Professionals from the Facilities, Cleaning and Construction sectors from across the UK gathered en masse in November for the final FM North networking event of 2022. The annual Xmas Party and Awards event was held at The Lawn Club, Spinningfields, on 23 November and over 150 people attended.
Hosted as always by Ian Perton of CSS Facilities, and Daniel Cross of Tennant UK, the closing FM North event of the year was generously sponsored and supported by the IWFM Rising Stars, Dawson Group PLC, Cleanology, Business Connect Magazine, Tennant UK, CSS Facilities and A2R Personnel, and even had a surprise visit from Pudsey the Bear as the event also raised money for BBC Children in Need.
FM North has already established itself as the go-to networking event for the FM and cleaning industry, attracting key people from well known companies on a regular basis, and now extends beyond networking by having a presence at key industry exhibitions including Healthcare Estates, Education Estates, and (in 2023) The Workplace Event in Birmingham.
FM North co-founder and Tennant UK Marketing Manager Daniel Cross said “FM North has been going for almost 8 years and the reason it has been such a success, why people keep attending and recommending their colleagues and clients to join us, is because it clearly stands apart from the other business development groups.
“Members do not have to come with a set number of leads to pass on, we don’t have any speakers or speeches, and above all it’s free to attend.”
Each FM North event is completely funded by the sponsor, and in return that company is able to promote itself to a wide and growing audience of potential customers, suppliers and business contacts via the FM North database and rising LinkedIn group membership, which currently stands at just over 2,700 members.
The winner of the 2023 ‘Networker of the Year’ award was Elizabeth Smith, Director of A2R Personnel, and FM North will return to The Lawn Club on Wednesday 25 January 2023.
UK CONFEDERATION by CONFASSOCIAZIONI
Business Connect has joined the UK CONFEDERATION by CONFASSOCIAZIONI as a Media Partner and attended a recent Manchester network event at Gusto. Business leaders from different sectors were invited to attend and given the opportunity to expand their business network.
Find out more: ukconfederation.co.uk
BUSINESS CATALYST CLUB
October saw the Business Catalyst Club hold their Lunch event in the heart of Manchester. Once again great speakers talked about business and support today, one of which was Vickie Hood from boutique business sales advisors the Spring Top Group. November then saw another great event in Leeds where speakers spoke about what their business had to offer, and this month’s Charity Draw winner was Sara Poskitt, director of Lomot Developments who nominated Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds as the recipient. So far this year members have voluntarily raised a total of £4,815.00 for various Charities which are chosen by members and guests both in Leeds and Manchester. They included The Boathouse Youth, Leeds Baby Bank, Beechwood Cancer Care Centre, East Cheshire Hospice, PEEPS HIA, From The Heart Charity and Papyrus UK.
Graham Shiers has built a solid reputation for encouraging entrepreneurial values, emergent talent and stimulating business development and growth alongside funding services, with particular focus on the Northern business community, acting as a trusted source of introduction between new and existing business contacts. The Business Catalyst Club enhances business relationships by bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and decision makers to share new and exciting business opportunities. The quarterly invitation-only Business Catalyst Club Lunch events in both Leeds and Manchester are designed to deliver added value to an extensive network of business contacts by facilitating new commercial and professional introductions. The events also provide an effective platform for a small number of companies seeking growth capital to showcase their proposals to our members and guests – many of whom are private or institutional investors and lenders.
Business Catalyst Club Membership is available to decision makers from all walks of business life including entrepreneurs, MDs, directors, business partners and owner managers. Membership includes four Lunches over the year plus members can invite a decision-maker guest on each occasion at no extra cost. The next Manchester Business Catalyst Club Lunch is on Thursday 26 January in Manchester, followed by the Leeds Lunch on Thursday 9 February 2023.
LIVERPOOL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Business Connect Magazine has extended its media expansion by partnering with the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Pictured is Paul Mirage with Chamber CEO at a busy Chamber breakfast networking event at Regus Liverpool Mann Island. Liverpool Chamber: liverpoolchamber.org.uk
BITA (British and Irish Trading Alliance)
November saw Business Connect Magazine as sponsors of the up and coming group. Businesses from all sectors attend the monthly event which takes place on the third Thursday of each month at the Clayton Hotel Manchester. BITA Social Manchester – Eventbrite for details, or visit Bita.ie
BUSINESS GROWTH HUB
BGH Match is the free business networking group run by GC Business Growth Hub. Launched in March 2022, their aim was to bring businesses back together again from across Greater Manchester, and since its inception, BGH Match has brought together over 800 businesses across 16 events. BGH Match will continue into the New Year.
For more information on BGH Match visit: businessgrowthhub.com/match