The Green Agenda

By Ilona Alcock

Mayor Andy Burnham is determined to make Greater Manchester the first zero carbon region by 2038. To do this, we need a 15% year-on-year carbon reduction and the clock has already started ticking. It is an ambitious goal and one that requires everyone in the region – individuals, politicians and businesses – to make immediate transformational changes. pro-manchester’s Green Economy committee brought together a cross sector panel of experts, hosted by Steve Connor, Creative Concern,

Winning business opportunities

The end of September brought two great speakers to K-Club’s regular Salford networking event – Ben Peppi, head of sport services at JMW and leading Paralympian Cyclist Neil Fachie MBE. So, after the usual excellent breakfast courtesy of hosts AJ Bell Stadium, Ben Peppi took to the mike. Ben talked with passion for the sports industry and the importance of career transition of athletes to business. He began with conceptualising the pathway from professional athlete to retired athlete looking at their character traits,

PropTech – implications for technology in the commercial property sector

A packed-out room at Rider Levett Bucknall welcomed pro-manchester’s latest PropTech event, focusing on how technology is impacting the property offering in Manchester.

Everywhere you look technology surrounds us. Whether this is in your car, at home or simply just your mobile phone, the world in 2018 relies on technology and being connected. PropTech is defined as part of a wider digital transformation in the property industry. It considers the technological and mental change of the real estate industry and it’s consumers and the change to our attitudes,

Venturefest North West 2018

Venturefest North West 2018 exhibited the region’s continuing track record for innovation.

The event, the biggest in five years, was held at Manchester Central in September and was organised by GC Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company. Host Priya Lakhani OBE was joined by speakers including Richard Noble OBE and Jenny Tooth OBE in promoting the value of innovation. Amongst the prize winners of the day Reach and Rescue scooped overall winner in ‘Innovation Showcase’ while Telcom took the ‘Audience Award’.

Business Connectworking in the heart of Manchester

As supporters of Forever Manchester, GM Business Connect have always enjoyed a close relationship with the charity, promoting their business affiliated activities and reporting on many of their business-themed events and promotions. Paul Mirage from GM Business Connect is also an Ambassador for the charity.

Over recent years Forever Manchester have promoted a regular monthly business networking event – First Friday – taking place between 4-6pm on the First Friday of every month. This was always a great way to end the week.

pro-manchester welcomes new chair

July saw a change of Chair for pro-manchester. After holding the reins for the past year outgoing Chair Jane Forbes from PwC handed over to Alistair Cree from Eversheds-Sutherland at a very enjoyable lunch held at the Albert Square Chop House.

After an introduction from John Ashcroft, CEO of pro-manchester, Alistair took to the mike to outline his vision for the next year ahead for pro-manchester and it’s growing membership of over 300 professional services businesses. “In terms of what I want to talk about,

UA92 kick off in style

University Academy 92 (UA92) welcomed the first of its prospective students to its inaugural Open Day at Lancashire Cricket Club recently.

Guests at the Emirates Old Trafford event heard from co-founders Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs on how their education as part of the Class of 92 inspired them to want to launch the new university academy and pass on the winning philosophy. Academic partners Lancaster University, who will accredit the UA92 degrees, spoke about how they were working with the Class of 92 to translate their vision into the innovative Target Talent curriculum,

The Trafford Park Business Network

July saw the regular joint Trafford Council and GM Chamber’s Trafford Park Business Network take place
at Hotel Football in Old Trafford. As well as the usual itinerary of networking and presentations, the event was also host to the new University Academy UA92 and property business Bruntwood officially signing the Trafford Pledge.

Graham Dixon

Proceedings started with a welcome from Graham Dixon, Group Director of Esprit Warehousing and Docks, who was host for the morning.

The innov8 Live Garden Party

Businesses from across Greater Manchester came together for a very special evening at the end of June for a night of gin cocktails and business networking at Hotel Football’s Heaven. This included a Massive Prize draw worth thousands of pounds that was won by one lucky business in a game card draw.

This was the first ever innov8-Live event, a new series of events to help businesses connect with new suppliers, partners and clients. The event was attended by a number of partners who were encouraged to bring banners and promotional material,