The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has launched a pilot programme to support local entrepreneurs to grow their digital tech businesses. The programme is one of the building blocks of the Digital Tech Cluster, at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Halton, which seeks to create jobs and economic growth by supporting digital tech companies. Leader of […]

Don Billington wins his tenth Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

World-renowned horticulturalist and Bromeliad expert, Don Billington, has won another Gold Medal this week for his collection of plants from the glasshouses at Walton Hall and Gardens. Plants from the conservatories are now on display at the prestigious RHS Chelsea flower show, with the display illustrating how bromeliads grow in a natural setting. The display […]


Cllr Tony McDermott, 81, is still serving the same Widnes ward that he was elected to on 5 May 1972. Over his 50 years, Tony has also served as Mayor of Halton during the civic year 1998-99 and was Leader between 1999 and 2010. It was a turbulent time in British politics when Tony began […]

Liverpool based wine company, ThinK Wine Group, won a Silver award

(*Pic – Left Katherine Jones, Right – Jake Cornish) Liverpool based wine company, ThinK Wine Group, won a Silver award at the highly prestigious People’s Choice Wine Awards on Monday night. The event took place in Manchester and was the fifth year of the awards. ‘The People’s Choice Wine Awards is shaking up the way […]

The GMP Transport Unit arrives at its one-year milestone

This month, GMP’s Transport Unit celebrates its first anniversary. Launched in November 2019, the Transport Unit tackles incidents on the Greater Manchester transport network. The unit comprises of 63 officers, and supports the work of the wider TravelSafe Partnership (TSP) – which includes Transport for Greater Manchester and public transport operators. The aim is to […]

MBE for Council Chief Executive, Professor Steven Broomhead

Warrington Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Professor Steven Broomhead, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. The award comes following Professor Broomhead’s leadership and chairmanship of the National Libraries Taskforce, helping to implement the Independent Library Report and reinvigorate the national public library service. As chair of the Taskforce since September 2018, Professor Broomhead has […]

City’s culture councillor made OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Skills has been awarded an OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours. The award has been made for services to local government in recognition of the Labour member’s many achievements since he was first elected as a local councillor in 2008 for […]

Phil Redmond to be given Knighthood

As the creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks, Phil Redmond has been responsible for some of the most gritty and impactful shows on British television. He has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and arts in the regions. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “For almost half a century, […]

Councillor Paul McQuade named Mayor of St Helens Borough for 2020-21

Blackbrook ward councillor, Paul McQuade, has been sworn in as Mayor of St Helens Borough for 2020-21. Blackbrook ward councillor, Paul McQuade, has been sworn in as Mayor of St Helens Borough for 2020-21.  Born and bred in St Helens, Councillor McQuade grew up in Blackbrook, the area he has represented since being elected on […]

GMP Chief Constable wins Director of the Year Award

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins wins Director of the Year Award The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Ian Hopkins, has won the Public Sector category at the North West Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Awards 2020. The (IoD) Director of the Year Awards recognises exceptional leadership, business talent and good governance […]