GM Business Connect Magazine

Anyone can be accused of a crime…

GM Business Connect recently caught up with Tariq Hussain, Managing Director at Petherbridge Bassra Solicitors Ltd, part of the Petherbridge Bassra Group. The national firm are headquartered in Bradford and offer multiple specialist law services across the North.

Please tell us about your role at Petherbridge Bassra Solicitors, also can you describe what your firm covers?
“My role is Managing Director of the  Petherbridge Bassra Group, who are a multi-disciplinary practice specialising in business crime but offering a wide range of services such as personal injury,

Electric all the way with the Harris Group

The Harris Group is a great example of a business grown through the vision of its iconic founder. For more than 60 years Pino Harris had grown the Dublin-based business to become a commercial vehicle distributor with a global supply chain, pan-European customer base and an extensive network of dealers. After his death in 2017 his wife Denise Harris took over as Chief Executive Officer. The Group are now creating a new base in Birchwood Park, Warrington to grow its MAXUS Commercial Vehicle operations in the UK.

Manchester’s home of Gin

One of the hardest hit sectors of the restrictions to businesses over the past year has been the hospitality sector. GM Business Connect caught up with husband and wife owners Elaine and Mark Wrigley of the Atlas Bar on Deansgate, to hear about their story of perseverance over the past year.

Mark & Elaine Wrigley

The Atlas Bar is seen as the Manchester home of Gin, how many brands do you actually stock?

Preparing to trade with the EU and Ireland

Michael Nolan, CEO of the Irish customs clearance solution,, spoke to us about some of the issues British companies have been encountering trading with the EU, and Ireland in particular, since 1 January and his advice on avoiding them. “It has been a tough 1st Quarter for everyone, with official numbers showing imports from the UK into Ireland down 65% in January of this year. The Free Trade Agreement that was agreed on Christmas Eve 2020 didn’t give businesses enough time to prepare,

The importance of checking for cancer symptoms

England’s top cancer doctor has urged people not to hesitate to get checked as new research revealed that nearly half of the public have concerns about seeking help during the coronavirus pandemic. One in 10 people would not contact their GP even if they had a lump or a new mole which did not go away after a week, the survey found. Another third of people would worry about seeking help, according to polling carried out by Portland. Getting coronavirus or passing to family were among the top reasons that people would not come forward when they have cancer symptoms along with fears that they could be a burden to the health service.

New service initiative links China to Liverpool

DKT Allseas (part of Allseas Global Logistics), has announced it will operate a number of supply chain critical container vessel sailings from Shanghai and Ningbo to Liverpool. The first service due to depart Shanghai on 8 April, with two additional sailings towards the end of April. The new initiative by DKT Allseas, is intended to provide relief to customers who are facing increased ocean freight rates, as well as, reduced reliability due to the knock-on impacts of the global pandemic.

Upsides from the Covid-19 pandemic

Although the upsides to lockdown have been few and far between, one is that people have become experts with online communication platforms like Zoom. This has had a massive, positive impact on the growth of our BITA Global Forum. Whereas once we would have faced an uphill struggle to make people realise that the initiative was viable without face-to-face meetings, we are now expanding our forum to include even more people and nations.

The Forum was first set up as a platform to discuss the issues and potential solutions that are at the forefront of national conversations – plastic pollution and mental health.

What the Spring Budget 2021 means for your business

Starting his Budget announcement on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, confirmed that the economy has shrunk by 10% but that more than £280 billion in support has been offered so far. At LWA, we have summarised the key points from the Budget relevant to businesses to ensure you make the most of what’s being offered to help the economy recover.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS or the furlough scheme)
The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of September 2021.

Victory at the Learning Awards for Apprenticeships at Salford City College

On the evening of 18 February 2021, Apprenticeships at Salford City College were awarded the Gold award for ‘Learning Provider of the Year’ at the 2021 Learning Awards. The Learning Awards is an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI). It recognises innovation and achievement in workplace learning. The ‘Learning Provider of the Year’ Award is presented to an enterprise that provides learning services to external clients. Winners are chosen through demonstrating consistent high-quality and innovation,

UK Economy could grow over 20% in 3 years

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

The IMF now sees a brighter outlook for the world economy. The Bank of England is feeling more optimistic about the UK. The Office For Budget Responsibility forecasts real growth of 11% over the next two years. Forecasts for the UK will be revised up. In nominal terms the UK could grow by over 20% over the next three years, underpinning growth for jobs and business in the medium term.