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Hundreds of jobs could be at risk at postal firm Whistl

Hundreds of jobs could be at risk at the postal firm Whistl.

The Dutch owned company, which operated as a competitor to Royal Mail, has suspended deliveries from its three sites in Merseyside, Greater Manchester and London.

The company says it's not yet certain that jobs will be lost, but some workers have said "as far as they're concerned they're being made redundant."

Postal firm sends staff home after services suspended

Hundreds of staff of the mail delivery company Whistl were sent home today from depots in Manchester after the service was suspended.

The Dutch-owned postal firm stopped deliveries after private equity backer LDC pulled out of funding to help expand the business.

There are about ten Whistl depots across Manchester and and estimated 800 staff locally are affected - including administration workers and delivery staff.

The company began operating in Manchester in 2013. So far it has has created more than 1,000 delivery jobs in the region, many for the young and long term unemployed.

It is believed that Whistl delivers around 26 per cent of all UK mail. The company has a large presence of posties in Manchester and Liverpool, which it expanded into recently.

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Workers at Sellafield vote for strike action

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More than a thousand construction workers at Sellafield have voted for strike action.

Unite union says the move follows a 10 month dispute over health and safety and a disagreement over the employment of a full-time shop steward.

Sellafield says the workers are contractors, employed by other companies, and their actions are not affecting safety or site operations.

Government criticised over HS2

The Government is being accused of failing to make a convincing case for the HS2 high-speed rail-link. A powerful House of Lords Committee says improving trans-Pennine links would be better for the economy...so would building the North West section before a link onwards to London. Lord Hollick is chair of the House of Lords Economic Affairs committee.

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Take a tour of the Liverpool hotel with a difference

The Bridewell prison closed down in 1997 Credit: ITV News.

One of Liverpool's oldest prisons is being turned into a luxury hotel.

The Bridewell prison closed down in 1997.

It was home to thousands of the city's criminals since the late 19th century.

It's got a unique history in Liverpool and there's nothing else like it."

– Lee Darwen, Operations Director.
How the cells have been transformed. Credit: ITV News.

Former prison to become luxury hotel

One of liverpool's historic prisons is to be turned into a hotel.

The Bridewell is 150 a fifty years old and has nearly 50 cells spread over four floors.

The last prisoners left more than 15 years ago but developers hope to welcome paying guests soon.

They plan to convert the Victorian Jail into an 85 room hotel.

Flights to resume to Isle of Man from Blackpool

Flights are resuming to the Isle of Man from Blackpool Airport next month. They stopped when the airport went out of business last year. Citywing will be reinstating double daily flights between the Isle of Man and Blackpool from 1st April 2015.

We are so pleased by this positive conclusion to our negotiations with Blackpool and that it will be open once again for flights to the Isle of Man and Belfast from 1st April. We have remained committed to seeing this historic and vital air link to Blackpool reopen, and we are hugely satisfied to once again be able to offer this route to our customers.

We would like to extend our thanks to the UK Civil Aviation Authority and both Airports for their assistance in bringing these discussions and plans to a positive conclusion.

– David Buck, Managing Director, Citywing

BAE Systems launches new £15.6m training academy

BAE Systems has announced it is launching a new £15.6m training academy.

Prime Minister David Cameron talks during a visit to BAE Systems, in Preston. Credit: PA

The announcement came as Prime Minister David Cameron visited its Warton base to launch a new apprenticeship scheme.

Prime Minister David Cameron talks during a visit to BAE Systems, in Preston. Credit: PA

During his visit, the Prime Minister spoke to more than 300 apprentices from companies across the North West.

Prime Minister David Cameron talks during a visit to BAE Systems, in Preston. Credit: PA
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