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  • Battle for Liverpool FC – legal heavyweights line up | TheBusinessDeskblog.com
    bit as hostile as the twice yearly Premier League encounter between Liverpool and its great North West rival Manchester United The astonishing events over the last 24 hours have seen the club s unpopular American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks try and oust two of their employees MD Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre is a desperate move to retain control This matter is legal battle number one which in terms of the future of this venerable footballing institution is merely a skirmish compared to the second matter namely whether the board can agree to sell the club to New England Sports Ventures without the consent of the owners Squaring up are Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May which is representing the Liverpool itself while the London offices of American firm Wiel Gotshal Manges are acting for Hicks and Gillett Shearman Sterling meanwhile are acting for the acquirer NESV With situation resembling a particularly vicious custody battle in a TV soap opera plot one can but hope for the sake of the club and its fans that the matter is resolved speedily Although football is a multi million pound business it s so much more than that to the fans and that is something Hicks and Gillett will do well to remember Share and Enjoy Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Submit Comment Search Recent Posts Jaguar Land Rover the new industrial saviour Positive outlook makes refreshing change at The Business of the Economy Why I m stumped by ECB decision Engine plant provides the spark for growth Why business as usual is a fatal response to Birmingham s riots Categories Select Category TheBusinessDesk com News Economics Sport Property North West Retail Events Manufacturing Uncategorized Airlines Arnold

    Original URL path: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/blog/?p=814 (2016-02-01)
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  • What would the Humphreys think? | TheBusinessDeskblog.com
    both Umbro and Adidas to land many of the most prestigious kit deals and endorsements including deals with Manchester United and the Brazilian national side What Nike didn t have however was a heritage or history within the game and that is essentially what it has bought The Cheshire based company boasts a formidable back catalogue in the 1966 world cup 15 of the 16 teams wore Umbro kits and at the time Umbro represented around 85 of top flight English league sides Nike s idea has been to leverage this heritage to develop a football fashion brand that appeals to terrace culture but some within Umbro fear that this could lead to it becoming a second tier sub brand with Nike being pushed forward as the sports performance brand and keeping the top clubs within its own portfolio While this can t be ruled out the early signs are that Nike is actually proving to be a better custodian of Umbro than many of its recent owners whose attempts to drive volumes led to deals being done where too many of its products ended up in the bargain bins of the major UK sportswear retailers The new owners have engaged much more closely with Manchester s creative community moving its design office into the heart of the northern quarter offering bursaries to emerging creative talent and using many of the city s agencies for its campaigns Umbro s new kit design for the New York Cosmos It is also turning out some interesting work witness the new England kit designed by Peter Saville http bit ly cHx9KX and the kit created for the resurrected New York Cosmos http bit ly ciFnTM whom chief marketing officer Trevor Cairms described as being unquestionably the world s coolest football club when they

    Original URL path: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/blog/?p=785 (2016-02-01)
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  • Common Sense – Part 2: NW a safe bet for 2018 | TheBusinessDeskblog.com
    where both Liverpool and Everton need to resolve matters financial and logistical and resolve the issues surrounding their proposed moves I m confident both cities will win the day but not quite so sure that England will persuade FIFA that 2018 has to come to these shores Share and Enjoy Comments 4 yangın söndürme says June 27 2013 at 9 14 am Nice post I used to be checking continuously this blog and I m impressed Very useful info particularly the ultimate phase I deal with such info much I was seeking this particular information for a long time Thank you and best of luck Ronaldo says April 17 2014 at 10 58 pm I usually pick all my comcis from a local comcis shop in Harrow I did try using online ordering and Mega City Comics in Camden were quite good OK Comics are also good but are based in Leeds but they will mail stuff and not too expensive We placed an order with The Comic Guru in Cardiff on 27th September and the package still hasn t arrived even though it was mailed a fortnight ago and was supposedly sent by Special delivery I had ordered mainly back issues and gaps I needed to fill in my collection but had hoped that if I had a good experience to use regularly for some indies My attempts to get a refund have so far gone unanswered paid by credit card although to be fair I only sent the formal request two days ago by e mail Maria says February 22 2015 at 10 01 am Maon U Dali I am a die hard Liverpool fan as well as less die hard than Liverpool fan of your blog At first I feel very incensed with your 19 post and I could fully undarstend how ramsyll feel and I almost wanted to forward all the nastiest words on this planet I can think of towards your site to vent my frustration as you know I did not phews After seeing your honesty and gut of publishing whatever ramsyll s nasty replies resort to greeting your beloved parents etc that I won t do as the most I will call you hum sup only instead of hiding or deleting them you earn my respect and I just want to ask for a sumple favour from Moan U Dali Do not run away but face the music openly when one day Mighty Red thrash Red Devil in any future matches or when Mighty Red claim their 20th title whisper I know it is very tough but give me a moment to regain some dignity for all Liverpool fans ok You Will Never Blog Alone Bit says October 13 2015 at 9 16 pm and not but it does tell us that your intellect is seosruily flawed when mixing biz pleasure Your family virtues is also questionable but I guess thats what up bringing is all about to call one person names it

    Original URL path: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/blog/?p=263 (2016-02-01)
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  • Ian Briggs on the footballing good guys | TheBusinessDeskblog.com
    the atmosphere made me wonder how almost overwhelming it must be to play in front of a 40 000 strong crowd at stadiums such as this My own phenomenal performance aside I wasn t going to say anything else was I in a narrow 3 2 defeat there were several aspects to the day which stood out above all others In this era of modern day footballers earning millions of pounds a year through salaries endorsements and big money transfers the perception of stars giving something back to the community has at best dwindled and at worst almost died But the star names who turned out for the match showed that some footballers do still have a heart Recently retired Dean Windass played the full 90 minutes after apparently threatening not to play at all if he was substituted at any point while Craig Hignett and Leeds United manager Simon Grayson also took part The trio all played thanks to the help of Bradford City legend John Hendrie another who defies the modern day culture of excess while Rupert Visick of Leeds industrial property agent Gent Visick and Ian Elsworth of Stirling Investments put in dozens of unpaid hours getting the game and dinner off the ground Referee Martin Atkinson flew in from Milan where he had officiated Inter Milan against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League earlier in the week to control the game a great gesture from a leading figure in his field Coupled with a dinner after the match which raised more than 22 000 for charity and which was attended by 500 senior business figures the event summarised the region s business communities well known generous traits as well as reiterating to this correspondent that football does still have a few good guys Share and Enjoy

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  • Football finance: It’s a rich man’s game | TheBusinessDeskblog.com
    trophy and perhaps public adulation Roman Abramovich changed all that with his buyout of Chelsea and since then a Premier League football club has become a de rigeur accessory for mega rich investors from across the world The sums of money involved in football are truly eye watering in just one year Sheikh Mansour the Abu Dhabi based owner of Manchester City has spent more than 200m to make the team competitive with the established and successful names in the Premier League Arsenal Chelsea Liverpool and Manchester United I m not complaining as a City season ticket holder I warmly embrace the new regime at Eastlands but I am am intrigued as to where it s going to end Abramovich was two years ago by far and away football s richest man but is now a distant third behind Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and Sheikh Mansour As football continues to attract such monied backers there will surely be a disconnect between those clubs who are acquired by a billionaire owner and those who are merely owned by the very rich Manchester City s ship looks to have come in at last and I just wonder who ll be next George Soros in at Gigg Lane or maybe Bill Gates at the Reebok Stadium Share and Enjoy Comments 1 Carie Sideris says October 12 2013 at 12 23 pm I had been just seeking this data for a long time Red carpet a long time involving ongoing Googleing ultimately I managed to get it in your web site I wonder is there a insufficient Search engines method that don t rank this kind of educational web sites inside the top of checklist Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Submit

    Original URL path: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/blog/?p=42 (2016-02-01)
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  • The Big City Plan: a fresh start or another false dawn? | TheBusinessDeskblog.com
    different approach That means a focus on the detailed planning picture within each of the city s key quarters of which of course there are way more than four and long overdue emphasis on delivery Mike Whitby wants Birmingham to pioneer ADZs Accelerated Development Zones or TIFs Tax Increment Finance schemes in the city and use revenues from business rates to fund grand schemes like the Big City Plan This connection between vision and delivery is much to be welcomed in these cash strapped times as is the distinctly different tone that surrounded this launch Gone are the days of spin and hyperbole replaced by a grittier Brummier determination to get the job done The star of the show was development director Waheed Nazir city born and bred whose workmanlike touch is evident on every page of the latest plan So has Birmingham just changed its mind again about the future and adopted another set of ridiculous dreams I don t think so There s a real pragmatism about this new approach and the groundwork of the past three years provides a solid foundation for what comes next In my view there is a real opportunity for both the public sector and business and not just the property sector to come together and make this Moat Square and wholesale markets redevelopment as envisioned in the Big City Plan region s capital fulfil its promise at last Share and Enjoy Comments 1 James Rock says September 30 2010 at 8 44 am I share your thoughts about the new plan It is much more pragmatic which is important given the constraints of the current economic situation I also think it is much more focused on Doing which is what most people want to see Ideas and visions are a necessary part

    Original URL path: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/blog/?p=747 (2016-02-01)
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  • David Parkin on why our major cities have joined the MIPIM party | TheBusinessDeskblog.com
    here in 2010 because its host of corporate sponsors haven t headed to the hills despite the economic climate It seems to have embraced the European approach to MIPIM where local authorities are asked why they aren t going rather than the more common question from those in the UK who are asked why they are This year Liverpool has continued to raise its profile with a stand and an impressive boat moored along the quayside where it has been hosting events all week long It takes a serious slug of cash to gain such a presence at this expensive property bunfight but it is the clearest way to say We re open for business Birmingham keen to underline its second city status has been busy here this week with council leader Mike Whitby in energetic form highlighting the continuing investment opportunities it can offer Other cities have also stepped up to the plate to enjoy high profile here Coventry has its branding plastered all over the entrance to one of the major hotels while Nottingham joins Liverpool as perhaps the only other English city with a boat at Cannes Yorkshire s presence has been lower profile small teams from Hull and Sheffield have been out here this week The Leeds City Region a five strong local authority partnership from Leeds Bradford Wakefield Calderdale and Kirklees has been here for the first time and has a major stand in the conference hall Where Leeds once had a 100 ft boat and Bradford a prominent apartment opposite the beach there is no presence this year for Yorkshire outside the conference hall Both were achieved thanks to the backing of private sector partners and given the economic climate local authorities were unwilling to underwrite the high cost of adopting a higher profile

    Original URL path: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/blog/?p=371 (2016-02-01)
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  • In pursuit of John Whittaker | TheBusinessDeskblog.com
    mark the completion of its first building at MediaCity in Salford a Peel development He s talking to two people all I need to do is break into their conversation and introduce myself Earlier I d seen Andrew Bounds of Financial Times What are the chances of getting a word with John Whittaker I d asked I doubt it he said before heading into the throng It s true the chances are slim but you never know Sporting a raffish new moustache Whittaker might be something of a raconteur eager to detail his world beating plans This is my chance I step forward but before I can meet Whittaker s eye one of his companions turns and blocks my path As he does this he shakes my hand but it s not a greeting He s using my arm to steer me away while at the same time smiling enthusiastically It s a slick move I have made a schoolboy error I ve approached Whittaker in the presence of Paul Newman a senior Peel employee and a formidable public relations operator As head of communications at MediaCity he s one of the firm s top PR people He also spent years as a broadcast journalist before joining the Football Association as director of communications Damn He s smiling and talking and thwarting Mr Whittaker isn t doing any interviews You can speak to Bryan Gray if you want I retreat to the buffet table and skulk around for a few minutes when I see Andrew Bounds again He s talking to someone hang on I recognise that moustache He s talking to John Whittaker Share and Enjoy Comments 1 Andy Bounds Online says May 1 2014 at 6 18 pm But here s the aim It doesn t entity whether

    Original URL path: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/blog/?p=64 (2016-02-01)
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