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The small agency getting big results

Altrincham and Sale are creative hotbeds when it comes to PR and marketing communications. Within a three-mile radius there are more than 20 PR agencies and scores of freelancers who work with clients as big as Warburton’s, Asda, Disney and The British Film Institute. But it’s the work of a team of two ex-journalists based in a small office on Victoria Street that has just been recognised by the Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce as the best in town.

Local gin-trepreneurs triumph in the den

Manchester gin-thusiasts Mark Smallwood and Liam Manton created Didsbury Gin in 2017 and the tipple has already been hailed by Vogue Magazine as ‘one of the most exciting new British gins’.

Hot off the heels of redundancy, and a bumper year making gin, Mark from Middlesbrough and Liam from Manchester took on their biggest challenge yet, the Dragons’ Den. The craft gin makers bagged themselves three minutes to pitch their plans for world domination to the BBC show’s five resident multi-millionaires in a bid to convince them to invest their own cash in the craft gin company.

Moving freight to the Continent

GM Business Connect caught up with Marie Boyer, the owner and MD of France Line International Transport Ltd, the specialist for cross channel freight between the UK and France with growing European-wide services, voted ‘Best Road Freight Company – Western Europe’ at the SME News 2018 North-West Enterprise Awards.

After your move to a bigger office in Trafford Park in October last year, how has business been for you?

Marie Boyer,

Irish sea specialist harbours rapid growth

Long-established Manchester based Harbour International Freight has been branching out lately, says UK General Manager, Steve Swinburn.

Steve Swinburn, Harbour International Freight

“Having only joined the UK distribution Pall-Ex network two years ago, in February this year we won the network operators business development award which for a fairly new member is quite an achievement.”

Harbour International, which is based in Eccles, represents Manchester for the network and offers customers of its Irish Sea services a collection and delivery service all over the UK.

Sale FC enjoy winning makeover

Sale FC Rugby, have revealed three stunning new event spaces perfectly designed for business meetings, conferences and events. The impressive facilities are part of a new era for the club, based on Heywood Road Sale, who have not only just been promoted to the third tier of English rugby, but have brought in a new General Manager, Dave Hulme to build on their
historic reputation.

The club have invested over £500,000 in their new standout hospitality venue,

Global software firm makes Stockport its UK home

Sydney-based shipping software provider SmartFreight has opened its first UK office, choosing Stockport as its base of operations throughout the UK and Ireland. GM Business Connect caught up with SmartFreight’s National Partnership Manager Jeff Francis, who is heading up the expansion.

Jeff Francis, SmartFreight

Jeff has lived in Stockport for more than 35 years and is keen to sing the town’s praises as the perfect choice for locating the new European headquarters. Jeff commented: “We’re very excited to be opening our first UK office in Stockport,