First Friday Connectworking

Spread over either side of City Centre Manchester, October and November saw First Friday Connectworking take place at two brand new venues.

The October event was hosted by Grand Pacific situated on Spring Gardens, who welcomed everyone with Gin on arrival then food. For November we moved to All Star Lanes in the Great Northern building – taking over their private party room know as Jungle Room, complete with private bowling lanes. They laid on some amazing food and hospitality.

pro-manchester Economics Conference 2018

pro-manchester’s sold-out Economics of Greater Manchester Conference at The Lowry Hotel welcomed experts from our region to discuss the key issues affecting our region’s economy. High on the agenda were homelessness, the skills gap and pollution.

So, what’s next for Manchester?
Mike Blackburn, chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership believes: “We shouldn’t be waiting for central government to make plans for the north, we should be setting our own agenda. Our great city region has been built on social and industrial pioneers for centuries.

Brexit – what happens next?

The Brexit story is certainly picking up momentum. In our last edition we featured comments and views from Greater Manchester-based Economist Dr John Ashcroft. In this edition we follow John’s insights with Edwina Currie’s observations on the subject.

Edwina is a graduate of Oxford and the LSE and taught economics, economic history and business studies before serving as MP for South Derbyshire for 14 years. From there she went to the top of the political tree holding a high profile position in Margaret Thatcher’s government.

UA92 – kicking off in Trafford

GM Business Connect were recently invited to Hotel Football to chat with Gary Neville and Professor Craig Gaskell – Principal and CEO of Trafford’s brand new University – UA92.

Gary – what attracted you to the UA92 project initially?
“Initially, our involvement was more around the conversation of the challenges of modernising an academic space – I was thinking about football coaching and how it is changing and modernising. I was also thinking about the pathway the Class of ‘92 took –

Do you finish work feeling well?

How many of us arrive home after a busy, exhausting day feeling fit for nothing, perhaps short-tempered, with no energy, barely able to keep our eyes open throughout the early evening news or soap operas on TV? We may have unfinished work playing on our minds, worries about a business situation, or an unresolved issue with a colleague or customer.

After a busy, stressful day it can be hard to leave the assorted demands, responsibilities and cares of work behind.

Venturefest North West 2018

Venturefest North West 2018 exhibited the region’s continuing track record for innovation.

The event, the biggest in five years, was held at Manchester Central in September and was organised by GC Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company. Host Priya Lakhani OBE was joined by speakers including Richard Noble OBE and Jenny Tooth OBE in promoting the value of innovation. Amongst the prize winners of the day Reach and Rescue scooped overall winner in ‘Innovation Showcase’ while Telcom took the ‘Audience Award’.

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,

Telesales isn’t working anymore – get selling on LinkedIn

‘Digital’ has changed the way we communicate. The past 15 years have seen a complete turnaround in how we distribute our message to our target audience.

Telesales used to be a stalwart option of a channel to sell but picking up the ‘phone is now perceived negatively by many of us. (When was the last time you received a welcome cold call? PPI, boilers, accidents come quickly to mind…). A common misconception is that turning to LinkedIn might be the answer to replace your cold calls: “Let’s connect with as many people as possible – that way we will have access to their contact details and we can hit them on the ‘phone”

Sounding all too familiar?

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.

Are you prepared for new construction industry VAT rules?

HMRC is implementing new VAT rules for the construction industry to combat fraud – are you prepared?

Due to a number of cases of fraud in the construction industry which has been significantly impacting upon the amount of tax payments received from the sector, HMRC feel they have been forced to take action. This has resulted in a decision meaning that from 1 October 2019, HMRC will be introducing a new method of accounting for VAT for construction workers and sub-contractors to prevent the ongoing exploitation and avoidance of VAT payments.