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Manchester Hospitality Network

GM Business Connect meet a lot of businesses and attended many events in and around Manchester. There was one person that we kept on bumping into and that was Becky Wilkes, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager for 20 Stories restaurant situated in the lofty heights of Spinningfields. Becky is also a founder and board member of Manchester Hospitality Network, which has changed networking in the city. We invited Becky to share her view of the Manchester Hospitality Sector with an interview which we recorded and from which created a podcast and video for our website.

Venturefest 2019

Attracting record numbers for a sixth year, the 2019 Venturefest North West event kicked off again at Manchester Central with a fantastic range of speakers and exhibitors. Organised by GC Business Growth Hub and taking place on Wednesday 20 November, Venturefest North West claimed it’s title of the region’s biggest annual innovation conference and exhibition. The event once more welcomed North West business owners, entrepreneurs and investors who were looking to grow and build their businesses, whether they were starting out,

The pro-manchester Green Tech Symposium

The end of October saw a pro-manchester organised Green Tech Symposium take place at Squire Patton Boggs in Spinningfields. The event featured leaders in our region’s Green Tech sector who presented to a packed audience enjoying a unique overview of businesses disrupting the green sector. The event was covered by GM Business Connect and the following feature was written by Mel Hill, Communications Manager from pro-manchester:

Vijay Natarajan is Founder of QBots, a company aiming to reduce our energy bills by utilising local energy sources.

The future of wellbeing in the workplace

The middle of November brought two great speakers both following the theme of wellbeing to K-Club’s regular Salford networking event – Michael Brennan, the Co-Founder and CEO of tootoot, and Maria Mander, founder of Mander Wellbeing. After the usual excellent breakfast, courtesy of hosts AJ Bell Stadium, Michael took the first of two presentations, addressing the audience from a place of personal passion as he shared his entrepreneurial journey through mistakes, successes and challenges. He began by explaining that tootoot is an award winning software that supports the psychological safety and wellbeing of individuals in education,

Remarketing: what’s all the fuss about?

A customer comes into your shop, looks around and then leaves. An all-too-familiar scenario that often means that another customer has passed you by and now they are gone. Fifteen years ago, this was a missed opportunity, a time to rethink strategy, a “We’ll get the next one” moment? Windows of opportunity were limited to your shop window, print ads and word of mouth.

Wouldn’t it have been great to see where that customer went after leaving your shop?

An Exhibition Day for SMEs and start-ups

Business Markets are like mini business Expos. They are the perfect platform for SMEs looking to raise awareness of their products and services, as well as being the perfect vehicle for making 100’s of new business connections. Networking and face to face business meetings of any kind are essential to the growth of all businesses. It’s important to meet like-minded peers, learn about the latest trends and ask for advice from those who’ve been there and done it all. Attending a Business Market can benefit a business in many ways,

Use.space exhibits at Venturefest

GM Business Connect caught up with exhibitors Use.Space who were keen to describe their unique co-working building set up this year in Ancoats. Founder David Walter and Community Manager Sam Harratt were on hand to explain the concept and go into detail how they were finding exhibiting at Venturefest. We spoke to Sam to see how they were getting on:

Sam Harratt, Use.space

Tell us about today? How have you found it so far at Venturefest?

How Trafford Council helps small businesses nurture new talent

Trafford Council is enabling smaller employers to grow by giving them a financial boost to develop new talent through the #SEEDIFFERENT SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) Apprenticeship Support Offer, funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The scheme offers a £3,000 grant to employers to help with salary and training costs associated with an apprenticeship and is aimed at SME businesses who have not previously recruited an apprentice for the last two years. One of the key aims for Trafford Council is to attract older people to Apprenticeships as a way to being a new career,

An apprenticeship decade to remember at Salford City College

Apprenticeship start numbers across the UK have continued to fluctuate as organisations of all sizes absorb the changes afforded by the recent reforms across the apprenticeship sector. However, positive recruitment signs up and down the country in the last quarter indicate that more and more employers are returning to apprenticeships to support business growth and skills challenges within their organisation.

In 2009 the college launched their apprenticeship business, supporting ten apprentices with basic business administration skills. In the decade since,

Its Groundhog day!

by Tony Goodman MBE

Halloween has passed us by and in spite of promises that we would have finally reached a conclusion, we are still in Brexit limbo. Politicians are out canvassing, knocking on doors like some delayed reaction, continuous loop of trick or treat, whilst every business I have been speaking to simply wants this uncertainty to end. It has reached the point when the uncertainty itself is causing more difficulties than either leaving or staying.