As part of National Apprentice Week, North West business leaders have revealed what advice they would give to their 17-year-old selves.
Work will start today on a £66 million exhibition centre and hotel complex on Liverpool's historic waterfront.
A top-secret stealth drone, built by BAE Systems in Lancashire, has carried out its first successful test flights from Warton.
A cleaning and security firm is aiming to create 700 new jobs under expansion plans.
Warrington-based Westgrove Group said it planned to diversify into new industry sectors and boost turnover to over £30 million.
Steve Fives, who helped set up the firm, said the plan was to expand the workforce by 300 this year through 50 additional contracts.
"We're looking to be a viable alternative to the 'big boys', the plc's that dominate our industry," he said.
More than 5,000 public sector workers lost their jobs in Liverpool in just two years, according to an employment survey. But the city gained 13,000 private sector jobs.
The think tank, Centre for Cities, ranked towns and cities according to jobs created.
Liverpool was 5th overall in the nation, despite its public sector losses, one place behind Manchester.
Blackpool fared much worse, losing almost eight thousand jobs overall. The seaside resort ranked 59th nationwide.
Manchester United has dropped out the top three of Europe's top earning clubs for the first time.
The club are now fourth in Deloitte's Football Money League and are behind leaders Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich based on income from 2012/2013.
The results are yet another setback for the defending Premier League champions who currently languish 14 points behind leaders Arsenal and have struggled since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in May.
Despite the current gloom, analysts believe United can climb the table and reclaim third spot from Bayern Munich due to their current financial strength and investment potential.
Manchester City were the next highest-earning British club in sixth, with Chelsea and Arsenal finishing seventh and eighth respectively.
A government decision to block a plan to store natural gas in caverns under Lancashire has been overturned in the High Court. Halite Energy Group want to store up to 900 million cubic metres of natural gas at Preesall.
Cheshire West Council has reassured residents of their safety after it was revealed a firm in Ellesmere Port is to destroy chemicals from Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.
Veolia environmental services will incinerate 150 tonnes of the chemicals known as "B Precursors".
In a statement the authority insisted the waste was not weapons and did not include explosives.
It said the destruction was not due until the end of February and it would be seeking approval from health protection experts before going ahead