Over 100 professionals from the Facilities, Cleaning and Construction sector gathered in Manchester at the end of July for the Annual Summer Party hosted by FM North. Now in its seventh year, FM North has consistently grown in numbers and has become the must-attend networking event for both established professionals in the industry as well as those new to the world of FM and cleaning. Established and organised by hosts Ian Perton, Director at CSS Facilities Services Ltd, and Daniel Cross, UK Marketing Manager for Tennant Company, the FM North Summer Party was kindly sponsored by The Cleaning and Support Services Association, along with commercial hire company Wow Now Hire Ltd, and national multi-sector recruitment agency Detail2Recruitment.
In October the FM North group will once again be exhibiting at Healthcare Estates (4 & 5 October) and Education Estates (18 & 19 October) at Manchester Central. FM North is a free to attend networking event taking place on the 4th Wednesday of each month and updates are regularly posted on the group’s Linkedin page. Join the FM North LinkedIn group linkedin.com/groups/8348707/ or contact email@example.com
The Saffron Group
Business Connect Magazine were very pleased to attend a very lively business networking event at the end of June. We were delighted to be invited firstly to a wonderful meal at Stanley House in Blackburn, where we were treated some fine Indian cuisine. Sponsored by Sprouto and Nybble, the event was a fantastic opportunity to meet over 100 guests representing many other local businesses, and a chance to network in a great atmosphere provided by the team and top class facilities at Stanley House.
We spoke to Bipin Patel, from Guide Security, one of the founder members of the group who said: “The Saffron Group are a group of local businesses who have come together to better serve the needs of the local business community and the local community and who share a real passion to support each other across the region. We have hosted a number of successful corporate evenings and social events, to get to know, like and trust each other better and build better relationships.”
To find out more contact Bipin Patel by email firstname.lastname@example.org or text Bipin on 07973 168857
Business Connect attended the July 2022 Manchester Business Catalyst Club Lunch and caught up with MD Graham Shiers.
Graham – how are things going with the Business Catalyst Club? We were also at the last Leeds Lunch and the numbers were incredible. “We average between 130 and 150 attendees in Leeds and the Manchester numbers are growing fast.”
So, what makes the BCC Lunches so popular? “It’s the quality of the room. Our invitation-only “dealmaker” events are aimed at decision makers, entrepreneurs and investors, focusing on building relationships rather than selling. Also, we’re so much more than just networking. At each Lunch we provide a platform for companies seeking private investment to pitch, plus we highlight a number of opportunities and deals that come across our desk. And the food is great!”
And the Charity Draw? “Charity is an important part of my life and the BCC Lunches are a way of allowing us to pay something back into the community. Each lunch features a charity draw, with guests asked to make a voluntary donation on arrival and the collection donated in full to a charity nominated by the winner of the draw. To date this year, the draw has raised £2,995.”
When are the next events? “We hold 4 events in both Manchester and Leeds. The next Leeds business networking event lunch is on 15 September and is already virtually sold out. The next Manchester Business Catalyst Club lunch is on Thursday 20 October.”