSI Nuclear in 2017, bringing a number of experienced executives from the industry on board.


Beever and Struthers help J & J Ormerod to best results

Strategic advice from accountants and business advisors Beever and Struthers helped kitchen, bedroom and bathroom manufacturer J & J Ormerod (JJO) plc to achieve the strongest annual financial results in its 140-year history.

Over the past two financial years, Beever and Struthers has helped JJO to save a total of £68,000 by advising it on maximising the use of Research and Development (R&D) tax credits to claim tax relief on its R&D spending.

Iain Round, partner at Beever and Struthers, said: “The delivery of our tailored services and in particular, expert advice on maximising the benefits to the bottom line of being able to claim tax relief on R&D tax spend, is reflected in these record breaking results from JJO and we congratulate the business on its historic achievement.

"An increasing breadth and depth of talent at Beever and Struthers is allowing us to fulfil our ambition of achieving better for all of our valued clients." 


Business of Science conference to return for 2017

A conference celebrating the connection between business and science is set to make a return to Manchester in 2017.

The Business of Science Conference will be back in the city on May 18th with a programme of high-profile speakers including Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, and Richard Carter, managing director UK and Ireland for BASF.

Other speakers taking to the stage at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester include entrepreneur, investor and advisor Sherry Coutu CBE and Rosa Wilkinson, director of trade policy stakeholder engagement at the Department for International Trade.