Crusade spotlights our local markets

Shoppers can enjoy specialist craft markets, street theatre, face-painting and magic as part of a fortnight shining a spotlight on a key part of the local retail scene.

Moto are warning people to expect more traffic than usual

M6 closures to take place next week

The M6 is scheduled to close for two consecutive nights to allow essential work to be carried out to a footbridge, says a motorway service provider.

Primark set to launch bridal collection

Here comes the bride... all dressed in Primark apparently.
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Northern have said they will be running 40% of its services and more than 300 bus replacement buses.

Rail users in the north west hit by 24-hour strike

Rail travellers across the north west have been hit by train strikes as Northern employees walked-out in a dispute over the role of guards.

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Over-50s are mired in debt, according to a survey

Squeezed over-50s flounder in massive debts

The average “squeezed” 50-something has more in debts than savings, according to a new survey.

Members of The Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) at the former Kenyon junction rail station.
 Left to right coun James Grundy, Ed Thwaite, Ray Bent and landowner John Fallon

New hopes for railway station

Hopes are rising that plans to reconnect parts of the borough to the rail network have moved a small step closer.

Lloyds' branch in Tyldesley will close in August. Pic: Google Street View

High street blow as bank shuts branch

The high street has suffered another blow after Lloyds Bank announced one of its local branches will shut later this year.

Sweet taste of Brexit for chocolate exporters

Sweet taste of Brexit for chocolate exporters

Chocolatiers are hitting the sweet spot this Easter, with new figures showing the Brexit-battered pound is helping boost overseas demand for British chocolate and fuelling a surge in exports.

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Wonga data breach could affect 245,00 UK customers

Payday loan company Wonga has suffered a data breach which could have affected nearly a quarter of a million UK customers.

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Andy Burnham

Pledge to tackle bully tactics of big businesses

Labour’s candidate for Greater Manchester mayor has pledged a crackdown on unscrupulous business bosses holding back payments to smaller firms.

David Pipe believes Randox Health Grand National favourite Vieux Lion Rouge "ticks a lot of the boxes" ahead of the world's greatest steeplechase at Aintree on Saturday

Grand National travel trouble for passengers on strike day

Rail passengers heading to one of the region’s biggest sports fixtures will face major disruption after timetables for a day of strike action this weekend were revealed.

Wigan Council accepts just under 50 per cent of appeals

Half of parking ticket challenges succeed

The likelihood of getting off a parking fine depends on which area of the country drivers get a ticket, with some councils approving as few as one in 10 challenges while others accept nearly every appeal.

When did you last nip to the local?

It’s Community Pubs Month: Here’s why your local boozer is important

Over 20 million pints are drank in Britain every single day. If you’re one of the millions having a post-work pint tonight, you’ll be well aware at the increasing number of local pubs calling last orders for good, with around 27 allegedly closing each week.

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Over one million UK homeowners on wrong mortgage deal

Over 1.1 million UK homeowners are sitting on the wrong mortgage deal and wasting over £2,500 every year according to latest research.
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No matter which sector you chose, your job may not be secure, say union bosses

Nearly half of jobs in the North West ‘insecure’

Nearly half of jobs created in the North West since 2011 have been in insecure work, according to new analysis published by the TUC today.

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Yvonne Fovargue

Pension scheme meeting booked

Trustees of the mineworkers’ pension scheme (MPS) have agreed to meet with MPs, raising hopes the terms of the fund could be reformed.


BUDGET 2017: As it happened

What did the Budget hold for Lancashire?
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BUDGET 2017: What will the Budget hold for Lancashire?

BUDGET 2017: What will the Budget hold for Lancashire?

Businesses and households across Lancashire were today eagerly awaiting Chancellor Philip Hammond’s last ever Spring Budget.

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A photo from a tweet by @MarkUmpl of his malfunctioning SSE smart meter. Big Six provider SSE said it had launched an urgent investigation into the errant devices, one of which warned a customer they had bust their daily budget by nearly three million per cent.

£33,000 for just one day's power! Energy giant apologises over malfunctioning smart meters

Shocked customers of a major energy company have received an apology after malfunctioning smart meters said they would be charged up to £33,000 for one day's power.

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Construction apprentices

Celebration of apprenticeships reaches a decade

The borough is once again taking part in the annual event celebrating all that is good about apprenticeships.

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