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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,

Empower your global ambition with J&P Accountants

Situated in Manchester’s iconic Chinatown can be found a very successful niche accountancy practice. J&P Accountants offer a truly International approach to accountancy and VAT compliance needs, as well as a host of other services perfect for businesses with global profiles. GM Business Connect caught up with Paul Shaw, managing director, at their Chinatown headquarters:

What best describes J&P Accountants and what makes you stand out from other firms?
“We are a UK Chartered Certified Accountancy firm,

Understanding the growth in FinTech

In the next of a series of specialist speed lectures from the University of Salford’s Business School we are looking at the FinTech sector. As one of the recent strongest areas of UK growth, the sector has become synonymous with Manchester as a centre of excellence in the North West. We interviewed Dr Jia Zhai, Lecturer in Finance and Economics at Salford Business School, to find out more about the subject.

Please describe your role at the Business School and your areas of expertise?

Manchester Hospitality Network

GM Business Connect meet a lot of businesses and attended many events in and around Manchester. There was one person that we kept on bumping into and that was Becky Wilkes, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager for 20 Stories restaurant situated in the lofty heights of Spinningfields. Becky is also a founder and board member of Manchester Hospitality Network, which has changed networking in the city. We invited Becky to share her view of the Manchester Hospitality Sector with an interview which we recorded and from which created a podcast and video for our website.

Spotlight on Manchester Central

GM Business Connect Magazine recently caught up with Manchester Central’s chief executive Shaun Hinds. In one of our first ‘Inspired Greater Manchester’ podcast and video interviews, we asked Shaun to give an insight into one of the UK’s premium event spaces:

Shaun, can you please introduce yourself and tell us what you do?
“I’m the Chief Executive here at Manchester Central. My role covers many things. We are a big, diverse venue in the heart of Manchester.