Chamber Matters 2017 QUARTER 1
THE BUSINESS MAGAZINE FROM ALTRINCHAM & SALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
IN THIS ISSUE: Women in Business, dangers of cyber crime, event reviews, member news, local business events and so much more! Thank you to our main sponsors for this issue; Mecure Bowdon
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Welcome to your first 2017 edition of Chamber Matters Welcome to the first Chamber Matters of 2017, and I want to begin by saying how delighted I am to have been reinstated for a second year in oﬃce as your President, something you can read more about on page 27. In this edition, you have the opportunity to meet two more of our brilliant Board Members; Christine Stout and Mike Fox, and find out what really makes them tick. We’re delighted to see another issue jam packed with great member news from soap stars to award winners – seeing the growth and success of businesses at the Chamber is incredibly rewarding for myself and the entire Board. We also have a brand new feature – introducing our very own ‘Social Media Agony Uncle’ Alex McCann of Altrincham HQ, who will be answering your most pressing social media questions on page 23. Of course, we have a myriad of event write ups covering everything from Breakfast Matters to the New Year Lunch, so if you didn’t have chance to attend, you can get the low down from the past few months. We would like to say a special thank you to the Mecure Bowdon Hotel for their support of this edition, with their sponsorship of ‘Coﬀee with…’ (which you can find on pages 11 and 28). As always, a huge thank you to the teams at MiniMe Marketing and Colourwheel Creative for their eﬀorts to produce and run the magazine – without their volunteer work and the support of advertising, we wouldn’t have Chamber Matters, so please do get involved in any future editions. As your Chamber President for another year, I am thrilled to continue oﬀering support to members, and if you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using email@example.com
Inside this issue 4: Member News 8: Breakfast Matters 11: Coffee With… Taz Master, Travel Master 12: Christmas Lunch 14: Breakfast Matters 18: Member News 19: New Year Lunch 20: Member News 21: Women in Business with Elizabeth Vega, Informed Solutions 22: Member News 23: Agony Uncle 24: AGM 25: Meet the Board Members 26: Women in Business with Leanne Sodergren, MLP Law 27: Chamber Press Release 28: Coffee With…Laura Drinkwater, Aztiger HR 30: Members Benefits 32: Members Directory 35: Calendar of Events
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Best Western Cresta Court Hotel Altrincham Features in Coronation Street Much to the delight of Hotel owners and management at the Best Western Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham, south Manchester, television executives at Coronation Street chose the refurbished Hotel as a venue for ﬁlming the ‘nation’s favourite soap’, with scenes shot at the Hotel airing late last year.
conference delegates. Nothing quite beats bumping into your favourite Corrie star whilst attending a training course at the Cresta Court!
“All the cast and crew were a pleasure to have with us and we have had great feedback following this week’s episode featuring the Hotel. We look forward to welcoming them back again in the future.”
The Hotel was host to cast members including Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt) and screen mum Tina O’Brien (Sarah Platt), with Mikey North (Gary Windass) and Ellie Leach (Faye Windass). The crew and actors filmed in the venue’s Townfields restaurant and bedroom accommodation for two days in September, with the episode featuring the Hotel airing on December 19, 2016. “We were thrilled that ITV Granada chose to use us for location ﬁlming” commented hotel general manager Paul Hindley “It created quite a stir in the local community and a real talking point for guests and
Local Insurance broker scoops award Insure Risk, who are based in Altrincham, took away the Talk of Manchester Business insurance award at a prestigious dinner held on Thursday 1st December. The event, which was held in the Manchester Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, invited votes for the various prestigious categories, receiving over 100,000 before the polls closed on Friday 28th October. Insure Risk, who oﬀer insurance solutions for private clients, businesses and property owners, were named Best Insurance Company in front of 500 business peers who serve Manchester and the wider region of the North West. Managing Director Ged Murray said he was delighted to be recognised at the awards, “We work really hard to ensure that our clients are happy with the service we provide them, and that they trust we’re going to get their insurance right.” He said. “The Talk of Manchester Business awards are really well renowned in the area, so to come away from what was a fantastic evening with an award is a real privilege.”
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North West award winning law firm expands into London Cheshire based law ﬁrm, Blackstone Solicitors have just announced that for 2017 they have opened a London oﬃce to service their continued expansion of London and International based clients. Located in Mayfair and specialising in commercial litigation, property law for commercial and residential clients, corporate legal services, and family law and wills and probate. Established in 2010 and lead by Award winning lawyer, Emma Nawaz the firm has grown quickly and in 2016 announced a turnover of just over £1million – an increase of 34% on the previous year. For 2017 the firm forecast a further 50% growth.
Blackstone Solicitors achieved national and international fame in 2014/15 when they took on and won cases against high street banks over accusations of racial discrimination concerning British citizens with Iranian backgrounds or Iranians living in the UK. Commenting on the expansion into the Capital, Managing Director, Emma Nawaz said, “Our portfolio of London based clients is continuing to expand. Opening this Mayfair oﬃce will allow us to service their needs locally and to expand our client base further. We are a passionate and tenacious law ﬁrm totally focused on winning cases for our clients. We are delighted to open this London oﬃce.”
New for 2017, altspace is a hub for Altrincham’s businesses to work, collaborate and prosper.
Announcing the launch of altspace - the coworking office in Altrincham
With prices starting from as little as £9 per day (inc. VAT), their flexible membership options and hassle-free contracts mean you have a unique opportunity to work with like-minded people in a collaborative and inspiring environment. Their inclusive rates include free wifi and complimentary refreshments, and are as follows: • Full-time*: £210 / month • Part-time (3 days per week): £155 / month • One-day: £14
They also oﬀer: • A bookable six-person meeting room, with TV, PC and presentation suite • Networking and social opportunities • A quiet setting to aid concentration • Access to network printer Altspace is located on 19–23 Stamford New Road, 2nd Floor (Buzz for Databroker), Altrincham, WA14 1BN, and is open 9am–6pm, Monday–Friday. Coworking oﬀers an alternative to the isolation of working from home, and their location in the heart of Altrincham means an end to the isolation of home working or commuting to an oﬃce or café in town.
Altrincham FC in the Community Community Co-Ordinator, Judy Henson, spoke of the programme and future aspirations:
Altrincham FC In The Community (AITC) are introducing a new disability sports afternoon at the Community Sports Hall (CSH), on site at the J.Davidson Stadium, Altrincham. Commencing Thursday 23rd February, Table Cricket (1.15-2.00pm) and Pan Disability Football (2.00-3.00pm) will be on oﬀer, free for all participants. AITC apply for grant funding each year from The National League Trust to help subsidise activities ran in the local community, including: school coaching, senior fitness, yoga, holiday clubs, walking football, under 5’s football, school tournaments and external events. In October 2016, AITC successfully received a Sportivate grant with the aim of providing disability football. After an 8 week programme, four players were attending on a regular basis.
“With the help of Cheshire FA and local community groups, we noticed AITC were progressing in so many varied areas across the community, but the one thing we were not providing was activities for people with disabilities. Since the Sportivate programme, we have successfully set up these new sessions and gained interest with a lot more participants. The aim one day would be to be able to run a pan disability football team, representing AFC.”
Best Western Cresta Court Hotel launches Online booking service with live meeting availability The Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincham, in south Manchester, has launched a brand new live booking service with partner venuedirectory.com, that gives corporate customers the ability at the touch of a button to book any of its small meeting rooms with less than 24 hours’ notice. The only Hotel in Manchester oﬀering this service, it has been designed to be the perfect tool for the Cresta Court Hotel’s PAs and direct meeting bookers, who are often tasked with booking a meeting room or small event space at short notice. The online system is easy to use
and is as simple as entering your preferred date and number of delegates attending on the Hotel’s website booking tool. venuedirectory.com’s technology does the rest – searching for available space and taking you through a booking process that takes less than five minutes. Importantly, users can see live availability which avoids the need to call to confirm a room is available on your chosen date, and payment can simply be taken by company credit card or by invoice once an account is set up. Paul Hindley, general manager of the Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, said: “We have completed extensive refurbishment to our meeting rooms in the last two years and have since noticed a growth in short lead time meeting bookings. This new system will allow our PAs and direct corporate bookers immediate access to live meeting space availability, enabling them to book more quickly, easily and within their short lead times. We are the ﬁrst hotel in the area to launch live availability with our partner venuedirectory.com, and already it is proving a popular addition to our services.” The live booking facility is available at http://www.cresta-court.co.uk/meetings-atcresta-court-hotel.html
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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
EVENT NEWS Breakfast Matters: November 2016 An insight into alternative funding With bacon barm cakes eaten and coﬀees poured, the large audience of members took their seats to be greeted by Chamber President, Paul Daine, for the penultimate Breakfast Matters of 2016. Guest speaker Les Gordon, Director of Reach Finance was then introduced, who was going to tackle his presentation ‘Funding Explained’ which he compared to attempting open heart surgery in under 30 minutes, prompting a laugh from everyone. Giving an introduction to Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group, Les explained that they are specialists in the SME sector and oﬀer much more than just insolvency, with a wide range of service lines aimed at business rescue and insolvency avoidance. With the end of the year approaching, a fitting economic outlook was given detailing a number of positive key points such as the prolonged period of low interest rates, low unemployment without inflationary wage pressure and plentiful money supply. Low returns on savings have also led to a boom in alternative funding, leading Les to highlight the options when it comes to funding, including: • • • • • • •
Invoice finance Asset Based Lending (“ABL”) Trade finance Bridging finance Cash flow term loans Alternative finance market Private Equity oﬀering (Aqvvs)
Detailing the key points of each alternative funding option, it was interesting to hear the facts and figures which showed a staggering increase from £1.74billion in 2014 to £5billion in 2016 for the alternative finance sector, highlighting the rapid growth of this route. With its increasing popularity, Les made clear the successful impact alternative finance routes can have on businesses, but took care to highlight the common pitfalls to avoid when choosing a provider; • • •
Roger Lamb, Satona Consulting (left) and Peter Collins, Find and be Found
Ensure there is good service and flexibility – this is key to a strong long-term relationship Finding the correct product is more important than getting the lowest headline cost Allow room for growth and seasonal fluctuations by choosing a provider without facility limits
An impressive insight to how Les and his team have personally helped businesses was given, detailing a £66,000 saving per year for one client alone. As Les’ presentation came to a close, Paul Daine thanked him, exclaiming how many things he learnt that he already thought he knew! Olivia Parkes, part of the team at MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy who work closely with the Chamber to produce Chamber Matters and produce their event write ups, then took a few minutes to update the audience on the latest edition of the magazine. With the Autumn/Winter issue due to reach members post boxes in a matter of weeks, Olivia encouraged
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Les Gordon, Reach Finance; Olivia Parkes, MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy; Paul Daine, President
the audience to get involved with the next edition by contributing to a number of exciting features such as Women In Business, Coﬀee With, Member News and more. It was then time for the business card draw, for which ‘glamorous assistant’ and Membership Manager Paul Mirage
first picked out Matthew Bell of Manchester Electrical Contractors to win dinner for two at the new Townfields Bar at the Cresta Court. Generously donated by Peter Collins, the next prize was to win a free LinkedIn Health Check, of which the lucky winner was Roger Lamb from Satona Consulting. New members of the ever-growing Chamber were then called up to receive their certificates, as we welcomed; • • • • •
Martin Buckle, Atlantic Timber Laura Drinkwater, Aztiger HR Cathy Houghton, ForwardSEO Palani Kandaswamy, Mailboxes Etc Luke Rowbotham, Santander Corporate & Commercial Bank
L-R: Paul Mirage; Luke Rowbotham, Santander; Laura Drinkwater, Az Tiger HR; Cathy Houghton, Forward SEO; Palani Kandaswamy, Mail Boxes Etc; Paul Daine
With Christmas just around the corner, Paul reminded the audience about the Christmas party at the Cresta Court Hotel on Friday 9th December, where delicious food and a festive glass of prosecco (or two!) are on oﬀer. Closing November Breakfast Matters by highlighting how excellent the new Chamber magazine is, Paul encouraged members to contribute as it can only keep growing from hereon.
Matthew Bell, Manchester Electrical Contractors and Paul Daine
EVENT NEWS Breakfast Matters: December 2016 On the twelfth Breakfast Matters the Chamber gave to me, a presentation from Barclays… Out of nowhere, the twelfth and ﬁnal Breakfast Matters of 2016 was upon us and wishes of ‘Merry Christmas’ were being exchanged across the room. Welcoming the audience was board member Tony Collier, who invited Tony Cole of Barclays Altrincham and Business Digital Eagle Graeme Brand to the ﬂoor to discuss one of the fastest growing crimes – cyber fraud.
• Elongate your password – ensure it is longer than 11 characters. • Don’t use the same password across multiple sites. Next on the agenda was the danger of free Wi-Fi, where information is easily intercepted and fraudsters may even set up their own hotspots to harvest important information. Graeme encouraged the audience to be wary of free Wi-Fi hotspots, and if using them, to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which encrypts your private information. Luckily, Graeme added that there is a lot of free support out there when it comes to cybercrime from the likes of Cyber Essentials, CERT UK and The CiSP. Ending on a lighter note, a video was shown from a talk show in which the host went out onto Hollywood Boulevard and talked to members of the public about their password, leading to every single one of them telling the presenter their personal passwords – this raised a lot of laughter from all those in the room!
Whether protecting yourself or your business online, Graeme promised to keep things simple whilst focussing on the human element of cybercrime and opened with some shocking statistics, stating that cybercrime costs the UK £27bn every year, and 80% of it is preventable. It’s not just big businesses that are being targeted by cyber criminals anymore, and the fault often lies in the fact that businesses believe they are too small to fall victim to these threats – but unfortunately this is not the case. Amongst the main threats to all UK businesses are; • • • • •
Phishing emails Spear phishing Malicious software Invoice fraud CEO impersonation
Elaborating on the above, Graeme wanted to help the audience to get into a hacker’s mindset to explain ‘spear phishing’, a type of fraud in which information is socially engineered. To show how easy it can be, Graeme demonstrated on his colleague Tony, shocking the audience when he was able to find personal information such as his favourite sports teams and restaurants, his children’s names, anniversary and so much more, all because his Facebook page wasn’t set to private. This led Graeme to the subject matter of passwords, listing oﬀ the top 10 most used passwords which included ‘123456’ and ‘password’ he gave the audience some top tips:
Olivia Parkes from MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy then gave a short presentation about the next edition of the new Chamber magazine ‘Chamber Matters’, detailing the myriad of brilliant opportunities available for members to raise the profile of their businesses to the local community. Tony thanked Olivia, exclaiming how proud he is to have the Chamber magazine back. Tony then invited Paul Mirage to the floor for the business card prize draw. Winner of dinner for two at the new Townfields Bar at the Cresta Court was James Eisen of Smart Touch Ltd, followed by Johnny Hewitt from Red House Farm winning the LinkedIn Health Check courtesy of Peter Collins. In addition to the usual Breakfast Matters schedule, it was then time for the cheque presentation to Johnny’s charity Harry & Jacks Appeal as a result of the raﬄe at this year’s business awards - something incredibly important to the Chamber, being proud to support the local community. The year’s last group of new members were then welcomed to the Chamber; • • • • •
Martin Buckle, Atlantic Timber Ruth Tobi, Maggie’s Manchester Claire Jolliﬀ, Bistrot Pierre Stuart Beeley, Wellington School Lorraine Fitzpatrick, Sunrise Senior Living of Hale Barns
Tony exclaimed how having Bistrot Pierre at the Chamber and in Altrincham is great, particularly for the regeneration of Altrincham Town Centre, having another lovely restaurant in town. With the Chamber Christmas Party just a matter of days away, Tony encouraged the audience to book their places for a lunchtime full of good food, wine and humorous speaker John Warburton – an event not to be missed!
• Don’t use an easily guessable password – it takes hackers 7 milliseconds to crack a common password.
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MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS
Jonny Hewitt, Red House Farm and Tony Collier, Chairman
L-R: Paul Mirage; Martin Buckle, Atlantic Timber; Ruth Tobi, Maggie’s Manchester; Claire Jolliﬀ, Bistrot Pierre; Stuart Beesley, Wellington School; Lorraine Fitzpatrick; Sunrise Senior Care of Hale Barns and Tony Collier
Taz Master, Travel Master
How many cups of coﬀee get you through the day? I'm more of a tea drinker; but if it's going to be a long day one or two coﬀees is a must! What would you say your biggest achievement is in business? My biggest achievement is the recent re-branding of Travel Master. From vehicle livery and staﬀ uniforms to business cards and the website; people often comment on how smart it all looks.
James Eisen, Smart Touch and Angela Grace
Apart from coﬀee, what’s your biggest motivator to get up and go to work in the morning? The necessity to meet our commitment to deliver service to all our customers is my priority. My small but professional team know it is vital to ensure that clients are happy with our service and quick responses to enquiries are a must. It's a great job, I love the fact that no two days are the same and challenges and ongoing demand must be met to improve and move forward. What obstacles have you had to overcome in your business? Obstacles? Motorway roadworks must be number one! Personally, with the transport industry not being my background it’s been a huge learning curve for me. But now into its twelfth year, Travel Master is well established and our staﬀ are totally committed. With lifes stresses and fast pace, we want to encourage people to take a day out, relax and enjoy life. To get together, hold reunions, arrange extended family trips....using Travel Master of course! If your business was a coﬀee, what type of coﬀee would it be and why? It would have to be a Doppio, a small, double espresso - a small enterprise that is practical, hardworking and always on the go!
L-R: Graeme Brand, Barclays; Tony Collier, Chairman and Tony Cole, Barclays
You can get your coﬀee at the Mercure Bowdon Hotel & Leisure Club, Langham Road, Bowdon, Altrincham WA14 2HT. Tel: 0161 928 7121
CHAMBER EVENTS Chamber Christmas Lunch - Friday 9th December
In 2017, go looking for hills… Beginning with a champagne reception, the festivities were in full swing at the Chamber Christmas Lunch as members hung up their winter coats and were invited into the warmth of the Cresta Court’s Townﬁelds Restaurant. After the buzz of festive chatter died down, everyone took their seats and were welcomed by President Paul Daine who began by reﬂecting on the brilliant year had by the Chamber, going from strength to strength over the past 12 months. Before the sound of pulling crackers filled the room, Paul enticed the audience with a prize of 2 tickets to the European Rugby Champions Cup game between Sale Sharks and Saracens which was up for grabs in the raﬄe later on. He then wished everyone a ‘Merry Christmas’ before the starters arrived - glazed goats cheese tartlet with red onion chutney on a bed of rocket leaves. The lively atmosphere continued as wine was poured and the main course landed on tables, and it wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional Roast Cheshire turkey dinner with all of the tasty trimmings! It was then time for ‘humorous speaker’ and Managing Director of JWC PR John Warburton to take the floor for some mid-lunch entertainment. Beginning by exclaiming how the adjective ‘humorous’ instead of ‘hilarious’ didn’t promise much, John told the audience how he once went on tour with the band The Happy Mondays, and began to recount some interesting anecdotes from that tour. First discussing his journalist background, John recalled his time at the Daily Sport, a publication which seemed to have some rather ‘outside of the box’ ideas! Whilst John was a member of staﬀ, he was chosen to wear an outlandish alien costume in the journalists pen at The Brit Awards where Robbie Williams was present, and was embarrassingly mistaken for ‘Tinky Winky’ a number of times! Moving onto higher points of his career, John reminisced on the first time he met Shaun Ryder, lead singer of the Happy Mondays, and was assigned to visit him at home every Tuesday to write a column for the paper. Having moved to an old Victorian house in Burnley to detox from Heroin, John visited him not only to gain information for the column, but to help him out and bring him food. However, trying to elicit any form of information from Shaun was hard work, and John often left empty handed in terms of content, until one day he exclaimed THE ALTRINCHAM & SALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAGAZINE
that he was going to get the band back together! As a result, John was invited to go along on the road with the reformed Happy Mondays and write his book ‘Hallelujah!: The extraordinary story of Shaun Ryder and Happy Mondays’ all about their antics (which is available on Amazon for £8.99), which unsurprisingly John praised as one of the best experiences of his life. One specific moment he recalled was visiting Glastonbury and watching the band perform from the side of the stage, when none other but the late, great David Bowie oﬀered John his lighter – it doesn’t get much more iconic than that! Wrapping up his speech, John told the audience about something more recent – his brilliant 2.5 stone weight loss, and the decision to take up cycling which lead him there. When starting out, John couldn’t make it much more than 200 yards on the flat before he needed to stop for a break, and after a while, a fellow Chamber member invited him to go mountain biking, which he described as ‘the hardest, most diﬃcult thing he’s ever done in his life’ having to stop around 30 times. The more he kept going back though, the better he got, and just a few months ago John reached the top of the mountain without stopping once – what a fantastic sense of achievement. Ending with a quote and some food for thought, John said; “That’s the thing about cycling – first of all you avoid the hills, and then you go looking for them because that’s the only way you get better, and that’s a bit like life really. So, in 2017, let’s go looking for those hills.” Applause filled the room as John took his seat, and then it was time for the raﬄe draw for the Mayor’s Charity Fund, with both prizes generously donated by Jordan Pickup - first up was a bottle of Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky and the lucky winner was Selim Ecirli from Turkish Airlines. In an amusing turn of events, the Mayor won the bottle of Lanson Champagne for which she apologised but promised to donate on to raise further funds for her charities. The cheque was presented to the Mayor for her two Charity Fund’s – Stroke Association and Traﬀord Domestic Abuse Service, as she wished everyone a Merry Christmas and encouraged the audience to do as John said and go looking for hills. Paul then invited Selim from Turkish Airlines back to draw the raﬄe for the 2 VIP hospitality rugby tickets which he so kindly donated, and presented them to the winner of the draw Susan Leigh from Lifestyle Therapy. Thanking the Cresta Court Hotel and the guests for their ongoing support, Paul reminded the audience of the New Year Lunch in February where local MP Graham Brady will be speaking, and closed the lovely lunch with wishes of a safe journey home and very Merry Christmas. ISSUE 4
Mayoress and Tony Collier, Chairman
John Warburton, Mayoress and Paul Daine
L-R: John Warburton; Mayoress, Noelle Ryder; Mayor, Cllr Judith Lloyd, Sue Aldridge, CEO; Paul Daine, President
Paul Daine, Selim Ecirli and Susan Leigh, Lifestyle Therapy
Paul Daine and Selim Ecirli, Turkish Airlines
EVENT NEWS Breakfast Matters: January 2017 Marginal gains make all the diﬀerence! The ﬁrst Breakfast Matters of 2017 got underway with an introduction and wishes of a Happy New Year from Chamber Chairman, Tony Collier who exclaimed how excellent the turnout was as each seat in the room was ﬁlled. Before introducing the morning’s guest speaker, Becky Sugden of Gresham Wealth Management, Tony took a moment to highlight how fantastic the new Chamber magazine is, and encouraged everyone to get involved both in the forms of content and advertising. Here to discuss Goals and Resolutions for the New Year in relation to financial planning, Becky revealed that 1/3 of people in 2015/2016 made the new year’s resolutions to spend less and save more. With it being likely many of us in the room had similar resolutions this year, Becky wanted to give some simple tips for long term saving. When it comes to retirement aspirations, of course it would be great to maintain the same standard of living, but as Becky explained – a good retirement doesn’t happen by accident. So many people are unaware of what income and capital they need in order to retire comfortably, and this lack of planning can result in a shock when retirement approaches. Statistics show that only 34% of those aged between 55 and 65 believe they are financially fit to retire, and one third of people aged between 18 to 40 were not saving at all for retirement.
L-R: Matt Fox, Matt Fox Physiotherapy; Martyn Wright, Aspray Altrincham; Janet Jackson, So-Hale; Tony Collier, Chairman, Stephanie & Robert Tucker; Northern Power UPS
Everyone feels ‘the squeeze’ of general bills, car fees, tuition fees and so much more, which often results in wanting to spend any leftover income on enjoyable things like holidays – and who can blame us?! With this in mind, Becky encouraged everyone to review their income and outgoings to see if there is anything small that can change or any opportunities to redirect to saving. There are smarter ways to save such as cutting back on your morning coﬀee from an expensive chain and taking a flask from home, or simply just making your lunch rather than buying it. Annually, if you stopped buying one cup of coﬀee each morning for £2.50 you would save a huge £600 without even realising it – it’s that easy! Good news - pensions have never been so flexible, and Becky explained that there are 2 ways to make pension contributions; employer and personal. ISA’s work well alongside a pension, and it was suggested to take a hybrid approach by saving half of your money in a pension, and the other half in an ISA. Giving the audience plenty of food for thought when it comes to saving, if nothing else, Becky encouraged everyone to keep themselves accountable and commit to annual reviews of their finances – it’s all about marginal gains. Closing things with reference to World No.1 tennis player Andy Murray, Becky explained how he is a great example of not just discipline, but the method of marginal gains – in 2015 he won 3 titles, but by increasing his overall points performance by just 1%, he went onto win 9 titles in 2016.
L-R: Becky Sugden, Gresham Wealth Management; Tony Collier, Chairman; Joan Scott, Traﬀord College and Peter Collins, Find and be Found
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Tony exclaimed how he will expect Café Nero’s profits to go down as a result of Becky’s presentation, which everyone laughingly agreed with, as Joan Scott from Traﬀord College took the floor. Here to talk to the audience about big changes to apprenticeships in April 2017, Joan explained there is a huge £3.5million in funding to spend before then and businesses
need to take advantage of this. Other than the apprentice’s wage employers will pay nothing, but only whilst the scheme is fully funded for the next 3 months. It’s a great opportunity to support a young person and help them excel within a role, but the funding can also be used on existing staﬀ for elements such as customer service, admin and managerial development. This is something many are unaware of, and is applicable to any member of staﬀ with 30+ hours contact and no degree, and Joan encouraged everyone to review their existing staﬀ or need for an apprentice ASAP before the funding runs out! Vouching for apprentices, Tony told the audience how he took on an apprentice at 16, and he is now the highest valued member of the team, so something most definitely worth looking into. Continuing the jam-packed morning, Peter Collins from Find and be Found took a few moments to ask the audience to connect with the Altrincham & Sale Chamber LinkedIn page. Peter explained how he is happy to help anyone who need assistance in doing this, and how it will also be great from a networking perspective as members will be able to easily find and connect with people they have met at events.
Peter Collins drawing the winning business card for Gavin Flynn, Natwest
David Bellin briefly spoke with the audience, inviting them to the SUBS (Start Up Business Services) event on 13th January all about websites and SEO, and reminded everyone that they can’t use the snow and cold weather as an excuse as he had a pile of SUBS ice scrapers to give out – convenient! Paul Mirage then started the first of two prize draws, with Joe Glass from JMG Legal Ltd winning dinner for 2 at the new Townfields Restaurant, and Gavin Flynn from Natwest won a free ‘LinkedIn Health Check’ courtesy of Peter Collins. The first group of new members for 2017 were welcomed to the Chamber and presented with their certificates; • • • •
Matt Fox, Matt Fox Physiotherapy Martyn Wright, Aspray Altrincham Janet Jackson, So-Hale Robert Tucker & Stephanie Tucker, Northern Power UPS
Closing the morning with a brilliant statistic about the town, Tony exclaimed how proud he and Sue Aldridge are about the part the Chamber has played in the rejuvenation of Altrincham, and that footfall in November 2016 increased by 20% and an even bigger 29% in December 2016 – the only way is up for Altrincham this year!
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EVENT NEWS Breakfast Matters: February 2017
Enable growth, create jobs and improve lives Chamber President Paul Daine welcomed everyone to the full Tatton Suite at the Cresta Court Hotel, and introduced the anticipated guest speaker of the morning Tony Ward from the Business Growth Hub, here to talk to members about how to grow your business in 2017. Beginning by asking who was aware of the Business Growth Hub, the majority of hands were raised highlighting knowledge of its presence in the area. Working with the Traﬀord Council, Tony emphasised the fact that people simply aren’t aware of the support that is out there for businesses. The first question Tony is often asked is ‘are there any grants?’ and unfortunately the days of grants are long gone – but fear not, there are plenty of other options, which is what Tony came to speak to the audience about. The main aim of the Business Growth Hub is to: • • •
Enable growth Create jobs Improve lives
To be eligible for their support you just need to be an SME, it’s that simple! The Hub simply wants to help entrepreneurs and growing businesses with the skills and support they need to succeed via a myriad of routes such as: • • • • • •
1 to 1 support Online resources Workshops and masterclasses Networking Enquiries line Partnership networks
Being so well established in the business community, these partnerships include the likes of RBS, Manchester Metropolitan University, the SME Club and more – all available to provide a value-added network of services and support.
Tony Ward & Paul Daine
The Business Growth Hub is one of the go to places for support in Manchester, and the way in which Tony works initially is by looking at any barriers within a business, typically in sales and marketing – something which he encouraged the audience to analyse themselves also. There are so many areas of business the Hub can help grow and improve, including: • • • • • • • •
Starting a business Accessing finance Leadership and strategy Workforce Finding new markets Innovation Operational eﬃciency Sustainability
It’s great for local businesses to know there is a helping hand out there for support and Tony closed his presentation with some brilliant statistics highlighting that 83% of clients would rate their services as excellent, and a huge 93% would recommend the Business Growth Hub. Peter Collins & Tony Collier
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David Bellin then took the floor to tell the audience about the exciting new website which is in production for the Chamber which will provide added benefits such as a job board, member directory and a simplified booking system for Chamber events. He also took the opportunity to invite everyone to attend the next SUBS ‘smart speed networking’ event on 17th February, which is very good fun whilst also oﬀering an informal opportunity to impart knowledge on helpful topics for small businesses. Paul Mirage drew the first winning business card of the morning for dinner for 2 at the new Townfields Restaurant, with the lucky winner being a prospect member, Paul Eatock of Spacial Oﬃce Environments. Then the generously donated ‘LinkedIn Health Check’ from Peter Collins was won by none other than our very own Chairman Tony Collier!
L-R: Paul Mirage; Kevin Liu & Steve Dare, Specsavers Sale & Altrincham; Jason Critchley, Ward Associates (Project Services); Paul Daine, President, Frank Green, The Fuse; Wayne Berry, JAW Digital; Kevin Owen, Vitality Health;Steve Upham, Altspace Coworking Oﬃce
Finally, a sensational six new members were warmly welcomed to the Chamber: • • • • • •
Steve Upham, Altspace Coworking Oﬃce Frank Green, The Fuse Wayne Berry, JAW Digital Steve Dare & Kevin Liu, Specsavers Sale & Altrincham Kevin Owen, Vitality Health Jason Critchley, Ward Associates (Project Services) Ltd
Closing the morning, Paul Daine reminded the audience of the New Year Lunch at the Mercure Bowdon Hotel just the next day, where an interesting insight from Westminster is expected from special guest speaker, our vice patron, Graham Brady MP – an event not to be missed!
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Paul Eatock & Paul Daine
Free advice on HS2 from Berry’s Property owners and occupiers who are worried about the proposed new high speed rail line HS2 can get a free advice session with a property agent in Cheshire specialising in HS2 matters. Berrys at Northwich is oﬀering one hour’s free advice to enable people to discuss their concerns with a professional and get guidance for their particular situation. “With the preferred route for HS2 Phase 2b route now announced, many people are concerned how this will aﬀect them,” said Graham Bowcock, Berrys’ partneat the Northwich oﬃce.
Grahm Bowcock, Berrys
“Generic information in the press and online is often out of date so this will be an opportunity to get the latest information ﬁrst hand and tailored for your circumstances,” he said. You can reserve your hour’s free advice by contacting Berrys at Northwich on 01606 49200 or book online at https://www.berrys.uk.com/worried-hs2-reserve-hoursfree-advice-today Spaces are limited so book soon to avoid missing out.” For more information contact Graham Bowcock on 01606 49200 or email email@example.com
Trafford Housing Trust completes ground-breaking £275m re-financing deal New deal is a vote of conﬁdence in the Trust’s leadership and bold house-building mission. Traﬀord Housing Trust has completed a £275m re-ﬁnancing deal which breaks new ground in the housing association sector. The new funding for the 9,000-home Trust is a mixed-maturity deal, which introduces a pool of new funders, including institutional investors, and replaces the previous £145m facility. In an unprecedented deal in the sector, £100m of new funding is available for on-lending to innovative joint ventures fuelling the Trust’s ambitious home-building plans, including the 50/50 house building joint venture with L&Q, one of the country’s largest housing associations. The two organisations will each invest £80m to deliver 2,000 homes across the North West in the next four years. The Trust has Development Partner status with the Homes and Communities Agency and was the first housing association to access funding from the £300m Greater Manchester Housing Investment Fund. It also develops and sells homes
Helen Rouke and Larry Gold of Traﬀord Housing Trust independently through its Laurus brand. The Trust’s Deputy CEO and CFO Larry Gold says: “Traﬀord Housing Trust is a financially strong group of companies and this deal demonstrates great confidence among funding institutions in the Trust’s
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governance, leadership and ambitious growth strategy. “The housing crisis means that in Greater Manchester alone supply of new homes is around 4,000 annually, compared with a projected need of over 11,000 a year for each of the next ten years.”
New Year Lunch - Friday 3rd February Opening the annual New Year Lunch was our newly reinstated president, Paul Daine, who exclaimed how lovely it was to see so many in attendance, and how delighted he is to remain president for a second term of oﬃce – a statement which received multiple cheers across the room! Being excited to continue in his role, Paul claimed the highlight of his ﬁrst year in oﬃce was the ﬂagship Chamber Business Awards, and said that going forward he will continue to strengthen the Chamber’s links with various groups, councils and education providers. General Manager of the Mercure Bowdon Hotel, Paul Rogers, took a moment to welcome everyone to the lunch, and also addressed some rumours surrounding the hotel; “The hotel has been sold to Brian Kennedy of Patrick Properties, former owner of the Sale Sharks. We will remain part of the Mercure group for the foreseeable future and everything is business as usual – enjoy your lunch!”. The drinks reception to open the event was kindly sponsored by Patrick Properties – a great and generous way to introduce themselves as a business and new owners of the local hotel. Paul Daine went on to discuss Altrincham in general, highlighting the excellent increase in footfall in the town, hoping the Chamber had a part to play in this increase. Mimicking the new, and controversial president across the pond in America, Paul jokingly proposed we ‘make Altrincham great again!’ prompting a burst of laughter across the room. Handing the floor over to Tony Collier, Paul thanked him and MBL Accountants for sponsoring the event, as Tony asked the question ‘how do I talk about accountancy without being boring?!’. Tony told the audience how businesses need support now more than ever when it comes to auto enrolment, and although it has been put in place to encourage the younger generation to save, it is causing one of the biggest headaches ever for business owners. This is unfortunately not the only headache either! Digital Tax Accounts will come into place from April 2018, which will require businesses to submit accounts every quarter – not so easily done for already incredibly busy business owners. Luckily MBL are here and they have solutions that can help, and Tony encouraged anyone struggling or uncertain to give them a call. Food then began to arrive at tables beginning with smoked salmon & haddock fish cake with lemon & lime crème fraiche, followed by roast loin of pork with cider apple sauce.
L-R: Sue Aldridge, Ian Noke - Handelsbanken, Mike Fox & Richard Bradbury, Slater Heelis
Tony Collier, Mayor, Sue Aldridge, Paul Daine & Graham Brady MP
Conversations around the room varied between everything from Altrincham Market and women in business to the Northern Powerhouse and how to make the perfect poached egg! As coﬀee was poured, highly anticipated guest speaker and vice patron, Graham Brady MP took the floor for his 20th New Year Lunch appearance – how quickly these things come back around! Strangely enough, back in 1995 it was in the room directly below the one everyone was sitting in where Graham was first selected as a candidate; a fitting location for definite. Having been a member of parliament for nearly 20 years, Graham could safely say that there has been more excitement in the past year than there ever has been in the other 20! However, in his opinion, the media seemed to have decided that the referendum in June wasn’t the key issue, it was actually the day after the referendum which proved a lot more interesting. Graham was up incredibly early on this day to do breakfast television, and being live on BBC he proceeded to say how critically important it was that David Cameron should remain Prime Minister to allow a period of calm and stability, feeling he was sounding rather convincing. Much to his surprise, as he voiced his opinion on the Prime Minister and the necessity of him staying, he was witnessing on a small monitor the ‘breaking news’ that David Cameron had resigned, resulting in him needing to make a ‘handbrake turn’ on live television! He recalled how Theresa May immediately became a front runner to fill the coveted position, and since she became Prime Minister in July 2016, Graham feels that she has taken to the role “in a remarkable way” in incredibly complicated circumstances. Coming into Parliament with Theresa in 1997, he was on the Education Committee Select with her and has known her for 20 years, however stated that no-one in the House of Commons actually really knows her well at all. “By her own account, she is not a particularly social animal, she didn’t spend a lot of time in the drinking dens of Westminster – I don’t want to give you the impression that I did! She has very much kept herself to herself and done her work.” Graham went on to say that if he had been asked last year whether he thought it was likely that Theresa May would be the next leader of the Conservative Party or the next Prime Minister, he would have said ‘not on your nelly!’ but has been very pleasantly surprised. Graham then opened the discussion for questions from members in the audience, beginning with Tony Collier asking about his earlier covered topic – auto enrolment and why it wasn’t made compulsory. Responding to this, Graham said “Auto enrolment, wouldn’t it have been better just to require people to have their pension enrolled? There is a very strong argument for this, with a lot of the kickback against the policy being people saying it shouldn’t be compulsory due to not being able to aﬀord it. Ultimately, the aim is to make sure everybody has some pension provision, and that I think is obviously a good thing. One of the problems with Government is that you end up with compromises, and the compromise here was of course making it possible to opt out for those who are strongly against it.” Concluding the lunch was a series of other questions covering everything from candidates for the Mayor of Greater Manchester to funding for Grammar Schools. Of course, Graham confidently provided detailed responses to every question asked, removing a lot of question marks over certain topics for many in the audience, as everyone left satisfied by not just the food, but the political input!
Firms team up to kick start 2017 with ABD programme As the New Year gets underway two Manchester businesses, Ralli Solicitors and Premium Collections have joined forces on the Absolute Business Care Scheme (ABC Scheme). A scheme devised to help clients protect their businesses across a whole range of potential problems from legal to staﬃng and property disputes to debt collection. Founded in 2016 by Ralli Solicitors, the ABC scheme has gone from strength to strength and now includes an impressive package of services all under one roof provided by businesses that are experts in their ﬁelds. Mark Higgins, Partner – Employment, at Ralli Solicitors explains, “The ABC scheme provides clients with three layers of service including legal support, cover for legal fees and awards and online support tools. We oﬀer members legal advice long before any potential dispute might arise which minimises the need for costly court action. We are delighted to be working with Premium Collections as this allows us to oﬀer specialist advice and expertise in the ﬁeld of debt recovery. We have found that it really helps clients to bring this group of services together under one roof leaving them free to get on with their core business.”
Paul Daine, Managing Director of Premium Collections added, “We are delighted to have become a preferred partner for Ralli on the ABC programme bringing expertise in debt recovery and credit control. Premium Collections has grown year on year to become one of the leading B2B and international debt collection agencies in the UK. We really believe in the philosophy of the scheme where clients are not just told what to do but are helped every step of the way. Customer service is paramount at Premium.”
Bistrot Pierre proving popular in Altrincham
It’s ‘all about Altrincham’ for Bistrot Pierre, as the restaurant group’s newest opening has received a very warm welcome in the town. Bistrot Pierre’s ‘raison d’être’ is great value French cooking and seasonal menus; combining French bistrot classics with regional favourites serving diners a taste of France without having to leave Greater Manchester. Oﬀering family-friendly dining and high-quality food, the bistrot is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with gluten-free dishes and a Menu Enfant children’s activity pack. John Whitehead, co-owner of the business said: “I’m delighted to see locals enjoying the food and atmosphere that Bistrot Pierre has to oﬀer. Our breakfast menu is proving to be extremely popular, with customers coming back time and time again to sample our crêpes and eggs benedict. “As a foodie destination, our six-course dinner on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month for just £22.95 is going down a storm too.” To book a table call 0161 925 5750 or book online at www.bistrotpierre.co.uk
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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Twenty-five years ago, a young Elizabeth Vega was making rapid progress through the ranks of the world of international IT Consultancy when it was made very clear to her that regardless of her abilities, she would never, as a woman, be appointed to the main board. Seeing this as a challenge, in 1992 she established her own company, Informed Solutions, and is now the Global CEO of one of the UK’s most successful and innovative Digital Transformation practices. We asked Elizabeth what being a woman in business means to her? “Many of the challenges that come with running a company are common to all entrepreneurs, regardless of gender. However, being the female CEO of a company within the IT sector, where even in 2017 only 16% of employees are women, brings with it additional challenges and responsibilities.”
I’m really proud that over 36% of Informed’s IT and Digital staﬀ are women and 57% of our new recruits into these areas in 2016 were female”
These are certainly responsibilities that Elizabeth takes seriously. A widely-acclaimed thought leader, writer, blogger and public speaker in the UK and Australia, she champions, sponsors and writes many published articles on Women in IT. Elizabeth is also a passionate advocate for SMEs and is a member of the Cabinet Oﬃce Small Business Panel and techUK’s Main Board. “I believe that when confronted with unfairness or inequality, leaders must stand up and be counted. There is a broader socio-economic impact of such inequalities, but within the IT sector they exacerbate an already critical skills shortage. It has therefore never been more important to challenge the persisting barriers, cultural resistance and casual prejudices that disincentivise bright, talented females from following careers in our industry. I’m really proud that over 36% of Informed’s IT and Digital staﬀ are women and 57% of our new recruits into these areas in 2016 were female” Half of Informed’s work is with government in the UK and Australia, including Cabinet Oﬃce, Home Oﬃce, Foreign and Commonwealth Oﬃce and Ministry of Justice. The company has oﬃces in London, Edinburgh, Sydney and Melbourne, yet their headquarters are in Altrincham’s iconic Old Bank
Elizabeth Vega, Global CEO - Informed Solutions
building. With this in mind, we asked Elizabeth why she chose Altrincham as a base for Informed Solutions; “As a global company, our people can operate from anywhere in the world that has internet access, but I chose Altrincham because it has everything that a modern digital company needs to scale up. We have access to a major international airport; excellent motorway, rail and tram hub; and access to an exceptional pool of talent with Europe’s largest student population. There is a real buzz around Altrincham these days and we are very proud to be actively involved in our community and the BID programme.” Elizabeth lives in Wilmslow with her much loved twin poochons, Artemis and Apollo. She tries to divide her time equally between Informed’s global oﬃces, a pretty eye watering travel schedule which she shrugs oﬀ with amazing stoicism as “just part of the job”. Elizabeth’s incredible success defiant in the face of inequality and challenge is most certainly an inspiration not only to women in IT, but across the globe.
Myerson completes move to its new modern Altrincham office
Nineteen Partner Altrincham law ﬁrm, Myerson Solicitors LLP, has completed the redevelopment of its oﬃce at Grosvenor House Barrington Road, Altrincham. Myerson acquired Grosvenor House in 2015 and the entire Firm has now moved into the new modern 20,000 sq. Grade A oﬃce building following a complete refurbishment. Grosvenor House replaces the other oﬃces occupied by Myerson for the last 30 years in and around Regent Road, Altrincham which the Firm had outgrown after generating an impressive 12% per annum compound rate of growth over the last 5 years. Myerson currently employs 90 staﬀ and the new oﬃce will allow the Firm to increase staﬀ levels beyond 150 people to meet client needs as Myerson continues to grow. Myerson engaged specialist Manchester work place consultants, Mike Millward and Darius Baniabassian of OBI Property to design and project manage the complete redevelopment of Grosvenor House. The new oﬃce has been specifically designed to meet Myerson’s client and staﬀ needs for the next 10 years and comprises creative, modern, innovative and comfortable work, client, meeting and social spaces. The oﬃce is located at the prominent intersection of Barrington Road and Stockport Road in the heart of Altrincham‘s expanding Oﬃce Quarter near the tram station. Forty car parking spaces within the rear grounds of Grosvenor House makes it easily accessible to clients and visitors alike. Myerson will make use of its new large state of the art multi-media meeting space within Grosvenor House’s meeting room suite to host regular events and seminars on topical commercial and legal issues. Altrincham based specialist oﬃce fit out company Spacescape was appointed as lead contractor for all phases of the redevelopment and Manchester based oﬃce furniture specialist IKON supplied all furniture including bespoke additions such as meeting pods. Carl Newton, Managing Partner at Myerson commented: “Having outgrown our current premises it has been fantastic to play our part in the regeneration of Altrincham by acquiring and re- developing Grosvenor House. We now have one centrally located oﬃce that future proofs our premises requirements for at least the next 10 years. We feel extremely fortunate to have been able to acquire premises that meet our exact growing client and staﬀ needs whilst at the same time retaining our home as a business in Altrincham”
Mentors, masterclasses and placements for future employees - can you help? The partnership that Traﬀord College Accountancy students had with the Chamber in 2016 through the Accountancy and Financial Services Academy, enabled our students to not only pass their academic qualiﬁcations (AAT Advanced Diploma at Level 3 and Institute of Financial Services Diploma in Financial Studies) but also allowed them to obtain the skills and behaviours that were necessary to transition smoothly into employment. We are now looking to develop the partnership by asking for your help in giving this year’s students extra support in terms of Mentors, masterclasses and further work placements for our 1st and 2nd year students. These students are your talent for the future with their current knowledge of accounting and skills to help support your business! If you feel that you can oﬀer any of the latter, please contact Rachel Darnley at the college.
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Altrincham HQ Named The Best Social Media Company In Manchester At The Talk Of Manchester Awards
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Altrincham based Social Media Company Altrincham HQ have been named the Best Social Media Company at the Talk Of Manchester Awards. The Talk Of Manchester Awards recognise the best businesses in the Greater Manchester area and this year received over 100,000 votes. The Awards Ceremony took place at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel on Thursday December 1st where over 400 people attended. On the night, businesses raised money for 2 local charities The Key 103 Mission Christmas and Moving Megans Muscles. Paul Kilroe opening up the Awards announced: "With this being a voting based awards and with over 100,000 votes received, if people don’t love what you do they simply won’t vote for you. Altrincham HQ are ranked number 1 out of 979 Social Media Marketing companies in the UK on Freeindex and were shortlisted against 9 other Greater Manchester Social Media Companies at the TOM's. Alex McCann at Altrincham HQ said; "We're really proud to be recognised as the Best Social Media Company at the Talk Of Manchester Awards. It's a real chance to shine a spotlight on what we do here in Altrincham in terms of great Social Media Marketing. Altrincham HQ is a small business with a huge impact - this year has been our best year to date and I've trained over 400 people so far this year and travelled all over the UK with work. It still feels crazy to go up against some big agencies in Manchester, in an awards where over 100,000 public votes were cast and come out victorious. It's the perfect end to the year and will set us up for helping more and more businesses next year Since day 1 my core aim has been to help as many people as possible and if you're not social media literate you are cut oﬀ from so many opportunities".
Dear Alex, I follow over 1000 people on Twitter - how can I only see the tweets from certain people I follow as I often get bombarded with updates? - David Bellin, The Web Studio Thanks David, It's a great question. Twitter is real time, fast, super noisy and hence keeping up with important updates on twitter can be hard when you follow lots of people. That is why the prime life span of a tweet is only 18 minutes - this means it's the 1st 18 minutes that most people will reply, retweet, like, click in a link or engage with it in some way. So, a way to see tweets from certain people is to use a great function called Twitter lists. To do this, simply click your avatar at the top right of your screen, select lists, create lists, select private or public. To populate a list you use the ‘gear’ tab on their Twitter proﬁle and select add / remove from list and tick the box on your list. Public lists mean people who are added to them are notiﬁed and are available for anyone to view, whereas private lists don’t notify people and only you can see the content. It makes twitter a lot more fun, manageable and means you see your ‘VIPs’ such as the Altrincham & Sale Chamber Members, clients, prospective clients or competitors. Twitter lists are a great way to keep in the loop, engage more and build stronger relationships. - Alex McCann, Altrincham HQ
CHAMBER EVENTS Annual General Meeting - Friday 3rd February
Mayor of Traﬀord, Cllr Judith Lloyd and Paul Daine, President
Mayor of Traﬀord Judith Lloyd opened the 107th Annual General Meeting at the Chamber, exclaiming how nice it was to be there particularly as the Chamber has been going for such a long time now. Reminiscing on the success of 2016, the Mayor told everyone how pleased she was to see so many people attending the Breakfast Matters events each month, highlighting the importance of essential advice and support for members. Before taking her seat, the Mayor wished the audience every success in the coming year, making the lovely point that everyone in attendance is no longer just a ‘member’ to her, but a real friend and she hoped to keep in touch with everyone when her year of oﬃce came to an end. Anne Jardine was then invited to manage the agenda for the meeting, beginning with a review of activities in 2016 from Sue Aldridge, our Chief Executive who delightedly informed everyone that membership at the Chamber has grown for the first time since the recession – a brilliant achievement. Sue also highlighted her excitement for the new website being produced for the Chamber by David Bellin at The Web Studio, which will include considerable updates to bring the Chamber into the 21st century. Seconding the Mayors observation, Sue was delighted to announce there had been 50+ attendees at each Breakfast Matters in 2016, and also how the Chamber has begun to venture into holding more evening events and mixers, a great way to increase accessibility for members. Reflecting upon the annual Altrincham & Sale Chamber Business Awards,
Sue Aldridge CEO
L-R: Sue Aldridge, CEO; Tony Collier, Chairman; Paul Daine, President & the Mayor of Traﬀord, Cllr Judith Lloyd
there were over 180 attendees in 2016, and Sue promised to make 2017 even more ‘fabulous’. Speaking of the Chamber’s support of Traﬀord and Manchester, she expressed how being part of the Altrincham BID is essential in supporting each and every business, something incredibly important to everyone at the Chamber. Sue closed her report by saying she will continue to help and encourage the growth of the Chamber, and make it a Chamber to be proud of. Managing Director of MBL Accountants, and Chairman of the Chamber, Tony Collier then went on to review the accounts from the previous year, emphasising the investment in marketing eﬀorts to increase growth. Then it came to the all-important moment of electing board members for the year going forward, for which Tony proposed Paul Daine as reinstated President of the Chamber for 2017, commenting “Paul has done an excellent job, particularly in his work promoting the Chamber, and I have no hesitation in recommending him for a 2nd year in Oﬃce”. The Mayor observed and confirmed Paul Daine as the 106th President, congratulating him on another year, to which Paul exclaimed “Thank you so much, I am really looking forward to a wonderful second year as President, this wasn’t expected and I really am delighted. I will do everything I can to make this Chamber the biggest and best in Altrincham and Sale!” which arose laughter across the room. You can read more about Paul’s second year as President and his thoughts on being re-elected on page 27.
Paul Daine, President
MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS
Senior Partner, Slater Hellis
Vice Chairman of the Board and Vice President for Sale
Established Chamber Member, but newer Board Member, Mike Fox caught up with us to talk about his role within the Chamber, including the most rewarding and exciting elements that go hand in hand with sitting on the board… How long have you been involved with the Chamber? I first joined Slater Heelis as a Trainee Solicitor in 1977 and recall the former Partners being members of the Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce. When I re-joined the firm in 1999 as a Partner I was delighted to re-establish the relationship with the Chamber. What inspired you to become a member? I was invited to become a Board Member by our Vice President Christine Stout. I have known Christine for many years and was aware of her eﬀorts in promoting the Chamber with particular reference to the Sale area. As a Sale resident with a business that has been based in Sale for over eighty years I felt both proud and privileged to become a Board Member. How much time do you spend on Chamber activities? Not as much as I would like due to work commitments but I am always on the lookout for new members (any takers?!) and attend the Board Meetings and Events when I am able. From my Firm’s perspective, I like to ensure that we have a representative at most of the events if I cannot attend myself. What is the most rewarding thing about being a Board member? Being involved in an organisation which is designed to promote the locality in which I both live and work for the benefit of the business community. Which of the Chamber initiatives has you really most excited and proud? I am a relatively new Board Member and initiatives that are being considered have yet to reach fruition. The annual award ceremony that the Chamber hosts is always well supported and hugely successful and I have been proud both to be a sponsor of various awards and indeed the recipient of a few!
After a long history in Sale and Altrincham with a background in estate agency and the leisure industry, Christine Stout has been an instrumental member, and now Vice Chairman, of the Altrincham & Sale Chamber for 22 years. Here we catch up with Christine to ﬁnd out more about her role… How long have you been involved with the Chamber? I originally joined the Chamber in 1995 because the idea of a local Chamber for local businesses was, and still is, essential for keeping in touch with everything that is going on in the business community. I joined the Board as a Sale Representative and soon after became the Vice Chairman and then more recently, Vice President for Sale. What inspired you to become a member? At the time of joining the Chamber I was running a vibrant and successful “Sale Luncheon Club”, and although the club was based in Sale, we had several members based in Altrincham. I was asked by one of the members from Altrincham Chamber if I would attend one of the meetings. At that time Chamber’s in general were considered as dowdy, boring and in need of fresh blood and new ideas to bring in younger members. I thought I would ‘give it a go’ and I have been with the Chamber for 22 years! What has not changed over the years is the Chamber’s ability to build good relations with local businesses, local and central government, keep updated with local issues, information, legislation and representation at local and national government level. How much time do you spend on Chamber activities? Probably more than is necessary for the role, purely because I enjoy being involved with the diﬀerent events and keeping up to date with what is going on within the Chamber - I feel very strongly that you only get out what you are prepared to put into something, to have the feel-good factor. What is the most rewarding thing about being a Board member? To see the Chamber still thriving after over 100 years! It is vibrant and has a diverse range of businesses, all willing to give each other time, knowledge and help to support each other. It is most rewarding that members know each other by name and not just the company they represent, essentially being part of a family. Which of the Chamber initiatives has you really most excited and proud? That is not easily answered as there have been quite a few over the years. Probably the help we give to the new start-up businesses, and in providing apprenticeships for young people in our work with Traﬀord College. Our networking events are second to none and are very well represented by members as well as prospective members. To finish, all I can say is if you are in business and thinking of joining a Chamber, come and find out more and how we can help you. Don’t hesitate; give us a try and I can assure you, you won’t be sorry!
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Leanne Sodergren; Leading the way for ladies in law
Leanne Sodergren, MLP Law As Partner and Practice Manager, Leanne Sodergren runs the strategic elements of MLP Law, alongside Managing Director Stephen Attree, managing all areas of finance, HR and operations. “I have a very varied role and no two days are the same, which is what I love most about my job” she comments. Being head of HR means that Leanne is constantly looking at all areas of gender equality in the workplace – something of utmost importance and this is highlighted in the 50/50 male / female split in the partnership at MLP Law. Being able to balance work and home life through flexible working is encouraged within the Senior Team, and being a mother this is essential for Leanne. “MLP is a great place to work – if I need to take time oﬀ for doctors’ appointments or to watch the school play, I’m free to work unsociable hours. Working 9-5 doesn’t work for me, so being able to work from home and at the weekends really helps to keep that balance – as long as I get the job done that is all that matters!”. With an oﬃce based in Altrincham, supporting local charities is something MLP Law are passionate about, having connections with The Alex Hulme Foundation and The Lalley Christmas Toy Appeal. When it comes
to female focussed initiatives, a ladies only jewellery evening was held in 2016 to raise money for Lalley and was a great success, leading to the likelihood of another event being held this year. Every month, MLP Law oﬀers a coﬀee morning to local people; “we open our doors to the public who can pop in and ask us any questions they may have with regard to their personal aﬀairs. We have run the coﬀee morning for over 5 years now and it has been a great success.”. Having worked extremely hard to get to where she is now, Leanne is proud to be a female partner in a predominantly male based profession. “MLP is diﬀerent as it currently has an equal number of male and female partners – the culture is modern and vibrant based on a genuine meritocracy”. When we asked Leanne what being a woman in business means to her, she told us; “I am so proud that I am a role model for my daughter, Mia. Setting an example that hard work pays oﬀ and that I am able to juggle my time between being a parent and a partner in a successful law ﬁrm is really important to me. If this helps Mia on her path through life then it has all been worth it!”. Leading the way for ladies in law, Leanne is setting the perfect example not only to her daughter, but all women in MLP Law and beyond.
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Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce President Paul Daine inaugurated into a second term The Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce has inaugurated its current President Paul Daine into a second term in oﬃce. The Chamber’s Patron, Mayor, Cllr Judith Lloyd was also present for the occasion. Paul is Managing Director of local firm Premium Collections, based in Timperley with a second oﬃce in Harrogate. Born in Sale, Paul has lived and worked in the local area for most of his life. Paul has been a member of the Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce for more than10 years so can see the organisation from both perspectives, lending a unique insight, which will hopefully continue to help him in his role. President Paul Daine said; “I am very excited to be remaining as President for a second term. It gives me the opportunity to continue the work I have started with the board, the members and the wider business community. When asked what he has enjoyed most over the last year… “There is so much I have enjoyed during my ﬁrst year of presidency but perhaps the highlight was the business awards event in October. It is the Chamber’s ﬂagship event of the year and recognises the hard work and achievements of so many of our members as well as non-member business in the area that are eager to enter the awards. In my second term I hope to strengthen the Chamber’s links with other business groups, with the council and with local education providers.” For more information about how you can join the Chamber or come along to one of the many events please go to the website www.altrinchamchamber.co.uk or follow us on twitter: @altichamber
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MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS
Laura Drinkwater, Aztiger HR
How many cups of coﬀee get you through the day? I never seem to drink more than half a cup, so although I make about 5 a day, I only really drink 2 cups! If your business was a coﬀee, what type of coﬀee would it be and why? An espresso – we’re straight forward, no nonsense and will blend perfectly with any company. What would you say your biggest achievement is in business? Launching myself as an independent HR Consultant was a terrifying prospect, but I’m really proud that I’ve established myself and got a good mix of clients. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing entrepreneurs in the past and never thought I would be able to say that I’d built a business from scratch, but here I am, doing just that! Apart from coﬀee, what’s your biggest motivator to get up and go to work in the morning? I have two young children, and I want them to grow up seeing that women can be successful in business and that with hard work, determination and passion you can achieve anything. What obstacles have you had to overcome in your business? It’s very diﬃcult to try to convince people of the value that HR can add to their business. People often don’t want HR support until they are faced with a problem, and then it can be very diﬃcult to unpick the issues that have arisen. I am constantly working with people to demonstrate that having the correct policies in place and appropriate people management strategies will save their company money, save their Managers time and mean that the whole workplace performs better.
You can get your coﬀee at the Mercure Bowdon Hotel & Leisure Club, Langham Road, Bowdon, Altrincham WA14 2HT. Tel: 0161 928 7121
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Fantastic Member Benefits As members of Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce, there are lots of special benefits for you to take advantage of... 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 www.altrinchamchamber.co.uk 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. CHESHIRE LIFE Members can subscribe to Cheshire Life & get 6 issues for just £6! Visit http://bit.ly/1S5uqx2 for further information.
GRESHAM WEALTH MANGEMENT LLP Free initial consultation from a Chartered Financial Planner to all members T: 0161 973 9150 (Saving of £500)
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: email@example.com www.churchward247.co.uk
HOMES4U 50% Discount on initial letting fee for any new properties instructed on our Gold + full property management service. T: 0161 941 2323
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) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 FRANK VIRTUAL LTD Oﬀering members 2 hours consultancy on marketing your business. Could be about developing your brand or creating a compelling customer proposition to set you apart from the competition. Happy to discuss any advertising or marketing challenges you may be facing. Contact Richard Forman on 07803 796 422 Email: email@example.com 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. For more information contact: Paul on 0161 969 8632 Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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: email@example.com THE LIFECENTRE 20% oﬀ all room hire – meeting rooms for 4 to 400 people. Contact Andy Chard, LifeCentre Manager T: 0161 850 0770 E: firstname.lastname@example.org MERE COURT HOTEL • 10% oﬀ our best available accommodation rate – for all future bookings in 2017* • 20% oﬀ meeting room hire /10% oﬀ day delegate packages – all conference bookings 2017 • Complimentary Afternoon Tea voucher for 2 – one voucher for 2017** *Accommodation oﬀer is subject to availability and to be booked online via www.merecourt.co.uk quoting discount code COMMERCE1 **Afternoon Tea reservation is to be booked in advance via reception Tel: 01565 831000 MBL (TAX & BUSINESS ADVISERS) LTD 15% Discount oﬀ the first year’s fees for a new client T: 0161 927 2727 Fees £2,000 to £2,500 so saving £300 to £375 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 email@example.com 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 www.minimemarketing.co.uk 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 www.120manchester.minutemanpress.co.uk REGUS EXPRESS 20% discount on all meeting rooms for 2-8 people at the Hilton Manchester Airport, Outwood Lane, Manchester M90 4WP. Contact Charlotte Smedley or Susan Williams t: 0161 261 1440 e: firstname.lastname@example.org NETTL OF ALTRINCHAM 400 gsm Matt laminated business cards (double sided) 500 £31 plus vat 1000 £43 plus vat (saving of 10%) Contact: John McCall T: 0161 928 9948 E: email@example.com PREMIUM COLLECTIONS One free credit report on a UK limited company of your choice; your own company; an existing client or a prospective client. Simply tell us the name of the company for the report and provide your full contact details for our reply. If you are interested in the diﬀerence Premium Collections Limited can make to your cash flow please contact Graham Groves Tel: 0161 929 3955 e: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Tel 0161 848 5232.
TOP MARK SOLUTIONS 20% Discount on all gutter cleaning or jet washing quotes to fellow members. Contact Dan Houghton T: 0161 976 2392 E: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 prices Reasons the join the AA aﬃnity scheme: - A continued 20% oﬀ at renewal - More dedicated patrols than all other UK breakdown services combined - 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 www.altrinchamchamber.co.uk to link through to the full information. To get a quote and join, please call 0800 048 0075 and quote reference ‘F0706’. 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 http://www.altrinchamchamber.co.uk/loyalty-card for the link to Enterprise Rent-A-Car oﬀer or contact Kerri-Anne Devlin, Business Rental Sales Executive Tel : 07483 006700 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.thefuelcardpeople.co.uk
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 COS Bookkeeping Ltd Jordan Pickup PayStream Accounting Services Ltd Accountants & Business Advisers Hichards Longmires Business Accountants Ltd MBL (Business & Tax Advisers) Ltd Royce Cohen RSM UK Tax & Accounting Ltd Shackleton Stott Ltd Architects Atkins Building Solutions Ltd Kitson Architecture Ltd Arts Clark Art Ltd Leonova Arts Concepts Banking Barclays Business South Manchester Handelsbanken RBS Santander Corporate & Commercial Bank Yorkshire Private & Business Banking Business Services Aims Management Altspace Coworking Oﬃce JDS Fuel K&R Badges Ltd Mike Alleyne
MRW Corporate Solutions The Alternative Board - North Manchester
Tourist Information Centre Traﬀord Housing Trust
Car Dealership Robins & Day Sale RRG Toyota
Couriers City Today Couriers Ltd Churchward Logistics Mailboxes Etc
Charity Alex Hulme Foundation Children’s Adventure Farm Trust Forever Manchester LCCC Foundation Life Centre Events Speed of Sight Traﬀord Mencap Chartered Accountants DHF Accounting HW Chartered Accountants Sheppards Chartered Accountants Stephen Hobson Chartered Accountant Chartered Surveyors Berrys John Gibbs Partnership Ltd Traﬀord Surveyors Clothing Alteration/Repair The Zipyard Community Altrincham French Festival Hale & Bowdon Civic Society
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Debt Collection Premium Collections Domiciliary Care Bluebird Care (Traﬀord) Home Instead Senior Care Dry Cleaners Faddies Dry Cleaning Education Loreto Grammar School Traﬀord College Tutor Doctor Wellington School Electrical COD (Electrical) Hale Instruments Limited Manchester Electrical Contractors Ltd Northern Power UPS Ltd Entertainment Altrincham Garrick Playhouse Ltd
Estate Agents Ewemove Altrincham Ltd Homes4U Ian Macklin & Co Jameson & Partners Ltd Looking For Rent TEM Property Events Cracking Wine Ltd First & Last Events Ltd Innov8 Conference Services Keyteq Presentation Services Ltd Events in the City Financial Services Abbeygate Financial Planning CS Financial Solutions Gresham Wealth Management Hart Project Solutions Ltd iGo Business Matravers Parsonage Financial Planning Robinson Associates Together Florists Barkers The Florist Graphic Design Colourwheel Creative Health BrightNewMe by Dr Sarah Norman Lifestyle Therapy Matt Fox Physiotherapy NVK Ltd Home/Commercial Improvement Atlantic Timber Co Ltd Colourfence South Manchester Keller Kitchen Centre LSM Flooring The Kitchen Gallery The Window Company Top Mark Solutions Ltd Wells & Hewitt Ltd Hotel Cresta Court Hotel Mere Court & Conference Centre
Radisson Blu Manchester Airport The Mercure Bowdon Hotel
Opticians Specsavers Sale & Altrincham
Human Resources Aztiger HR HR Dept (Traﬀord & Warrington)
Pharmacy James Helgason Ltd
Insurance Aspray Altrincham Bollington Insurance Brokers Ltd Chase Templeton Insure Risk Ltd Vitality Health
Photography / Film Martin Hambleton Photography Reedsmore Ltd Place of Worship Altrincham Parish Church, St Georges St Mary's Church
IT Advant Consultancy Ltd Altrincham IT Services Ltd Informed Solutions Mel's Computer Care Ltd Safetynet IT Ltd
Planning Consultant Planitwright Planning Consultancy
Promotional Products Recognition Express
Management Consultancy Matchbox Associates Ltd Professional Procurement Project Management Ltd Ward Associates (Project Services) Ltd
Property Investment / Management Citybranch Ltd Petros Development Company Ltd Pioneer Property Selbourne Group Ltd Stamford Quarter TEM Property Trinity Oﬃces V Property Management
Manufacturers Bluebell Fitted Furniture Float Glass Industries Ltd
Printers Minuteman Press Nettl of Altrincham
Marketing / PR Frank Virtual Ltd JWC PR Lexington Communications MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy Tree Communications Ltd
Publication Cheshire Life Magazine GM Business Connect Magazine Hale & Bowdon Magazine Sale & Altrincham Messenger
Mailbox Rental Mailboxes Etc
Residential Care Sunrise Senior Living of Hale Barns
Oﬃces/Meeting Rooms Bizspace Co Ltd Carrington Business Park Regus Express
Restaurant Chez Nous Bistro Hale Grill
Online Publications So-Hale
Retired Members Cllr Dylan Butt Christine Stout
Security Keyways Security Systems Ltd West Valley Mobile Security Ltd
Stephensons Solicitors LLP Stowe Family Law LLP William H Lill & Company
Signage RW Signs
Sports Altrincham Football Club Manchester Phoenix Manchester Storm Sale FC Rugby Club Timperley Sports Club Traﬀord Leisure
Social Media Altrincham HQ Find and be Found Solicitors / Legal Berg Blackstone Solicitors Ltd Chafes Hague Lambert Solicitors Charmax LLP Jackson Canter Jeﬀeries Solicitors Ltd Keoghs, Nicholls, Lindsell & Harris Knights Professional Services McHale & Company Solicitors MLP Law Myerson Solicitors LLP Ralli Ltd Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP Slater Heelis
Structural Engineers Lawrence Gottlieb & Assoc Telecoms Hale Communications (Europe) Ltd Talk UK Telecom Travel Cresta World Travel Travel Master (Mcr) Ltd Turkish Airlines Inc
Venue / Events Altrincham Conservative Club Redhouse Farm Shop & Tea Rooms Runway Visitor Park - Concorde Conferences Peak Activity Services Ltd The Bowdon Rooms Vehicle Leasing Vehicle Lease Solutions Ltd Web ForwardSEO JAW Digital Ltd Knutsford Software Ltd STRANDcreative.com The Smart Bear Websites The Web Studio Writer KWB Content
Tree Specialists Frankland Tree Services Ltd
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. Altspace Coworking Oﬃce Steve Upham Oﬃce & Desk Hire
The Fuse Frank Green Community Centre
Vitality Health Kevin Owen Medical Insurance
Aspray Altrincham Martyn Wright Claims Management & Property Reinstatement
Northern Power UPS Ltd Robert Tucker Electrical Products Distributor
Ward Associates (Project Services) Ltd Jason Critchley Project Management
So-Hale Janet & Mark Jackson Online Magazine
Wellington School Stuart Beeley Education
CS Financial Solutions Chris Hampson Financial Services Matt Fox Physiotherapy Matt Fox Physiotherapy/Health
Sunrise Senior Living of Hale Barns Lorraine Fitzpatrick Senior Care
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Calendar of events...
Get your diaries to hand
because here’s what’s co ming up in March, April An d
Breakfast Matters Speaker: Marion Brewer RSM UK Tax & Accounting Ltd “The budget and how it will aﬀect your business ” 6th April 2017 Cresta Court Hotel 8.30 - 10.30
All details of the above eve nts can be found on our we bsite: www.altrinchamcha
Networking and Learning Event for Bookkeepers an d Accountants - Saturday 25t h March 2017 Xero Advanced Training Course - Thursday 30th March 201 7 Understanding Accruals and Prepayments and ho w to put them into practice - Thu rsday 6th April 2017 Networking and Learning Event for Bookkeepers an d Accountants - Saturday 22n d April 2017 For further information on these and future events, ple ase visit: http://www.cosbookk eeping.co.uk
SMART blogging - 17th Ma rch 2017 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am Cresta Court Hotel SMART Finance & Funding - 7th April 2017 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am Cresta Court Hotel SMART Sales and Marke ting - 19th May 2017 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am Cresta Court Hotel