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Entrepreneurs from across the North West gathered in Manchester to pitch their business ideas to a group of investors who are offering funding to companies that are finding it difficult to access bank finance.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised Platts Harris Limited, which is part of Lookers plc, on the acquisition of the business and assets of Golf and Turf Machinery.

Platts Harris Limited's main activities are the sales, service and parts supply of agricultural, construction and groundcare machinery, covering the counties of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, part of South Yorkshire and West Lincolnshire. The management team is made up of Simon Wilson, Ken Holmes and Kevin Petley.

In today's Autumn Statement, two tax announcements were made by the Chancellor George Osborne as part of the Government's vision to make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business:

1. The Government is introducing the new Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) to encourage investment in new start up companies. This will be in addition to Enterprise Investment Scheme and Venture Capital Trusts which are currently available to individuals.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised expanding nursery group All About Children Limited, on eight acquisitions over the last twelve months.

All About Children was set up by entrepreneur Russell Ford, the former chief executive of Asquith Nurseries. All eight nurseries are situated in the Midlands and the South East, with the latest acquisitions being from international educational consultancy and not-for-profit organisation, CfBT Education Trust. 

Begbies Traynor Group plc (the “Group”), the specialist professional services consultancy, today announces it has completed the sale of Red Flag A!ert LLP, which operates the Red Flag Alert credit risk database that enables subscribers to target, assess and monitor the performance of customers, suppliers and competitors.

Manchester's first city centre BNI chapter, BNI Rylands, has appointed Simon Lewis from law firm Brabners Chaffe Street as Chapter Director.

BNI (standing for Business Network International) is the world's largest word of mouth referral organisation and when launched in November 2011 BNI Rylands was the first chapter in Manchester city centre. Its members meet weekly to pass each other business opportunities through word of mouth referrals.

HISTORY was made today (Monday, April 2) with the signing and exchange of a landmark agreement for a nationally-important project to deliver the UK's first genuine spa hotel in more than a century.

The signing of a development agreement by landowners High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council with the Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Company is a major step forward towards the transformation of the iconic Grade 1 listed Crescent and adjoining Grade 2 listed Natural Baths and Pump Room in the famous Peak District town.

William Ngan, Chartered Tax Adviser and Corporate Associate at North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street comments:

Within the measures announced today by George Osborne in his Budget are:

• The improvement and reform of the Enterprise Management Incentives share option scheme (EMI)

• Entrepreneurs' Relief will be extended to capital gains on shares acquired through EMI.

Barbican Group Holdings Limited (“Barbican”), the Guernsey-headquartered insurance group, today announces the acquisition of Manchester-based Professional Indemnity Protect Ltd (“PI Protect”), a managing general agency (MGA). The PI Protect brand will be retained and the underwriting team will remain in Manchester and will become the focal point for the development of Barbican's UK regional professional indemnity underwriting business.

Lawyers from leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street and corporate finance advisors from partner firm Brabners Stuart have volunteered to mentor local school children as they prepare to take part in the final of the Great Enterprise Challenge.