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Culture, Community and Connections

GM Business Connect have recently caught up with Paul Whitnell, president of the British and Irish Trading Alliance (BITA). The membership organisation has been growing over the past few years, and recently has established a Manchester chapter chaired by Christiane Hutchinson. We asked Paul about BITA’s plans for the future and how they intend to fuel growth:

“We are ‘the people who know people that help people’, a motto that encapsulates our ethos, and one that makes our organisation truly unique.

NQB guarantee to recruit your A-Team

NQB Recruitment are a niche recruitment consultancy based in Manchester working predominantly in the technology sector. They offer a multi-cultural perspective bringing candidates across the UK and beyond through a holistic recruitment process to their clients. We spoke recently with both Aamer Ayoob, Chief Operating Officer, and Musa Ayoob, Chief Executive Officer, both co-founders of the family business, on how the consultancy offers a unique approach to recruitment:

Musa: “Getting the right person who fits in with your existing team is critical.

The importance of Cyber Insurance for small businesses

One of the most worrying aspects of modern-day IT is the concern about cyber security. There are many practices that businesses of all sizes can employ to safeguard their data and minimise the risk of security breaches, however, there is always the worry of a potential issue that can occur regardless of measures put in place. GM Business Connect caught up with Matt Dodd – branch manager of A-Plan Insurance in Altrincham – to find out more about the issues of cyber-crime and the options of safeguarding against business disruption caused by cyber-crime breaches:

Matt Dodd,

A look inside the National Cyber Security Centre

Cyber security has steadily gained importance over the past few years for many businesses and organisations, large or small, and is continuing to be part of the critical dialogue in setting up any business today. Especially when we look at GDPR compliance, businesses need to address the problem of cyber threats far more rigorously than ever before. The National Cyber Security Centre was established in 2016 by the government at the time and replaced a variety of different organisations and parts of organisations looking at the issues of cyber security.

Sale FC Rugby Club take on two new hires as hospitality demand rockets

Sale FC Rugby Club has expanded its dedicated hospitality team, as demand for their three new event spaces soars. The club, which is based on Heywood Road in Sale, has three rooms available to hire. An uptake from businesses looking for meeting, conference or awayday facilities has grown so much over the last 12 months they have brought in two new full-time staff to keep up with demand. Nicola Hulme has been named Operations Coordinator, while Aidan Giblett takes on the role of Marketing and PR Assistant.

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,