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Manchester Airport closes two terminals

In a statement from Charlie Cornish, CEO of Manchester Airport Group, the news of a significant drop in global demand for air travel has impacted Manchester Airport: “Like all airports across the world, Manchester Airport has experienced a significant fall in passenger volumes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Given this reduction in departing and arriving flights, and the likelihood traffic will decline further, we have taken the decision to work towards operating from a single terminal.

“This will happen from 25 March and all flights that were due to depart from Terminal Two and Terminal Three,

Luxury hotel opens doors free of charge to NHS staff

Former footballers and property entrepreneurs Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have opened their two luxury hotels in Manchester free of charge to frontline NHS staff during the crisis. In a statement from Gary Neville on 18 March “Updating you on news from GG Hospitality and Hotel Football and the Stock Exchange, we’ll be closing both our hotels from this Sunday.

“It’s been a difficult time for the whole of the hospitality industry, but the most important thing is the health of our staff and guests.

The Growth Company launch new Remote Working Guide offering advice for SMEs on home working

Businesses struggling to manage having their staff working from home due to the impact of Covid-19 can now access a suite of resources launched by The Growth Company. Following the Government’s guidance that businesses should be encouraging their employees to work from home where possible, many across Greater Manchester have been having to quickly adapt to this way of working.

Amongst the challenges they are facing include ensuring data security, supplying adequate hardware and setting up the right software to enable effective internal and external communication,

Feeding the frontline

Organised by Rob Garbutt from LunarGreen (who donated £2,000 to start the programme off) and subway franchisee Rachael King, The Big NHS Lunch Box with Subway has been launched to take care of our hardworking frontline NHS staff. The programme basically asks for donations which are used to purchase ingredients at cost price, where they are made up into as many 6″ Subs and cookies/snacks at Rachael’s Subway store at Summerfield in Wilmslow.

From there they are delivered by volunteers to a growing list of Greater Manchester hospitals.

The ExcluSec Group supports local businesses with free keyholding

The ExcluSec Group, the soft services provider headquartered in Bolton, has launched an offer to support its local business community during these difficult times. More and more organisations are following the government’s Coronavirus advice and encouraging as many of their employees as possible to work from home. Some businesses have already closed their buildings for the foreseeable future and others will be doing so shortly. This poses security concerns with respect to the company’s assets.

To help their local community in Bolton,

EVENTS 4 COVID 19 – Northwest Events sector co-ordinate to supply help to frontline providers

The Covid-19 virus had a devastating impact on the events industry and its suppliers in the Northwest. Many companies have had to postpone or cancel their events and the industry has come to a halt leaving thousands of suppliers, service providers and freelancers out of work.

A network of event organisers and suppliers large and small in the Northwest has been created to pool their resources and work together to assist with requests from the NHS, local government,

Eamonn O’Neal appointed new High Sheriff of Greater Manchester

Eamonn O’Neal, chief executive of St Ann’s Hospice, based in Stockport and Salford, has been chosen by the Queen as the next High Sheriff of Greater Manchester. He succeeds Mark Adlestone OBE DL, and will hold office for 12 months. Previously he was managing editor and columnist at the Manchester Evening News for eight years following a successful career at Granada television and BBC radio. He said: “It’s a huge honour to be chosen as High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.

Co-op takes on 5,000 store staff

Convenience retailer, the Co-op, has announced plans to create 5,000 store-based roles in a bid to provide temporary employment for hospitality workers who have lost their jobs and to increase support for local communities, amid the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. Recruitment procedures have been simplified so that candidates can apply for positions by walking into their nearest Co-op with a view to starting work in a matter of days. Permanent and temporary roles are available up and down the country across the Co-op’s 2,600-strong store estate.

Guiding the region’s businesses forward

by Phil Jones MBE, Managing Director, Brother UK.

Within this issue of GM Business Connect Magazine you’ll find a toolkit of invaluable insights and information. We’ve compiled this to help the city region’s business community to lean into the current turmoil and come out better equipped and stronger.

You don’t need me to tell you that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the business ecosystem has been unprecedented. I’ve seen how it has affected many successful firms and entrepreneurs in my own network and even my family.

Valuable advice from the region’s experts

MANAGING YOUR MONEY Rick Harrison, restructuring partner at KPMG
In the current environment, business leaders across the region will wish they had all the answers. Companies will be assessing what support is available via the various Government support packages, but will also be looking at what actions they can take themselves. The best way to be armed for the challenges of now and beyond is to plan ahead:

Rick Harrison,