Month: March 2023

The Manchester vintage shop ‘popping up’ in an old bank to beat energy costs

A Manchester vintage shop has moved to an old bank – which is also home to an art gallery – to help beat rising energy costs. Lily Vintage, which is currently based at RAG gallery on Wilbraham Road in Chorlton, has been operating on a pop-up basis since it moved from Fallowfield in early 2022. […]

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Grassroot Manchester music venues look for increased support from City Council review

Manchester City Council has announced it will be launching an independent review into how to best support grassroot music venues across the city. With plans revealed on March 20, the review will begin in April and will be overseen by Manchester Music City (MMC), an organisation which aims to support these small and medium-sized venues. […]

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Explainer: Boris Johnson, Partygate and the importance of cheese and wine

The term ‘Partygate’ has been ever-present in the UK political dialogue over the past year, but what is it and why is it important? Simply put – Partygate refers to the political scandal over a series of gatherings (or parties) that were held by government staff during the COVID-19 lockdown between 2020-2021. The highest level […]

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Boris Johnson faces intense questioning from MP committee over lockdown social gatherings

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today been the subject of questioning and scrutiny regarding the ‘Partygate’ scandal. During the Coronavirus pandemic, Johnson, amongst other MPs and Downing Street staff, were accused of breaching government restrictions at a number of gatherings. A committee made up of MPs have put forward questions about Johnson’s gatherings which […]

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UEFA’s 70% rule: How would it impact on Premier League clubs?

UEFA’s proposed limiting of club spending on wages and transfers to a percentage of their revenue in a given season could actually hinder competition. The European governing body have put forward proposals for a 70% cap on spending in these areas, slated to come into force in 2025, and various club owners, including Liverpool’s John […]

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Manchester trader combats fast fashion with swap shop

Manchester shop Beg Steal and Borrow, have been tackling fast fashion issues with clothes swap initiatives.   A swap shop is being held at Feel Good Club in Northern Quarter from 2pm – 6pm this Sunday 26 March.   Erin Thomas, CEO of the store, believes that “second hand is the way forward” and has embarked […]

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‘From the Art of Salford’: an exhibition capable of filling a southerner with Salfordian nostalgia

Having lived in Salford for just six months, it’s difficult to feel an established sense of identity within the city. I walk through the shopping centre almost every day, enjoy venturing out to local greenspaces such as Kersal Wetlands and Peel Park, and often spend my weekends exploring new areas of the city. However, I […]

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Frustration as Manchester Night & Day Café noise decision pushed back again

Oldham Street’s Night & Day Cafe has been faced with another adjournment of the noise abatement notice, in what was supposed to be a week that provided clarity for the venue owners. It is the second time that proceedings have been adjourned after a three-day hearing in January also failed to result in a breakthrough […]

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Trafford Council accredited as Real Living Wage employer during Cost of Living Crisis

Trafford Council has been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation in a bid to pay its staff a wage reflective of real living expenses. Since January 2023, the council adopted the Real Living Wage rate of £10.90 per hour for 320 school and authority staff. Yesterday, the council revealed that it had been officially accredited […]

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Wigan Athletic chairman offers apology to fans after three point deduction by EFL

The chairman of Wigan Athletic has admitted that “mistakes were made” in the wake of a three point deduction handed to the club by the English Football League. In a statement made on March 21, Talal Al Hammad apologised to Wigan fans, adding that he and the club’s management “are working to put things right”. […]

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