Connecting Business

Landmark conference confirmed for Manchester Central on 23 September

A large-scale ‘in-person’, one-day conference has been confirmed to go ahead at Manchester Central on Thursday 23 September. PROGRESS21, is one day, three events, centred on careers, businesses and Greater Manchester’s global ambition, delivered by the Growth Company with a wide range of partner organisations. The three events will see thousands of Greater Manchester businesses, support organisations, and individuals, safely re-connect in person, and will offer a wide-ranging programme of presentations, workshops and support to add significant momentum to the economic recovery of the city-region.

Enter the new Dragon

Entrepreneur and author Steven Bartlett is to join Dragons’ Den, replacing Tej Lalvani to become the youngest Dragon in the programme’s history. The 28-year-old will join Dragons Peter Jones (55), Deborah Meaden (62), Touker Suleyman (67) and Sara Davies (36) for the 19th series of the BBC One programme. Steven is set to become the youngest ever Dragon, taking over from Tej Lalvani for the 19th series. He is the co-founder and former CEO of listed social media firm Social Chain,

From Submariner to IT Specialist

We recently caught up with Greg Buchanan, Managing Director of IT and Telecoms specialists Mango Tech, and asked him to share his story from watery beginnings to pioneering business solutions.

Greg, you started your career in the Navy and now you’re a Director of your own business – please tell us about your journey?
“I was never very interested in school, and joined the Navy at 15 as a communications rating in the submarine service.

Good to be back!

We ran a feature on the impact of COVID-19 on Manchester’s hospitality sector in our February/March edition, featuring an interview with owners Mark and Elaine Wrigley, who were very pleased to once again to be hosting the region’s business community coming together at their venue. As well as offering over 540 Gin brands, the bar featured a fantastic area outside offering safe networking for 30 guests – a number still limited by government guidelines. GM Business Connect’s Jon Cheetham and Paul Mirage were in attendance,

Innovative medical products

www.steroplast.co.uk

Through their global manufacturing partnerships developed over 25 years, Steroplast can offer new, unique and innovative products designed for 7 individual markets, delivered to your door within 24 hours.

Where does Steroplast source its medical products from?
“Steroplast has global reach giving us access to manufacturers around the world.”

Do most of your imports come out of China?
“There is a misconception that ‘everything’ comes out of China.

Pure Connectworking – Face to face networking is back

Friday afternoon face-to-face networking is back! Organised by GM Business Connect Magazine and in association with venue host Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester’s business community are invited back to networking at one of Manchester’s newest iconic hotels. Guests are invited to bring their pull-up banners, literature and giveaways. Complimentary food and drink is available courtesy of Hotel Brooklyn. There will be a business card draw and the opportunity to tour the hotel in small guided groups. Tickets are £20+VAT – available on Eventbrite.

Economic uncertainty – COVID means talent development is more important than ever

Economic commentators across the globe continue to debate, analyse and predict the impact that the pandemic has had on global, national and local economies. Many are prescribing to the ‘V-shaped’ scenario (see: Figure 1), where the obvious significant economic challenges brought on by COVID-19 (demonstrated by the UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as falling by almost 10% in 2020 compared to 2019) recover quickly and strongly. Current predictions of a 7.25% growth in GDP in 2021 – the fastest growth since World War II –

Spend, Spend, Spend… the Shoppers are back!

Analysis from Dr John Ashcroft on the economic impact of Covid-19
Retail sales jumped by almost 10% in April. Masked shoppers returned to the high street. Sales were up 40% compared to April last year. Sales were up by 12% compared to pre-pandemic levels in the months of 2019. Clothing stores were major beneficiaries. Sales volumes increased by 70% compared to the prior month. Household goods sales jumped 10%. Furniture sales were up by 30%. Sales of cosmetics were up by 25%.

Credit control policies and the need for good credit management

If your business doesn’t have a credit policy it should get one or create one as soon as possible. The main benefits of good credit management policies are to ensure a business maximises credit sales with the minimum amount of risk. Credit risks should be identified to reduce the risk of sales going wrong and invoices not being collected in accordance with agreed terms. Your credit policy should detail the requirements you have set for your terms of payment. Recent research suggests that UK SME’s are owed on average £130,000 in late payments.

Martyn’s Law

On the 22nd May 2017, Figen Murray’s life as she knew it changed forever. Her son, Martyn Hett, was one of the 22 people killed in the devastating Manchester Arena bombing attack. The shock, heartache and emptiness felt by Figen’s family was overwhelming. In the aftermath, friends, family and even strangers flocked to support her and her grieving family, and while there was nothing anyone could do to bring Martyn back, the acts of kindness strengthened their faith in humanity.