Praise for businesses coming out of lockdown

Retail and hospitality businesses across the borough have come in for high praise, after a successful first reopening weekend since lockdown measures eased. More than 100 licensed premises across the borough opened for business, providing outside dining and drinking last week, with the majority returning on Monday 12 April.    During this time, St Helens Borough Council has […]

Welcome Back! Manchester celebrates as people flock back to city centre

A week on from the national easing of lockdown and latest figures show Manchester’s businesses have welcomed back visitors in their thousands as the hospitality industry and shops reopened last Monday for the first time since Christmas. The City Council has been working closely with CityCo, Manchester Business Improvement District, and the city’s businesses throughout […]

Local businesses encouraged to help Kickstart young people into work

Local businesses are being offered the opportunity to gain financial support by creating a job placement for talented young adults as part of a national initiative backed by St Helens Borough Council. The government’s Kickstart scheme provides funding to employers to create six-month job placements for 16 to 24-year olds on Universal Credit at risk of […]

Strategic Director of Development to move on from the Council

Louise Wyman who has held the post for the last year has announced that she will leave Manchester City Council at the end of April. Louise took up the role during the first lockdown and has been responsible for the city’s strategic development resilience throughout the pandemic, and has led the response to Covid developing […]


As England moves to Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown on Monday 12 April, there will be a number of changes to Council buildings and services. Libraries All four Halton libraries reopen on Monday with the same safety procedures as were previously in place: Face coverings must be worn (if not exempt); […]

Warrington town centre gears up for reopening

Local people are being encouraged to take practical steps to enjoy a COVID safe visit to the town centre, as shops and outdoor hospitality venues prepare to reopen. On 12 April, “step 2” of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown comes into effect. This means arange of businesses will be opening their doors once more […]

Warrington Market is back in business

The full line-up of traders will finally reopen at Warrington Market from Monday 12 April, with outdoor dining returning to Cookhouse. As the national restrictions on non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality ease from next week, customers will be able to enjoy the full range of traders available at the market for the first time since […]

Cheshire Constabulary urges residents to stay safe ahead of further coronavirus restrictions

Cheshire Constabulary is urging residents to stay safe ahead of further relaxation of coronavirus restrictions next week. From Monday 12 April, England will move into Step Two of the Government’s roadmap which will see the reopening of businesses such as non-essential shops, hairdressers, beauty salons and outdoor hospitality. This means that cafés, pubs and restaurants […]

Liverpool-based production tops Netflix charts

Liverpool-based production The Irregulars has topped the Netflix charts in its premiere week of worldwide streaming. The highly anticipated supernatural Sherlockian spin-off is set in Victorian London, but the majority of filming took place across the Liverpool City Region. Liverpool’s picturesque Georgian Quarter has been immortalised as the iconic 221B Baker Street, with Croxteth Hall, St George’s Hall, Liverpool […]