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Chamber Matters 2017 QUARTER 2


IN THIS ISSUE: A financial focus from Barclays and RSM, exclusive member offers, the launch of the new Chamber website and so much more!

The launch of the 2017 Business Awards

The 2017 Business Awards Nominations are now open! The Altrincham & Sale Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce this year’s awards will be held on 19th October 2017. This year they will be hosted by Darren Proctor, sponsored by Turkish Airlines and held in association with the Sale & Altrincham Messenger. The Cresta Court, Altrincham will again play host to the prestigious Business Awards event on 19th October, which is now in its sixth year.

The categories and sponsors are – Small Business of the Year (Sponsor Sale & Altrincham Messenger Start-up Business of the Year (Sponsor Slater Heelis) Retailer of the Year (Sponsor Handelsbanken) Property team of the Year (Sponsor Together) Provider of Professional Services (Sponsor Informed Solutions) Leisure & Tourism (Sponsor by Turkish Airlines) Young apprentice of the Year (Sponsor Trafford College) Charity of the Year or Charity Representative (Sponsor MLP Law) Customer service of the Year (Sponsor Bluebird Care Trafford) Business of the Year (Sponsor Trafford Council)

This is the opportunity to showcase your business and the work of your staff or alternatively nominate a client, customer or supplier for an award. Tell us in not more than 150 words who you are nominating and why they deserve recognition.

Enter your nominations now!


Welcome to the Summer issue of Chamber Matters Welcome to your Quarter 2 edition of Chamber Matters, and I’m delighted to see how much good news our members have to offer in our jam-packed member news section, between pages 4 and 13. A lot has been happening for the Chamber, from the launch of our new website (on page 27) and the addition of more mixer events to the schedule (which you can read more about on page 18 and 20), the 2017 Business Awards have also launched, which we are excited to hold for another year. In this issue, you can get to know some inspiring Women in Business from the aesthetics and publishing industries, and meet another of our Board Members; Dylan Butt. As always, we have some fantastic member benefits, particularly from Specsavers who have a VIP offer exclusively for our members that you can learn more about on page 30. We seem to have taken somewhat of a financial focus in this edition, so you can relive our ‘Budget Bonanza’ on page 22 or find out what the local members of staff at Barclays had to say at our February Mixer on page 18. Supporting local businesses and venues is of course of utmost importance for myself and the Board, so we were delighted to visit ‘Trafford’s Hidden Gem’ earlier this year, so flick to page 20 to learn all about the excellent venue on our doorstep. A special thank you to both teams at MiniMe Marketing and Colourwheel Creative for their continued dedication to producing Chamber Matters – any additional support from members in the form of advertising would go a long way for supporting this magazine, so please do get in touch to learn more. I do hope you enjoy reading this issue, and as always, I am on hand to offer support to members so if you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using

Inside this issue 2: Awards 2017 4: Member News 9: Coffee With… Steve Upham, altspace 11: Women in Business, Sarah Norman, BrightNewMe 13: Coffee With… Stephanie Tucker, Northern Power UPS 14: Breakfast Matters - March 2017 18: Event: Barclays Mixer 19: Agony Uncle 20: Event: The Fuse Mixer 22: Breakfast Matters: Budget Bonanza - April 2017 26: Meet the Board Member 27: The New Chamber of Commerce Website 28: Women in Business, Beverley Uddin-Khandakar Salutations Ltd 29: Specsavers 30: Members Benefits 32: Members Directory 33: Calendar of Events

President, Paul Daine

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Doubling up!

Three years on from launching his business The Alternative Board (TAB), Chamber Member Paul Winterbottom has two reasons to be very happy with its progress: • At TAB’s recent European Conference he was voted Facilitator of the Year by his peers for the second time! • Due to the level of interest in TAB, Jo Glass has recently joined Paul’s business and has already establised his first Board in addtion to the three Paul facilitates himself. So what does TAB offer businesses and business owners? TAB helps business owners make better decisions. How? • At each monthly Board meeting, members bring a topic that they want some help with eg time management, cashflow, incentive schemes, acquisitions, property purchase and managing people. • Each Board comprises non-competing business owners who provide the benefit of their experience (good and bad!), their ideas, perspectives and recommendations to the business owner, who then decides what they will commit to implementing over the next month. • Each month Paul has a private coaching session with every Board member to follow up on commitments made at the previous Board meeting, identify the topic for the next Board and review progress towards business and personal goals.

General Manager Celebrates 20th Year at Helm of Altrincham Hotel Paul Hindley, General Manager at the Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincham, is celebrating a hospitality business milestone, as he marks his 20th year at the helm of one of south Manchester’s most established and wellknown hotels. Joining the Hotel from his role as Regional Director for Macdonald Hotels and Resorts in 1997, Paul has spent 40 years in the hotel industry with half of this time at the Cresta Court Hotel, and of course, has been a part of many changes both at the Hotel and in the wider north-west hotel sector. “I have no regrets after 20 years here. The opportunity to develop the Cresta Court even further and see my team going from strength-to-strength are two of the many reasons that I still love my role. Every day brings with it fresh challenges, a host of different guests and a real sense of achievement.” During his tenure in charge at the Hotel, Paul has seen business grow strongly and the Hotel transformed with a series of recent renovations. Turnover has more than doubled, over a million guests have been served and Paul has helped to plan catering for nearly two million festive diners and party revellers.

“The last three years have seen a completely new-look for the Hotel, ensuring that we continue to meet the expectations of travellers, diners and delegates in 2017, and beyond. It has received exceptional feedback from guests and we are thrilled with the results. “


“I am also proud to have been able to support the wider developments in our community. Altrincham is a transformed town. Key infrastructure investment and redevelopment of the transport interchange and Altrincham hospital have enabled the town to establish itself once again.”


Award winning law firm Blackstone launch Iran Desk Blackstone Solicitors have announced a further expansion of their services with the launch of an Iran Desk. With their head office in Hale, Cheshire, earlier this year this award-winning law firm announced the opening of a Mayfair office in London to service their London and International clients. This recent announcement of an Iran Desk will undoubtedly allow for further expansion. Set up in 2010 by Emma Nawaz the firm specialise in commercial litigation, property law for commercial and residential clients, corporate legal services, and family law and wills and probate. Over 6 years Blackstone have enjoyed a rapid expansion achieving a string of accolades along the way. Last year the firm announced a turnover of just over £1million – an increase of 34%. In 2014/15 the firm achieved national and international recognition 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. This has prompted the decision to set up an Iran Desk. The Iran Desk is headed by Rokhsareh Vahid who was born in Iran and is a Farsi speaker. Blackstone can assist anyone interested in moving to or working in the UK as well as representation in any legal issues in these areas. Commenting on this recent announcement Managing Director, Emma Nawaz said, “We have an increasing number of Iranian clients and undoubtedly this decision to set up a specific Iran desk will allow us to provide invaluable advice and support in relation to business ventures in the UK.” Rokhsareh Vahid added, “Blackstone Solicitors is well-regarded for vigorously representing the Iranian community. I practiced law similarly in the United States and I am delighted to join such a professional and passionate team of like-minded brilliant lawyers. I am thrilled to head up the Iran Desk and to further develop the Iranian business. We aim to become the trusted legal advocates for all Iranians.”

llott v Mitson Supreme Court Decision The Judgement of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Ilott v The Blue Cross and others [2017] UKSC 17 [also known as Ilott v Mitson] was given in March. The decision of the S.C. unanimously overturned that of the Court of Appeal which allowed an adult child to claim against the estate of her late mother even though she excluded her from inheriting under the terms of her Will. The Court of Appeal had awarded Heather Ilott £143,000 to buy the rented home in which she lived with her husband and children as well as an extra £20,000 additional income. The judgement means that the decision of the pervious District Judge will be re-instated leaving Ilott with the original award of £50,000. The appeal to the S.C, the highest it could go, was brought by the animal charities that were affected by the Court of Appeal’s decision ending what was almost ten years of progress through the Courts. The significance of the Judgement lies in the importance in striking a the balance between an individuals’ right to leave their estate to whom they choose on death, against the moral obligations they have to look after needy individuals who are related

to or are maintained by before death. The Act allowing such claims is the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. This is the Act which as a child of the deceased Heather Ilott used to argue that despite her lengthy estrangement from her mother she should still be entitled to provision from the then £486,000 estate to lift her off benefits and secure housing. Today’s decision was never intended to remove or alter the group of applicants that the Act allows, an adult child will still be able to claim, but it does make it clear that the criteria that the Court must focus upon is pure maintenance. It is not the court’s function to create a beneficial entitlement where one did not exist or to enhance the level of the award beyond this. Each case will still be considered on its own facts and those applicants, children or otherwise, who are in need will be able to continue to claim. The judgement does however raise how unsatisfactory the law in this area continues to be. The rights of testamentary freedom are well established in England and Wales unlike other countries such as France and Spain where family is provided for as a matter of course and irrespective of the

deceased’s wishes. The right to leave your estate to whom you choose has enormous public support as it creates certainty and allows free will. Equally the obligations to look after family after death has strong competing moral obligations that will continue to grow as the population extends, family dynamics change and social welfare is increasing removed. The judgement does not change this. Whilst this maybe the end of the road for Ilott v Mitson it is likely that further considerations of the issues it raises may be a matter for the Law Commission to consider. Following the outcome of the decision in Illot v Mitson Helen Thompson, Partner at Myerson solicitors commented that: “The decision serves only to highlight the conflict between being free to leave your estate to who you choose as against your moral obligations to provide for those who survive you. Those of us who expected detailed clarification of the principles that the Court uses in the assessment of such claims will need to think again about how they best advise their clients”.




Altrincham Vs Cancer named as one of the most Successful Fundraisers in March by JustGiving Altrincham VS Cancer has been named as one of the most successful fundraisers in March by JustGiving - the global online social platform for giving.

times and our fastest runner this year, Dan Martell, managed to complete his run in an outstanding 17 minutes 22 seconds.

Out of 35941 fundraisers, Altrincham VS Cancer was in the top 3% of fundraisers last month.

It's also a chance to welcome new Altrincham businesses to town and get involved in the community. So this year we saw Burrito Picante, The Cheshire Tap, Eat Kaizen, Smart Storage NW and Sugar Junction get involved and help us raise money for The Christie".

The annual fundraiser, which raises money for cancer charity The Christie, is now in it’s 4th year, and £2180 has been raised already in 2017. It takes the total raised for the Christie over the past 4 events to nearly £10,000.

The goal as always though is raise as much money as possible for The Christie as Alex is keen to emphasise.

Altrincham VS Cancer was set up in 2014 by Altrincham HQ in collaboration with Pure Gym Altrincham and has become a key event in the Altrincham fundraising calendar. 28 businesses and community groups take to the treadmills of Pure Gym - each running 5k in the fastest time possible to run a combined 140k. The event has become a real community affair as organiser Alex McCann explains; "Each year we have a core of businesses that get involved and want to raise as much money as possible for the Christie whilst working on self-improvement. There's a real competitive edge each year and the health benefits are massive from the practice runs through to the actual event. In the 4 years we've been organising this we've seen runners shave 10 minutes off their


"Altrincham VS Cancer was set up to raise as much money as possible for The Christie. It's the largest single site cancer centre in Europe, treating more than 44,000 patients a year. I set up this event because a close friend of mine whose family was personally affected by cancer and The Christie helped them through very difficult times. Every single runner involved in the event has their own story and their own reason for getting involved. The fight against cancer is an important one and I hope that the impact of Altrincham VS Cancer is not just the money we raise at this event each year - but that it encourages other local businesses and individuals to fundraise for the Christie as well" To donate to Altrincham VS Cancer please visit the JustGiving page at


CEO Sleepout Manchester 2017 CEO Sleepout Manchester 2017 takes place on the 16th October and is being organised by the LCCC Foundation in partnership with national charity CEO Sleepout UK. The Manchester event will be one of several taking place up and down the country this year aiming to build on the 1000 executives that have already taken part together raising over £1,000,000 to fight homelessness and poverty in the UK. The event will start at 8pm and finishes the following morning at Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire County Cricket Club. Will you join in and help to fight homelessness and poverty in the city? Please visit the CEO Sleepout website at for more information and to register to take part. For more information on CEO Sleepout UK please see or for more on the LCCC Foundation visit




Vine Hotels add Best Western Cresta Court to their portfolio Vine Hotels has acquired Best Western Cresta Court in Altrincham, South West Manchester. The company, whose Chairman is former BBC Director General and former Chairman of the Football Association Greg Dyke, is jointly owned by Mr Dyke, Vine’s Chief Executive Garin Davies and Andrew Rouse. Vine Hotels is an established hotel business with a track record of successfully operating hotels that perform above the industry

average. This property is a first for Vine Hotels in the Manchester region, adding to their existing Southampton and Sheffield locations. Best Western Cresta Court has recently undergone a series of renovations and refurbishment which include the addition of seven brand new executive rooms, the re-location and refurbishment of the Townfields bar and restaurant as well as the full refurbishment of the existing bedrooms.

Chafes Hague Lambert Solicitors 10th year sponsoring the Marie Curie Daffodil ladies lunch

Garin Davies, Chief Executive added “We are delighted to have added Best Western Cresta Court to our portfolio. It is a great business and anyone who hasn’t visited the hotel for a while will be very pleasantly surprised by the high levels of quality and service” Best Western Cresta Court is a 3 star, 148 bedroom hotel in Altrincham which has 3 stunning function suites and the newly re-opened Townfields bar and restaurant.

Every Spring Marie Curie Care and Support through Terminal Illness, hold their amazing Daffodil fund raising campaign and this year is no different. Cheshire based law firm Chafes Hague Lambert Solicitors are again proud to be the sponsors of the Marie Curie Ladies Daffodil Lunch at Deanwater Hotel in Woodford. This is year is a milestone as it is the 10th year Chafes Hague Lambert will be sponsoring this event and all the money raised from the lunch will help support local Marie Curie nurses, who provide nursing care to terminally ill patients in their own homes 24 hours a day. Chafes Hague Lambert Solicitors also sponsor the Marie Curie Volunteer of the Year Award 2017. Caroline Calverley, practice manager at Chafes Hague Lambert Solicitors said: “Chafes Hague Lambert are proud to sponsor an event which helps such an essential cause, and to also present the award to the Volunteer of the Year. In this our 10th year I am also honoured to have been asked to be the guest speaker” See



Informed Solutions Global CEO Elizabeth Vega named on the prestigious ‘Northern Power Women Top 50 Power List’ Informed Solutions are delighted to announce that Global CEO Elizabeth Vega has been selected onto the ‘Northern Power Women Top 50 Power List’. The list was compiled through a process of open nomination and selection by a panel of distinguished judges. The list recognises female leaders and change agents who are making a real difference and impact by challenging stereotypes and ensuring that the benefits of having a gender-balanced workplace are more widely recognised. The Top 50 Power List was launched in March 2016 as a way of ensuring women take leading roles in key decisions and thinking in relation to the Northern Powerhouse. By promoting the most prominent women across all sectors, Northern Power hopes to rebalance the UK economy and realise the true potential of the north. In 2017, the list has been expanded to shine a spotlight on more outstanding female role models and leaders of change in the north, who continually challenge the norm and ensure that everyone they work with recognises the benefit of having a more diverse workforce. There are too few female role models within the IT Industry and so, as Global CEO and founder of a highly successful IT company, Elizabeth uses her high profile to work tirelessly to level the playing field for women in, and those seeking to enter the sector. Under Elizabeth’s leadership, Informed has become one of the UK’s most successful and innovative Digital Transformation practices. Speaking of being named on the Top 50 Power List, Elizabeth said; “I’m delighted to be named as a Northern Power Top 50 Woman because the North has a heritage of innovation, industry and a formidable work ethic and today it is a vibrant, modern and exciting place to do business. I passionately believe that for the region to fulfil its potential, more strong and inspirational women must step up to the plate and take on key leadership roles.”

Steve Upham, altspace Coworking Office

Who makes the best coffee in the office? Our filter machine was recommended by Jim and he’s our now early morning barista. I’m welcomed to the office each day by the smell of his delicious fresh coffee. What do you think is the most important thing to remember for small business owners? Running a business is a real challenge and can be all-consuming, so my advice is to share as much as possible with others. At altspace we chat through some of our issues and bounce ideas off one another. The theme of collaboration is strong and helps our members focus and receive valuable feedback. Coworking helps overcome the isolation of working independently. What was the inspiration behind starting your business? I’ve always enjoyed creating inspiring spaces and mixing with a diverse range of business people. altspace has enabled me to combine both passions. Like cake makes the perfect extra to coffee what extras does your business offer that sets you apart from your competitors? Coworking offices have flexible daily, and monthly tariffs with no contracts. We also offer a collaborative community for members that’s reinforced through casual conversations, meetings and organised events. Our social element is unique and cannot be matched in serviced offices. What are your business goals for the next 3-5 years? I would like to offer a shared coworking office experience for small businesses with up to 8 employees. A space for makers and local artisans would be a lovely touch with the aim to open up altspace to the wider business community.




EVENT NEWS Myerson Solicitors have announced that they have created a specialist HS2 team to advise clients who may be affected by the high speed rail line. Myerson, a Legal 500 ‘top tier’ rated law firm in Altrincham, are warning owners of land affected by the arrival of HS2, between London, the Midlands and the north of England, to take independent legal advice before seeking compensation from the Government. In November, the Government published a paper setting out in detail the Government’s decision on the precise route for Phase 2b of HS2, from Crewe to Manchester. Owners of land on the affected route are now receiving notices that they must sell up to make way for the new railway, or that their land may be materially impacted by the construction or existence of the line.

Myserson create a specialist HS2 division

For those affected, the Government have announced a £1.3bn compensation package. Various schemes of compensation have been offered, dependant on the proximity of HS2 to the land, each scheme with different application criteria. Two of these compensation schemes are immediately available for land owners on the Phase 2b route. These include the Express Purchase Scheme for properties that are directly affected by HS2 and the Need to Sell Scheme for those that have a compelling reason to sell their property but have been unable to do so due to HS2. Further schemes are under consultation and are expected to be announced in March. There are detailed maps available on the Government’s website and you should check whether your property is near the safeguarded route. Tim Norman, a Partner at Myerson Solicitors, and a specialist in property litigation claims warned: “The law relating to HS2 compensation is new and complex, but thousands of people around the country will be entitled to large sums of compensation. I would strongly urge all land owners affected by HS2 to act immediately and instruct solicitors to progress their claim. Our team of specialist contentious and non-contentious lawyers at Myerson can provide you with the advice you need to claim the compensation you are entitled to.” The Myerson HS2 team is made up of Laura Pile, a specialist property and agricultural litigator, Tim Norman, the firm’s senior partner with 30 years’ experience in compulsory purchase disputes and is supported by Richard Lloyd, a commercial property partner, and Emma Dooley, a property litigator.

Local students inspired by WorldSkills excellence at Trafford College Students at Trafford College took inspiration from some of the world’s most talented young learners and apprentices, as competitors from around the globe descended on Trafford College for the selection of Team UK for WorldSkills AbuDhabi 2017. The talented finalists demonstrated their prowess in trades such as Restaurant Service, Floristry, 3D Digital Game Art and Jewellery. The College, along with four other training providers in Greater Manchester, was selected by WorldSkills UK to host competitions for the prestigious event, and the selection process for Team UK got underway at the College’s Altrincham campus on Wednesday 28 March. With competitions taking place in 12 different skills sectors and involving 43 competitors from 9 different countries, the atmosphere around the campus was electric. The sheer focus and determination of the competitors whilst under the scrutiny of the judges was remarkable, as well as being under the spotlight of the College’s current students and visitors, all fascinated by the levels of excellence on display. Principal Lesley Davies, who was recently named as the new AoC WorldSkills UK Lead for the North West, commented,




Dr Sarah Norman offers a ‘Bright New’ perspective on aesthetics and being a Woman in Business Established in early 2012, BrightNewMe was created by Dr Sarah Norman as a specialist skin care and facial aesthetics practice. “Throughout my medical career, I’d maintained a very active interest in dermatology, and felt that this was an area of medicine which would sit well with my existing private practice” Sarah tells us. Having steadily built her patient portfolio and range of services since launch, Sarah now has a thriving clinic in the heart of Altrincham. Speaking of the role she plays in the business, Sarah said “I am lucky enough to work in partnership with my husband, who is an accountant by background, and therefore he takes care of the financial side of the business” – this leaves her free to spend as much time as possible with patients. The treatments offered at the clinic are quite varied, from helping those with problematic skin, to treating facial veins, removing unwanted skin lesions, or providing anti-wrinkle injections. Sarah also treats medical conditions such as migraines, hyperhidrosis (excess sweating), and blepharospasm (twitching of the eye muscles).

“The biggest positive for me personally is the feeling of having greater control over your own destiny. “

Describing her ‘typical patient’, Sarah finds them “Refreshingly normal!”. It is common in the aesthetic world for many clinics to promote the overdone ‘celebrity wannabe’ look and target patients accordingly but BrightNewMe is not one of them. “Many of my patients work in professional roles, and they don’t want to look ‘different’ or ‘treated’ in anyway. They just want to be a fresher or less tired-looking version of themselves.” And this seems to be working, as according to Sarah the most frequent feedback she receives is patients telling her “My friends keep complimenting me on how well I look, and none of them know why!”

Dr Sarah Norman, of BrightNewMe Ever since Sarah’s general practice days, she has made a conscious effort to keep work in perspective, and not allow it to become all time-consuming. “Don’t get me wrong, I work hard, generally arriving at the clinic for 7.30 am and not leaving before 5.30 pm. However, apart from occasional admin I don’t work evenings, nor do I see patients at the weekend - spending time at home with my husband and two sons is very important to me.” Away from BrightNewMe, Sarah is also Chair of the Trafford Division of the British Medical Association (BMA), where she co-ordinates an extensive network of local doctors, in addition to finding interesting and inspirational speakers to talk at their regular meetings. “I presume we are doing something right, as we have trebled attendance numbers over the last year” Sarah tells us. We asked Sarah what being a woman in business means to her; “The biggest positive for me personally is the feeling of having greater control over your own destiny. We can offer a service in the way it should be offered, and if we decide to introduce a new treatment, or do things differently, we can just go straight ahead, rather than having to wade through the type of bureaucracy I used to face when in the NHS.” “Of course, being in business is not without its fair share of headaches, but I realise I’m very fortunate to be in a role I really enjoy, and a role where I can make a real difference to patients’ feelings of confidence and well-being.”




MiniMe Marketing makes shortlist at prestigious E3 Awards Warrington based MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy have been selected as finalists at the ever-competitive E3 Awards, which celebrate diversity and achievement within the North-West business community. Held annually since 2013, the E3 Awards are now in their fifth year, and MiniMe Marketing have made it to the final four in the Digital, Creative & Media Award amongst hundreds of entries. This award in particular was looking for modern, forward-looking professionals who are delivering notable commercial success, so to be selected as finalists has been a great achievement for the MiniMe team. This year it has been highlighted by 1EM Managing Director Mubarak Chati that the quality of the nominations was outstanding, and the Nominations Panel had an extremely challenging time selecting the finalists. In addition, the total number of nominations was 18% higher than last year, with a staggering 100+ entries in the last 48 hours alone. It has been a successful 12 months for MiniMe Marketing, from expanding their partnership with UK franchise Jasper’s

Catering to work with 4 branches across the nation, to playing a key part in an extensive marketing campaign to prevent the closure of London based Club 414. The MiniMe team will now go through an interview process before winners are announced at the E3 Business Awards Dinner, which will take place on Thursday

colourwheel creative join forces and launch a cool, North West publication Colourwheel creative are excited to announce the launch of ParentFolk – a new North West parenting publication for those parents wanting to rock it their own way. ParentFolk is the brainchild of Nicola Spindler who saw a gap in the market for a printed and online newspaper for those parents interested in business, fashion, and a lifestyle with, and on a rare occasion, without children! Nicola approached Michelle at colourwheel and as a joint project they created their brand identity; and have already been involved in launch events with other businesses within Manchester and Liverpool. Michelle at colourwheel said; “I am delighted to be involved in such a stylish brand. When we launched ParentFolk we wanted a strong clean identity with lots of impact, and I think we have achieved that perfectly! We are attracting huge brands such as Harvey Nichols and BMW to name drop just a few, so it was essential that our branding reflected that market”. ParentFolk is about to launch it’s 3rd edition and we are now working in collaboration with The White Horse, Chester Racecourse to deliver the first Parent Weekender event; a Summer social gathering and an alternative family event on 24th/25th June. Tickets can be purchased here:

13th July at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. Commenting on their success so far, Owner Rina Bharath said: “We are so pleased to have made it this far in such a prestigious North West awards, particularly in a category specific to our industry. It has been a great start to 2017 for MiniMe Marketing and we have our fingers crossed for the ceremony!”

Tribe wins in the Middle East New Chamber member Tribe Communications has won a major marketing project for a global financial technology leader based in Lebanon and Dubai. eMcREY develops and implements payment, processing and cybersecurity solutions for financial institutions including the Arab National Bank, Gulf International Bank, and the Ministry of Finance in the UAE. Tribe have been appointed to provide full marketing support, including creation of a new brand identity, assets and guidelines; development of an 80+ page website; production of a series of short films and business development collateral; and the establishment and management of their social media presence. Gareth Jones, managing director of Tribe, said: “We have lots of experience working with international brands including Danone and eBay to provide them with integrated research and marketing solutions, but this is our first client in the Middle East, and can lead to others in the region.”

Because Premium Collections really do care Altrincham based Premium Collections have achieved recognition at the recent Greater Manchester Business Awards winning ‘Excellence in Customer Service’*. The awards ceremony was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester. Greater Manchester Business Awards celebrate the professionalism and excellence of businesses and organisations in Greater Manchester. The Awards are independently judged by a panel of leading 10 business peers. Premium Collections was set up by Paul Daine in 2002 as a debt recovery firm, the focus being all about personal service. The business has grown year on year and the company now work with some 2000 clients regionally, nationally, and internationally. Premium now have offices in Altrincham, Harrogate and Dublin combined with overseas based agents and associates. The team provide a range of services from credit control to national debt collection and vehicle possessions. Managing Director, Paul Daine commented, “I’m immensely proud of all that we have achieved. We have an excellent team of staff and associates who are focused on getting the very best results for our clients. I am absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious award as it underlines our commitment to our customers and our focus on quality. This recognition clearly demonstrates how we provide high quality customer service from quotation to delivery”.

Stephanie Tucker, Northern Power UPS

How many cups of coffee get you through the day? I typically drink two or three cups of coffee a day, it is decaf though, therefore if the fancy takes me I can go wild and have more! If your business was a coffee, what type of coffee would it be and why? I’m sure Northern Power UPS would be an Americano. It’s a classic with a good history for being dependable, reliable, straight forward and there is no fuss or froth to be dealing with. What would you say your biggest achievement is in business? Coming to Northern Power UPS, having previously worked in education for ten years, has been an exciting learning adventure. So far, some of my achievements include successfully redesigning our business branding and launching a new advertising campaign. Apart from coffee, what’s your biggest motivator to get up and go to work in the morning? The key thing that motivates me, and has always done so, is a will to help people. I want to help people in business protect their power supply so that they can continue doing what they do best. What obstacles have you had to overcome in your business? As a business, we help protect others during the loss of mains power. An obstacle can arise when people respond, ‘Our business doesn’t have power cuts’. Luckily, for some businesses power cuts can be a rare occurrence, but we want to give all businesses peace of mind for if it were to happen.




EVENT NEWS Breakfast Matters: March 2017

None of us is as smart as all of us

Sue Aldridge welcomed the audience to March Breakfast Matters, taking a moment to explain how she is working to drive the Chamber forward into the 21st century through the launch of the new website, revamp of Chamber Matters, social media platforms, blogging, automated online payments and much more. With the Chamber changing the way things are done, Sue highlighted how support is needed from members too, with the aim of recruiting 50 new businesses to the Chamber in 2017. Turning focus to the morning’s guest speaker, it was Sue’s pleasure to introduce Ruth Tobi from Maggie’s Manchester the cancer support charity, and with so many of us being touched by cancer in one way or another, this support is so essential. Taking over from Sue, Ruth asked the audience how many people have heard of Maggie’s, and with very few hands raised, it highlighted why Ruth was here today – to raise awareness. Giving some background on her personal journey, Ruth explained how she formerly worked as an Office Manager for an economics company, and through that business choosing Maggie’s as their charity of the year, Ruth eventually made a career change and took a job role at Maggie’s in July 2016. Maggie’s Manchester is situated in the grounds of The Christie in Manchester, and has only been around for 8 months, so Ruth is on a mission to raise awareness and ultimately help people find their way through cancer. The Centre provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer, as well as their families and friends – it is important that the people around the person have support as well.

Paul Mirage, Arek Bartniczak & Sarah Bingham, Velo Times; Sue Aldridge; Adrian Mahon & Chris Hampson, CS Financial Solutions Northern Power UPS

Named after Maggie Keswick Jencks, the centres were based on her own personal experiences with cancer. Maggie recovered from cancer in 1988, but unfortunately 5 years later, the cancer returned; something Maggie described as a ‘punch to the stomach’. Maggie and her husband met with a consultant in a private room where they were told she only had 3 – 4 months to live, but due to the queue of patients waiting outside, they were asked to go and sit in the corridor. It was while they were sat there, Maggie simply felt that there had to be something better. Her husband was an architect, and she a garden designer – an influence you can massively see in all of the centre buildings. The care Maggie envisioned was to give that vital information and support to allow patients to become active participants in their treatment, and not just passive bystanders, whist recognising the importance of a caring and warm environment. Her main objective was to help people “not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying” and all Maggie’s centres emulate this.

L-R: Ruth Tobi, Maggie’s Centres; Alan Hyams, MRW Corporate Solutions and Sue Aldridge, CEO


With growing networks extending across the UK, and now an online centre, Maggie herself unfortunately died in 1995 before the first centre at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary was opened, but her ideas and visions live on today through the centres that bear her name. What started as one woman’s vision turned into 19 centres across the UK, with Manchester


being the newest one and the exquisite architecture is a key part of them all. Due to her husband’s profession, Maggie had many connections in architecture which led to the likes of Frank Ghery, Zaha Hadid and Sir Richard Rogers all getting involved with the design of different centres. Going on to speak about the features, Ruth described and showed images of the beautiful Manchester centre, which includes; • A ‘kitchen table’ which is at the heart of every Maggie’s – here is where the majority of social support takes place, and people can engage and interact with others. • Quiet spaces which people can utilise to have private conversations or even sleep between appointments. • Large room used for exercise classes and group support workshops. • A beautiful garden and glass house – incorporating the concept of ‘bringing the outside in’, a love of nature and simply creating beautiful spaces for people to come and relax. Ruth described how everyone who visits Maggie’s Manchester immediately feels calm and relaxed, highlighting how Maggie herself was ahead of the times in anticipating the effect that buildings can have on people’s emotions. Within the light and airy space, Maggie’s Manchester has; • • • • •

No barriers No reception No appointment system – people can just drop in No need to give a name No clocks on the walls – people are encouraged to spend as much time there as they like.

There are a team of professionals in every Maggie’s centre, including a psychologist, two cancer support specialists, a benefits advisor and employment specialist, all there to support visitors. Then Ruth moved onto how charities and businesses can work together, and how to go about choosing the right charity. Most importantly, Ruth stated that you must find a charity that is relevant to your staff, and engages them to feel a connection. As a cancer charity, unfortunately in the sense of finding a connection it is very easy, seeing as 1 in 3 people are affected by or will have cancer in their lifetime.

• Great opportunity for media stories in the local press Showing that your business is ethical and trustworthy helps you to stand out from the competition, and can also lead to meeting other key people which may benefit you in the long run. A common misconception is businesses feeling they don’t have the skills to support a charity, or are unsure on the ways in which they can engage, but Ruth encouraged the audience that every business can. Whether this is through a specific skill, or something more simple like marshalling an event, any form of help can go a long way. Closing an incredibly insightful and thought provoking presentation, Ruth reminded the audience that regardless of how you choose to support a charity and whatever the benefits are to your business, the main thing to remember is that you’re actually helping real people in real life situations. Alan Hyams then took the floor, who exclaimed how it was difficult to follow such a great presentation, but wanted to focus on one of Ruth’s themes; the power of the group. Keeping the Japanese proverb in mind “none of us is as smart as all of us”, six years ago Alan set up a coaching group of professionals in Manchester which worked incredibly well. Involving group work and 1-2-1 coaching, Alan and other attendees brings tools and processes to help address peoples’ concerns and issues, always resulting in everyone going away in an action learning mode with something of value to them and their business. From the beginning, Alan recognised that it needed to be something affordable and worthwhile for SMEs, and as a joint venture with Portfolio Exec, the benefits include; • • • • •

Being with likeminded people Guided by an experienced Chair Access to an online diagnostic No competitors in the group Affordable £50 per month entry level fee

Ending his short chat, Alan encouraged members to get involved and speak with him further after the morning came to a close.

Something else of importance is being local; it’s great to have interaction through visits, and also to see where the money you raise is going. Ruth explained that at Maggie’s they like to have a named contact at the charity and the business, not only to give updates and hear what’s going on, but also just to build a strong relationship. There are many reasons why businesses should support a charity, and Ruth highlighted the following; • Helps towards achieving your CSR goals • Gives employees the opportunity to do volunteering • Allows you to extend your social media reach and raise awareness online • Demonstrates the caring side to your business • Creates a feeling of satisfaction amongst employees • Bodes well with consumers and business partners • Great opportunity for team building through fundraising challenges

Mike Alleyne, New Level Results & Rob Tayor, Reedsmore



EVENT NEWS Next up was the business card draw, for which 3 great prizes were up for grabs! Our first winner of the morning was Frank Green from The Fuse, who received a voucher for dinner for 2 at the new Townfields Restaurant right there at the Cresta Court Hotel. Peter Collins generously donated a free LinkedIn Health Check, for which Kevin Own from Vitality Health was the lucky business card owner. The third prize of the morning was contributed by Mike Alleyne from New Level Results, providing a 12-month strategy plan. Taking a moment to introduce himself, Mike asked the audience “when was the last time you had your best year?” and explained he works with clients to help them envisage what their best year looks like, and puts a plan in place to help achieve that goal. Mike

explained how he is lucky enough to be one of the few coaches in the country that works with a programme called Best Year Yet which has 34 years’ history of producing fantastic results and is simply a programme that changes people’s lives. With such a great insight into the prize, Rob Taylor from Reedmore was drawn as the winner and next person to have his life changed by Mike! New members Chris Hampson from CS Financial Solutions and Arek Bartniczak from Velo Times Ltd were welcomed to the Chamber, before Sue thanked everyone for coming along, and hoped to see everyone at the next Breakfast Matters on the first day of the new tax year, which will appropriately be all about the Budget and how it will affect businesses (which you can read all about on page 18).

Peter Collins, Find and be Found & Kevin Owen, Vitality Health

Frank Green, The Fuse & Sue Aldridge

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

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

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

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

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EVENTS Barclays: February 2017

Barclays talks Brexit, card payments and cyber security Barclays held the first evening event of 2017, which began with plenty of wine, food and networking, as members got to know their local branch and team. CEO Sue Aldridge was our host for the evening, who welcomed everyone, and explained how Barclays was close to her heart having previously worked there, and laughed at the irony of her emails being hacked that very day, ahead of the presentation on cyber security! Business Manager and Chamber Member, Tony Cole, then introduced the first of 3 guest speakers for the evening; Amanda Fulton-Russell, Senior International Channel Manager. Brexit considerations for businesses and what Barclays does to help. Why is international trade important? Not only is it important to the UK economy, but it is also very important for UK businesses, predominantly so you don’t have all of your eggs in one basket, and can ultimately grow your business. There are many benefits and reasons why people should ‘internationalise’ their business, including; • You may hit a pricing ceiling in the UK – you can get more money for goods overseas. • Increase your turnover and income, and improve profits • Spread the risk • Attract new clients and customers

A lot of people are frightened of taking the step to go international, but Amanda told the audience how everyone she has spoken to that has made that leap says; “you know what, I love that aspect of my business”. Although there are often concerns, the main barrier is always time, and that’s where Barclays come in to put you on the right path and offer that necessary support, ensuring you don’t make expensive mistakes. Moving the focus to Brexit and showing a table of the top 10 export and import markets, Amanda reassured everyone that although there are a lot of European countries, there are plenty that are non-European, many of which the UK don’t have free trade agreements with now, which doesn’t stop us from doing fantastic trade with them. Accepting card payments quickly with Barclaycard merchant services. Next to take the floor was Barclaycard Account Manager Dandan Luo, here to talk about accepting card payment quickly with Barclaycard merchant services. Barclay’s offer a card payment facility to small businesses, allowing them to take credit and

debit card payments from their customers, whether they be individuals or businesses. By looking into these payment methods, it can break down barriers for paying customers and therefore help businesses to increase their sales, as Dandan highlighted; • 57% of people never carry any cash with them at all, all of their payments are made by card or platforms like Apple Pay. • 71% of UK consumers would spend more with a business if they took card payments. • Over 120million transactions are lost in the UK each year due to people leaving a shop after being told card payments aren’t accepted. Dandan explained that for newly established businesses, having a form of payment facility instils trust in customers that they can pay easily and securely, particularly being associated with a reputable brand name like Barclays. In addition to this wide range of facilities, Barclays also offer useful online tools such as access to reports based on your online card payment activity, giving business owners insight into payment patterns on their website, most popular products and more. Before our Regional Digital Eagle began his presentation, the business card draw for a bottle of champagne took place, with Vince Sweeny from Informed Solutions as the lucky winner! Cyber Security threats to UK businesses 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. Cybercrime has really been thrust into the spotlight over the past few months, down to high profile cases such as Talk Talk, Carphone Warehouse, NHS and HSBC. However, 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. Graeme explained how cyber criminals are becoming much more sophisticated in their attacks, using social media platforms, search engines and directories to generate the information they need to find a route into a business. An increase has also been seen in ‘cheque fraud’, a process in which fraudsters are over paying for products and services by cheque on purpose, so for example, rather than paying £6,000 for something, they will pay £60,000 and call on the same day to say that this mistake has been made, and the £54,000 is needed back immediately. Graeme explained that from a quick glance at your statement, it will seem as though the payment has cleared, when in fact it’s actually uncleared funds due to being paid in by cheque. When the £54,000 is paid back to the fraudster straight away by transfer or

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Vince Sweeney, Informed Solutions & Tony Cole

CHAPS, the cheque is then cancelled, and the business owner left £54,000 worse off. 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! Closing the evening, Sue thanked the Barclays team for an incredibly useful and informative evening and reminded members of the next Breakfast Matters event on 2nd March.

Q: When is the right time in a business to outsource your social media? - Matt Fox, Matt Fox Physio I’d say in order to make a real decision about this you have to be able to answer the following questions; 1. Do I genuinely not have time to manage social media myself? 2. Can they deliver social media marketing better than me? 3. Will outsourcing social media generate more revenue than the cost of the service? Outsourcing your voice - which is what outsourcing your social media actually is - is one of the biggest steps you can take for a business. Also outsourcing social media for a brand i.e a restaurant, retailer, charity or professional services firm - is a lot easier than replicating an individual’s voice. Where possible I’d advise small owner managed businesses to manage their own social media with the caveat that you must have training first marketing and social media is something you simply can't dabble in.

Graeme Brand, Dandan Luo, Tony Cole, Amanda Fulton-Russell, Barclays & Sue Aldridge, CEO

If you genuinely don't have any spare time for social media then it is the right time to think about outsourcing your social media - the only thing worse than sporadic social media, is totally dormant social media. Once you know you don't have the time it's then a case of weighing up the cost of it, verses the revenue stream from social media. Social media isn't an instant fix - so don't expect immediate business within days of outsourcing, but do expect results and sales in the long term. Set KPI's and measurements of what is expected in terms of social media output, followers, engagement, web clicks, sales and so on.

The Barclays Team: L-R: Graeme Brand, Dandan Luo, Amanda Fulton-Russell, Adele Gardner, Tony Cole, Beena Mistry, Dave Burke, Theresa Rowley, Haroon Bangee

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MEMBERS NEWS The Fuse Mixer: March 2017

The Fuse - Trafford’s Hidden Gem Opening the evening, Sue Aldridge introduced the audience to Frank Green and his facility; The Fuse. Admitting she actually had the complete wrong idea about what they did here thinking it was a mini sports centre, Sue was surprised to see how many facilities there are on offer, and how much it supports the community. Exclaiming how gorgeous the space was as the audience nodded in agreement, Sue welcomed Frank to the floor to explain how he and his team can do activity days for businesses and work together for corporate social responsibility, and most importantly simply just enjoy yourself! The Fuse was built in 2011, and as everyone in attendance could see the space is full of unusual architecture and bold colours. The idea behind the building was that it had to be youth friendly, so was designed by an architect working with a team of young people from Trafford. One of 60 centres in the UK like this, Frank explained how the buildings were commissioned by the outgoing Labour government and just before they left £300million was signed off that could only be used to build these centres in areas where deprivation was high. This was based on the belief that young people in these areas should still have access to state of the art performing arts and sports facilities, that they wouldn’t normally be able to access. Continuing to tell the back story of the brilliant centre, Frank told the audience of how capital was protected when the Conservatives took over so the buildings were constructed, but there was no revenue support granted by the government meaning many centres struggled to pave the way. Some centres were run by large volunteer groups or charities with good fundraising history behind them like the YMCA, whereas others were run by small community groups and The Fuse was one of them. In 2012, after just 12 months being open to the public, the group at The Fuse

Frank Green, The Fuse & Sue Aldridge, CEO

inevitably ran out of money and the Centre was left quiet for a year. Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) was set up by Frank’s wife, Debra Green, in Manchester in 2004, and quickly grew from nothing to a turnover of 0.5million, 20 full time staff and a range of partnership programmes across the country. In 2012, Debra was awarded an OBE for her services to the community, and just 2 years later word got out that she was looking for bigger premises which led to an incredibly unexpected phone call from the Cabinet Office! They talked to her about The Fuse and its history and asked if they would come down to have a look at the space with a view to making a bid. It was at this point that Frank described Debra as ‘an outgoing, visionary, glass-half-full / overflowing type of person’ whereas she described him as a ‘glass half smashed kind of person’. This led to Frank not being keen after looking at the expenditure they would have to generate to keep the centre open, and being on the edge of Trafford where there’s not much footfall or businesses willing to sponsor things – it would be a real challenge. However, when he arrived at The Fuse, he did what most of the audience did this evening – looked up and gave the response the architect would have wanted; “wow”. Bearing in mind that they wouldn’t have to pay rent, Frank told the audience how he realised what a gift The Fuse was – how could they not say yes? So they moved in


Frank Green, The Fuse & Jenny Allcock, Creating Adventures

summer 2014, and 3 years later they are still managing to pay their fixed costs by hiring out space, and generally being very committed. Frank attributes a lot of this to his ‘absolutely amazing’ staff, who all had full time jobs when they arrived but since have all applied extra discretionary effort – “everyone is willing, it’s like a family business” Frank said. “The Fuse is such a unique venue and there is no limit to what you can do here - it really is a blank canvas!” Frank then gave the audience a much anticipated tour of some of the facilities, explaining that The Fuse is actually a filming location for BBC and ITV who love it because it has everything they need, in addition to great parking and privacy due to being out of the city centre. Showing the audience around, we saw; • The Conference / Board Room – A great place for a small meeting, which fits 12 people around the table, or can be used as a small seminar room for around 16-18 people. The space is regularly rented out for small meetings, especially as it comes with a handy interactive whiteboard, and the doors and walls actually fold away to make a bigger space in the atrium. • Auditorium – Packed full of 224 retractable seats, the auditorium at The Fuse has a full professional cinema spec projector and screen which has an impressive impact. Without the seats, the space can hold


around 160-180 people and can be dressed for any event from fashion shows to a full size boxing ring. • Sports Hall – In here, the floors are marked for a variety of sports including badminton and basketball, but the room is also acoustically treated, so doesn’t echo like a school gym! The sports hall is also actually used by CBeebies when filming their summer programme ‘Let’s Go Club’ – another great claim to fame! Arriving back in the atrium, everyone had a bite to eat and continued to mingle, before Sue drew the winning business card for a bottle of fizz courtesy of The Fuse, which was Jenny Allcock from Creating Adventures. Sue then thanked Frank for his hospitality and encouraged everyone to tell everyone they know about this hidden gem and its amazing facilities. Closing the evening, Frank told the audience that although they can host wedding receptions, they haven’t actually hosted one yet, so the first person brave enough to trust Frank and his team with their wedding reception will get the venue for free as they need photography – if you’re thinking of getting married, what better excuse?!



BREAKFAST MATTERS Breakfast Matters: April 2017

A ‘Budget Bonanza’ Breakfast Meeting

Held on the first day of the new tax year, Sue Aldridge welcomed all attendees to the Chamber Budget Breakfast, exclaiming how fitting the timing was to learn more about the latest budget announcement. Here to give an overview of the changes that will affect small business was Tax Director of RSM, Marion Brewer, who promised to give the audience a whistle stop tour of the longest budget ever in terms of financial documentation. Starting with the quote “the most certain things in life are death and taxes” Marion told the audience how she couldn’t bring anyone back to life, but can reduce tax significantly! “There are lots of things you can do, although the Government have stopped a lot of the obvious tax planning products, if you plan well and in advance there is a lot of tax you can save – it’s all about being aware of what’s available.” Marion explained, before launching in to take a look at private clients first.

Mike Alleyne, New Level Results & Jennifer Jameson, Jameson and Partners

If you earn over £100,000 your effective tax rate is 60%, and that’s because for every £2 you earn, you lose your personal allowances of £1. So, if you’re going to earn over £100,000, you must really try and get to £150,000 as your tax rate will then reduce back down to 40%, which led Sue to ask the question of how she gets to the big £150,000, raising laughter across the room! It is also important to remember that you lose your child benefit when earning between the £50,000 and £60,000 band. In the previous tax year, we were hit with a nasty 7.5% tax increase on the dividend ordinary rate, however a £5,000 nil rate was introduced for anyone regardless of their income. From the 2018/19 tax year, this is going to be reduced to £2,000, so Marion encouraged people to think about how they can access the £5,000 for their children over 18, with some solutions being:



• Put shares into a trust and pay a dividend out to your adult children • Grandparents can put their shares into trust and pay out dividends • If children haven’t got any other income, you can pay £16,000 to them to include the £5,000 and the £11,000 personal allowance – ideal to cover things like University fees. Marion then moved on to the exciting and very topical subject of Making Tax Digital (MTD), in simple terms - a way of accelerating income tax. This is going to happen at different times for different businesses: • April 2018 – anyone with Income Tax and NIC and in excess of the VAT threshold • April 2019 – anyone with Income Tax and NIC and below the VAT threshold This will mean having to start returning information quarterly, so Marion told the audience they will have to have systems in place allowing quarterly reporting. Of course, many find it bad enough doing a VAT return, so having to do a tax return for your whole business quarterly is likely to be quite the burden. Luckily, there will be penalty relaxation in place for the first 12 months for self-employed individuals, and free software will be available to businesses with straightforward affairs, such as those under the VAT Registration limit and with no employees.

Sue Aldridge, CEO with Ian Hall, RBS

When it comes to pensions and inheritance tax (IHT), things have changed, as in the past nobody paid attention to who receives the ‘pension pot’, but now it’s really important that you know who is nominated. Marion highlighted how there are two options available which are unfortunately based on the age you die! • If you die after you’re 75, your pension pot will be left in place for nominees and withdrawals will be taxed at their marginal income tax rates. • If you die before you’re 75, your pension pot will be left in place for nominees just the same, but it can grow tax free and withdrawals from it are tax free.

“the most certain things in life are death and taxes”



BREAKFAST MATTERS Following this, Marion joked that the planning advice is to die before you’re 75! Shifting the focus to businesses, Marion ran the audience through some good news when it comes to corporation tax rates, which will be going down from 19% to 17% in 2020. There will be no change in payment dates for small companies or large companies above the £1.5 million threshold but below £20 million threshold, however from 1 April 2019 companies with annual taxable profits of over £20 million will be required to make quarterly instalments payments (QIPs) four months earlier than under the current system. Research & Development (R&D) Tax Relief is for those developing products that are better than the competition, and Marion encouraged the audience to look into whether they are doing something original, as the effective tax relief is nearly 40%. Substantial shareholder relief is another interesting topic covered by Marion, as she explained how the conditions are going to be simplified: • Removal of the investing company trading condition - in vesting company does not have to be a sole trading company or a member of a trading group at any time before or after the disposal. • Extension of period over which substantial shareholding requirement can be satisfied - period during which the investing company needs to have satisfied the requirement that it has held a substantial shareholding in the company invested in for at least 12 months – this has been extended from 2 years before the disposal to 6 years before the disposal. If you have debtors in your business, Marion highlighted how it may be beneficial to do things on a cash accounting basis where a business simply declares money when it comes in and out of the business, and therefore doesn’t have to pay tax on money they have not received.

New business rates came into effect from April 2017 and the Government has announced support for businesses facing significant increases in bills as a result - three further measures were announced in the recent budget to alleviate the burden of increasing business rates: 1. Any business coming out of SBRR will benefit from a cap which limits the increase in bills to the greater of £50 per month or the transitional relief cap. 2. Local authorities will get access to a £300m discretionary hardship fund for small businesses worst affected by the rates on a case by case basis. 3. And finally, pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000 will get a £1,000 discount on rates they pay for one year. Ending her presentation with a short Q&A session, Marion answered the pressing questions of a number of members, all touching on interesting and informative points. Moving onto the business card draw, Paul Mirage announced the winner of a delightful dinner for 2 at the Townfields Restaurant at the Cresta Court Hotel – Ian Hall from RBS. The next lucky winner was Ashley White from Hilton who received a certificate for a free LinkedIn Health Check, and last but not least was the winner of a 12-month strategy plan from New Level Results; Jennifer Jameson, Jameson and Partners. A warm welcome was given to the newest members of the Altrincham & Sale Chamber: • • • • •

Jo Glass, The Alternative Board - Manchester West. Mike Andrews, Auditel Jenny Allcock, Creating Adventures Mark Geaney, Let’s Talk Business Paul Jorgensen, Strategic Analytics Team

After a fantastic, financially focussed morning, Sue thanked Marion for shedding some much needed light on the latest Budget announcement, and encouraged everyone to attend the next Breakfast Matters for an informative and amusing presentation all about LinkedIn from Peter Collins.

L-R: Paul Mirage; Mike Andrews, Auditel; Jo Glass, The Alternative Board; Sue Aldridge; Jenny Allcock, Creating Adventures; Mark Geaney, Let’s Talk Business & Paul Jorgensen, Strategic Analytics Team

Sue Aldridge, CEO & Marion Brewer, RSM UK Tax & Accounting

Peter Collins, Find and be Found & Ashley Wykes, Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Business Awards 2017 This is the opportunity to showcase your business and the work of your sta or alternatively nominate a client, customer or supplier for an award. Tell us in not more than 150 words who you are nominating and why they deserve recognition. All category details can be found online:




Dylan Butt Deputy Exec Member (Finance), Trafford Council

1. How long have you been involved with Altrincham & Sale Chamber and in what capacity? I have been a Chamber Board member for the past 3 years, and also since last year have taken on the role of Chairman of the Strategy Working Group. 2. What inspired you to become a Board Member? The ability to make my small contribution to this proud and historic Chamber which has been serving its members for the past 108 years. Also to be able to offer the benefit of my experience to Chamber members and the board from having worked in both the public and private sector, in business and industry internationally. 3. How much time do you spend on Chamber activities? One can spend as much or as little time on Chamber activities. Apart from the Board and Sub-Group meetings,I try and attend many of the monthly business breakfast meetings and other networking events in order to meet a wide range of businesses. 4. What is the most rewarding thing about being a Board Member? The Chamber’s continued success has been testimony to its importance to the business community over the years. I am proud to be able to serve as a board member, contributing strategic thinking and experience to what is a very dedicated Chamber board with diverse professional experience. I always endeavour to provide support and information to the membership, particularly in my wider role which has been with the GM Combined Authority as deputy lead for Internationalisation and Marketing. 5. Which of the Chamber initiatives has got you really excited / made you most proud? The ASCC has continuously adapted to the changing business environment and maintains its importance to the local business community. One of a number of activities has been its strong support for Town Centre improvements which are bringing a resurgence to the local economy. Also adapting to the ever changing business environment with an improved website, marketing and social media communications.


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The Chamber’s new online presence! The Chamber is delighted to announce that our new website is now live. Together with David Bellin at The Web Studio we have updated our website and added some great new features which we believe will be of benefit to our members, including; • New online members’ directory • Members’ jobs board • New event booking and management system The next step is for members to help us populate the new website with up-to-date business details in the new Members’ area which will then be entered into a Members’ directory.

What are the new benefits? Members’ Directory Our new website supports an online members’ directory of all the current businesses with active membership. For your business to be found all we ask is for you to complete your business profile and keep the contact details up-to-date. If you have additional members of staff within your business who attend Chamber events, each person within your business can have a separate online profile. From an individual account it is possible to book onto forthcoming events, manage bookings, invite

guests and view the members’ directory. Members’ Jobs Board The primary member for each business will be able to post up to 3 positions for their business, and available positions will appear live for 30 days for anyone who accesses the new website. Event Booking System Our aim is to make booking onto events even easier for members, enabling you to see all the events you are booked on to attend and modify those bookings accordingly. Please do not book onto any events until your online profile has to be verified, as you may not receive the discounted members’ rates. What do we need members to do? We would like members to register on the new website as soon as possible and complete their online profile – all that is required is business details along with a company logo. When information has been added, the profile will be verified by the Chamber office and you will be able to benefit from the new features on the website.

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Beverley Uddin-Khandakar, Salutions The Sunday People offices on Hardman Street. It was hot metal printing then, so it was very dirty, but I can still remember that smell!” When it comes to her role now, Beverley is the Group Editorial Director, leaving her responsible for the editorial on all four titles, which sounds as though it suits Beverley perfectly; “I am very particular and like to think that I’m quite vigilant.” Not having restrictions has its perks, as Beverley can work from the office, at home, on the train and even on holiday, but that also means she still works into the early hours when necessary – “This job isn’t for the faint-hearted! When I’m at home, people think I’ve got the best job in the world, but they don’t realise that I worked until 3am and I’m actually catching up with the washing!”.

Beverley Uddin-Khandakar Having worked at the Manchester Evening News for over 22 years, Beverley Uddin-Khandakar told us how she ‘absolutely loved’ her job, but with four children and another on the way, she decided it was time to rethink her work/life balance. It was after she and her husband visited some friends and a lifestyle glossy called Richmond Magazine came through the letterbox that she was inspired to publish her first title (Didsbury Magazine) in 2002 – leaving her stable role at the MEN just four months before she was due to give birth, and it wasn’t an easy process. “I would stay up till the early hours, leaving my husband (and now business partner) Salim to feed our newborn, Loulou.” Beverley tells us. Just eight months later, Salim gave up his managerial position at SmoothFM and joined Beverley as they set up Salutions Limited, to which a further three publications followed. Speaking of how she knew her business would work, and knowing it was the right choice to leave her job, Beverley said “You have to listen to your gut. It won’t tell you how successful you are going to be, but it will tell you if it’s the wrong thing to do.” It seems publishing has always been in her blood, as Beverley’s father worked in the newspaper industry in Manchester from age 15 up to 51. “I loved going into

However, it’s not all late nights and tight deadlines as Beverley tells us; “I get to do lots of lovely things, go to all of the best places, restaurants and launches, as well as meet some lovely people along the way. Only last week, I interviewed the very lovely Eamonn Holmes when he was in Manchester.” When it comes to having balance, Beverley is lucky enough to say that her work and personal life merge, with her children coming along to review hotels, holidays or restaurants wherever possible. Due to the type of business she owns, there is flexibility and although Beverley could be out every night of the week if she wanted to, she can stick around to support her three children at home – something of great importance. We asked Beverley what being a woman in business means to her; “If someone told me 15 years ago that I would give up my secure job with six weeks’ holiday – despite having four children at home, one on the way and excessive nursery fees to contend with – to start my own business, I would have thought they were crazy.” “You have to carefully think through what business will work for you, but providing you can balance work and family life, then I say go for it!” To her children it is clear that Beverley is a brilliant example, and despite once saying she should ‘get a proper job!’, now they are older and realise how hard she works, they understand that “you only get out what you put into things”. “Hopefully they’ll grow up with a good work ethic” Beverley says, which seems incredibly likely if they follow in their mother’s footsteps.

VIP Specsavers Offer Exclusively Available For Chamber Of Commerce Members At Specsavers in Sale and Altrincham, we’ve got an exclusive offer available to the valued local businesses that are a part of the Sale and Altrincham Chamber of Commerce. We’d like to offer you and your employees a Specsavers VIP card, which gives any holders access to a wide range of discounts within these stores.

Our offer also extends to the audiology services provided in both Specsavers Sale and Altrincham. With your VIP card, you can benefit from 2 4 1 on hearing aids, and other discounts on hearing aids with £50 off Advance Digital Aids and £100 off any Specsavers branded hearing aids.

When you get your VIP card, you’ll be entitled to a half price sight test from one of our highly qualified optometrists, and you’ll also benefit from 20% off any frames which cost £99 and above, including all designer frames like our fantastic ranges from Kylie Minogue, Cath Kidston and Hackett with new ranges due to be launched across the year. Our popular 2 4 1 offer is also included in this deal for VIP card holders.

To find out how you can claim your Specsavers Sale and Altrincham VIP card, get in touch with Julie Campbell by calling 0161 969 2001, or emailing us at Both stores are in the heart of their towns, with Specsavers Sale on Market Walk, and Specsavers Altrincham on George Street. Both stores are open 7 days a week.




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 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 for further information.

HOMES4U 50% Discount on initial letting fee for any new properties instructed on our Gold + full property management service. T: 0161 941 2323

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:

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:

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)

THE LIFECENTRE 20% off all room hire – meeting rooms for 3 to 300 people. Contact Andy Chard, LifeCentre Manager T: 0161 850 0770 E:

FADDIES DRY CLEANING 10% Discount off dry cleaning, laundry, shirt valet; leathers & soft furnishings. On your first visit have a suit dry cleaned for free T: 0161 928 7660 FIND AND BE FOUND 10% Discount to members off our price list. To view the price list visit Contact Peter Collins Tel : 01606 860124 Mobile : 07715 420824 Email: 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: 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: GRESHAM WEALTH MANGEMENT LLP Free initial consultation from a Chartered Financial Planner to all members T: 0161 973 9150 (Saving of £500) THE ALTRINCHAM & SALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAGAZINE

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 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


MINIME MARKETING & PR CONSULTANCY All initial 1 hour consultation meetings are free, take place at a time and place convenient to you, and provide the opportunity to discuss ideas that you are free to implement yourself. However, if you wish to appoint the team at MiniMe Marketing as your outsourced marketing & PR department following approval of your bespoke marketing proposal, we offer all Chamber members 10% off our costs. This means you get our hourly rate at just £38, or just £318 for a day rate! Call Rina or Olivia on 01925 963 651. Tweet us @MiniMeMarketing or visit MINUTEMAN PRESS Digitally produced matt laminate double sided business cards on 350g silk, 500 £49 + vat saving £16; 1000 £69 + vat saving £28 Litho produced matt laminate double sided business cards on 400g silk, 500 £59 + vat saving £20; 1000 £79 + vat saving £26. Contact Ed or Alison on 0161 928 8826 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: NEW LEVEL RESULTS Offering members complimentary coaching sessions. For further details contact Mike Alleyne on 0800 1389 289 Email: 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: 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: SAFETYNET IT Free IT system health check saving of £66 + VAT Tel: 0845 869 8451 SALE & ALTRINCHAM MESSENGER ‘Market Your Business’ - Up to a 40% discount on your first advertisement in the Sale and Altrincham Messenger including the Business Page. For this offer and more long term campaigns contact Tel 0161 848 5232. SPECSAVERS SALE & ALTRINCHAM As a valued local business we would like to offer you and your employees a Specsavers VIP card which gives your team access to a wide range of discounts at our store. The VIP card holder is entitled to a Half Price Sight Test, 20% off Frames £99 and above and our popular 241 offer is also included in this great deal. A free Hearing Test, 241 Hearing Aids and a discount off Hearing Aids is also available with £50 off Advance digital aids and £100 off Specsavers branded aids. We are open 7 days a week and you can contact Julie Campbell on 0161 969 2001 or alternatively email us at

TOP MARK SOLUTIONS 20% Discount on all gutter cleaning or jet washing quotes to fellow members. Contact Dan Houghton T: 0161 976 2392 E: 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: 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 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 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: Website:




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 Advertising Agencies Frank Virtual Ltd Architects Atkins Building Solutions Ltd Kitson Architecture Ltd Arts Clark Art Ltd Banking Barclays Business South Manchester Handelsbanken RBS Santander Corporate & Commercial Bank Yorkshire Private & Business Banking Business Services Aims Management Altrincham Unlimited Altspace Coworking Office

Employee Management Ltd K&R Badges Ltd Let’s Talk Business MRW Corporate Solutions New Level Results The Alternative Board - Manchester West - (Jo Glass) The Alternative Board - Manchester West - (Peter Winterbottom) Car Dealership Robins & Day Sale Charity Alex Hulme Foundation Children’s Adventure Farm Trust Creating Adventures LCCC Foundation Life Centre Events Trafford Fab Lab Altrincham Trafford Mencap Chartered Accountants DHF Accounting HW Chartered Accountants Sheppards Chartered Accountants Stephen Hobson Chartered Accountant

Community Altrincham French Festival Hale & Bowdon Civic Society Tourist Information Centre Trafford Housing Trust Couriers City Today Couriers Ltd Churchward Logistics Mailboxes Etc 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

Chartered Surveyors John Gibbs Partnership Ltd Trafford Surveyors

Electrical COD (Electrical) Hale Instruments Limited Manchester Electrical Contractors Ltd Northern Power UPS Ltd

Clothing Alteration/Repair The Zipyard

Entertainment Altrincham Garrick Playhouse Ltd



Estate Agents Homes4U Ian Macklin & Co Jameson & Partners Ltd Looking For Rent TEM Property Events Cracking Wine Ltd Innov8 Conference Services Keyteq Presentation Services Ltd Financial Services Abbeygate Financial Planning CS Financial Solutions Gresham Wealth Management Hart Project Solutions Ltd iGo Business Matravers Robinson Associates Together Florists Barkers The Florist Graphic Design Colourwheel Creative Health Acuhealth BrightNewMe by Dr Sarah Norman Lifestyle Therapy Matt Fox Physiotherapy WPA Healthcare Home/Commercial Improvement Atlantic Timber Co Ltd Colourfence South Manchester Keller Kitchen Centre The Kitchen Gallery The Window Company Top Mark Solutions Ltd Wells & Hewitt Ltd Hotel Cresta Court Hotel Hotel Football Old Trafford Mere Court & Conference Centre Radisson Blu Manchester Airport The Mercure Bowdon Hotel

Human Resources Aztiger HR Employee Management Ltd HR Dept (Trafford & Warrington) Insurance Aspray Altrincham Bollington Insurance Brokers Ltd Insure Risk Ltd Vitality Health IT Altrincham IT Services Ltd Informed Solutions Mel's Computer Care Ltd PC Express Safetynet IT Ltd Jewellers Randalls Management Consultancy Auditel Matchbox Associates Ltd Professional Procurement Project Management Ltd Ward Associates (Project Services) Ltd Manufacturers Bluebell Fitted Furniture Float Glass Industries Ltd Marketing / PR JWC PR Lexington Communications MiniMe Marketing & PR Consultancy Tree Communications Ltd Tribe Communications Ltd Mailbox Rental Mailboxes Etc Offices/Meeting Rooms Altspace Coworking Office Bizspace Co Ltd Carrington Business Park Life Centre Events Regus Express Online Publications So-Hale

Opticians Specsavers Sale & Altrincham Pharmacy James Helgason Ltd Photography / Film Martin Hambleton Photography Reedsmore Ltd Place of Worship Altrincham Parish Church, St Georges Planning Consultant Planitwright Planning Consultancy Printers Minuteman Press Nettl of Altrincham Promotional Products Recognition Express Property Investment / Management Blue Chip Properties (Mcr) Ltd Citybranch Ltd Petros Development Company Ltd Pioneer Property Selbourne Group Ltd Stamford Quarter TEM Property Trinity Offices Two Wolves Properties Ltd V Property Management Publication Cheshire Life Magazine GM Business Connect Magazine Hale & Bowdon Magazine Sale & Altrincham Messenger Recruitment Halecroft Recruitment Ltd Residential Care Sunrise Senior Living of Hale Barns Restaurant Chez Nous Bistro Hale Grill



MEMBERS DIRECTORY Retired Members Cllr Dylan Butt Christine Stout Security ExcluSec Security Solutions Ltd Keyways Security Systems Ltd West Valley Mobile Security Ltd Signage RW Signs Social Media Altrincham HQ Find and be Found Solicitors / Legal Blackstone Solicitors Ltd Chafes Hague Lambert Solicitors Charmax LLP Jefferies Solicitors Ltd Keoghs, Nicholls, Lindsell & Harris McHale & Company Solicitors MLP Law

Myerson Solicitors LLP Ralli Ltd Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP Slater Heelis Stephensons Solicitors LLP Stowe Family Law LLP William H Lill & Company Sports Altrincham Football Club Manchester Storm Sale FC Rugby Club Timperley Sports Club Trafford Leisure Structural Engineers Lawrence Gottlieb & Assoc Telecoms Talk UK Telecom Travel Cresta World Travel Travel Master (Mcr) Ltd Turkish Airlines Inc

Tree Specialists Frankland Tree Services Ltd 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 The Web Studio Writer KWB Content

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. Altrincham Unlimited Katie Bland Business Improvement District

Creating Adventures Jenny Allcock Charity

Let’s Talk Business Mark Geaney Independent Business Adviser

Auditel Mike Andrews Cost Management

Employee Management Ltd Chris Nagel HR, Employment Law, H&S Consultancy

PC Express Steve Maz Business IT Support/Repair Centre

Acuhealth Mei Xing Health & Wellbeing

ExcluSec Security Solutions Ltd James Bancroft Security Services

Trafford Fab Lab Altrincham Anthony Lamb Charity

The Alternative Board – Manchester West Jo Glass Business Mentoring

Halecroft Recruitment Ltd Tricia Bullman Recruitment

Tribe Communications Ltd Gareth Jones Marketing

Hotel Football Old Trafford Jack Barton Hospitality

Two Wolves Properties Ltd Chris Street Property & Investment

Blue Chip Properties (Mcr) Ltd Michelle Gosnay Property Management

WPA Healthcare Amanda Fearn Private Healthcare




Calendar of events...

Get your diaries to hand

because here’s what’s co ming up in June and July 20


Breakfast with Mike Kane MP “South Manchester/Traffo rd Busieness opportunit ies” 16th June 2017 Cresta Court Hotel, WA14 4DP 8.30 - 10.30am

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

Breakfast Matters Speaker: John Warburto n JWC Ten top tips for securing powerful free media cov erage for your business. July 2017 Cresta Court Hotel, WA14 4DP 8.30 - 10.30am

Members events COS Members Meeting for Bookkeepers and Accountants - 17th June 2017 Grosvenor Casino, Salfor d COS Members Meeting for Bookkeepers and Accountants - 15th July 2017 Grosvenor Casino, Salfor d For further information on these and future events, please visit: www.cosbo

SUBS Networking - 16th June 2017 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincha m SUBS Networking - 14th July 2017 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincha m For further details: www.s uk

Altrincham Court Leet

The week-end of 21st-23rd July in Altrincham will be an important and historic occasio hope that you will be able to n to which you are invited and attend. Civic Dignitaries, Loc we sincerely al Councillors, Freemen of Eng organisations and Residents land and Wales, Representativ of the Altrincham area are all es from many invited. On Saturday 22nd July in the afternoon there will be a Ser vice of Inauguration of the Gu of Altrincham, and in the eve ild of the Freemen of the An ning the Altrincham Charte cient Borough r Dinner celebrating 727 yea of Altrincham. rs since the granting of a Cha rter to the citizens The weekend will start with ale conning (ale tasting) on the evening of Friday 21st Street, Altrincham and a visi July starting at The Con Clu t around the Historic Marke b on Greenwood t area and to the Grade II list to the town’s covered marke ed old Market House built in t area. 1879, which is next Replies to; Clerk to the Court: 51 Appleton Road, Hale, Alt rincham, Cheshire WA15 9LP altrinchamcourtleet@gmail. . 07711 45021 / 07966 449497 com

Business Awards 2017 This is the opportunity to showcase your business and the work of your sta or alternatively nominate a client, customer or supplier for an award. Tell us in not more than 150 words who you are nominating and why they deserve recognition. All category details can be found on this issues inside front cover or online at

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Chamber Matters Qtr2 2017  

All the latest news and information from the Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce!

Chamber Matters Qtr2 2017  

All the latest news and information from the Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce!