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World Design Summit Montreal

Chrissie and Mike at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, the venue for the World Design Summit.
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Luxury Apartments approved in Alderley Edge Conservation Area

Mike Gibson of Connectivity Associates has secured planning permission for luxury apartments in Alderley Edge.   The proposal, approved by Cheshire East’s Northern Planning Committee, involves the demolition of a building in the conservation area and its replacement with a building of contemporary design which proved to be controversial.  The approved scheme was the result […]
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Don’t try to sell me an oil tanker

Last week I went to an Enterprise Day at All Hallows School In Salford organised by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It was a great event where teams of pupils act as manufacturers whilst business people volunteer to be potential customers. The teams manufacture a variety of products from a range paper templates, such as vans, […]
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Time Management advice goes national

Chrissie had an article printed in a national professional magazine. She was invited to write advice on Time Management for The Planner – click here to read the article Chrissie runs Time Management workshops for companies, universities, charities and professional institutes. “Very useful, very practical.” “One of the most useful sessions I’ve been to in a while!” […]
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Ulverston supermarket scheme approved again

Mike Gibson, planning consultant for the applicant, Robinson’s, secured planning permission for a second time for a controversial supermarket development in Ulverston. South Lakeland’s Planning Committee voted to approve the application with an overwhelming majority of 14 to 1.  Addressing the Committee, Mike explained that the scheme has the support of the Council Officers, English […]
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Time Management: helping the public sector make the most of scarce resources

Yesterday I ran a Time Management workshop for Southwark Council. They were a really good group, see their comments. “Lively and engaging delivery and just enough interaction and group work.” “Positive and interesting course.” “Enjoyed the course.” “Enjoyed it, the speaker was good.”  
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Mike attends meeting with Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office

Mike attends meeting with Francis Maude MP to let him know about the concerns businesses have and asks for government help to overcome the problems. See article  
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Offices to housing

The Government today announced new measures which allow offices to be converted into houses and flats without the need for planning permission. However, this is to last only for a limited period of three years. See  Mike’s article in the Greater Manchester Chamber News. If you need advice on your property contact us.
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Increased investment in training

The service sector reports a three-point increase in training investment to +16%, the highest recorded since the first quarter of 2008. Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey Quarter 4 – 2012 Service sector companies are seeing the value of training and are investing in training their staff. Make sure that your company is […]
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New rules to streamline planning applications

Following consultation in the autumn, new rules will come into effect at the end of this month which will remove the national requirement to submit, with outline applications, details relating to layout and scale of development, where these matters are reserved for subsequent approval. Also under the new rules, a Council must review its local […]
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