DRIVER Hire Bolton -- a specialist supplier of temporary drivers to the transport industry -- backed the Road Safety Week organised by national campaign group Brake.

MANCHESTER Airport has climbed six places to number 47 in the latest Airports Council International survey based on passenger numbers. It shows that Manchester had just over 19 million passengers in 2001, compared to Atlanta, USA, with more than 75 million.

CHAMPION Chartered Accountants of High Street, Worsley have been shortlisted in the Medium Firm of the Year category in this year's Accountancy Age Awards.

They will know if they have been successful at the awards ceremony to be held on November 6 at the Natural History Museum in London.

THE Greater Manchester Low Pay Unit is supporting TUC calls to the Government to launch a vigorous campaign to catch employers who flout workers' rights to four weeks' annual holiday.

A SURVEY by the Aziz Corporation found that more than half of all the Northern directors quizzed found public speaking more daunting than other business tasks such as reviewing financial data, preparing business plans and managing employees.

THE National Franchise Exhibition will feature more than 190 companies at the NEC, Birmingham, between October 11 and 12.