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Navigating the Manchester Ship Canal – focus on Peel Ports

The Manchester Ship Canal is one of the UK’s most vibrant trading hubs. Running from the Mersey Estuary into the heart of Manchester, it is a 36-mile-long seaway supporting a range of industries. Peel Ports Group ensures the Canal supports low carbon goals, forming part of a carbon-efficient ‘Green Highway’ which helping businesses make reductions in three important areas: costs, carbon emissions and road congestion.

There are a number of terminals along the Canal offering different capabilities and facilities:

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The Lancashire Business Expo 2021

The long awaited return of Shout! back to the duties of face to face business events involved an exciting and welcome return to Preston Guild Hall on the 24 September hosting the Lancashire Business Expo 2021. The event welcomed over 1,000 delegates throughout the day and brought together over 100 exhibitors from across Lancashire and beyond. Having been postponed due to previous lockdowns, it was well received by the local business community who supported the event both as exhibitors and delegates.

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Progress21 showcases Greater Manchester’s global growth opportunities

Thousands of business leaders and job seekers attended PROGRESS21 at the end of September, Greater Manchester’s largest conference in more than 18 months. Taking place at Manchester Central, it consisted of three key strands: Greater Manchester’s global ambitions; business opportunities, and careers, and boasted several forums, workshops and talks to help individuals and organisations realise growth opportunities. Organised by The Growth Company, in collaboration with partner organisations across the region, PROGRESS21 represented a major opportunity for the region to come together and revitalise its ambitions.

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Networking on a Global scale

The largest networking event in the world for exporters launches this October having been delayed by 12 months because of the global pandemic. EXPO 2020, in Dubai, is a massive undertaking including 191 participating nations and numerous organisations meaning a huge number of Pavilions to visit. This mammoth cornucopia of displays which runs for six months from October 2021 to March 2022, is a five yearly event that assembles the world in one place and provides a plethora of opportunities to connect,

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World trade is bouncing back – creating problems at the docks

Analysis from Dr John Ashcroft on the economic impact of Covid-19

In Southern California, off the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, 62 container ships lie at anchor, awaiting an unloading berth. The floating queue, a phenomenon unknown before the pandemic, has doubled in size since August. The precious cargo includes toys, electronics, furniture and many other goods awaited in distribution depots and in store. A further 29 ships are adrift twenty miles offshore.

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Looking to the future

After a gap of 544 days, September saw a return to face-to-face events for The Business Network. Run for directors and business owners, The Business Network has been operating in the UK since 1993. Owner Helen Bennett was clearly delighted to have the opportunity to meet up personally with longstanding members, along with many ‘new faces’, keen to embrace live networking once again.

Helen Bennett, The Business Network

“It has been a long time coming – but it’s great to be back,

Fathom IT goes full circle

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 resumes flights from Manchester

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.

41% of businesses plan to move banking provider due to slow support during Covid-19

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.

The data,

Celebrating vital role of bike shops on Independents’ Day

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.