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How will the different parties respond to the issues that REALLY matter to GM businesses if they're elected?

Our GM experts are LIVE for spin free, objective & lively discussion & analysis separating fact from fiction on the eve of the election.

Visit our Facebook Event page for more information and to register your interest.

Submit your question via Facebook, Twitter @gmchamber or via email to communicate@gmchamber.co.uk

You can find out more about the key election issues at www.gmchambercampaigns.com.
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Partner Profile: Waxy O’Connor’s Printworks

Get 50% off total food bill on first visit and 10% off total food and drinks bill each visit thereafter

Waxy O'Connor's is a unique pub located in the heart of the city centre, with a labyrinth of three bars covering four levels and nine separate areas that are linked together by a maze of staircases and passages.

With a choice of areas in which to have a function, Waxy's can accommodate a wide variety of events, such as work functions, birthday parties and fundraisers - ranging from 600 people to more intimate affairs.

Waxy O'Connor's is also available for all sorts of corporate events - please feel free to contact the team to discuss your requirements or arrange to see the function areas.

To book your next visit and take advantage of this amazing offer, simply contact a member of the team on 0161 835 1210 quoting Key for the City/ Chamber of Commerce.

Four of the Best (terms and conditions apply)

eurochange – VIP rates for Chamber members on travel money and quick transfers (visit https://www.eurochange.co.uk/ using promo code VIPGMCOC)

Tom’s Champagne Bar – 2 for 1 on coclktails

Annies by night – 50% off total food bill

Trevor Sorbie Salon Manchester – 30% off all services

For more information and offers please visit www.gmchamberrewards.co.uk using activation code GMCC17 when registering if it is your first time using the site.
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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce are proud to introduce our new Market Selection Service, working in partnership with Anne Williams from Precision Data.

Choosing the right country to trade in is challenging. It’s vital to identify markets that best suit your business. Thankfully there’s an easy way to maximise growth and minimise risk. It’s about focusing on firm facts, ignoring subjective opinion and avoiding the flawed research that derails so many SMEs.

By drilling down into specific country and industry statistics from multiple data sources, Anne is able to identify the best markets for your specific business. It’s a structured and systematic approach that utilises DIT approved analysis software – an invaluable tool that contains over a hundred global data sources.

Anne will use her experience as an International Market Researcher (which includes over a decade working at DIT) to analyse the data and make expert recommendations.

Create a rock-solid strategy for growth. Whatever your sector, size, or level of experience, you will receive one-to-one expert guidance throughout the process. At the end you’ll receive a list of countries ranked according to their suitability and potential. This makes the complex task of market selection incredibly simple – thus saving you time and money.

It’s about more than simply identifying fashionable countries on the rise; it’s about finding the best fit for your resources and experience.

If you are interested in looking at how the new Market Selection service could help you achieve your objectives Anne is offering a free consultation to GM Chamber Members, during which she will explain the process, demonstrate the analysis software and discuss your specific data requirements.

If you want to find out more information or would like to be connected, please email exportbritain@gmchamber.co.uk
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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the launch of their Social Value Awards.

The awards formally recognise the hard work and time that Members give towards initiatives which benefit the wider community.

Joy Sewart, Head of Skills and Development at the Chamber, said:

“Everyday we witness first-hand the fantastic contribution individuals and businesses make to help Greater Manchester thrive economically, socially and environmentally. Because of this, we set out to find a way to celebrate their contribution and an awards scheme was created. We’re delighted to announce that over 100 organisations have already received their awards and we’re confident that through this exciting new scheme, many more businesses will begin to recognise the importance of contributing to the wider community in whatever way they can.”

The Awards are available to all Members who actively get involved in one of our community inniatives. Getting involved couldn’t be simpler and the more time a Member commits the greater the award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards are available.

If you’d like to find out more about the Awards or how you can get involved, please go to http://www.gmchamber.co.uk/socialvalue or send an email to professionalservices@gmchamber.co.uk
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Lisa Wroe, the Chamber's Events & Meeting Centre Operations Manager, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace yesterday (1st June) in recognition of her long service to the Chamber.

Lisa (pictured) was among seven Chamber of Commerce staff from across the country who were invited to the prestigious event to thank them for their 25 to 44 years of service.

The group have given a combined total of 233 years of dedicated service to Chamber members.
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Focus Insolvency Group to sponsor ‘Something to Shout About’ award at this year’s Wigan Business Awards

Insolvency & Corporate restructuring specialists Focus Insolvency Group are delighted to announce that they will be sponsoring the ‘Something to Shout About’ award at this year’s Wigan Business Awards.

Having just celebrated their 10th anniversary, Anthony Fisher, Managing Director commented: ‘”In our early years we were a runner up for an award and even though we didn’t win, the recognition and acknowledgement of our services was a great boost to our young company at the time. I have always looked forward to the event and see it as a key point in the local business calendar, so to now have the opportunity to sponsor an award is a great honour.”

The ‘Something to Shout About’ award is for local firms who feel they are world class examples of quality in business. Companies need to demonstrate what makes them special - a spectacular client base, superb staff, or an amazing innovation - to showcase the very best local business acumen!

Anthony added: “These last few months have been tremendous in terms of growth within both our Personal Insolvency and Corporate Insolvency divisions. We have continued to focus on business development, forming new relationships with professional advisors around our Wigan, Manchester and Leeds offices and as a result have experienced a boom in the number of businesses we have rescued from collapse and the number of jobs that have been saved. We have also seen a huge increase in demand for our Personal Insolvency services throughout the country. I am looking forward to meeting other local businesses that have similar good news to share”

As testament to Anthony’s comments and achieving record levels of growth during the last 12 months, Focus Insolvency Group, is set for further expansion following a new six figure funding deal with Royal Bank of Scotland. Designed to support rapid ongoing growth, the deal has been designed to boost working capital enabling the firm to focus on continuing to develop the business and increase the number of jobs it can undertake.
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Tim Entwistle has been appointed as the new Bolton President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Tim, who is Managing Director of Movetech UK, takes over from Lesley Sharrock, of James Robertshaw & Sons Ltd. Tim has been working in Engineering since graduating and now runs a successful engineering movement solutions business based out of Bolton. As Bolton president of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Tim is keen to promote Bolton businesses and speak out for the Bolton business community.

Bolton also has two new Vice Presidents - Belinda Beaver of Agitare Ltd and Chloe Ramsden of Alliance Learning.

Belinda Beaver has been a proactive member of the Bolton business community for nearly 30 years. A co-director of Attention to Retail Ltd t/a Ag!tare, she works with businesses to provide support and advice with a particular expertise in culture and engagement. As Vice President, Belinda is looking forward to providing a strong voice for Chamber members in Bolton.

As Marketing Manager at Alliance Learning, Chloe Ramsden manages the company promotions, exposure, partnership links and the matching of the apprentices to vacancies. As a former apprentice herself, Chloe has a great understanding of the progression opportunities apprenticeships can lead to. Chloe has 10 years’ experience in apprenticeships and work based learning and has won numerous awards since working at Alliance Learning including; Young Person of the Year - Bolton and Bury Business Awards 2014 and North West Young Business Person of the Year 2015 – British Chambers of Commerce. Her focus is to promote Bolton businesses and speak out for the Bolton business community as well as promote local skills and Apprenticeships.

Diane Elebert-Morgan, Regional Membership Manager for Bolton at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new President and Vice Presidents and look forward to working with them.

“I’d also like to thank Lesley for all the work she has done helping to support the Chamber in Bolton."

Email diane.elebertmorgan@gmchamber.co.uk for more information about Chamber activity in Bolton.

Picture shows Tim Entwistle (back left), Diane Elebert-Morgan (back front), Belinda Beaver (back right) and Chloe Ramsden (front right).
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Chamber News: GDPR - 365 days to go

In exactly 12 months’ time, the UK’s data protection law will change, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes in to force. For many organisations, this means significant changes in the way they store, access and use data held on employees, customers, prospects and stakeholders. Click here for more information on the 12 Steps the ICO recommend you take now.

Penalties that could be enforced in the event of a data breach are also changing, so it’s vital that organisations of all sizes and all sectors are fully aware of their responsibilities.

At the GM Chamber of Commerce, we will be putting in place the necessary measures to ensure the stringent compliance with the new regulation. We’ll also be sharing our first hand experience of the process with our Members, and providing relevant seminars, practical help and advice.

For more information, contact benefits@gmchamber.co.uk

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Chamber News: Chamber Launches Dispute Resolution Service

“This is a top class service delivered in partnership with the market leader. The demand for both mediation training and mediation services will continue to grow sharply as the benefit of speedy and cost effective resolution to disputes becomes more apparent in the work place. I’m delighted to offer this new service to businesses in Greater Manchester."

Clive Memmott, Chief Executive at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce welcomed representatives from organisations including the legal sector to the launch of the new Business Dispute Resolution Service, in partnership with the London School of Mediation.

The service has been introduced in the wake of Government measures encouraging businesses to resolve disputes before they go to court – which include a compulsory early conciliation service.

The new service will offer businesses access to world class mediation training, operating from the Chamber’s offices in Elliot House in Manchester City Centre, along with a mediation service to resolve problems without the time and expense of going to court.

Clive Memmott, Chief Executive at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is a top class service delivered in partnership with the market leader. The demand for both mediation training and mediation services will continue to grow sharply as the benefit of speedy and cost effective resolution to disputes becomes more apparent in the work place. I’m delighted to offer this new service to businesses in Greater Manchester."

Judith Kelbie, Director, London School of Mediation said "We are delighted to be forming a training partnership with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. London School of Mediation has 13 years' experience of delivering accredited mediation training courses of the highest quality both within the UK and internationally. Mediating conflict can be quick, confidential and cost efficient. We look forward to assisting both members and non-members to resolve conflict either in business deals or the workplace."

Training sessions can be booked online at www.chamberresolution.co.uk

For more information on the Business Dispute Resolution Service, please contact professionalservices@gmchamber.co.uk
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Chamber Appoints New Tameside President


Natalie Atkinson, Chief Executive of Curzon Ashton FC, has been appointed as the new Tameside President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking at this week's Tameside Action for Business event, which was held at Curzon Ashton's ground, Natalie said she was honoured to have been asked to take on the role of President.

Natalie takes over from previous President Phill Brown from Benchmark Building Supplies Limited.

Curzon Ashton is actively looking for new sponsors and supporters and is raffling off the key areas of sponsorship in a prize draw for companies, both local and national, this summer. For more information on the new initiative, click here.

Picture shows Natalie Curzon (right) with Reet Dhallu, the Chamber's Regional Manager for Tameside.
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