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Issue:- 16 January 2015

£2bn boost for North West PLCs

THE North West's listed companies enjoyed a stellar end to 2014, adding almost £2bn to their collective market capitalisation, according to new research from Deloitte. The advisory firm's latest:- 'North West Share Index' report reveals that public companies in the region grew at an average of 7.39% As a result, their collective market cap swelled to £25bn; a high for the year; with each company gaining an average of £24m. The strongest performing company in the North West during the final quarter was 'Outsourcery', headed by Dragons' Den star Piers Linney. Following a lucrative deal struck with Microsoft in November 2014, the business saw its market cap grow by 94.80% in Q4.  Similarly, online home appliances retailer '' saw growth of 49.04%, while primary care property business 'Assura', aided by a £180m share issue, showed strong quarter on quarter growth to increase its value by 92.46% in Q4. The region's largest listed companies, those on the FTSE350, mirrored the strong performance of the North West as a whole, with 6 of the 9 experiencing market cap increases totalling £1.5bn. Of these, 4 saw a surge of more than 10%, with chemicals producer 'Victrex' increasing its market cap by 29.64%, and water services provider 'United Utilities' adding over £736m to its value.

Chris Robertson, partner in charge of PLC activity at Deloitte in the North West, said:- "2014 was a landmark year for the North West, with a number of investment plans announced for the medium to long term. This had the impact of drawing some of the Country's largest financial institutions up North, with both Numis and Secure Trust Bank making the move to Manchester.  It's therefore going to be an exciting year for businesses based in the North. With this in mind, it is pleasing to see the North West's listed businesses performing so well, underlining the enormous potential in the region.  It is also encouraging to see some of the newer listed companies witnessing market cap growth, with the likes of 4D Pharma, and Premaitha Health all experiencing strong increases. This demonstrates that the public markets remain a viable option to businesses, and we expect a busy year in the capital markets ahead.  With further investment promised from the government to go towards creating a Northern Powerhouse, the North's listed companies are now in prime position to take advantage of favourable conditions."

European Arrest Warrant for the murder of PC Neil Doyle has been issued

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a 30 year old man who is wanted on a European Arrest Warrant for the murder of PC Neil Doyle. Timmy Donovan, who is also known as Timmy O'Sullivan, is originally from the Huyton area and has connections with Childwall in Liverpool. He is understood to have left the UK at about:- 8.30pm on Friday, 19 December 2015, through the Eurotunnel and officers believe he was driving a 5 door grey Mercedes A180 (registration YE62 NWG). Donovan is described as 5ft 8in tall, broad build, with dark brown hair and blue eyes and has a Liverpool accent. Detectives believe that Donovan is in Europe, possibly Spain, and are working with the National Crime Agency, Europol and European police forces in a bid to locate him. Officers are appealing to Timmy Donovan, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts, to contact the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Major Crime Unit on:- 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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