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HS2 launches public consultations on plans to extend the railway North

Plans for the development of Britain’s new high speed railway between the Midlands and the North moved a step closer today, as HS2 Ltd revealed more detailed design proposals. Construction of the Phase One route between Birmingham and London is now well underway with 7,000 jobs already supported through the project.

Vantage Motor Group acquires Toyota and Lexus in Wolverhmapton

Vantage Motor Group has acquired the Toyota and Lexus businesses of Charles Clark Motors in Wolverhampton to cement its brand representation in the West Midlands. The group already has Toyota centres in Tamworth, Solihull and Birmingham where it also has a Lexus dealership. Vantage, which is headquartered in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

North West expansion for Yorkshire-based bathroom and tile firm

Leeds-headquartered bathroom and tile supplier Easy Bathrooms has expanded with the launch of its first showroom in the North West, following £200,000 investment. The 10,000 sq ft retail premises in Chester opened last month and is the company’s 13th base nationwide. The launch will add six full-time employees to its 70-strong

Specialist team to advise property owners affected by HS2 route

Pictured is Paul Long   Scanlans has formed a specialist team to advise Yorkshire homeowners and business people whose properties face being blighted or demolished because of the HS2 high-speed rail scheme. Experts based in the property management and surveying firm’s Leeds office will negotiate with the relevant authorities to secure compensation for

Bayfields’ national vision one step closer with double acquisition

Leeds-based Bayfields Opticians has confirmed the acquisition of two new practices, further extending its reach across the UK.   The first of these acquisitions is M.Procter Opticians, a long established and well-respected practice in Harrogate.  The business, which operated on a single site, will be rebranded as Bayfields, in line with the

Hunters join forces in The West Midlands

Hunters Property Group, the 105-branch national estate and lettings agents has today announced a merger with Hunters Group Limited, based in the West Midlands. The two businesses will combine to become one of the top brands across the UK, conducting around 10,000 sales and lettings transactions annually.  Both businesses were established

Meridian appoints Toyota/Lexus brand director

Yorkshire-based Meridian Motor Group, which trades under the Vantage brand, has appointed Jon Banner as Brand Director to help the group develop the business following a period of record growth and expansion. Previously General Manager of Network Development at Toyota GB, Jon will be responsible for managing ten Vantage Toyota Centres

Barnsley Businesswoman Scoops Gold

Elizabeth Hudson, a director at Cream Consultancy, has been named gold winner of the Outstanding Young Communicator award in the 2013 Yorkshire and Lincolnshire CIPR PRide Awards. The CIPR PRide Awards recognise outstanding public relations in the UK regions and nations. Elizabeth, 31, who has worked for agencies in London and the

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