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Fathom IT goes full circle

Over the last 20 years Fathom IT has evolved and grown from a fax and printer repair company to a full computer and communications infrastructure service business. The company offers everything IT related; from hardware repairs, remote support to businesses and individuals, through to installing fibreoptic cables and data networks on large development projects. The recent lockdown has brought about more homeworking and this has led to Fathom re-energising an arm of its business that had seen little demand in recent years,

Emirates resumes flights from Manchester

Emirates has resumed flights for passengers between Manchester and Dubai, reconnecting people and businesses in the North of England to 30 destinations currently on Emirates’ growing network. The twice weekly Boeing 777-300ER flights to MAN will operate every Wednesday and Sunday. The resumption of flights from Manchester makes the airport the second Emirates UK gateway to reopen, alongside London Heathrow.

This expansion of services allows UK customers to fly to destinations in the Asia Pacific, including Australia, with a convenient connection in Dubai.

Resilience: from setback to comeback

Phil Jones MBE, managing director at business technology solutions provider, Brother UK, looks at the current issues for businesses with returning restrictions due to Covid-19.

The news at the moment is all too familiar. The broadcasters could almost be forgiven for recycling bulletins from March, with coronavirus cases rising again and regional restrictions coming back into force. At a time when we thought we were on the up, and when we’ve grown used to a narrative centred around recovery,

Manchester hospitality looks to a positive future

The recovery of the hospitality sector is a collaborative effort

I don’t need to tell anyone about the difficulties facing the events and hospitality sector. Navigating the ever-changing array of rules and regulations, trying to operate a ‘viable’ business whilst interpreting seemingly endless, confusing and contradictory guidance. After the relative highs of August where we all ate out to help out and in doing so drove some of our favourite establishments to their busiest August on record,

A fresh approach to online learning

GM Business Connect recently met with Terry Simmons, Managing Director of Trafford Park-based eLearning Plus+, to share with us how the business evolved and how the introduction of their new initiative, the ‘Pay it Forward Learning Project’, will help individuals to thrive in these challenging times:

Terry – many thanks for talking with us. Please can you describe how eLearning Plus+ developed as a business?
“eLearning Plus+ was actually born out of iDigital Marketing which was started in 2011 to focus on creating interactive digital content that organisations could use to build strong relationships with their target clients.

Surveying success

In the past months after the initial lockdown there have been many stories of businesses struggling and having to drastically alter the way they function simply to survive. For one Altrincham-based business the opposite has been the case. GM Business Connect caught up with managing director Paul Naylor from Trafford Surveyors to find out more about the ongoing success story of their business.

Can you briefly describe how Trafford Surveyors came about and have developed over the years?

The world is a small place

There is a shortage of available 40’ containers in Asia, and as a result transport costs are rising sharply. There are resultant delays, and this robust export demand has the potential to slow down global economic recovery. Also, China has some of the busiest ports in the world and one of the busiest routes is between China and the USA west coast ports. There are so many questions that arise from this, and many lessons to be learned that it is a challenge to know where to start.

Recovery still on track despite fears of lockdown – but fears for job losses increase

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

Our views on recovery are unchanged. We expect output to be down, by around 10% in the third quarter, and down by 5% in the final quarter of the year. Output for the year as a whole, will be down by 10%. Unemployment is set to rise to between 2.5 and 3.0 million, a rate of 7.5% and 8.5%, without any additional extension to the job support scheme.

How safe is your credit?

By Paul Daine, Premium Collections

You know the score, don’t you?
Your credit score that is. As consumers, most people are proud of their credit score and look after it to ensure that if and when they may need a loan, a new car, credit card or a mortgage they will get automatic acceptance at the best possible rate. However, in business you may not review your credit rating or you may not even know you have one.

The Greater Manchester Business Awards 2020

Now in its fourth year, the Greater Manchester Business Awards has had to change its format considerably to remain relevant under the current restrictions for Covid-19. To replace the scheduled black tie event, the winners were announced on the 4th September at a special live streaming ceremony featuring ITV’s Paul Crone. The live announcement revealed the 8 category winners in a special broadcast over YouTube, put together by organisers Rich Media Group International. GM Business Connect have been media sponsors from the very first event that took place in 2017,