Over the last 20 years Fathom IT has evolved and grown from a fax and printer repair company to a full computer and communications infrastructure service business. The company offers everything IT related; from hardware repairs, remote support to businesses and individuals, through to installing fibreoptic cables and data networks on large development projects. The recent lockdown has brought about more homeworking and this has led to Fathom re-energising an arm of its business that had seen little demand in recent years,
Emirates has resumed flights for passengers between Manchester and Dubai, reconnecting people and businesses in the North of England to 30 destinations currently on Emirates’ growing network. The twice weekly Boeing 777-300ER flights to MAN will operate every Wednesday and Sunday. The resumption of flights from Manchester makes the airport the second Emirates UK gateway to reopen, alongside London Heathrow.
This expansion of services allows UK customers to fly to destinations in the Asia Pacific, including Australia, with a convenient connection in Dubai.
It has been revealed that 42% of business decision-makers have waited over two weeks for a business loan application from their banking provider. Four in 10 businesses are planning to change their banking provider due to the slow support that has been offered during the outbreak. This is according to esearch commissioned by software provider Encompass Corporation, which found that 41% of companies were looking to make a switch due to poor service during the crisis.
Manchester bike brand Insync Bikes recently championed the vital work of bike shops to mark Independents’ Day UK on July 4. Insync, owned by India-based Hero Cycles, is celebrating the service provided by its network of local bike shops, which has proved invaluable during the pandemic.
Independents’ Day UK is a campaign that exists to support and promote independent retail businesses across the UK all year round, but with an annual focus on July 4. Independents account for about 65 per cent of the approximately 290,000 retail outlets in the UK and are at the heart of local communities throughout the country.
Mobile technology agency Apadmi has signed the lease for another floor at Anchorage, Salford Quays, to ensure that all team members can work safely when they return to the office, whilst maintaining space for planned growth. The team is now over 150 strong, with 30 more joining since the start of the year. Developing their workplace to allow for continued collaboration alongside staff well-being became a priority as soon as the impact of COVID-19 was clear.
Strategic Analytics Team (SAT) has expanded its offering by moving into the domestic marketplace by taking on an exclusive agreement to market and sell the Sherlock Bike Tracker in the UK. The tracker is designed for use in cycles, although it does have a range of other applications that it could be used for.
“In the UK there are on average in excess of 315,000 bikes stolen each year with most not being recovered, with Sherlock you can track your bike to within 5 metres and then take steps to recover it” said Paul Jorgensen,
In a summary of the current impact Covid-19 is having on the economy, John Colley, Associate Dean at Warwick Business School and former MD of a FTSE 100 company, has observed the following: “Those companies without cash or only limited availability of credit have a major problem. Many businesses simply do not have access to adequate cash or credit lines and will disappear during the next six months, only the strongest will survive. Unless there is significant government underwriting of bank debt many loans will be foreclosed and banks will not be keen to increase their exposure.
Overall retail sales were flat in the year to March, but this masked a sharp divergence between sectors, according to the latest monthly CBI Distributive Trends Survey (conducted between 26 February 2020 and 13 March 2020). Grocers reported exceptionally strong growth in sales volumes in the year to March, as did specialist food and drink firms. However, most other sectors reported sharp falls in sales volumes.
The results of the survey suggest that while households are stockpiling groceries in response to the spread of the Coronavirus and the introduction of social distancing,
Investors are now actively seeking ‘new world’ sectors and companies as the world readjusts to life with Coronavirus and looks ahead to an economic recovery. The assessment from Nigel Green, the chief executive and founder of deVere Group, comes amid global stock market turmoil: “Every economic downturn creates a new normal. The one being triggered by the Coronavirus pandemic will be the same. The Covid-19 impact has hit firms across the world – there’s been immense international disruption –
NHS staff are working day and night to create the new NHS Nightingale Hospital North West. The temporary hospital at Manchester Central is being put in place to for patients across the entire North West. They are joined by experts from the military, social care, local government, and charities at Manchester Central. Their combined efforts have created a new hospital, clinical model and recruitment programme in just ten days.
The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West will be equipped and staffed to receive up to 750 patients,