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Life after Den

Jenny Campbell rose to fame recently on her appearance on Dragons’ Den, joining the Dragons in 2017. Originally from Hyde in Tameside, Jenny spent over 30 years initially with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Her role as an Entrepreneur took off with an MBO of an ATM business through the bank, and since joining the Dragons has been involved with charities and projects that support entrepreneurs and disadvantaged young people. Jenny stepped down from the Den this year, however,

A fresh look at social business

In the second of our specialist speed lectures from the University of Salford’s Business School, GM Business Connect visited with Associate Lecturer Martyn Willcock – Co-Director for the School’s Centre for Social Business. We asked Martyn to share with us his views on the definitions and role of Social Business within the wider business community, and how Salford Business School can help Greater Manchester businesses apply the attributes of Social Business to their own culture.

Martyn –

A new era for pro-manchester

In September 2018, Sam Booth was appointed chief executive of pro-manchester. GM Business Connect have long been supporters of the business development organisation, and dropped into their Spinningfields HQ recently to interview Sam, looking into what decisions led her to where she is today, who got her there and what she’s most proud of in her career so far.

What led you to Manchester?
“I grew up in Congleton and went to university in Sheffield where I studied the History of Art,

The Institute of Directors supporting business leaders

GM Business Connect recently met with Sharon Amesu, new Chair of the Greater Manchester branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD). As the largest branch of the organisation in the Northwest, we were keen to see what the Institute meant to business in Greater Manchester and how Sharon was intending to grow the relationship between the IoD and the local business community.

Can you explain what the Institute of Directors organisation is about and how does it benefit the business community?

Understanding the business of logistics

In the first of a series of features from the University of Salford’s Business School, GM Business Connect visited with Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management Dr Jonathan D Owens. The series of speed lectures will feature a different area of business covered by a select group of academic experts from Salford Business School – and Dr Owens starts the series by sharing his insight with us into Logistics.

How important is logistics to business strategy?

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner was launched in December 2017 ensuring fair trading practices for the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses.

What is the job of the Small Business Commissioner? What does it mean for businesses?
“We have been set up to support small businesses experiencing poor payment practices with larger businesses. If you find that you are getting paid late and this is resulting in unpredictable cash flow, please get in touch with us.

Informed Solutions – defining digital transformation from Altrincham to Australia

Headquartered at the Old Bank Building in Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter, Informed Solutions has been steadily growing a huge reputation as an International tech business both in the UK and across the globe in Australia. As well as being based in Altrincham, the firm currently has offices in London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, and has an impressive set of clients across many areas of Government and the public and private sectors.

Five years ago GM Business Connect caught up with CEO Elizabeth Vega –

Trafford is open for business

GM Business Connect are keen to work with many organisations supporting business engagement and Trafford Borough Council have always been exceptional in their support of businesses both within the area and those looking to move there. We have partnered with Trafford’s Strategic Growth Team over many years on a variety of different events, and are currently supporting the regular Trafford Park Business Network run by the team plus the GM Chamber. We caught up with Councillor Andrew Western at Trafford Town Hall and asked him to share some insight on current thinking by Trafford Council on business support and engagement in the borough:

Why should businesses move to the Trafford area?

UA92 – kicking off in Trafford

GM Business Connect were recently invited to Hotel Football to chat with Gary Neville and Professor Craig Gaskell – Principal and CEO of Trafford’s brand new University – UA92.

Gary – what attracted you to the UA92 project initially?
“Initially, our involvement was more around the conversation of the challenges of modernising an academic space – I was thinking about football coaching and how it is changing and modernising. I was also thinking about the pathway the Class of ‘92 took –

Driving a successful family business

GM Business Connect recently visited Wesley Goodwin of Go Goodwins Coaches based in Eccles. As Director, Wesley is the 5th generation of a family business that has been trading since 1917. We asked Wesley to share his family’s history of the business and also his plans for the future:

How long has the company been in business and how did it start up?

Wesley Goodwin

“The family have been in the coach business for 5 generations now.