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December/January 2018


Connectworking ‘ Lunch 2017 GM Business Connect Magazine celebrated its 4th birthday this year with Greater Manchester’s business community whilst at the same time practicing Corporate Social Responsibility. For the third year running the magazine brought the best of Greater Manchester’s business community to Trafford’s Hotel Football.

Titled as ‘Connectworking’ lunch it brought together an amazing representation of the very best business leaders from a mixed selection of business sectors across the region. This year happy to accept and get involved and bring her unique, insightful and entertaining views was Edwina Currie, writer, politician and broadcaster. Edwina said “It would be an honour to get involved with three great Manchester Charities” and delivered a talk on ‘Lessons learned in business, politics and reality TV’.

She didn’t disappoint! Covering topics from her fascinating career, she entertained everyone with a range of anecdotes on her political past as one of the most successful and well-known cabinet ministers from the era of Margaret Thatcher. Edwina also gave her views and insights into the current state of the economy - and of course a few observations on her experiences with reality TV!

It wasn’t a day to represent if you were red or blue, it was an event to represent Manchester’s charities and the region’s business community. Manchester City legend Dennis Tueart, Player and Director, kindly donated a signed City shirt and was able to promote his autobiography and sign copies on behalf of The Christie - his chosen charity as he and his family have been personally affected. Most know GM Business Connect as the B2B Magazine that ‘connects’

businesses. We are all about networking, grass roots meeting and greeting, and when over 100 business people take the time, effort and investment to get together on a Friday afternoon we ensure the event is all about raising profiles - not just of the three charities supported by the event, but for every single person that puts on a badge and gets themselves noticed at what we like to think as a great tribute to free business networking. The event started with free reception drinks on the unique rooftop 5-a-side pitch known as Heaven. This was a great space for networking, and in addition Manchester Three Rivers donated and served Gin & Tonic to an appreciative crowd. We were then called to lunch which was almost missed due to everyone enjoying the unique atmosphere. After moving downstairs to the Stadium Suite Director Paul Mirage from GM Business Connect Magazine welcomed everyone and

Sarah Parr, Sales Director Manchester Three Rivers Gin

reminded the audience that the event was actually a birthday celebration. Paul then introduced Phil Jones MBE, MD of Brother UK and previous Forever Manchester President who has been involved with the Connectworking Lunch from the start. Phil then took over compère duties and introduced headline sponsors Together Money, who in turn welcomed everyone and gave a quick overview on how they engage with charitable groups and organisations. Together have raised tens of thousands of pounds every year for a great many fantastic worthy causes and continue to

GM Business Connect Dec.Jan 2018  
GM Business Connect Dec.Jan 2018  

December/January Edition of Greater Manchester's fastest growing B2B Magazine