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 –
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.
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,
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,
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,
November saw the First Friday Connectworking event take place at the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel – only a 5 minute walk from Deansgate and two minutes from Spinningfields. The hotel is a striking Grade II listed building in the city centre on the banks of the River Irwell. It features a choice of dining at two restaurants and parking.
General Manager Paul Walsh was on scene to help us set up on the private Terrace which was nicely secluded from guests at the hotel.
September saw First Friday Connectworking in the heart of Manchester at the infamous Peaky Blinders bar restaurant. A great place to visit for all fans of the gangster show. Although this month none of the guests were working for the underworld, well as far as we know. We started the evening all badged up and ready to go with free drinks on arrival, plus everyone attending gets entered into Forever Manchester’s Tombola ticket draw, where there was a chance to win 3 nights for two in Vienna.
K-Club breakfast events are held five times a year at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, and are designed to allow guests the opportunity to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs and
senior business leaders in a club environment. As well as networking at the events, the guests enjoy a full English breakfast followed by two inspiring speakers. The event at the end of June featured Ed Salt, Managing Director of Delamere Dairy, and Peter McCleave, Vice President/Global Operations Manager for RBS Business.
The aim of the event is to make business connections whilst socialising in great surroundings in the centre of Manchester, a chance to unwind and meet fellow business people where friendships are made and follow ups are encouraged to help your business. No membership, and no hard sell, just polite introductions. With every ticket sold a Forever Manchester Tombola ticket is issued and this time it was a 3-night trip to Malta up for grabs.
In July we were treated to a meeting at the iconic Great John Street Hotel,
The end of March saw K-Club featuring 2 great speakers again at their regular breakfast event at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. Firstly renowned private equity lawyer Darryl Cooke took to the podium to deliver on philanthropy in business and the rewards we all receive. He began by giving an insight into the process of setting up law firm gunnercooke llp. Stating that their mission was not to be ‘good’ but ‘great’ in their work, he mused that ‘good’ was the enemy of great as it could lead to complacency.