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Pro-manchester welcomes new chair

The end of July saw a change of chair for pro-manchester – the largest business development organisation in the Northwest. Taking place at the Lowry Hotel in Salford, this was a chance for members to network, enjoy a fabulous lunch, thank outgoing Chair Alistair Cree as well as welcoming new Chair Jenn Hazlehurst. Jenn both summed up recent activity with pro-manchester and outlined the coming year’s intentions for the organisation. She started with a brief introduction of her own background:

“I’m an audit partner with EY and have always been based in the Northwest,

Industry 4.0: The future of business is here

Continuing our series of specialist speed lectures from the University of Salford’s Business School, GM Business Connect interviewed Dr Gordon Fletcher, Academic Unit Head of International Operations and Information Management. Gordon’s role encompasses a great many areas of interest for us as a business magazine, but it was the topic of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things that we wanted to know more about, particularly with respect to the business community.

Please describe your role within the University of Salford’s Business School?

Exporting – Where does it all go?

by Tony Goodman MBE

In the week when we learned that UK exports had risen to a record £647 billion it seems opportune to look at where those exports are going to. With an overall growth of 4% for goods and services, goods alone showed an increase of 4.7% to an annual £357 billion or 55% of the total. This marks a run of 38 consecutive months of export growth on an annual rolling basis. The level of exports as a percentage of GDP still falls woefully behind our European neighbours,

Balancing the Bookkeepers

Keeping on top of bookkeeping is crucial for all businesses, and keeping on top of bookkeeping technology is one of the fundamentals of Urmston-based COS Bookkeeping. GM Business Connect caught up with Karen Garrattley, Managing Director, for a chat about her business.

Can you give us a brief history of how COS came to be?
“It all started in the early 90’s temping as a secretary for a computer sales company. I picked up word processing quickly and got really into computers,

The Multi Media Revolution is Here

Since 2013 GM Business Connect Magazine has been bringing the Manchester business community together through our free printed and electronic editions. It is published bi-monthly to over 40,000 business readers based throughout the Greater Manchester region. Although we fly the flag for a quality printed business magazine, our intention behind this is to provide a platform to connect the businesses of Greater Manchester.

It is for this reason we are now delighted to announce the launch of our very own Video and Podcast channels titled Inspired Greater Manchester.

Irish Sea logistics specialists

Harbour International Freight, the Manchester based transport & logistics business is going from strength to strength and is one of the fastest growing logistics companies in the North West and Ireland. As a long standing Irish Sea operator and the first in the market offering overnight palletised services between Manchester and Dublin in the 1980’s as well as being a key member of the Pall-Ex pallet distribution network in the UK, they have the experience, knowledge and strong belief in putting the customer first that unfortunately is lacking these days.

Manchester Fintech showcased to London

pro-manchester recently welcomed over 120 delegates to their annual fintech lunch with the Lord Mayor of the City of London. This is the flagship event in his visit to the city. Jenn Hazlehurst, chair of pro-manchester, opened the event and thanked event sponsors Clarke Wilmott, Robert Walters and Open Money. She welcomed the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Peter Estlin, to the stage. Addressing delegates, the Lord Mayor praised Manchester’s incredible fintech sector and the part the city has played in establishing the UK as fintech’s global home.

A look at Goat’s Milk + 100,000 donors campaign

K-Club 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 like-minded entrepreneurs and
senior business leaders in a club environment. As well as networking at the events, the guests enjoy a full English breakfast followed by two inspiring speakers. The event at the end of June featured Ed Salt, Managing Director of Delamere Dairy, and Peter McCleave, Vice President/Global Operations Manager for RBS Business.

The Best of Bolton Business Show 2019

The middle of June saw the inaugural Business Show hosted by thebestofBolton take place at the Last Drop Village Hotel in Bolton. GM Business Connect were there as both exhibitors and media sponsors, along with another 55 businesses looking to connect with each other and the steady stream of visitors. Organiser Farzana Patel did a fantastic job of organising the event and the venue looked great. All sorts of businesses were exhibiting, including headline sponsors Sure Store, main sponsors ExcluSec Group,

Holiday Pay: Could your business be at risk?

Managing leave for your staff is one thing, but have you also considered if you are paying workers correctly when they are on holiday? The rights surrounding annual leave and holiday pay have been in a state of flux for some years.

Recap: the law
In brief, the right to annual leave and associated pay is set out in the Working Time Directive, which derives from Europe. The UK implemented the Directive into the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR”) which provide employees and/or workers with 5.6 weeks entitlement per year,