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Chamber Matters SPRING 2016


“Don’t waste your opportunity to vote on the EU referendum” Graham Brady MP

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Success stories from members including Altrincham French Festival, Jameson & Partners and many more!

PLUS new for YOUR new Chamber magazine o A coffee with... Myerson and Lifestyle Therapy o Women in business from Kitson Architecture and Longmires Business Accountants o Meet the board member - Sue Aldridge and Stephen Attree o Member events

What’s in a Name? As you can see from the front cover, a name has finally been chosen for your new business magazine ‘Chamber Matters’. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the members who submitted their suggestions - we were inundated with responses and had multiple top contenders, making it a difficult job for the Board members to choose their winner. After a myriad of creative and interesting name suggestions, a winner was chosen, with ‘Chamber Matters’ being put forward by Jonathan Warburton of JWC PR. Speaking of the thought behind the name, Jonathan said: “The title ‘Chamber Matters’ resonated with me because it works on two levels; 1. Because the Chamber does matter 2. Because there are matters of importance which need communicating to members. I’m very pleased it was chosen.”

Chamber Matters Here at Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce, our members DO matter, so we could not think of a more apt choice for our brand new magazine than Chamber Matters. As Jonathan’s prize, he will be receiving a full page covering his business in the next issue, so you will have to watch this space! Now without further ado, we will leave you to enjoy your new Altrincham & Sale Chamber Magazine, and look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback. Any comments you do have, please send them to

Jonathan Warburton, JWC PR


Welcome to the new Chamber magazine I would like to thank Rina Bharath at MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy and Michelle Wright at ColourWheel Creative for volunteering to help create the new magazine. I would also like to thank all the members who attended the AGM in February when I was installed as President, taking over the mantle from Zee Hussain. The lunch afterwards at The Bowdon Rooms was well attended and we were privileged to have our patron the Mayor of Traord and vice patron Graham Brady MP as our guests. The Chamber is now on a firm footing and continues to grow its membership whilst attendance at events is continually rising, which all add up to good news for members wishing to network and see the Chamber working for them. The Chamber would not exist without its members so please continue to support the Chamber by attending events so that we, in turn, can continue to support you. I am looking forward to working with the Chamber board over the next 12 months to ensure the Chamber continues to grow and increase awareness amongst businesses in the North West of the benefits of membership!

President, Paul Daine

Chamber TV is in progress and we look forward to receiving your 90 second informative videos to upload to the website. So watch this space... If there is anything I can help you with please do not hesitate to e-mail me at

Inside this issue We have plenty of news and views for readers of this newly launched magazine from Altrincham & Sale Chamber. Have a look around: 4: Member News 8: Altrincham BID 9: Women in Business - Ellen Kitson from Kitson Architecture 10: Event News 21: Members Events 24: A Coffee With Susan Leigh from Lifestyle Therapy 26: Meet the Board Members 27: Women In Business - Sarah Steel from Longmires Business Accountants 28: A coffee with Carl Newton from Myerson 28: New Chamber Members 30: Members Benefits 32: Directory

Magazine Enquiries Would you like to be part of the next issue? For fabulous advertising and editorial opportunties, please contact Rina at MiniMe Marketing on or telephone on 01925 963 651

Chamber contacts Anne Jardine - OďŹƒce Manager Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce, 17 Regent Road, Altrincham WA14 1RY Tel: 0161 941 3250

Publishers Michelle Wright - colourwheel creative Tel: 0785 486 3395

Credits Credit given to MiniMe Marketing Consultancy for the editorial for the Chamber events and to Martin Hambleton for the supporting photographic images. DISCLAIMER: All information in this publication is deemed accurate at the time of being supplied by the client/member and/or going to print. The inclusion of articles, event updates, advertorials, etc. does not necessarily indicate that the editor is in agreement or sympathy with what is written. Clients submitting content to us for publication are confirming that they have a legal right to do so, and agree to neither knowingly nor unknowingly submit content which they have no right to publish. The client accepts that he/she is responsible for ensuring that they have publication rights of use for all material provided, and agree to indemnify any losses incurred as a result of us, the publisher, using content supplied by them. We acknowledge that any logos, photographs, images and trademarks remain the property of their respective owners. All Errors & Omissions Excepted.



MEMBERS NEWS Debbie Finch, Lady Captain at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa raised a staggering £16,000 through raffles and donations for Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention at her fashion show lunch event recently.

Lady Captain’s Fashionable Fundraiser 240 ladies attended to gather at the luxury Mere Resort for a truly stylish Spring lunch and plenty of Champagne as they showed their support for the cancer charity. An exclusive fashion show was provided by Willow Boutiques of Knutsford and Hale, and further support provided by local perfumery, Pulse of Perfumery. Joe Gates, Business Development Manager for The Mere worked closely with the Lady Captain to ensure the event ran smoothly. “It was an absolute pleasure to host such an incredible event here at The Mere, and the amount of money raised was impressive. A massive amount of credit must go to our Lady Captain and her team who worked tirelessly to ensure the event was such a success.” Joe Gates, Business Development Manager

Local photographer achieves worldwide recogition Altrincham based photographer Martin Hambleton has recently been recognized at the 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards based in Beverley Hills, USA. The leading international awards honour excellence in black and white photography, shining a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide. Martin submitted two photographs of a model from a bridal fashion shoot in the Portrait category. Just 11 photographers from the UK were shortlisted as nominees, against a total of almost 8000 entries received from 74 countries. Commenting on this incredible news Martin Hambleton said, “I am absolutely delighted to receive this fabulous accolade. The model was amazing and I just worked my magic!”. Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director added, ‘The images that Martin submitted were exceptional in the portrait category representing black and white photography at its finest and we are pleased to present him with the title of Nominee”.

Myerson aquires new office premises in Altrincham Altrincham law firm, Myerson Solicitors LLP, has announced plans to move its business to new office premises in early 2017. After enjoying growth rates in excess of 20% per annum for the last three years, they have acquired Grosvenor House to accommodate this growth, a 20,000 sq. ft. office block on Barrington Road in the heart of Altrincham. The firm currently employs around 80 staff and predicts that staff levels could double over the next five years, something which inspired the choice to move to new premises. Carl Newton, Managing Partner at Myerson commented: “The firm has been growing rapidly for a number of years and we had outgrown our current premises, so we were delighted to be able to secure the purchase of Grosvenor House. During the search for our new offices our priority was to remain in the heart of Altrincham as it has been our home for over 30 years.”

The Best Western Cresta Court Hotel Completes Executive Bedroom Transformation “The new interior design of executive bedrooms bring a sleek, contemporary feel, whilst at the same time, creates the welcoming atmosphere that our corporate customers are looking for.” Paul Hindley, General Manager of the Best Western Cresta Court Hotel

The Best Western Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham has unveiled the refurbishment of its 14 executive bedrooms, with the addition of seven brand new executive guest rooms to follow this month. The work is part of the £1.5 million investment programme in the hotel including upgrades to the main bedrooms, bar and reception area. The executive guest rooms have been treated to a full refurbishment with a contemporary colour scheme of mint and teal, giving rooms a fresh eye-catching design. They offer more spacious accommodation with a lounge seating area, free superfast Wi-Fi, en-suite bathrooms and more. The £100,000 investment in the bedrooms further cements the Hotel’s position as one of South Manchester’s leading independent hotels and event venues. The refurbishment comes fast on the heels of a bumper 2015 year which saw business travel stays almost double at the Hotel.




Property experts, Jameson and Partners launch in Altrincham Based on the Downs, Altrincham’s newest property sales and lettings agency, Jameson and Partners, recently welcomed local businesses and residents to their official opening. Set up by Jennifer Laurie Jameson, Eleanor Finch and Lois Chubb, Jameson intend to redefine the property services market specialising in period restoration, refurbishment and investment, as well as in-house legal and financial advice services. Jennifer explains, ‘We are extremely excited to join this vibrant local community. We have developed this organisation based on a passion for beautiful architecture combined with the desire to assist investors in making wise choices; matching buyers with their dream homes; guiding home owners, vendors and landlords through the property market.” At the launch event, Jameson and Partners were pleased to support local children’s charity CAFT with a raffle and goody bags. Jennifer added, ‘We were delighted to work with this local charity and look forward to working together in the future.”

COS Bookkeeping celebrate 25 years in business with Charity Masquerade Ball Stretford based Bookkeepers COS Bookkeeping Ltd will celebrate 25 years of business with a masquerade ball in aid of Cancer Research UK. Join them and celebrate in style for the reasonable price of £20. There will be a live 20 piece jazz band, DJ, buffet and even a professional photographer! The event will be held at Davyhulme Park Golf on the 16th July. Pre-booking only, ticket sales will end in June. For more details and to book tickets please visit The ball is being organised by the charity division of the company: COS & Friends Fundraising Group. To find out more about what they

do please visit: They’re also looking for sponsors to help raise £3000 to fund the costs of the ball. If you can help or you know someone who can please email: or call 0161 850 3355.

Myerson Solicitors LLP has advised Altrincham based financial advisory firm Parsonage Wood Independent Financial Planning Ltd Parsonage has been giving trusted advice to individuals and businesses in Manchester, Cheshire and the North West for many years and anticipates being able to provide its bespoke services to a greater number of clients and, in turn, generate higher revenues, as a result of its merger with Liverpool and Knaresborough based Redwood.

“I am thankful to Scott Sands and his team at Myerson Solicitors for their excellent commercial and trusted advice throughout the whole transaction. We are already reaping the benefits of the merger with Redwood and we are looking forward to assisting and providing our bespoke services to more clients across the North West as we grow the business together.” Director of Parsonage, Flora Maudsley-Barton

Following the huge success of last year’s Altrincham French Festival, the festival returns for its fourth annual event this July. Organised by a dedicated team of volunteers, the festival will be bigger and better than before and span over 3 days. On Friday 8th July evening we are holding a French inspired Classical concert with operatic singers in Altrincham. On Saturday 9th July, there will be a carnival style parade through the town centre, followed in the evening by a “Bastille Evening “party at Bowdon Rugby Club, in Altrincham. It will be an all ticket event with a 3 course sit down French meal, live entertainment and a fireworks display. The Family Day (free) returns on Sunday 10th July in Stamford Park in Hale, Altrincham. This will be a celebration of French culture which includes a French Bakery competition, a family bicycle ride – Sportive, a mini football tournament, French food and drink stalls, a 4-hour concert and a number of family friendly activities. The event is supporting Marie Curie through a raffle draw. For the latest details and to book tickets for the concert or Bastille evening go to

All systems go! Altrincham BID is live!!! Following last November’s successful vote to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) in Altrincham, we’re delighted to let you know that from 1st April 2016 Altrincham BID is now officially up and running. We are aiming to hold our AGM and the formal launch in June and will let you have more information on this as soon as possible. The original BID Steering Group has been working hard over the last five months to establish the BID Company, and has set up an Interim Board. As you can see below, the Board members represent a range of businesses across Altrincham: Martin Duff, Randalls Jewellers (Chair) Sue Aldridge, Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce Clodagh Buckley, Transport for Greater Manchester Phil Cornish, Tax Assist Accountants John Keating, Databroker Ltd David Wightman, Stamford Quarter Cllr Michael Young, Trafford Council In the last few weeks the Board has advertised for and appointed a BID Manager, who will join the BID in June - more details about the new Manager will be announced soon. Linda Roy, formerly Marketing & Communications Officer at Altrincham Forward, will be working alongside the BID Manager on a part time basis. The BID Team will be based in offices at 17 The Downs, above estate agents Jameson & Partners. Phone lines will be installed shortly, and in the meantime you can contact us via or on 07788 780037. Please feel free to pop in and say hello! Our website is still the main source of information about the BID - so for details on the background to the BID, regular updates and the Chair’s Blog - see Our social media accounts are also live, so if you’re not already following us on Twitter (@AltrinchamBID) and on Instagram (@altrincham_bid) please do find us and follow us. The Altrincham BID is here to promote your business and help improve your business performance, so please tag us in your tweets and posts, and we will be happy to publicise your news, offers and events.

Two BID Advisory Groups are also now in place – Marketing & Events and Business Operations. Both are looking at specific projects and activities to improve Altrincham - again these groups are made up of representatives from Altrincham businesses together with some individuals invited for their specific skills and experience. We have committed and talented people on board to look at how we can use the funds raised by the BID levy to benefit our town centre and its businesses. If you have some great ideas about how we can improve Altrincham, we would really like to hear from you and will take your suggestions on board. Please get in touch if you would like to know more, want to make a suggestion or would like to meet up with a member of the BID Team. BIDs are making a huge difference to the performance of towns and cities across the UK. Having a BID in Altrincham is a fantastic opportunity for all businesses in the town centre and we look forward to working with you.

Altrincham BID Team. 17 The Downs, Altrincham, WA14 2QD Tel: 07788 780037 @AltrinchamBID


From left to right... Stuart Marshall, Dawsons Music Hannah Rowbotham, Club Studio Charlotte Atkinson, Boots Martin Duff, Randalls Jewellers John Keating, Databroker Karen Wroe, Art with a Heart Stewart Smith, Marks & Spencer Cllr Sean Anstee, Leader of Trafford Council Sarah Walmsley, Our Altrincham THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAGAZINE ALTRINCHAM AND SALE



Tell us a bit about your business and your involvement in setting it up. On Halloween 2012 my husband and I walked away from the Manchester based architectural practice where we had met and worked as chartered architects for many years. The company had closed down and we were all casualties of the recession. We strongly believed the best way forward was to use the experience and skills we had developed over the years, to establish our own practice, and KITSON Architecture Ltd opened for business just five days later on 5th November 2012. The beginning was quite humble, working from home and sharing a phone, but the business started to grow very quickly and within three months there was a need for extra staff. Shortly after came the need for business premises and we moved into our current offices in Altrincham. Over the last three years the business has gone from strength to strength and I have found myself much better suited to being an employer and running my own business then I have ever imagined! What is the day-to-day role you play in the business? We work in many commercial sectors so one day is never the same as the next. I can be doing anything from visiting a potential site to designing a new building. I enjoy networking to establish new contacts and my time is often spent meeting new clients and helping them to develop their project brief and establish a strong design team. There is also the day to day administration of running an RIBA chartered architectural practice which can include various tasks from preparing fee bids and chasing invoices to arranging CPD seminars and staff training. As a woman in business, how do you find the balance between work and personal life? As I have always worked full time I do find achieving a work/ life balance extremely challenging. In a way it’s easier to work nonstop than to be strict and craft the ideal balance between work and home. However being based in Altrincham I now avoid the daily commute into Manchester and the time saved can be spent with my daughter which is great. Technology has also helped massively! Being able to check e-mails on my phone and issue drawings, stored in the cloud, from wherever I am, I now have a much more flexible way of working which puts me closer to achieving a good balance.

Ellen Kitson of KITSON Architecture Ltd

What initiatives are you involved in as a business, that supports the local community? We frequently welcome work experience candidates from school age through to university students. We have also been asked by Altrincham Grammar School for Boys to commit to hosting a candidate on an annual basis. It’s also a great feeling to be putting something back into the local economy at a time when Altrincham is undergoing radical change and redevelopment and we are also committed to supporting our staff on their professional development path. We fully funded and mentored our employee, Daniel, through his final professional studies and were delighted when he qualified as a chartered architect in November 2014. On a personal level I have participated in the Growth Accelerator scheme and The Executive Development Programme both of which have helped me develop my personal and business skills. What does being a woman in business mean to you? I absolutely love working in the construction industry and I’d definitely recommend it to anybody contemplating their career path as it is a fast moving and vibrant sector providing many options and opportunities. As a woman I feel really proud to be running a successful business in my chosen industry and providing employment and mentoring opportunities in my home town. What female focussed initiatives are you involved in? For the past three years I have been an active member of 20/20 networking; a group that was established to represent 20 women in 20 professions paying £20 a month, half of which goes directly to a local charity ‘The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust’. As well as a way of generating work and focussing on a local charity it’s also a great way of supporting other women in business and there’s a lot more than 20 of us now so the meetings can get quite lively!

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EVENT NEWS Breakfast Matters: January 2016

New Year starts with a far from dry Breakfast Matters Ignoring the wet and windy weather kicking off the New Year, the first Breakfast Matters of 2016 was delayed until the second working week of January as a warm welcome from Altrincham & Sale Chamber patrons. The decision for an event on Thursday 14th January, successfully resulted in a large attendance, although this could also have been down to the hugely anticipated presentation from Alex McCann of Altrincham HQ on social media, and the need to get back to networking with peers after a long holiday period of family meetings! A New Year welcome from Chairman, Tony Collier, was followed by a round of applause for Alex – not just for his forthcoming presentation, but for his positive announcement that within just 14 days of Dry January, he’d already lost a fantastic 9lbs. Our Chamber award-winning Alex, then began his twenty-minute presentation, which flew by far too quickly with his ability to communicate his advice in a fun, interesting, form using a series of graphics rather than PowerPoint. Starting off with a show of hands illustrating that only 10% of people in the room use social media on a daily basis, Alex went on to get the audience thinking about his key messages: • Are you really managing your social media?

• Social media should be considered a return on effort – not a return on investment. • When it comes to content posted on social media, be adaptive, think ‘hyperlocal’ and most importantly, be human. Alex’s engaging discussion resulted in much interaction from delegates with a constant flow of questions including which of the social media platforms should businesses focus on (to which Alex advised that Twitter and LinkedIn works for most companies, and that Google+ is pretty much dead). The interest in social media had to be closed with Tony reminding us that we could approach Alex directly during networking, and with added high praise from Tony having utilised Altrincham HQ’s services for the Chamber. We were then given the honour of a prequel to the next Breakfast Matters event on 4th February with a short introduction from David Johnson of Trafford based Skylab Ltd. David’s team have recently developed ‘Chamber TV’, a video channel allowing membership organisations to place video content of their members all in one place. Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce will be the first Chamber in the UK to implement the platform, and David invited the attendees to submit videos (regardless of whether they are taken on a mobile phone or professionally produced), to be able to demonstrate Chamber TV at the next Breakfast Matters event.

L-R: Alex McCann, Altrincham HQ; Tony Collier, Chairman; David Johnson, Skylab



Richard Smith, Hichards with Angela Grace, Cresta Court Hotel

Wayne Earlam, RBS; Brian Williams, Kauri Strategies; Tony Collier

It was then time for the monthly business card draw for a chance to win a meal for two at Cresta Court’s Dettori’s restaurant. Presented by Paul Mirage, this month’s lucky winner was Richard Smith from Hichards. Officially welcomed as new Chamber members with a presentation of certificates were Wayne Irlam from RBS and Brian Williams from Kauri Strategies Ltd. Tony took the helm again to thank our host, Cresta Court Hotel, and to remind us of the forthcoming New Year lunch on Friday 5th February. He also took a moment to mention a final point about his role as Chairman of ‘Altrincham Plan’ – an organisation responsible for future town centre planning to 2030 – and urged attendees to fill out a short questionnaire at The morning was then concluded with networking which continued for some time – a sure sign members were glad to be back at a Chamber event to start 2016 on a successful note.




Altrincham returning to its former glory

L-R: Chris Baguley, Together (sponsors); Mayor of Trafford; Paul Daine, President; Graham Brady MP; Daniel Owen-Parr, Together


Paul Daine, President and Sue Aldridge, Deputy President/CEO


With a fully seated bar at The Bowdon Rooms, and a panel consisting of Altrincham & Sale Chamber’s Patron, the Mayor of the Borough of Trafford, Cllr John Holden; current president Zee Hussain; President Elect for 2016, Paul Daine; CEO, Sue Aldridge; Finance Committee Chairman, Tony Collier; and Chamber Office Manager, Anne Jardine, it was certainly a formal occasion on the morning of 5th February 2016. Zee began by welcoming all present to the 106th AGM for Sale & Altrincham Chamber of Commerce, before introducing the Mayor to initiate the meeting; starting by commenting what an honour it was to be present, Cllr Holden stated how proud we should all be as heirs to the business and trading legacy of the area that has been going on for well over 106 years such as the rhubarb markets in Timperley. The Mayor concluded his introduction by wishing the Chamber the very best for our 107th year. Anne Jardine then coordinated the meeting firstly inviting Sue to do a review of 2015 which began with acknowledgement of financial survival, particularly with the Chamber’s events being so successful; Breakfast Matters attendance maintaining high levels, and a record 187 guests at October’s Chamber Awards event. Then on to what the future holds and confidence in Altrincham returning to its former glory. The Chamber will be working closely with the colleges in the area to help retain local talent, and the prospect of Chamber TV is an exciting one – so there will be a lot going on in 2016! Tony Collier briefly went through the accounts highlighting many positives. Last and by no means least, it was time for the Mayor to officially install Paul Daine as the 105th President of the Chamber, a truly local businessman (except for a stint working in Germany), amateur football player, and internationally recognised Credit Manager. Paul commented that it was a pleasure to be appointed and to take the reins from Zee, and due to Zee’s work commitments meaning he would not be able to step into the role of deputy President, Paul took the honour of installing Sue Aldridge to the position. With that, the AGM was declared closed, ready for lunch at The Bowdon Rooms’ dining room within the next few minutes.

Paul Daine, 105th President of the Chamber



EVENT NEWS Chamber AGM lunch Starting with 45 minutes of networking requiring all 55 guests to be physically coerced with their complementary wine glasses to take their seats in a fully booked dining room, Paul Daine welcomed all with a vision of the Chamber under his presidency to grow and expand, and that members attending events such as these as key to achieving that goal. Reiterating the chamber elections and board members announced at the earlier AGM, Paul particularly focused on the newest additions to the board: Stephen Attree of MLP Law; Mike Fox of Slater Heelis; and David Bellin from The Web Studio.

A delightful New Year lunch - Together!

Chris Baguley, Director at Together Money, was then invited to take the floor as sponsor of the New Year lunch, highlighting that the philosophy of the Chamber was very similar to that of his company in that they are both very much about the concept of ‘family’, and how this has helped his business in the current period of growth – currently at 400 employees with 40 vacancies. With that, huge wedges of butter arrived at the tables accompanied by aromatic focaccia bread, and a delightful starter of Feta Cheese Tartlet. All 6 tables were lively with conversations amongst guests whilst they went on to enjoy a hearty main course of either Roast Beef and all the trimmings, or Wild Mushroom Risotto, after which plenty of business cards were exchanged and quite obviously, opportunities to exchange business opportunities too. As teas and coffees were served, the Chamber’s Vice Patron, Graham Brady, Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West, took to the floor for what he recalls as the 18th time he’s had the pleasure of speaking at a Chamber event. He pointed out that the last time he spoke, he had stated that he didn’t expect the Conservatives to win all out (which got a few laughs, including his own), but that he was more surprised at how the Labour party had reacted to the election results. Commenting that it is currently a very ‘interesting’ time to be in politics, and also at the importance in all aspects of life, for leaders to have strong opposition, which invited a round of applause from the audience. MP Brady, then urged attendees to ensure we vote at the 23rd June EU Referendum, recalling that the last time this happened, he was 8 years old. Another date for the diary was 16th March for the Budget resulting in the statement – “we have an interesting year ahead of us”. Concluding the lunch was a series of questions posed to Graham Brady including a number of tax related questions, when there would be a level playing field for access to high speed broadband for small and large businesses, and whether Graham could help local law firms by supporting their objections to new changes in the law affecting civil jurisdictions affecting personal injury claims by tradespeople. To all these points, Graham confidently provided comment and conviction that he will continue to support his local constituency, and that we are all in this together. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAGAZINE ALTRINCHAM AND SALE

Graham Brady MP ISSUE 1

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EVENT NEWS Breakfast Matters: February 2016

All change on the Chamber Communication Express! Starting off with a change in the usual suite to the larger Burlington Suite at the Cresta Court hotel in Altrincham, there was a great buzz of networking at the start of February’s jam-packed Breakfast Matters event. Sue Aldridge took to the floor kicking off this month’s presentation with a great introduction about how her leadership at Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce has been all about moving with the times and introducing new ways of sharing communication between members, including the website and through social media. In her plight to make the Chamber more accessible internationally in response to enquiries from overseas to do business in the area, Sue felt that a chance meeting with Nigel Collier of Skylab in September last year, would help to achieve this. With that, came a timely handover to Nigel to introduce himself to members as one half of the directorship at Skylab, a BAFTA award winning company “that uses digital to help people make lots of money”. As someone with many links to Altrincham, Nigel then went on to explain why he chose our Chamber as the very first in the UK to implement the latest innovative change in our Chamber communications; Chamber TV, or in layman’s terms; a video version of the Yellow Pages…

Nigel Collier & David Johnson, Skylab with Sue Aldridge, CEO



Chamber TV After a series of audience questions, Nigel reminded members that we need to take hold of this opportunity to send video content in to either himself or Sue as soon as possible, in order for Chamber TV to work. Furthermore, he assured the audience of his commitment to the project, by promising that any videos deemed news worthy rather than self-promoting, he would bear the cost for – this ended the deservedly lengthier than usual Breakfast Matters presentation with a positive cheer! So what is Chamber TV? Nigel explained it as the opportunity for members to have a show reel of video content on a dedicated page of the Altrincham & Sale Chamber website which can be categorised by business type (e.g. Education, Professional Services), or offering the flexibility for members to choose how to be listed. There would be no restriction as to the form of video content and to illustrate this, Nigel brought up a couple of examples, including one Skylab produced for Hotel Football, which entertained the crowd, as well as a video that someone had taken using the built in camera on their computer. Described as a much more targeted and better version of YouTube, with video being the most ‘conversion delivering’ of the 5 digital assets (text, images, video, audio and files), Nigel went on to highlight the benefits that Chamber TV will offer to Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce members:

Membership Manager, Paul Mirage, then picked from the sweet jar, this month’s winner of a meal for two at Cresta Court’s Dettori’s restaurant; Adrian Garbett of Ewemove Altrincham. Adrian was invited to also collect his certificate as a new member of the Chamber, together with Jill Dobson of Runway Visitor Park, and Eleanor Finch of James and Partners Ltd. Finally, Tony Collier took the helm to update the room about ‘Altrincham Plan’ – an organisation responsible for future town centre planning to 2030 – and once again urged attendees to fill out a short questionnaire at The same buzz that started today’s Breakfast Matters resumed with plenty of networking amidst excitement about the Chamber’s AGM and New Year Lunch happening the very next day.

• The Chamber would also support businesses with a featured video / member of the week. • It would provide the opportunity for the Chamber to promote video content through other communication channels such as social media. • As in Nigel’s demonstration, the quality and speed of video worked extremely well, even simply off the Wi-Fi on his laptop. • It would be completely responsive to other platforms such as mobile or tablet. • As an added benefit for members, Chamber TV could provide an additional and much needed revenue stream for the Chamber at a potential cost to members of £200+VAT for uploading a video, as well as Sponsors wishing to promote their video content. • Furthermore, members could generate income with advertisers coming on board if it proves to be a success.

Adrian Garbett, Ewemove Altrincham; Eleanor Finch, Jameson and Partners; Jill Dobson, Runway Visitor Park and Sue Aldridge



EVENT NEWS Breakfast Matters: March 2016 With the arrival of spring, so did the revelation of new plans for Manchester Airport make a huge impact at March’s Breakfast Matters. There was a good turn-out of 75 people, who came to see what was to become of the areas surrounding Manchester Airport, and welcome the arrival of new plans along with the warmer weather this spring (for which we’re still waiting unfortunately!)

Airport City Springing into action

Welcomed by John McHugh and Adam White of Manchester Airport Group Property who are responsible for the assets of 4 other airports across the UK, they began by telling us that there were to be no holiday or flight related questions, filling the room with giggles and positive vibes from the outset. The presentation gave us a taster of what we can expect from the much anticipated Airport City that has been going since 2008 but with major development to continue for the foreseeable future. We learnt that Airport City will be the only one of its kind in the UK; a combination of a large airport, a planned city with office blocks with opportunities for businesses of all sizes, and an outlet stretch full of unique brands and bigger brand names alike, just a few of the plans in place for the future Airport City. Along with space for a 3 story Amazon warehouse, and spaces for other big companies like DHL, Airport City will be a big part of the Northern Powerhouse and making valuable use of the empty wasteland around the airport. We also learned that China have made investments towards the transformation, which has built a good relationship between the UK and China, and has helped gain the project a lot of press globally. Furthermore, not only will we have a huge new Airport City, but there will also be improvements made to Wilmslow Road, and a Metrolink running throughout, connecting the whole project together. An astounding £1Billion is to be spent on enhancing airport facilities, creating an estimated 20,000 jobs. Following on from this, more exciting news on the horizon was delivered by Rina Bharath, owner of MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy. Rina gave us a short but sweet presentation on the exciting new Chamber Magazine, with the first edition set to be published on 1st of May which will be co-ordinated and produced by Rina and Michelle Wright of ColourWheel Creative. This is something that has been highly anticipated by Chamber members, as there hasn’t been a magazine published since Spring 2014. To finish off, Paul Mirage presented all of the new Chamber members (John Galloway, Speed of Sight; Ged Murray, Forever Manchester; Rina Bharath, MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy and Alan Tonkinson, Regus Express) with their certificates. As always, there was a business card draw at the end, for winning a meal at Dettori’s Restaurant, courtesy of the Cresta Court Hotel, Dino Maroudias owner of Talk UK, won this. To summarise, spring has brought many exciting things on the horizon for us to look forward to and we’ll definitely be keeping you posted on any updates on both projects.


L-R: Sue Aldridge, John McHugh, Rina Bharath and Adam White ISSUE 1

L-R: John Galloway, Speed of Sight; Ged Murray, Forever Manchester; Sue Aldridge; Rina Bharath, MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy and Alan Tonkinson, Regus Express

Dino Maroudias, Talk UK and Angela Grace, Cresta Court Hotel

Gordon Burns

The Search is on… for the Winners of our 2016 Business Awards! The Cresta Court will play host to our prestigious Business Awards event on 20 October, which we are delighted to say, has now reached its fifth year.

The awards are open to ALL local businesses so please forward the details to your client database and spread the word!

By very popular demand, BBC presenter Gordon Burns will be hosting our awards evening, which will be held in association with the Sale & Altrincham Messenger. The evening will commence with a Champagne reception courtesy of the Cresta Court Hotel, followed by a delicious three course meal.

Winners and runners up will be announced on the evening and we do hope you will come along and join us for this very exciting annual event.

Categories SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (Less than 3 people) START UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR RETAILER OF THE YEAR PROPERTY TEAM OF THE YEAR PROVIDER OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LEISURE & TOURISM YOUNG APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR CHARITY OF THE YEAR OR CHARITY REPRESENTATIVE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR CUSTOMER SERVICE OF THE YEAR How to enter: This is your opportunity to showcase your business and the work of your staff. Alternatively, you can nominate a client, customer of supplier for an award. Tell us in not more than 300 words who you are nominating and why they deserve recognition.

We will be going live on the website shortly so you can register your nominations in not more than 300 words; by post to Anne Jardine at the Chamber office, 17 Regent Road, Altrincham WA14 1RY; or emailed to

The closing date is 29 July 2016 - but send your nominations in soon and don’t miss this year’s event. This event is kindly sponsored by:

and held in association with: 




enABLE your business to thrive with the support of experts in your local area Sue Aldridge made a vow that in her capacity as CEO of Altrincham and Sale Chamber, she would help revive the face of businesses across the area to rid the chances of a return to the business ghost town. True to her word, Sue has created a new initiative for Chamber members and non-members alike – the Altrincham Business Learning Exchange. With the assistance of local and well-practised specialists across a wide range of professions, ABLE aims to help you engage, inspire, develop and grow in a relaxed environment that provides ongoing mentoring and support opportunities. The Learning Exchange is a series of monthly sessions that cover a range of topics, each considered essential to ensure business longevity. Each month, ABLE hosts will offer business owners and aspiring business people essential information, advice and support that can often get lost in translation. Many of the topics cover matters that you may have not previously considered, or simply do not have enough understanding or resource to fully execute as part of your long term and day-to-day business strategy. The first (of many) ABLE workshops on September 15th covered The Legal Jungle – Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid them, including Premises and Employment Law, with presentations from Stephen Attree from MLP Law, Jill Bottomley of HR Dept and an impromptu talk from Joan Scott of Trafford College. The presentations covered: • What contracts do I really need? • Property – what do I need to know? • How do I avoid a dispute? • IP – what is it and have I got any? • Employment status and getting it right. • The difference between employed, self-employed and worker statuses. • Contractual agreements between employees. • Common legal pitfalls. A key lesson of the workshop was how to balance principles and commercial decisions. Although morality is important to some managers, principles can often be expensive and therefore, it is important to settle early and quickly in situations that concern clients, suppliers and employees in order to protect your business. In doing this, you can avoid disputes, however to truly avoid them before they even begin, you should clearly articulate your terms and conditions as this will shelter you when reviewing the issue. The differences between the three possible employment statuses were also highlighted, emphasising how this can affect the outcome of a tribunal, despite the reality of the actual working relationship when THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAGAZINE ALTRINCHAM AND SALE

Sue Aldridge, CEO compared to the written document between the employer and the employee. Future workshops will be covering a full range of important subjects, including accounting, marketing, finance opportunities, digital presence and how to boost your business growth. The first ABLE specialist advisor comments: “Events equipping new businesses with the knowledge they’ll need to survive and thrive, are essential. New business owners are so busy getting their business up and running, breaking even and making a profit it’s hard for them to take time to learn some essential business tips. I was delighted to present, as new businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, nationally as well as locally.” – Stephen Attree, MLP Law. Set to become a flagship event for the Chamber, ABLE is not one to be missed. Scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month at Altrincham Forward, this unmissable event is just £10.00 and promises to be worth every penny. A number of ABLE attendees have already seen the benefits, commenting; “Altrincham Chamber are a recent revelation to me - they have created a marvellous platform for local businesses to cooperate and help one another, but the ABLE programme gives an additional dimension for businesses looking to improve the way they function with accessible, practical learning sessions in a really friendly and supportive environment. Bottom line; you are exposed to new ideas and can get answers to questions you might not feel comfortable asking in large forums and thus just get on with running your business better.” Fran McArthur, Your Ideal Business Partner. “As a new business, I felt attending the ABLE sessions would really help me to develop and enable me run my business better. I have found the workshops really interesting and have learnt a lot from the presentations, especially about employment law. I think all new businesses would benefit from attendance as they really open your eyes to common business issues and spark some great ideas. I look forward to the next sessions to expand my knowledge further.” Catherine Matthews, The Old Post Rooms.

As a solution to many business issues, ABLE provides the opportunity to extend your knowledge bank and guide your business to reach its full potential whilst simultaneously building a hub of contacts that can help you further with help and assistance when required. for any information on the ABLE sessions, please contact



Calendar of events...

Get your diaries to hand because here’s what’s coming up in May , June and July

Members events Introduction to Payroll Co urse

9th May 2016 Empress Business Centre, 380 Chester Road Manchester M16 9EA 9:30pm-1:00pm Price: £40.00 + VAT and bo oking fee

Xero Intermediate Traini ng

Chamber events Breakfast Matters “The Rise of Alternative Finance”

5th May 2016 Cresta Court Hotel 8.30am - 10am

Presidents Welcome Rece pt

19th May 2016 Hogan’s of Hale 5.45pm

ALTRINCHAM FRENCH W EEKEND: French Inspired Classical Concert with operatic Singers


8th July 2016 Altrincham www.altyfren ch

Chamber Golf Day

26th May 2016 Heyrose Golf Club

ALTRINCHAM FRENCH W EEKEND: Carnival style Parade thro ugh Altrincham

Breakfast Matters Sales & Motivation with Neil Clou

2nd June 2016 Cresta Court Hotel 8.30am - 10am


se 26th May 2016 Empress Business Centre, 380 Chester Road Manchester M16 9EA 10:00am-4:00pm Price: £95.00 + VAT and bo oking fee


Breakfast Matters Jill Bottomley, HR Dept

7th July 2016 Cresta Court Hotel 8.30am - 10am

All details of the above eve nts can be found on our we bsite: www.altrinchamchamber.

9th July 2016 Altrincham www.altyfren ch

ALTRINCHAM FRENCH W EEKEND: Bastille Party 9th July 2016 Bowdon Rugby CLub, Altrin cham www.altyfrenchfestival.

ALTRINCHAM FRENCH W EEKEND: Free family day to celebr ate all things French! 10th July 2016 Stamford Park, Hale www.altyfrenchfestival.


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EVENT NEWS Breakfast Matters: April 2016

A financially focussed Breakfast Matters With the month staying true to its name, April showers were in full swing on the morning of April’s Breakfast Matters – something that didn’t prevent a great turn out and buzz of networking at the start of the event. Beginning with his first formal engagement as Chamber President, recently appointed Paul Daine took to the floor to kick things off introducing Marion Brewer whose is a Tax Director at RSM, a world leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services. Marion began by introducing her ‘favourite subject’ tax, which due to the number of changes was well worth the early morning start, filling the room with a number of laughs. Focusing on the recent Budget announcements, Marion navigated the audience through a number of key issues and elements to everyone in the room, in an interesting and concise manner. With the aim to highlight how the Budget may actually affect the audience, Marion covered a range of components announced by the Chancellor in March, illustrating them in an understandable and simple style, some of which included: • Key actions to take when it comes to pensions • The changes to Capital Gains Tax for the entrepreneur • The effect on landlords through increased stamp duty and interest relief restrictions • How to approach the new Dividend Tax Rates to optimise the benefit to yourself With Marion’s presentation enlightening many in the audience to the key changes announced at the recent budget, she closed jokingly saying all we now have to do is trust that the government won’t make any changes – something not many of the audience seemed to have much faith in! Next to present was Jaan Scott of Matchbox Associates, who helps ambitious small business owners make the big decisions that affect their business – a beneficial talk for many in the audience, the majority of which we imagine would fall into the category of ‘ambitious small business owner’. Jaan highlighted to the Chamber members many funding schemes in the area from the established Manchester Business Growth Hub to the newly formed Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub – something the Matchbox Associates team do on a regular basis for their clients, finding and accessing regional funding schemes and identifying elements of their business which may need further support. In addition to the average of £4million worth of funding secured for their clients, Jaan and his team also offer a number of beneficial mentoring schemes, some of which include 18 hours of free executive development consulting – an opportunity which seemed to spark the interest of many in the audience.



With Paul Daine introducing the final presentation as something he is ‘very excited about, and a great opportunity for members’, there was a stir of intrigue from the audience as Martin Hambleton took to the floor to promote the new Chamber TV. Beginning with his business ethos to ‘present himself as professionally as possible’ Martin encouraged the audience to take on his mantra through the new video platform being implemented for the Chamber. Offering an excellent introductory offer for Chamber members of a 50% reduction to £250, for a 60-90 second video, Martin kept things short and sweet, ending on the positive note of the brilliant offer and encouraging the audience to get involved.

After a packed Breakfast Matters, it was time for the business card draw, with Tom Wild of AKW winning dinner for two at Cresta Court’s Dettori’s restaurant. To round up the morning, the newest members, Peter Wells of Wells & Hewitt and Lee Kibble of Yorkshire Bank, were welcomed to the Chamber and presented with their certificates. Finally, Paul took the helm again to thank our host, Cresta Court Hotel, and to remind us of the President’s Welcome Reception on the 19th of May, inviting all those in attendance to join him for a glass of prosecco (or two!).



Susan Leigh Counsellor and Hypnotherapist

If your business was a coffee, what type of coffee would it be and why? My coffee would be a cappuccino, comfortable, reassuring and friendly, with a dash of chocolate

automatically making or being given many cups of coffee

on the top to make you feel at home. It's a popular choice and

throughout the day whilst at work. Then at weekends they

fits most people's needs and tastes.

hardly drink any coffee at all. Their bodies detox at weekends, causing headaches and associated problems. Far better to

What was your inspiration for starting your business?

enjoy one or two quality cups of lovely coffee as a treat to be

My husband started the business many years ago, when

savoured during a break and drink water the rest of the time.

hypnotherapy was seen as something rather strange and unusual. I certainly back then never envisaged doing what I do

Like cake makes the perfect extra to coffee, what extras

as a profession, but I trusted his wisdom and have grown the

does your business offer that sets you apart from your

practice in many ways since those early years. As well as seeing

competitors? I give a lot of time to my clients and work

clients for stress, relationship counselling and many other

holistically so that each session can cover a lot of ground, often

problems and issues I also have published two books (Dealing

providing fast and effective results in many unexpected ways,

with Death, Coping with the Pain and Dealing with Stress,

like sleeping better, feeling calmer, more in control. Every

Managing its Impact), write regularly for many local, national

session is tailored to suit each client's needs and can last as

and international publications and am a regular contributor for

long as ninety minutes to a couple of hours.

BBC radio. So he was my inspiration but I've certainly taken that original seed and run with it.

In addition, I provide extra support through articles, videos and hints and tips freely accessible via my website, twitter and

How many cups of coffee do you think we drink in the UK collectively per day? Too many. I've seen clients who have the most horrendous headaches at weekends and worry there's

facebook pages. As such I find that many of my clients are recommended to me and several often travel from London, Wales the Midlands and Preston to see me.

something really wrong with them. It's turned out that they're



Susan Leigh advises on the age-old challenge of having a work / family balance: Small business owners often have a lot of balls to spin. Many feel they have to be masters of several additional skills (like marketing, book-keeping, admin, networking) as well as maintaining their core business, are often nervous about turning down potential clients out of concern for the ramifications (even though they may be already over-stretched or feel the work is outside of their skill set) and have to prioritise the best ways to self-promote eectively, whilst balancing the desire for a family and personal life. It's important to remember that it's Your business, you're in charge. Remember why you started it. Was it your passion to work

for yourself, did you have a vision of something special that you wanted to grow, feel that this business opportunity oered you a better life. Hold onto that original vision and accept that sometimes things don't go to plan, enjoy the journey and learn to go with the flow. Trust yourself and the process. Remember to look after yourself, take regular breaks and let others help in any way they can. Share the load whenever possible by delegating, forging alliances with other businesses, out-sourcing or sharing with family and friends. Others are often happy to help.




Sue Aldridge CEO How long have you been involved with Altrincham & Sale Chamber and in what capacity? I was initially a member when I worked in the banking sector and wanted to expand my contact base. I was then approached to join the board by Dr Jackie Campbell who was President at the time which would be about 8 years ago, maybe more! What inspired you to become a Board Member? It’s a great organisation, steeped in tradition. The members and board genuinely want to help each other and support businesses in the area. I love the fact we are one of the only independent Chambers in the UK and this gives us the autonomy to work with members needs and also mould our own Chamber. How much time do you spend on Chamber activities? Dont ask! Hours and hours each week, but I enjoy it. What is the most rewarding thing about being a Board Member? Seeing the members and being able to help them in anyway we can. We have restructured the board and also many aspects of the chamber over the past few years, some from necessity and some by design. Which of the Chamber initiatives has got you really excited / made you most proud? I love the Business Awards, its the highlight of our calender. I am also very excited about this new magazine and the Chamber TV, both are fresh and new and hopefully well received by the members. However, on a more serious note both Tony Collier and myself are actively involved in a number of local initiative which impact on both members and non-members. Its important to both Tony and I to be involved and represent the views of the members. Tony is Chair of the Business Neighbourhood Plan and on the Altrincham Forward Board and I am on the Board of Trafford Leisure and the Altrincham Business Improvement District.

Stephen Attree Managing Partner, MLP Law LLP Stephen Attree joined the Chamber Board in October 2014 and has since been involved in a number of events such as hosting the first ABLE event 6 months ago. Here we catch up with him to find out more about his role at the Chamber. How long have you been involved with Altrincham & Sale Chamber and in what capacity? For over 5 years attending events and meeting other members. I joined the board around 18 months ago and look to help support the executive function of the Chamber, as well as focus on the social media work the chamber does. What inspired you to become a Board Member? Get involved! I’m a great believer in “the more you put into something the more you are likely to get out”. All businesses in the area can benefit from a strong and active chamber and that cannot happen by accident or without input and effort. I enjoy championing the benefits of working and doing business in the area and, of particular relevance to our sectors, the superb advice provided by the professional services sector. How much time do you spend on Chamber activities? In the region of 6 – 8 hours a month, taking part in board meetings, attending events etc. What is the most rewarding thing about being a Board Member? Learning more about other members – not just other board members - and their businesses. Which of the Chamber initiatives has got you really excited / made you most proud? The breakfast matters event is a success – popular and it clearly works as people keep coming back, which is fantastic for the Chamber.



Having started Longmires Business Accountants 10 years ago on a self-employed basis whilst still in a full time role as a Finance Director for a small business, Sarah has seen the business through tough times coming out bigger and stronger. She comments, “I wanted to help owner managed businesses grow and develop, with my experience in the corporate world I thought this would be a perfect fit.” Whilst most small businesses see their accountants once a year after the year end, Sarah’s aim is to show that by being around more frequently and getting to know the business, that she can add value. As a result, she talks to clients on a day-to-day basis and visits them monthly with valuable KPI information to help make key decisions for their business. With this ethos, the business took off with a small portfolio of clients that has steadily grown, and just over a year ago, Sarah’s brought in her husband to take Longmires to the next level and incorporated the company. As a woman in business, Sarah has found the balance between work and personal life much better since launching Longmires, than she did when working in the corporate world, allowing her to spend more time with her children and actually take them to school. Sarah tells us “since setting up Longmires full time, I managed to go to the Christmas play at school for the first time!”

Batman vs Superman

Sarah is a Woman of Steel

Sarah Steel - Longmires Business Accountants This year, Sarah has also been a Business Mentor for Young Enterprise; a national initiative for schools to take part in, where students have to set up a business and try and make money! Sarah has worked with Blessed Thomas High School and was involved

The things that truly make Sarah a Woman of Steel in the world of Women in Business, is the work she does locally with businesses and charity, including her involvement So what does being a woman in business mean to Sarah? “Everything!!! For me it with means being able to be focussed and be in control of my own and my family’s destiny. “ Wythenshawe Oasis for a in helping them decide on a product and a strategy number of years by helping with grant funding and for the business, and helping at local fetes to help allocating costs. The support Sarah provides also sell the products. This is a great initiative to help extends to ensuring they have been reporting young people learn about how a business correctly to HMRC and the Charities Commission, really works and Sarah is extremely proud to be part given her knowledge of some charities falling foul of of it and happy to say they are making a profit! this.

More than adding up and taking away... Longmires are a small team of Strategic Management Accountants and Business Development Managers. With over 20 years of experience in all areas of accounting across various industries including Manufacturing, Financial Services, Retail and Franchise.

Longmires Business Accountants 181a Park Rd, Timperley, WA15 6QZ t: 0161 850 5222 e:




A big Welcome to our New Members Please take the time to have a look at our new members and their services... if you know any business that might be interested in joining our Chamber, please do pass on Paul Mirage’s details opposite. Colourwheel Creative Graphic Design

Carl Newton Myerson, Managing Partner How many cups of coffee get you through the day? Two in the morning followed by tea for the rest of the day. If your business was a coffee, what type of coffee would it be and why?A Rhode Island cappuccino - a warm independent solid base of quality lawyers with a creative and supportive staff on top together supporting the best local quality "chocolate chipped" clients! What would you say your biggest achievement is in business? Over the last 4 years rapidly growing a friendly and successful firm that is enjoyable to work for and remains true to its local roots. This has enabled us to purchase Grosvenor House in Altrincham which will allow us to further grow and flourish at the heart of the local Trafford business community.

Ewemove Altrincham Ltd Estate Agents

Forever Manchester Charity Contact: Ged Murray

Jameson & Partners Ltd Estate Agents Contact: Jennifer Jameson

Runway Visitor Park – Concorde Conferences Events & Attraction

Speed of Sight Charity Contact: John Galloway

Talk UK Telecom Telecoms Contact: Dino Maroudias

V Property Management Lettings & Management Contact: Emma Lakin

Kauri Strategies Ltd IT Consultancy Wells & Hewitt Ltd Fitted Kitchens & Bedrooms Contact: Peter Wells Pioneer Property Property Investment Contact: Ben Hughes

What advice would you offer anyone who has recently started up their own business? Work hard at what you know, love and are good at and don't ever take your staff and customers for granted. Once established, continuously look to improve every aspect of your business in a strategic and structured way (we use the Entrepreneurial Operating System - see

Yorkshire Private & Business Banking Private Banking Contact: Lee Kibble

Apart from coffee, what’s your biggest motivator to get up and go to work in the morning? Firstly my family and secondly seeing others develop and progress within our business.



The benefits of  becoming a  Chamber Member Planned events and business support

The Chamber is a non political business organisation owned and run by its membership. In 2009 we celebrated our centenary – 100 years of service to local businesses.

The Chamber provides business support, business meetings and mentoring, unrivalled networking, training sessions, local knowledge and an invaluable database.

However, to continue to support our members and attract new members the Chambers must constantly adapt our services. The Breakfast events schedule has been remodelled and upgraded to focus on informative and relative business content.

Membership really will enhance your business, whether a business start up or an established organisation, all are welcome.

Sue Aldridge Chief Executive Officer Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce

Joining the Chamber is easy... Simply call Paul Mirage on 07708 987518 or email Paul on




Fantastic Member Benefits As members of Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce, there are lots of special benefits for you to take advantage of... BRUNTWOOD LTD 25% off your first meeting room booking. 10% thereafter. Two month’s rent free when taking a 12 month term on a virtual office. One month free when taking a minimum twelve month term on a serviced office. Video conferencing from £99 per hour up to six attendees. Meeting room prices range from £20 per hour for up to 4 people to £150 per hour for 120 people. Cost savings on virtual office space will be either £100 for mail only or £200 for full virtual by signing for 12 months with the rent free. Prices exclude VAT. CHESHIRE LIFE Members can subscribe to Cheshire Life & get 6 issues for just £6! Visit for further information. CHURCHWARD LOGISTICS 10% discount on the first same day UK courier service booking. 10% discount on the first ten UK consignments send on either our Next day Delivery Service or our Next day AM delivery service. 5% discount on the first five consignments sent on our International Delivery Service. Contact George or Clive on T: 0845 130 4322 E: COMPUTER SUPPORT SERVICES offers first consultation free of charge. Software and hardware purchases - Hardware purchase and installation - Cloud computing - Backup services - Database development -Contact Maria Theodosiou - T: 0161 850 5080 CRESTA COURT HOTEL 15% discount off any accommodation booked direct. Free accommodation for the event organiser of any event booked. T: 0161 972 7272 (Menu prices from £25 and accommodation from £65 per night) ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR Any member / employee / family members can use the link for a further 5% discount of our cheapest rentals. For further details visit for the link to Enterprise Rent-A-Car offer or contact Kerri-Anne Devlin, Business Rental Sales Executive Tel : 07483 006700


EWEMOVE ALTRINCHAM LTD 20% Off fees for selling = 0.8%. 8% Management fees on lettings and FREE tenant finder. Saving from £1,000. Contact Adrian Garbett T: 07800 513355 or E: FADDIES DRY CLEANING 10% Discount off dry cleaning, laundry, shirt valet; leathers & soft furnishings. On your first visit have a suit dry cleaned for free T: 0161 928 7660 GM BUSINESS CONNECT MAGAZINE 20% Discount to ALL members. Greater Manchester Business Connect Magazine is the fastest growing Business publication, available as a hard copy and online. We currently go out to 17,000 subscribers. Packed with business stories, educational articles, and interviews this informative guide also carries networking & Business Events in our Diary Dates. Example Normal ¼ page £270 with 20% discount £216 plus vat. Offer based on first booking of one or more advertisement or Business Focus. For more information contact: Paul on 0161 969 8632 Or email: GRESHAM WEALTH MANGEMENT LLP Free initial consultation from a Chartered Financial Planner to all members T: 0161 973 9150 (Saving of £500) HOMES4U 50% Discount on initial letting fee for any new properties instructed on our Gold + full property management service. T: 0161 941 2323 INSURE RISK – Your local Commercial Insurance Broker Free review of any commercial or personal household insurance arrangements • We will review existing cover and carry out a Gap analysis. • Report any shortfalls or cost savings. 5% Discount off commercial insurance new policy premiums. Offer available to new clients to Insure Risk Ltd only Contact Ged Murray and the team on 0161 926 3634 E: THE LIFECENTRE 20% off all room hire – meeting rooms for 4 to 400 people. Contact Andy Chard, LifeCentre Manager T: 0161 850 0770 E: THE MERE GOLF RESORT & SPA Day delegate packages from £40 per person for Chamber Members. Complimentary Room Hire, 2 Course hot and cold


buffet lunch in Browns Restaurant, Refreshment breaks throughout the day. LCD wide screen TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi T: 01565 830155

performance certificates. 15% off all surveys, valuations and commercial energy performance certificates. T: 0161 929 8257

MBL (TAX & BUSINESS ADVISERS) LTD 15% Discount of the first year’s fees for a new client T: 0161 927 2727 Fees £2,000 to £2,500 so saving £300 to £375

THE WINDOW COMPANY 20% off our full range of products, windows, doors and conservatories saving between £100 and £3000. Contact Wayne Shaw Tel: 0161 962 8570 Email:

MERCURE BOWDON HOTEL Normal charges are joining fee of £50 and an annual fee of £380 or a monthly fee of £38 for a no restricted membership. Loyalty card offer membership package offer at a reduced rate for Members of Sale & Altrincham Chamber: No joining fee and an annual fee of £295 or a monthly fee of £30. Chamber members wanting to take advantage of this rate would have to produce their Chamber Loyalty Card at the time of joining. As a further enhancement we will sign up each new member to the Accor, Le Club, benefits scheme and add 300 bonus points to each membership. Points can be collected at any Accor hotel and cashed in for free hotel stays or air miles and members are first to get a whole host of special offers throughout the hotel network both in the UK and abroad. Contact Paul Rodgers 0161 928 7121 or email MINIME MARKETING & PR CONSULTANCY All initial 1 hour consultation meetings are free, take place at a time and place convenient to you, and provide the opportunity to discuss ideas that you are free to implement yourself. However, if you wish to appoint the team at MiniMe Marketing as your outsourced marketing & PR department following approval of your bespoke marketing proposal, we offer all Chamber members 10% off our costs. This means you get our hourly rate at just £38, or just £318 for a day rate! Call Rina or Olivia on 01925 963 651. Tweet us @MiniMeMarketing or visit MINUTEMAN PRESS Digitally produced matt laminate double sided business cards on 350g silk 500 £49 + vat saving £16; 1000 £69 + vat saving £28 Litho produced matt laminate double sided business cards on 400g silk 500 £59 + vat saving £20; 1000 £79 + vat saving £26. Contact Ed or Alison on 0161 928 8826 SAFETYNET IT Free IT system health check saving of £66 + VAT Tel: 0845 869 8451 SALE & ALTRINCHAM MESSENGER ‘Market Your Business’ - Up to a 40% discount on your first advertisement in the Sale and Altrincham Messenger including the Business Page. For this offer and more long term campaigns contact Tel 0161 848 5232. TRAFFORD SURVEYORS 10% off all home improvement packs and domestic energy

THE ZIPYARD 15% off all alterations and repairs at The Zipyard, 14 Lloyd Street, Altrincham WA14 2DE T: 0161 929 4848 Alterations and repairs start from £10 up £100+ ADDITIONAL OFFERS AA AFFINITY SCHEME Save as much as 34% off online prices1 Reasons the join the AA affinity scheme: - A continued 20% off at renewal2 - More dedicated patrols than all other UK breakdown services combined3 - Members are rewarded with enhanced breakdown benefits at renewal - They repair 7.5 out of 10 vehicles at the roadside Get your discount now To join, call 0800 048 0075 and quote reference F0706. Or visit the Chamber website at to link through to the full information. To get a quote and join, please call 0800 048 0075 and quote reference ‘F0706’. THE FUELCARD PEOPLE Members will receive: - Typical savings of up to 5p per litre on national average pump prices, with fixed weekly pricing - Savings of up to 10p per litre on motorway refuelling - Free credit for up to two weeks – and the same price, wherever you refuel - Just one weekly invoice, paid by direct debit, to cover all transactions for all your vehicles - Easy reclaiming of VAT - Own named, dedicated account manager to answer any queries - Easy access, 24/7/365, to your account information including transactions not yet invoiced - Access to major brand diesel or petrol from over 7000 sites nationwide - Leading-edge security features - Each fuel card, linked to a vehicle or driver, is useless to anyone else if lost or stolen Tel: 0844 870 6938 E: Website: To take advantage of these many savings, please state that you are a member of Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce when you contact the supplier. All Loyalty Card offers can be viewed online at Please note: Offers are made by the individual organisations and the Chamber cannot be held responsible for any changes/ amendments or withdrawal of these offers.




Our Members Directory Looking for a service? Why not consider a fellow Chamber Member? Here is a comprehensive list of all our members in service order - we hope you find what you are looking for!

Accountancy Services

Business Services

Jordan Pickup

Aims Management Churchward Logistics Ltd COS Bookkeeping Ltd HR Dept IDE (NW) Ltd JDS Fuel K&R Badges Ltd MRW Corporate Solutions Paragon Skills PayStream Accounting Services Ltd Premium Collections Ltd

Accountants & Business Advisers Brackman Wolfe & Co Ltd Hichards Longmires Business Accountants Ltd MBL (Business & Tax Advisers) Ltd Royce Cohen RSM UK Tax & Accounting Ltd

Architects Atkins Building Solutions Ltd Kitson Architecture Ltd

Arts Clark Art Ltd Waterside Arts Centre

Banking Barclays Business South Manchester Handelsbanken RBS Yorkshire Private & Business Banking


Car Dealership Robins & Day Sale RRG Toyota

Charity Alex Hulme Foundation Children’s Adventure Farm Trust Forever Manchester G-Force LCCC Foundation Life Centre Events Speed of Sight Trafford Mencap


Chartered Accountants DHF Accounting Harold Sharp HW Chartered Accountants Sheppards Chartered Accountants Stephen Hobson Chartered Accountant

Chartered Surveyors Berrys John Gibbs Partnership Ltd Trafford Surveyors Ltd

Clothing Alterations/Repair The Zipyard

Community Altrincham French Festival Hale & Bowdon Civic Society Tourist Information Centre Trafford Housing Trust

Ian Macklin & Co Jameson & Partners Ltd

Events Cracking Wine Ltd First & Last Events Ltd Innov8 Conference Services Keyteq Presentation Services Ltd Networking In The City

Financial Services Acumen Loans Cottons Financial Planning Gresham Wealth Management Hart Project Solutions Ltd iGo Business Matravers Parsonage Financial Planning Robinson Associates Together

Florists Domiciliary Care

Barkers The Florist

Bluebird Care (Trafford) Home Instead Senior Care

Graphic Design

Dry Cleaners

Colourwheel Creative

Faddies Dry Cleaning



Dr Sarah Norman & Co Lifestyle Therapy Spire Manchester Clinic Hale

Loreto Grammar School Trafford College Tutor Doctor

Electrical COD (Electrical) Hale Instruments Limited Manchester Electrical Contractors Ltd

Entertainment Altrincham Garrick Playhouse Ltd

Estate Agents Ewemove Altrincham Ltd Homes4U

Home/Commercial Improvement Colourfence South Manchester Keller Kitchen Centre LSM Flooring The Window Company Wells & Hewitt Ltd

Hotel Cresta Court Hotel Mere Court & Conference Centre Radisson Blu Manchester Airport The Mercure Bowdon Hotel





Photography / Film

Chase Templeton Insure Risk Ltd

DK Creative Martin Hambleton Photography Munsamy Photographic

IT Advant Consultancy Ltd Computer Support Services Informed Solutions Kauri Strategies Ltd Mel's Computer Care Ltd Safetynet IT Ltd

Jewellers Energetix Bingen Magnetic Jewellery & Wellbeing Randalls

Management Consultancy Matchbox Associates Ltd Professional Procurement Project Management Ltd

Manufacturers Bluebell Fitted Furniture Float Glass Industries Ltd

Marketing / PR Frank Virtual Ltd JWC PR Lexington Communications MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy The Agency Creative Ltd Tree Communications Ltd

Offices/Meeting Rooms Bizspace Co Ltd Bruntwood Ltd Carrington Business Park Regus Express

Pharmacy James Helgason Ltd

Place of Worship Altrincham Parish Church, St Georges St Mary's Church

Planning Consultant Planitwright Planning Consultancy

Printers Minuteman Press

Promotional Products Recognition Express

Property Investment / Management Citybranch Ltd Petros Development Company Limited Pioneer Property Selbourne Group Ltd Stamford Quarter Trinity Offices V Property Management

Publication Cheshire Life Magazine GM Business Connect Magazine Hale & Bowdon Magazine Sale & Altrincham Messenger

Restaurant Hale Grill Raoshi Lebanese Restaurant & Banqueting Suite

Retail Costco



Retired Members


Cllr Dylan Butt Christine Stout

Brewin Dolphin Securities Ltd

Security John Holden Security Systems Ltd. Keyways Security Systems Ltd West Valley Mobile Security Ltd


Structural Engineers Lawrence Gottlieb & Assoc

Telecoms Hale Communications (Europe) Ltd Talk UK Telecom

RW Signs


Social Media

Cresta World Travel Turkish Airlines Inc

Altrincham HQ Boomerang Integration Consultants Ltd

Tree Specialists

Solicitors / Legal Berg Blackstone Solicitors Ltd Castle Keep Law Chafes Solicitors LLP Charmax LLP Hague Lambert Solicitors Jackson Canter Jefferies Solicitors Ltd Keoghs, Nicholls, Lindsell & Harris Knights Professional Services McHale & Company Solicitors MLP Law Myerson Solicitors Ralli Ltd Simpson Millar LLP Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP Slater Heelis Stephensons Solicitors LLP Stowe Family Law LLP William H Lill & Company

Sports Altrincham Football Club Bowdon Club Manchester Phoenix Sale FC Rugby Club Timperley Sports Club Trafford Leisure

Frankland Tree Services Ltd

Venue / Events Altrincham Conservative Club Bean & Brush Family Art Café Embrace Inc Redhouse Farm Shop & Tea Rooms Runway Visitor Park - Concorde Conferences The Bowdon Rooms

Web Knutsford Software Ltd The Web Studio

Writer KWB Content

Chamber TV The Chamber is working with Skylab (Manchester) who have developed a proprietary B2B / B2C video content platform called Chamber TV using their own MediaTank technology.

MediaTank is already being used by a number of trade organisations including the UKTI, The ASA, British Mountaineering, Trafford Council and Trafford Park. The concept is to give all Chamber members, businesses and commercial partners the opportunity to put all of their marketing films, brand films and product demos in one place and then use the combined resource of the Chamber to boost commercial revenues locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Video is the most powerful online asset type and consumers buy more from online sites with video than those without. Chamber TV will give all Altrincham & Sale Chamber members an equal opportunity to grow their own business by showcasing their products and services via video. The internet is on 24/7 and the Chamber will market and promote the whole platform through a number of media channels and outlets.

If you need assistance with your video clips, we can put you in touch with Martin Hambleton who can provide a 60-90 second 'talking head' video - essentially, a video elevator pitch. He can also provide prompts and advice in advance to help you prepare the script, provide up to two hours' filming at your office and produce a final edit that includes opening and closing credits and the footage of you talking on camera. You'll be provided with a copy of the edited video on DVD for you to upload to your website and Chamber TV. The full price for this service is £500, but Martin is offering a 50% discount to Chamber members, reducing it to £250. In addition to all members having the opportunity to be on the platform there will be a limited number of promotional opportunities on the Chamber TV platform. This could include banners, featured videos and pre-roll adverts. Contact the Chamber for more information.

The Chamber is offering the first 25 members who register the introductory price of £10 per member per month with a minimum agreement of 12 months!

Get involved with Chamber TV... Simply call Anne Jardine on 0161 941 3250

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Chamber Matters spring2016  

The Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce magazine. Issue: Spring 2016

Chamber Matters spring2016  

The Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce magazine. Issue: Spring 2016