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.

Spotlight on Employee Ownership

February saw K-Club hosting its regular breakfast networking event once again at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. Following their winning formula of early morning networking, silver service full English breakfast, and two great speakers, the event presented a common theme this time exploring the benefits of Employee Ownership as a business model.

Speaking first was Deb Oxley OBE, CEO of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA). Deb has over 30 years business experience across private and public sectors and latterly after founding and running her own small business for 10 years,

The future of wellbeing in the workplace

The middle of November brought two great speakers both following the theme of wellbeing to K-Club’s regular Salford networking event – Michael Brennan, the Co-Founder and CEO of tootoot, and Maria Mander, founder of Mander Wellbeing. After the usual excellent breakfast, courtesy of hosts AJ Bell Stadium, Michael took the first of two presentations, addressing the audience from a place of personal passion as he shared his entrepreneurial journey through mistakes, successes and challenges. He began by explaining that tootoot is an award winning software that supports the psychological safety and wellbeing of individuals in education,

Accounting for the music business + a catch up with the GM Mayor

As regular partners with K-Club events GM Business Connect enjoy a great range of high-profile business speakers from many different businesses, organisations and sectors. The breakfast events are held five times a year at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, and are designed to allow guests the opportunity to meet other senior business leaders and like-minded entrepreneurs in a club environment. As well as networking at the events, the guests enjoy a full English breakfast followed by two inspiring speakers.

AsOne expands to Ancoats

AsOne Digital Business Development have announced that they will be moving from their existing site in Tameside to Manchester’s Ancoats Urban Village this November. The move highlights the establishment of Manchester as a growing digital sector leader for the UK, adding to the headcount of digital service businesses in the redeveloped Northern Quarter and adjacent Ancoats areas.

Joel Rush, Director, commented: “AsOne have been established and steadily growing for the past 18 years. We’re specialists in web development and digital marketing and have long enjoyed a reputation for reliable and consistent results not just across Greater Manchester but internationally.

A look at Goat’s Milk + 100,000 donors campaign

K-Club breakfast events are held five times a year at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, and are designed to allow guests the opportunity to meet other like-minded entrepreneurs and
senior business leaders in a club environment. As well as networking at the events, the guests enjoy a full English breakfast followed by two inspiring speakers. The event at the end of June featured Ed Salt, Managing Director of Delamere Dairy, and Peter McCleave, Vice President/Global Operations Manager for RBS Business.

The Best of Bolton Business Show 2019

The middle of June saw the inaugural Business Show hosted by thebestofBolton take place at the Last Drop Village Hotel in Bolton. GM Business Connect were there as both exhibitors and media sponsors, along with another 55 businesses looking to connect with each other and the steady stream of visitors. Organiser Farzana Patel did a fantastic job of organising the event and the venue looked great. All sorts of businesses were exhibiting, including headline sponsors Sure Store, main sponsors ExcluSec Group,

The Stockport Expo 2019

The Stockport Expo was The Business Bible’s first Expo, taking place at the home of newly promoted Stockport County FC. GM Business Connect were there of course as Media Sponsors, with organiser James Caldwell from the Business Bible.

The event took place on the 4 July, after a busy week for the venue as it had hosted the Blossoms Concerts the week prior. Over 200 attendees came to the event, not including the Exhibitors already on the show floor,

The Greater Manchester Business Expo 2019: a big response to the new Expo on the block!

The Greater Manchester Business Expo opened its doors to the North West business community at the USN Bolton Arena for the first time in May. This inaugural event attracted 1,200 delegates keen to visit the 100+ exhibitor stands. Organisers Shout Expo were delighted with the turnout. Having hosted the Lancashire Business Expo for five years, and their first Merseyside Business Expo in 2018, Manchester was a natural choice for their next Expo location. Jordan Conlin, Director at Shout Expo, said he wasn’t surprised that the event had been so well received: “The North West has a thriving business community and there’s a thirst for credible opportunities to promote businesses and networking with peers and even competitors.

A fresh culture for law firms + transforming lives

The end of March saw K-Club featuring 2 great speakers again at their regular breakfast event at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford. Firstly renowned private equity lawyer Darryl Cooke took to the podium to deliver on philanthropy in business and the rewards we all receive. He began by giving an insight into the process of setting up law firm gunnercooke llp. Stating that their mission was not to be ‘good’ but ‘great’ in their work, he mused that ‘good’ was the enemy of great as it could lead to complacency.