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Stockport Homes score twice

Winners of both the Community and Social Responsibility category plus Business of the Year (over 10 employees), Stockport Homes Group are very much the embodiment of a modern socially conscious organisation. Formed in 2005, and led by Chief Executive Helen McHale, the organisation has grown at an incredible rate and now has over 600 employees. GM Business Connect caught up with Helen to find out more…

Firstly, congratulations on winning not one but two awards. How has this news been received by your colleagues?

The Irish connection

Harbour International Freight has a tradition of offering specialist trailer services to and from Ireland and the UK. Following continued development over the past decade they now provide a full freight forwarding service via their integrated European Network. They are based in 16 locations throughout the UK and Ireland, and GM Business Connect caught up with Steve Swinburn, UK General Manager at their head office in Eccles:

What services do you offer to/from Ireland or in the Irish market?

How will the potential of WTO trade tariffs affect worldwide shipping?

by Bryn Atherton, Allseas Global Logistics

As trade and commerce continue as normal during the Brexit transition period, many companies who regularly import and export goods with Europe are becoming increasingly concerned about the threat of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. There is plenty of speculation that a free trade agreement between the UK and Europe could yet be achieved. But with discussions still ongoing it’s looking increasingly likely that the UK will revert to WTO trade tariffs from January 2021.

Furlough fraud – avoiding investigation for genuine claims

The first fines have been issued to businesses that have inappropriately claimed from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), including one person who claimed £495,000. The government set out a number of rules and guidelines which need to be followed for claims, and employers that have struggled to understand the rules of the scheme, or that did not seek legal advice prior to furloughing employees (including office holders, company directors and agency workers), may have unknowingly failed to comply with CJRS rules,

There’s never been a more important time to employ an apprentice… and let the Government help you

Youth unemployment levels have rocketed in recent months as the lockdown period has really had a negative impact on entry level jobs, with an additional 154,000 young people out of work. This huge growth in unemployment risks impacting the future of this current generation for many years to come.

Over recent months, we have held a communication campaign urging employers to maintain their investment in apprentices, detailing the great attributes that new, young talent can have in supporting business through these turbulent times ahead.

Moving forward from redundancy

Some of us may remember the concept of a job for life, where you worked for a large blue-chip company or solid family business and received opportunities for training, promotion, travel and even relocation, leaving only due to personal choice or circumstance. Today this is a somewhat alien concept, with many people changing their jobs every three years or so through boredom or redundancy.

A job for life is pretty much extinct.
As companies fold,

Brother joins elite club of world’s most sustainable companies

Tameside-based Brother UK has played a leading role in helping its global parent company, Brother Industries, to join the FTSE4Good Index – a select group of the world’s most environmentally and socially sustainable companies. The Index measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practice, which includes household names such as Apple, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson. The listing reflects the global business’s success in working to meet the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, from tackling climate change and resource depletion,

MediaCityUK launches smart city innovation testbed

Digital venture builder and investment specialists UP Ventures Group, in partnership with MediaCityUK and The Connected Places Catapult, have announced a ground breaking Smart City accelerator programme. Focusing on people-centred technology, especially in the current health and economic climate, the ‘Smart City Innovation Testbed’ aims to find ground-breaking technology solutions that will positively improve the quality of life for people and businesses in a post pandemic world. Europe’s largest, digital, tech and creative hub – MediaCityUK and The Connected Places Catapult –

Manchester Central to manage event spaces at Runway Visitor Park

Manchester Central has been awarded the contract to deliver events and hospitality services at Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park and Concorde Conference Centre. The win forms part of the venue’s long-term strategy to expand the business by delivering its world-class hospitality and event management services at other prestigious venues across the region. Home to the iconic Concorde aircraft, the venue offers a one-of-a-kind setting for dinners, conferences, weddings and parties for up to 700 people. Two smaller break-out rooms and an on-site café and restaurant make the park a top choice for event organisers and one of the region’s most popular visitor attractions.

41% of businesses plan to move banking provider due to slow support during Covid-19

It has been revealed that 42% of business decision-makers have waited over two weeks for a business loan application from their banking provider. Four in 10 businesses are planning to change their banking provider due to the slow support that has been offered during the outbreak. This is according to esearch commissioned by software provider Encompass Corporation, which found that 41% of companies were looking to make a switch due to poor service during the crisis.

The data,