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Furniture maker Tetrad, based in Preston for almost five decades, has been recently acquired by a NorthEdge Capital – backed counterpart.

Established 45 years ago, Tetrad specialises in the manufacture of quality sofas, chairs and stools and has annual turnover of £17m. Following the takeover by Belfield Furnishings, products will continue to be made at the Swan Street facility, using the finest materials available and will be sold through the existing sales channels.

The legal battle surrounding the ‘gig economy’ rages on. We’ve had an election where the party in the ascendency pledged to ban zero-hours contracts, Uber lost a landmark case which ruled against its argument that its drivers were self-employed  and Pimlico Plumbers recently lost an appeal over a similar ruling.

Now it seems that Deliveroo could be the next domino to fall. The direction of travel in the case law has been very much in favour of workers. Rightly or wrongly, it looks likely that the Deliveroo verdict will go much the same way.

We have seen dramatic changes and rapid developments for businesses in Manchester over the last ten years. Many start-ups, investors and entrepreneurs are coming to the North to invest in new ventures, build up new connections and tap into the flourishing market and opportunities the city has to offer.

Manchester has managed to create buzz around young business entrepreneurs and has its eye on becoming the UK’s tech capital. 

In 2016 we had the exciting opportunity to support Prolific North on the first Inspired Spaces North campaign, which proved to be a huge success across the digital and creative sector, in fact it was such a hit that it’s back bigger than ever for 2017!

St Ann’s Hospice has appointed commercial law firm Brabners to provide business advice and support to its Greater Manchester-based team.

Following a competitive tender process, the North West law firm was chosen to support the charity with a range of specialist advice, including charity and employment law, property, wills and probate, and commercial contracts.

In his latest video Brabners’ Partner and Head of Healthcare, Richard Hough gives a brief overview of the firm’s unique approach to the Healthcare sector.

Due to the national funding cuts in the recent years many healthcare professionals are having to reassess and look at different cost effective ways of providing healthcare services, which means the traditional model is now changing.

Eamonn O’Neal is the Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice. He’ll be speaking at the Hospice Movement Update: Ask the expert event on 22nd June, talking about collaboration amongst hospices. Here he tells us why working together is so important for the sector.

Commercial law firm Brabners has appointed partner Steven Appleton to head up the firm’s private client practice in Manchester.

Steven has specialised in this field for more than 11 years and brings with him a wealth of experience in all aspects of private client law, including wills, trusts, tax planning, lasting powers of attorney, probate and court of protection work. He joins the firm from Laytons where he was a partner.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised NF Football Investments Limited on its acquisition of Nottingham Forest Football Club in a deal approved by the Football League.

NF Football Investments, led by Evangelos Marinakis, owner of Olympiacos Football Club in Greece, and business partner Socrates Kominakis, will acquire the entire share capital of Nottingham Forest Football Club for an undisclosed sum.

The deal provides an exit for current chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, who has owned the club since 2012.

Nestle’s latest attempt to trade mark the KitKat’s shape was thwarted after a Court of Appeal in London ruled that the confectionary giant does not have an exclusive claim to the four-fingered design.  
Colin Bell, partner and head of intellectual property at Brabners, said: “The decision, while undoubtedly disappointing for Nestle, is perhaps not surprising. The decision is likely to have been a tight call that resulted from Nestle failing to prove that it is using the four-finger shape sufficiently as a trade mark as part of the KitKat brand.