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Life after Den

Jenny Campbell rose to fame recently on her appearance on Dragons’ Den, joining the Dragons in 2017. Originally from Hyde in Tameside, Jenny spent over 30 years initially with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Her role as an Entrepreneur took off with an MBO of an ATM business through the bank, and since joining the Dragons has been involved with charities and projects that support entrepreneurs and disadvantaged young people. Jenny stepped down from the Den this year, however,

A fresh look at social business

In the second of our specialist speed lectures from the University of Salford’s Business School, GM Business Connect visited with Associate Lecturer Martyn Willcock – Co-Director for the School’s Centre for Social Business. We asked Martyn to share with us his views on the definitions and role of Social Business within the wider business community, and how Salford Business School can help Greater Manchester businesses apply the attributes of Social Business to their own culture.

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A commitment to a full fibre Britain

GM Business Connect caught up with Andy Thompson from Manchester-based communications specialists nxcoms to talk about how businesses can claim a grant of up to £2,500 towards an ultra-fast, Gigabit internet connection. The Government have recently launched a new scheme with the promise of bringing the UK’s connectivity in line with other developed countries. We asked Andy Thompson, MD of nxcoms, to help us with looking at the implications for Gigabit connection speeds and how to set one up: “We live in a world where fast,

Driving with a Dragon

Back in 2018 a young fresh-faced Ed Hollands appeared on Dragons’ Den with a business selling advertising space on lorries. Essentially creating a UK-wide moveable series of billboards. His business DrivenMedia has since gone from strength to strength, in good measure thanks to an investment of both time and money from Jenny Campbell. We first interviewed Ed in our June/July edition, following up now with a brief chat on how things have progressed: “Working with Jenny has been a fantastic experience.

The impact of Brexit

Business at cross-channel and European freight forwarder France Line International Transport remains buoyant, despite the frustrating, ongoing uncertainty over Brexit – an uncertainty that is unquestionably now harming UK competitiveness, says managing director Marie Boyer. Healthy trading figures along with ongoing development and growth of new services contributed to France Line being voted Best European Road Freight Specialist 2019 and Recognised Leaders in Specialist Cross-Channel Freight Services 2019 at the SME News 2019 Transport Awards. A recognition of France Line’s diligence and hard work.

The Best of Bolton Business Show 2019

On Tuesday 18th June starting at 4.30pm through to 8.00pm, thebestof Bolton is holding a business show at the Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa. Whether you’re a small start-up, a fully fledged business turning over millions or you’re just a delegate looking to browse and see what’s on offer, we have something for everyone in this fantastic venue! This will be a fabulous opportunity to meet some of the best businesses from Bolton and the surrounding areas to understand how you can mutually benefit each other.

Don’t miss out on claiming your R&D Tax Refund

The R&D Tax Relief initiated by HMRC in 2000 has huge opportunities for tens of thousands of Limited businesses to increase their business and in doing so the UK economy.

R&D Specialists was founded in 2015 by Geoff Liberman and Mark Joyner and are based in Manchester where they are proud to help create awareness and take knowledge and advice to the market regarding this enormous potential. RDS support a variety of business sectors and work heavily with Customers who are based in Altrincham and the North West.

The Altrincham & Sale Chamber brings Small Business Commissioner to Trafford

In May the Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce invited Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal to Trafford. The aim was to speak to members and non-members at a social Open Evening for the business community. It started with networking whilst guests enjoyed Gin and Jeffrey’s flavoured Tonic from Chester courtesy of co-owner Steve Frehley. The food was supplied by Paul and Georgie Grzesiak owners of Uplift Coffee Shop, which they told us they had only been open two weeks prior at Stretford Mall.

The language of exporting

If you ask companies that export whether they regret it, you will rarely hear any negativity. There is a very good reason for that; exporting helps the bottom line as well as the top line, often more easily than with home sales. This would be obvious if you had a very limited market opportunity because of highly specialised products or services, but it also applies to far more competitive market places. British products have a justifiable reputation for quality, design and innovation and can hold their place across the world.

Barking for Business

Over 110 guests from the corporate sector recently attended a special Support Dogs buffet and showcase at The Hilton Hotel, Deansgate last month to discover more about the special work of the Support Dogs charity. Current sponsors PWC, Aon, Irwin Mitchell, Broadstone, Cresta Hotel, Myersons and The Business Network were also represented at the Reception along with charity clients and their support dogs. Guests heard moving stories from Manchester clients Lynn who has epileptic seizures and Andrea who has physical disabilities on how having a specialist support dog had completely transformed their lives.