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Apadmi expand office for post-lockdown future

Mobile technology agency Apadmi has signed the lease for another floor at Anchorage, Salford Quays, to ensure that all team members can work safely when they return to the office, whilst maintaining space for planned growth. The team is now over 150 strong, with 30 more joining since the start of the year. Developing their workplace to allow for continued collaboration alongside staff well-being became a priority as soon as the impact of COVID-19 was clear.

Garry Partington,

Culture, Community and Connections

GM Business Connect have recently caught up with Paul Whitnell, president of the British and Irish Trading Alliance (BITA). The membership organisation has been growing over the past few years, and recently has established a Manchester chapter chaired by Christiane Hutchinson. We asked Paul about BITA’s plans for the future and how they intend to fuel growth:

“We are ‘the people who know people that help people’, a motto that encapsulates our ethos, and one that makes our organisation truly unique.

Eco-I NW: Innovating for a green recovery

The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global crisis, affecting individuals, governments and businesses across the world. The greatest challenge of our time also presents the greatest opportunity in generations. A chance to challenge the status quo and ‘business as usual’ mantra that has dominated our economy since the industrial revolution.

Innovation is more important than ever if we are to bring business growth, resilience and create a truly green economy. We have heard calls for economic recovery plans to embed environmental shifts and carbon reductions.

Slipping through the cracks – help is needed for businesses still struggling

Feature sponsored by Brother UK

The support offered by the Chancellor for UK businesses during the coronavirus outbreak has been unprecedented. However, there are many small businesses that have simply fallen through the cracks and missed out on all available help and support.

In March, the chancellor Rishi Sunak stood in front of the nation and promised on top of the sweeping help introduced that if more support was needed the Treasury have pledged to deliver “whatever it takes” to keep companies solvent.

The future of workforce verification and compliance

GM Business Connect caught up with Michael Dodd, CEO and Founder of V Site Pass, and asked him about his business which centred around a unique verification and compliance solution designed for industrial users such as the construction sector:

Tell us about your business?
“V Site Pass is a unique platform designed to digitally verify and store the credentials of workers. From a business perspective, this reduces workplace risk for both personnel and commercial users within sectors that require independent validation of workforce credentials to perform specific tasks.

An alternative approach to becoming better business leaders

The Alternative Board (TAB) has been around for over 30 years and been in the UK for over 10 of those years. Over that time, they have been offering a fresh, alternative approach to running businesses and creating better business leaders. This has been mainly down to their emphasis on support between members in the form of monthly board meetings and 1-to-1 sessions. GM Business Connect caught up with Mark Kane, an experienced senior manager, now offering his services to South Manchester businesses after launching The Alternative Board covering the South Manchester area earlier this year.

We must adapt, not optimise

Phil Jones MBE, managing director of business technology solutions provider, Brother UK.

On many occasions in my career, I’ve heard business leaders say that the vital components for success are a deep and unwavering passion, and steadfast commitment to an idea. And while I appreciate the sentiment, my experience has shown me the opposite. Successful companies are often built by testing assumptions and reacting as new information emerges.

The commitment piece comes after those smaller market tests and experiments have been quickly validated.

V for Victory and the shape of the recovery

Analysis from Dr John Ashcroft on the global social and economic impact of Covid-19

What shape will the recovery be in the UK..? It’s a V, it’s always a V…

We are at the stage in the economic cycle when questions are raised about the shape of the recovery. Pick a letter from the alphabet and make the case. Jerome Powell, Chairman of the US Federal Reserve, suggests the American recovery will follow a ‘Slow V’.

The fog is slowly clearing

The blurry outline of the landscape is emerging. And it has changed, we just don’t yet know exactly how.

When I wrote my last article we were in the very early stages of lockdown, with fear and uncertainty as the prevailing emotions around the world. Since then many parts of the world have come through the first pass of the virus, though some are still in the thick of it. Political strategies have moved from being nationwide to more regional or hyper localised.

Helping independent businesses adapt to new shopping habits

A Manchester haulier is supporting the survival of local businesses by helping firms adapt to selling online. Harbour Freight has assisted independent retailers with setting up a delivery method to reach customers nationwide during the COVID-19 lockdown. The move has enabled local businesses to sell to some of the 89% of UK consumers who have turned to online shopping during the UK lockdown, according to research from Visa, and scale up or down to meet demand. The firm is now ready to support businesses kickstarting operations following the easing of lockdown restrictions and looking for ways to reduce their business costs while accommodating fluctuating sales.