Photo of Graham Shiers, the Business Catalyst Club

The Business Catalyst Club

Graham Shiers has built a solid reputation for encouraging entrepreneurial values, emergent talent and stimulating business development and growth alongside funding services, with particular focus on the Northern business community, acting as a trusted source of introduction between new and existing business contacts. With a background in retail, manufacturing and the legal sector, Graham also has over 20 years’ experience of organising and delivering effective and aspirational corporate networking events.

“We originally launched the Business Catalyst Club in Leeds and following a large number of requests from our North West contacts,

The Lowry Hotel, Salford

Don’t miss the BITA Manchester and Leeds Networking Lunch!

14 October • 12noon – late • The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford M3 5LH

The British and Irish Trading Alliance (BITA) are pleased to confirm the much anticipated Manchester and Leeds Networking Lunch. Taking place at the iconic Lowry Hotel, the event will attract business owners from across the UK and Ireland and will offer a fantastic chance to network and enjoy a drinks reception followed by a sumptuous three course luncheon with wine.

Pure Connectworking

Pure Connectworking – getting back to basics!

Friday 23 July saw GM Business Connect resume hosting their Friday Afternoon networking events, this time at Hotel Brooklyn on Portland Street. Starting at 4.00pm it was a traditional slot in the networking calendar for business owners to wind down and end the week with a few drinks and the chance to meet new contacts and prospects.

As a magazine we have always enjoyed working with Manchester’s hospitality sector, and this was a chance to introduce the business sector to one of Manchester’s newest hotels.

Good to be back!

We ran a feature on the impact of COVID-19 on Manchester’s hospitality sector in our February/March edition, featuring an interview with owners Mark and Elaine Wrigley, who were very pleased to once again to be hosting the region’s business community coming together at their venue. As well as offering over 540 Gin brands, the bar featured a fantastic area outside offering safe networking for 30 guests – a number still limited by government guidelines. GM Business Connect’s Jon Cheetham and Paul Mirage were in attendance,

Pure Connectworking – Face to face networking is back

Friday afternoon face-to-face networking is back! Organised by GM Business Connect Magazine and in association with venue host Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester’s business community are invited back to networking at one of Manchester’s newest iconic hotels. Guests are invited to bring their pull-up banners, literature and giveaways. Complimentary food and drink is available courtesy of Hotel Brooklyn. There will be a business card draw and the opportunity to tour the hotel in small guided groups. Tickets are £20+VAT – available on Eventbrite.

Virtual ConnectWorking

GM Business Connect have always been prolific networkers within the regional business community. So, when lockdown was brought in on 23 March we were hit pretty hard. After all, there is a difference between not wanting to go out to meet people and being told you cannot! We had partnership agreements in place with many Expos and Conferences in Greater Manchester to exhibit and meet more of the business community during 2020. Unfortunately, this year looks like usual activity within this sector has either been postponed or simply been cancelled –

ConnectWorking Breakfast – bringing businesses together in Sale

February saw the inaugural ConnectWorking Breakfast at The Belmore in Sale, this was set up by Paul Mirage, Co-director of GM Business Connect Magazine. Paul saw the need for businesses to network in Trafford after he came up with the SaleTown Festive Quiz raising money for the Town’s Christmas lights. This event raised £2,500. Attending the quiz were many directors of large businesses who lived in the area.

The February breakfast kicked off with Dave O’Hearns of Dawn Creative who gave a great presentation about different aspects of branding.

Spotlight on Employee Ownership

February saw K-Club hosting its regular breakfast networking event once again at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. Following their winning formula of early morning networking, silver service full English breakfast, and two great speakers, the event presented a common theme this time exploring the benefits of Employee Ownership as a business model.

Speaking first was Deb Oxley OBE, CEO of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA). Deb has over 30 years business experience across private and public sectors and latterly after founding and running her own small business for 10 years,

New networking breakfast at the Belmore in Sale with GM Business Connect

GM Business Connect are very pleased to announce a brand new monthly breakfast networking event. ConnectWorking Breakfast will open their doors for the first time on 12 February at the Belmore Hotel in Sale, then on 11 March. We have always been very keen on networking with the business community, and due to popular demand have started our own monthly breakfast where businesses can attend.

This is a non-member event. There are no monthly fees, and businesses are of course encouraged to attend regularly,

Networking in South Manchester

Simon and Win Edmondson are the hosts of The Business Network South Manchester and run the director level networking events every month. Simon is well known on the networking circuit in Manchester and has already hosted meetings for the Federation of Small Businesses, but how did this husband and wife team end up owning their own networking business? Four years ago Simon joined The Business Network as a member and enjoyed the monthly lunches, building up a significant client base from attending,