GM Business Connect Magazine

Laing O'Rourke, St James Quarter

Building back better

Interview with Eamonn Dolan, Operations Manager at Laing O’Rourke
Originally featured in the BITA magazine NetWorks

“This past year has seen some sectors forced to close their doors to help the country manage the spread of covid while others have continued; albeit with dramatic adaptions made to the way they operate. Nearly all businesses have had to seriously consider how they will adapt and prepare for returning to normal, and whether there might be improvements to make while they are at it.

Building a solid reputation

Peace of mind is a crucial part of the Construction Sector, particularly when new builds or significant remodelling is involved. GM Business Connect met recently with Adele Reid, managing director of Altrincham-based ABC+ Warranty. The company specialises in structural warranties and certificates for both the residential and commercial sector, along with a range of many other ancillary services.

Adele – can you share with us the history of ABC+ and how you developed as a business?
“Just over 30 years ago our surveying history was started by then Managing Director Trevor Bartlett.

PROGRESS21 – Bringing together GM businesses

GM Business Connect spoke with Janine Smith, Director of GC Business Growth Hub, which is part of the Growth Company. The Hub provides specialist funded support to drive growth in small and medium enterprises across Greater Manchester. Janine is leading PROGRESS21 Business, one of the first large scale in-person business events since early 2020, taking place at Manchester Central on 23 September. We asked Janine to explain more about the landmark event:

What is PROGRESS21?
“The Growth Company has developed PROGRESS21 in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Greater Manchester.

Hotel Brooklyn Aerial View at Night

Hotel Brooklyn : Accessibility is the new cool

GM Business Connect has always supported the hospitality sector, and were pleased to get the opportunity to meet at Hotel Brooklyn with Kevin Healey, Director of Sales, Bespoke Hotels, who looks after Hotel Brooklyn and Hotel Gotham in Manchester, also Hotel Bonham in Edinburgh. Also meeting with us was Paul Bayliss, General Manager of Hotel Brooklyn. We started off chatting with Kevin:

Kevin – tell us about your history and how you became Director of Sales for Bespoke Hotels?

Bnode – the ethical future of digital marketing

GM Business Connect has come across a good range of digital marketing start-ups, however, when we met Chris Naylor, Managing Director of Bnode, we saw a very different side to a new business following what is known as B Corp principles. We asked Chris to explain more:

Tell us what drove you to set up Bnode?
“After a lifetime of working in the digital industry, from the early days over 20 years ago of hands-on web development,

Northern Ireland Border Protocol

When is a deal not a deal? When it is Schrödinger’s Protocol!

I step forward in trepidation to write this article knowing full well that approaching the subject of Brexit is like walking on a hornets’ nest. The likelihood is that I could upset people from both sides of the political debate, but bear with me and I will try to carefully tread a middle path. I do not want to repeat the arguments of the rights and wrongs of Brexit, so for the purposes of this article let’s start from the point that the UK has left the EU and we have to make the best of it;

Network Plus Kickstart Scheme

Network Plus set to boost job prospects for young people

Network Plus has announced a major commitment to the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ scheme. Kickstart aims to offer opportunities to young people at risk of long term unemployment. The company has set out ambitious plans as part of its Social Responsibility programme to attract and support young people into the business, including graduates, apprenticeships and Kickstart.

Through Kickstart, Network Plus will offer high quality six month work placements for 34 young people aged 16 to 24 years who are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

GM Business Awards

Shortlist announced for the Greater Manchester Business Awards

The Greater Manchester Business Awards have now arrived at their 5 year anniversary. There are a good number of awards similar to this, but the longevity and popularity for this event has seems to have grown from strength to strength. The first awards took place in 2017, and each year after that culminated in a glitzy black tie evening ceremony held at a landmark Manchester venue.

2020 however was when everything changed! COVID had put a stop to all social gatherings,

The Lowry Hotel, Salford

Don’t miss the BITA Manchester and Leeds Networking Lunch!

14 October • 12noon – late • The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford M3 5LH

The British and Irish Trading Alliance (BITA) are pleased to confirm the much anticipated Manchester and Leeds Networking Lunch. Taking place at the iconic Lowry Hotel, the event will attract business owners from across the UK and Ireland and will offer a fantastic chance to network and enjoy a drinks reception followed by a sumptuous three course luncheon with wine.

Everything you need to know about the Super deduction tax relief

Everything you need to know about the Super-deduction tax relief

As part of the Spring Budget, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a new ‘Super-deduction’ tax relief among other capital allowances, as a mechanism to kick start the economy and promote a speeding up of business investment following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Les Leavitt, Managing Director at LWA has detailed how the Super-deduction works if you’re thinking of investing in qualifying plant and machinery.

Les Leavitt, LWA

What are capital allowances?