The Lancashire Business Expo 2022

Business Connect Magazine with Aaron Willis

Back at the Preston Guild Hall on the 25 March, the Lancashire Business Expo 2022 once again welcomed businesses from across Lancashire and Beyond. The event welcomed over 1,200 delegates throughout the day and brought together over 120 exhibitors from across Lancashire and beyond. The exhibitors crammed into both floors of the Guild Hall, and […]

The North West Business Expo 2021

North West Business Expo 2021

Carrying on the theme of successful Business Expos across the North, and hot on the heels of the recent Lancashire Business Expo at Preston Guild Hall, organisers Shout! rolled out the North West Business Expo 2021 at Bolton Whites Hotel on 5 November. The event welcomed over 1,000 delegates throughout the day and featured exhibitors […]

Building back better

Interview with Eamonn Dolan, Operations Manager at Laing O’Rourke Originally featured in the BITA magazine NetWorks “This past year has seen some sectors forced to close their doors to help the country manage the spread of covid while others have continued; albeit with dramatic adaptions made to the way they operate. Nearly all businesses have […]

Building a solid reputation

Peace of mind is a crucial part of the Construction Sector, particularly when new builds or significant remodelling is involved. GM Business Connect met recently with Adele Reid, managing director of Altrincham-based ABC+ Warranty. The company specialises in structural warranties and certificates for both the residential and commercial sector, along with a range of many […]

PROGRESS21 – Bringing together GM businesses

GM Business Connect spoke with Janine Smith, Director of GC Business Growth Hub, which is part of the Growth Company. The Hub provides specialist funded support to drive growth in small and medium enterprises across Greater Manchester. Janine is leading PROGRESS21 Business, one of the first large scale in-person business events since early 2020, taking […]

Hotel Brooklyn : Accessibility is the new cool

GM Business Connect has always supported the hospitality sector, and were pleased to get the opportunity to meet at Hotel Brooklyn with Kevin Healey, Director of Sales, Bespoke Hotels, who looks after Hotel Brooklyn and Hotel Gotham in Manchester, also Hotel Bonham in Edinburgh. Also meeting with us was Paul Bayliss, General Manager of Hotel […]

Bnode – the ethical future of digital marketing

GM Business Connect has come across a good range of digital marketing start-ups, however, when we met Chris Naylor, Managing Director of Bnode, we saw a very different side to a new business following what is known as B Corp principles. We asked Chris to explain more: Tell us what drove you to set up […]

When is a deal not a deal? When it is Schrödinger’s Protocol!

I step forward in trepidation to write this article knowing full well that approaching the subject of Brexit is like walking on a hornets’ nest. The likelihood is that I could upset people from both sides of the political debate, but bear with me and I will try to carefully tread a middle path. I […]

Network Plus set to boost job prospects for young people

Network Plus has announced a major commitment to the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ scheme. Kickstart aims to offer opportunities to young people at risk of long term unemployment. The company has set out ambitious plans as part of its Social Responsibility programme to attract and support young people into the business, including graduates, apprenticeships and Kickstart. Through […]

Shortlist announced for the Greater Manchester Business Awards

The Greater Manchester Business Awards have now arrived at their 5 year anniversary. There are a good number of awards similar to this, but the longevity and popularity for this event has seems to have grown from strength to strength. The first awards took place in 2017, and each year after that culminated in a […]