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Spotlight on Manchester Central

GM Business Connect Magazine recently caught up with Manchester Central’s chief executive Shaun Hinds. In one of our first ‘Inspired Greater Manchester’ podcast and video interviews, we asked Shaun to give an insight into one of the UK’s premium event spaces:

Shaun, can you please introduce yourself and tell us what you do?
“I’m the Chief Executive here at Manchester Central. My role covers many things. We are a big, diverse venue in the heart of Manchester.

A business built on recommendations and referrals

In 2017 GM Business Connect met Tricia Bullman. Managing Director and Founder of Halecroft Recruitment, she gave us an in-depth interview on herself, her team and what it takes to be one of Greater Manchester’s fastest-growing recruitment businesses. Right from inception, Tricia’s vision for the company was clear – a business built on recommendations and referrals providing executive search and selection recruitment for senior level appointments – and we were keen to see how Halecroft Recruitment had grown and developed since our initial meeting.

Change management – identifying the need for action

The fourth of our series of specialist speed lectures from the University of Salford’s Business School saw us interviewing Dr Kathy Hartley, programme lead for Post Graduate Human Resource Management, on the subject of change management. As a description, the definition of change management in itself can be a straightforward idea. Most business owners would have an instinctive grasp of the need to apply this to their business in order to progress, grow and prosper. However, the concept of change management as a teachable subject is one that needs a clear viewpoint on not just the key elements of the subject,

Digital us vs Real us

Whilst waiting for coffee and cake in our favourite coffee shops, we’ve all taken a glance around, the influence of the digital world on this real-world setting is all too apparent; Instagram handles etched onto chalkboards, JustEat stickers adorning the windows, entire tables of people from which the only noises are taps and buzzes.

Increasingly, the offline and online worlds are becoming more inseparable.
This presents huge challenges for business. We are still offline entities that trust people more than we trust machines;

Accounting for the music business + a catch up with the GM Mayor

As regular partners with K-Club events GM Business Connect enjoy a great range of high-profile business speakers from many different businesses, organisations and sectors. The breakfast events are held five times a year at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, and are designed to allow guests the opportunity to meet other senior business leaders and like-minded entrepreneurs in a club environment. As well as networking at the events, the guests enjoy a full English breakfast followed by two inspiring speakers.

Preparing for Brexit

As we publish this, the UK political landscape has gone through yet another seismic shift, and we seem to be no nearer a clear exit plan for the UK’s departure from the EU. In fact, new legislation has just come in which makes the case for a further extension to the leaving date from 31 October 2019 to 31 January 2020. GM Business Connect caught up with Bryn Atherton, Commercial Director of Allseas Global Logistics, and asked him about what impact Brexit was having on Allseas;

Venturefest North West 2019

British Entrepreneur and former ‘Dragon’ Jenny Campbell joins speaker line-up at Venturefest North West 2019. Former banker turned award-winning entrepreneur Jenny Campbell will deliver a keynote address at this year’s Venturefest North West, which returns to Manchester for its sixth year this autumn. Organised by GC Business Growth Hub at Manchester Central on Wednesday 20 November, Venturefest North West is the region’s biggest annual innovation conference and exhibition. The event will once more welcome North West business owners, entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to grow and build their businesses,

Banging the drum for proper design

GM Business Connect Magazine caught up with Julian Emery, director of Banging Drum, and asked about what it means to run a design agency amongst what has always been a busy sector in Greater Manchester.

Banging Drum – Julian Emery
Banging Drum – Andrew Rowson

Julian – tell us about the history of Banging Drum and how you eventually landed in Manchester?
“I set up Banging Drum with Andrew Rowson,

Jobs4Teens saves hundreds of pounds to businesses recruiting young people

Specialist Recruitment Company Jobs4teens Limited has launched a new recruitment business concept which focuses on helping businesses connect with pre-screened, employment ready, young people who are looking for an opportunity to work. With 1,000 vetted young people on their database, Jobs4Teens provide Greater Manchester businesses a stress-free service helping them employ teenagers and young people. The new service also helps reduce annual recruitment costs. A study by Oxford Economics has shown that the cost of recruitment can grow into the thousands annually.

AsOne expands to Ancoats

AsOne Digital Business Development have announced that they will be moving from their existing site in Tameside to Manchester’s Ancoats Urban Village this November. The move highlights the establishment of Manchester as a growing digital sector leader for the UK, adding to the headcount of digital service businesses in the redeveloped Northern Quarter and adjacent Ancoats areas.

Joel Rush, Director, commented: “AsOne have been established and steadily growing for the past 18 years. We’re specialists in web development and digital marketing and have long enjoyed a reputation for reliable and consistent results not just across Greater Manchester but internationally.