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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.

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.

Motivate your staff with the Best Parties Ever!

The office Christmas party is the most important event you’ll organise all year.  Not only does it reward your team’s hard work, it’s a great way to keep spirits high and encourage a positive mind-set for the year ahead. In a recent employee survey conducted by workplace consultants Peldon Rose, 54% of respondents reported they experienced Christmas workplace stress, while 69% said that such parties help them bond and build relationships with colleagues.

Reduced productivity is all too common over the winter months,

Thinking about personal or business leasing?

We are more than just a broker…

Here at think auto leasing, our team of friendly and experienced vehicle leasing consultants are here to help you along your journey to purchasing the right vehicle. Think auto leasing is the leasing division of RRG Group. Established in 1967, the company has continued to expand, and currently has 21 dealerships across Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire. With over 50 years’ experience and an ethos of dedication and genuine commitment to customer satisfaction,

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,

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.

Improving Greater Manchester’s air quality

The beginning of July saw the regular Trafford Park Business Network take place at Event City. Among the presentations that took place, Nigel Smith, Head of Regulatory Services for Trafford Council, outlined the forthcoming Clean Air proposals for Greater Manchester. Nigel started with the observation that pollution from road traffic is linked to a wide range of serious illnesses and conditions, contributing to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths a year in Greater Manchester alone. Many local roads in the region have levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which are above legal limits,

A commitment to a full fibre Britain

GM Business Connect caught up with Andy Thompson from Manchester-based communications specialists nxcoms to talk about how businesses can claim a grant of up to £2,500 towards an ultra-fast, Gigabit internet connection. The Government have recently launched a new scheme with the promise of bringing the UK’s connectivity in line with other developed countries. We asked Andy Thompson, MD of nxcoms, to help us with looking at the implications for Gigabit connection speeds and how to set one up: “We live in a world where fast,

Driving with a Dragon

Back in 2018 a young fresh-faced Ed Hollands appeared on Dragons’ Den with a business selling advertising space on lorries. Essentially creating a UK-wide moveable series of billboards. His business DrivenMedia has since gone from strength to strength, in good measure thanks to an investment of both time and money from Jenny Campbell. We first interviewed Ed in our June/July edition, following up now with a brief chat on how things have progressed: “Working with Jenny has been a fantastic experience.

Barking for Business

Over 110 guests from the corporate sector recently attended a special Support Dogs buffet and showcase at The Hilton Hotel, Deansgate last month to discover more about the special work of the Support Dogs charity. Current sponsors PWC, Aon, Irwin Mitchell, Broadstone, Cresta Hotel, Myersons and The Business Network were also represented at the Reception along with charity clients and their support dogs. Guests heard moving stories from Manchester clients Lynn who has epileptic seizures and Andrea who has physical disabilities on how having a specialist support dog had completely transformed their lives.