Business Networking

Great British Engineering with a sting in the tail

GM Business Connect were very pleased to recently interview Rod Burton-Chambers, Managing Director of RLBC Limited. The company is a fantastic example of great British design and engineering, and supplies innovative vehicle barrier systems all over the UK and across the world featuring their unique designs and craftsmanship. Their current range of products feature a unique system for stopping vehicles called the Scorpion, and this has now been re-engineered as a portable unit, which opens up a fantastic range of new applications in a worldwide marketplace.

Hospitality during lockdown

It’s been no big surprise that our friends in the hospitality sector have been severely impacted over the last year due to Covid-19. GM Business Connect caught up with Paul Walsh, General Manager of Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel to find out how they are coping through the current crisis.

Paul – you have worked in hospitality for 21 years, working for brands like City Inn, Doubletree by Hilton, Hotel Football and now the Marriott. Please tell us what your role is in one of Manchester’s finest hotels…
“As General Manager,

Dealing with difficult decisions

No matter how well you run your business, there is always a risk of something going wrong. When business owners are faced with either a bad debt, rising costs or an unforeseen event, it is easy to miss the onset of insolvency. The Covid-19 pandemic has intensified this, with many company directors busy ensuring processes are in place to comply with the ever-changing government guidelines whilst trying to maintain turnover. It is more important than ever to recognise the ‘signs of trouble’ early and prepare accordingly as survival can depend on it.

Don’t let the past hold you back

Insolvency can have a massive impact on any business owner, both financially and from a wellbeing perspective. This is particularly poignant during the current pandemic where many thousands of businesses will become insolvent through no fault of their owners. One of the most overlooked aspects of a business failure though is the issue of insurance.

Most business owners will have the tenacity to start afresh, showing the ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit’ that is needed to look forward and to build anew.

It’s a New World, it’s a New Day…

The new year has arrived and with it ushered in a new era for the UK. The protracted flurry of activity towards the end of last year that led to the free trade agreement with the EU, came more with a whimper than with a bang.

So, it is a new world, it is a new day, but are we feeling good?

My sense is that we have been suffering a national hangover that will take time to clear.

Exporters need help…

…and the government needs to step up, says the Anglo-French and European Road Freight Specialist France Line.

The queues at customs and at Britain’s key ports have been lengthening since the 2nd week of January 2021, with chaos building and its authorities need to do more to resolve deeper issues, says France Line’s Managing Director Marie Boyer from their HQ in Trafford Park. “Cross-channel traffic was relatively light early January, but that was largely a result of depressed demand,

Brexit 2021 – reality and moving forward

Steve Swinburn, General Manager of Harbour International Freight based in Manchester, looks at more issues brought to light in the aftermath of Brexit. “The Government have spent many millions on various TV ads, Radio ads, and Motorway Matrix signs advising UK Business to get ready for change. What it has not mentioned is it has been hard to prepare and adapt for the unknown. Whilst preparing my own customers and clients for the unknown has been challenging and at times quite fraught,

Passion, Integrity and Delivery

GM Business Connect talked with Paul Whitnell, Founder of the British and Irish Trading Alliance (BITA), which is a non-profit networking organisation operating across the UK and Ireland, about the impact of the pandemic on their organisation and their membership. Paul commented: “Like many of our members, we found that last year was almost like pressing a reset, or at least a pause, button. We have all examined ourselves over the last few months and many of us have found a resilience and adaptability that we didn’t know we had.

Greater Manchester Business Awards open for business

Now in its fifth year, GM Business Connect are once again proud to be media sponsors of the Greater Manchester Business Awards. Organised by the Rich Media Group based in Stockport, this year’s event will come to a glittering black-tie winner’s evening on Friday 3 September at the new Central Manchester-based Hotel Brooklyn.

The website is now open for all businesses across Greater Manchester to enter, with a closing date for entries of Friday 28 May. Once that date is reached initial judging will take place with a shortlist of finalists announced on Tuesday 1 June.

Pay Attention!

The biggest asset of any business are their people, and it’s crucial they are ready for a future of business evolution using smart tech. Throw in a pandemic for good measure and it’s never been more important to ensure those people have the skillsets to not just manage but thrive in the current uncertain environment. Kirsty Allan, Managing Director of KLA Creative, offers an insightful and intriguing new set of coaching options with her ‘WorkWell’ programmes. Here she discusses some of the underpinning aspects of those courses:

We are all immersed in a sea of radical change and to keep afloat,