Defence giant BAE Systems is to invest £300 million at its site at Barrow, to "transform" its submarine building capabilities.
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.
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
Cheshire West and Chester Council has released a statement following the announcement that Syrian chemicals will be destroyed at a plant in Ellesmere Port.
The council says the chemicals are not weapons, and contain no explosives.
Councillor Lynn Riley said:
– Councillor Lynn Riley
“We have asked Veolia whether we can have a list of such chemicals for disposal so that we can independently have those reviewed by Health Protection England to satisfy ourselves that the materials will provide no increased risk to the public.
“I understand that any treatment of such chemicals will not take place until the end of February which will provide us sufficient time, once aware of the materials themselves, to seek the expert observations of independent Health Protection Specialists.”
Around 150 tonnes of chemicals from Syria will be destroyed at a processing plant in Ellesmere Port.
The "B Precusor" chemicals are similar to those used in the pharmaceutical industry, chemicals that are destroyed routinely at the plant.
Plant owners Veolia said:
– Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia Environnement Executive Vice-President
"We are pleased to have been selected by the British Governmentto support this important initiative which will see our Ellesmere Port facilitydirectly involved at the start of the implementation of the internationalmission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons programme.
“We will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Defence andrelevant UK authorities to ensure the safe destruction of these chemicals inline with our high environmental, health, safety and operating standards.”