From Submariner to IT Specialist

We recently caught up with Greg Buchanan, Managing Director of IT and Telecoms specialists Mango Tech, and asked him to share his story from watery beginnings to pioneering business solutions.

Greg, you started your career in the Navy and now you’re a Director of your own business – please tell us about your journey?
“I was never very interested in school, and joined the Navy at 15 as a communications rating in the submarine service.

Anyone can be accused of a crime…

GM Business Connect recently caught up with Tariq Hussain, Managing Director at Petherbridge Bassra Solicitors Ltd, part of the Petherbridge Bassra Group. The national firm are headquartered in Bradford and offer multiple specialist law services across the North.

Please tell us about your role at Petherbridge Bassra Solicitors, also can you describe what your firm covers?
“My role is Managing Director of the  Petherbridge Bassra Group, who are a multi-disciplinary practice specialising in business crime but offering a wide range of services such as personal injury,

Electric all the way with the Harris Group

The Harris Group is a great example of a business grown through the vision of its iconic founder. For more than 60 years Pino Harris had grown the Dublin-based business to become a commercial vehicle distributor with a global supply chain, pan-European customer base and an extensive network of dealers. After his death in 2017 his wife Denise Harris took over as Chief Executive Officer. The Group are now creating a new base in Birchwood Park, Warrington to grow its MAXUS Commercial Vehicle operations in the UK.

Manchester’s home of Gin

One of the hardest hit sectors of the restrictions to businesses over the past year has been the hospitality sector. GM Business Connect caught up with husband and wife owners Elaine and Mark Wrigley of the Atlas Bar on Deansgate, to hear about their story of perseverance over the past year.

Mark & Elaine Wrigley

The Atlas Bar is seen as the Manchester home of Gin, how many brands do you actually stock?

Great British Engineering with a sting in the tail

GM Business Connect were very pleased to recently interview Rod Burton-Chambers, Managing Director of RLBC Limited. The company is a fantastic example of great British design and engineering, and supplies innovative vehicle barrier systems all over the UK and across the world featuring their unique designs and craftsmanship. Their current range of products feature a unique system for stopping vehicles called the Scorpion, and this has now been re-engineered as a portable unit, which opens up a fantastic range of new applications in a worldwide marketplace.

Hospitality during lockdown

It’s been no big surprise that our friends in the hospitality sector have been severely impacted over the last year due to Covid-19. GM Business Connect caught up with Paul Walsh, General Manager of Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel to find out how they are coping through the current crisis.

Paul – you have worked in hospitality for 21 years, working for brands like City Inn, Doubletree by Hilton, Hotel Football and now the Marriott. Please tell us what your role is in one of Manchester’s finest hotels…
“As General Manager,

The future of workforce verification and compliance

GM Business Connect caught up with Michael Dodd, CEO and Founder of V Site Pass, and asked him about his business which centred around a unique verification and compliance solution designed for industrial users such as the construction sector:

Tell us about your business?
“V Site Pass is a unique platform designed to digitally verify and store the credentials of workers. From a business perspective, this reduces workplace risk for both personnel and commercial users within sectors that require independent validation of workforce credentials to perform specific tasks.

An alternative approach to becoming better business leaders

The Alternative Board (TAB) has been around for over 30 years and been in the UK for over 10 of those years. Over that time, they have been offering a fresh, alternative approach to running businesses and creating better business leaders. This has been mainly down to their emphasis on support between members in the form of monthly board meetings and 1-to-1 sessions. GM Business Connect caught up with Mark Kane, an experienced senior manager, now offering his services to South Manchester businesses after launching The Alternative Board covering the South Manchester area earlier this year.

Spirited start up ready to refresh the spirits market

Still riding high as everyone’s favourite lockdown tipple, gin is continuing to enjoy a fantastic run as the spirit of choice across the UK. Many people are moving towards artisan and specialist variations, including low calorie options to remedy those extra pounds put on during lockdown. The latest name to land is the Pentone range, consisting of two inaugural brands – Ocean Storm and Red Storm. GM Business Connect zoomed recently with Philip Pentone Robinson, founder and CEO of The Pentone Family,

Lifting your spirits in a crisis

The hospitality sector has all but closed over the pandemic with very little confidence about what the near future holds. In an effort to keep livelihoods going, many suppliers to the sector have shifted perspective to alternative activity to ensure their businesses survive. GM Business Connect caught up with Steve Frehley and Mike Robinson from Jeffrey’s Tonic, who until recently were stockists of cordials and tonic syrups to the sector:

Please tell us what you do?
“We make a range which includes a Classic Premium Indian Tonic Syrup and some delicious Handcrafted Cordials,