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More than £1,000 was raised when individuals from law firm Brabners took part in a sponsored sleep out in aid of the homeless charity Crisis.

Several people at the firm agreed to give up their time (and their warm beds) to sleep-out in a basement car park in Manchester.

Commercial law firm Brabners has strengthened its commercial, intellectual property and sports practices with three new hires.

Victoria Trigwell joins the firm’s commercial and intellectual property team as an associate, alongside intellectual property and trademark administrator Ioana Ghiurco. Andrew McGregor has been hired as an associate in the sports practice.

Brabners is pleased to welcome the formal launch of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, a £400 million government backed fund, established to provide finance to SMEs located in the North of England. The new fund offers three different funding options for SMEs, micro finance (providing small business loans of £25,000 to £100,000), debt finance (providing larger business loans of £100,000 to £750,000) and equity finance (providing £50,000 to £2 million of equity funding).

We’re very excited to reveal our brand new partnership with Freshwalks City at MediaCity UK.

For those of you who don’t know, Freshwalks is the walking event that has been successfully connecting and revitalising business people through challenging Peak District hikes for the past couple of years. Its rising popularity – with over 500 registered walkers – led to the creation of a sister event earlier this year.

Brabners chairman and Wirral resident Stephen Burrows has been appointed as the next High Sheriff of Merseyside by the Queen. Stephen, who has been one of the county’s Deputy Lieutenants since 2014, said ‘it is a great privilege” to take up the role.

Mark Rathbone, partner and member of the supply chain and logistics sector at Brabners, said: “Detail on transport infrastructure was perhaps not as expansive as many businesses would have liked. The £90m for road improvements in the North will be welcome news for commuters and hauliers, though it is not a huge allocation given government’s plans to increase national infrastructure spend to 1.2% of GDP per annum.

Richard Roberts, partner and head of the retail sector at Brabners, said: “In the lead-up to the budget, organisations across the country were hoping for more details on how the government would cushion the blow of the business rates revaluation. To an extent, that’s what we got. The chancellor’s three-point plan, aimed at helping certain smaller businesses and those hardest hit, will be some comfort to SMEs in the South East that were fearing tax increases of up to 70%.

Mark Rathbone, partner and member of the supply chain and logistics sector at Brabners, said: “The Spring Budget represents a real opportunity for the Chancellor to flesh out his plan for transport infrastructure investment. The government has stated that 1.2% of GDP will be set aside annually. What we need now is a clear outline of how this money will be spent nationally and where.

The controversial business rates revaluation could encourage companies to swap premises in the South East for sites in the North, according to commercial law firm Brabners.

From next month, the government will adjust the rateable value of business properties to ‘reflect changes in the property market’. Rates are currently set according to the open market rental value of a property on April 1st 2008.

Critics of the revaluation say that it will lead to unsustainable tax increases in areas where property values have risen significantly, such as the South East.

Commercial law firm Brabners has announced its plans to raise money for charity with a marathon paddle, cycle and hike across the Lake District.

Lawyers from Brabners have organised their intensive Charity Challenge which will see them take on rival teams made up of clients and contacts in the full day event in aid of the firm’s nominated charity for 2017.