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<b>Thursday 16 April:</b> Stockport is first for business, late lecturer helpline for students and schools go bananas over peppers

Published on April 16th 2009.

DEMAND FOR OFFICES IN STOCKPORT is growing despite the economic downturn. It is set to be the North West's biggest office location due to its good connectivity with main line rail stations, motorway links and proximity to airport, said consultancy DTZ. BAM Properties is going ahead with its £13m office development at St Peter's Square.

MEN MEDIA and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have reached a deal to halt industrial action and introduce a new pay grade for its journalists. The total number of job losses across the MEN and its 22 weeklies will be 70, eight fewer than initially planned. All 36 redundancies in the weeklies will be voluntary, while 11 at the MEN will be compulsory. All MEN Media journalists will be based in Scott Place, Manchester by early October 2009.

STUDENTS CAN REPORT THEIR LECTURERS to a hotline if they are more than 10 minutes late. Manchester Metropolitan University's student union set up the special text messaging service for disgruntled students kept waiting for their lectures. The initiative was triggered by a number of complaints from students and has been welcomed by deputy vice-chancellor Kevin Bonnett.

BANANAS HAVE BEEN REMOVED from primary school lunch menus because they are too expensive. Peppers were also removed because those available were of poor quality, said catering chiefs in Wigan council. They claim wholesale price of bananas had more than doubled recently, and peppers were of 'unacceptable quality' because of a gap in the Dutch and Spanish growing seasons.

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

CliveApril 16th 2009.

Dear Foolish Ape, somebody's definitely slipped up there.

AnonymousApril 16th 2009.

sorry about that, my last comment was utter bullsh!t

AnonymousApril 16th 2009.

Er..NO! he is quite right.

foolish apeApril 16th 2009.

Is anybody else getting a little tired of jaybee's ability to interject mention of his poor, unjustly-maligned BNP into just about any comment?

AnonymousApril 16th 2009.

.....my previous argument, therefore, still stands ;-)

jaybeeApril 16th 2009.

MEN 'journalists' losing their jobs? Hurrah.99.9% of them have no principles or open-minds when it comes to political reporting.Indeed most of them live in cloud-cuckoo land and print ready made statements from the loony-left against the BNP. Against the BNP, well that's alright then..isn't it?Well no, it's not really. Fair reporting is a must in a supposed democracy, but most lefty journo's have no idea of the word 'fairness'. Well,now that the unelected Brown has apologised for the smearsgate scandal perhaps Cameron will stop milking it for all its worth. He should remember he too is part of the dirty-tricks campaign against the BNP by sponsoring the UAF gang, ( United Anti-white Fascists ) that distributes juvenile anti-BNP smear leaflets and attacks its lawful election campaigns.Didn't do them much good in Moston last week though, did it?The Tory vote collapsed, so too £abours..down a massive 11%... the Libs picked up a bit but the BNP came from nowhere to claim 23.3%, lets not forget the poor Greens. Down from 246 last May to a sad 74.What would you expect when its party leader, Caroline Lucas, twitters " those who fly abroad on holiday are on a par with thugs who stab people". Bye Bye Greens.

AnonymousApril 16th 2009.

on stockport, dtz say, "It is set to be the North West's biggest office location due to its good connectivity with main line rail stations, motorway links and proximity to airport" - the truth is... its a great deal cheaper than trafford park & manchester, and i think thats pretty much the crux of it!

JinkiesApril 16th 2009.

Don't forget the massive amount of locals that are properly qualified to work in call centres, I think that helps as well.

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