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Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Briefed: the latest news from the Chamber website

BCC: Chancellor must keep pressure on banks to lend
Commenting on today's meeting between the Chancellor and bank bosses, which will discuss lending to small businesses, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said...

Pick up a pocket-guide to Metrolink replacement bus services
Metrolink passengers can now pick up a handy pocket-sized guide to the replacement bus services that will run on the Altrincham and Eccles lines and in the city centre during August.

Healey kickstarts work on 22,400 homes
Housing Minister John Healey today announced that 270 stalled development projects across the country have been shortlisted for a share of £925m which could help get building work on 22,400 homes back on track and create 20,000 jobs.

Chamber News: Debt Advisory Service launched
Greater Manchester Chamber has launched a debt advisory service to help businesses hit by the downturn. The service will be available to all businesses with fewer than 250 employees across Greater Manchester.

Member News: Cuckoo Design kick off Bury F.C. partnership
Cuckoo Design, one of the leading Manchester creative agencies, is once again showing its commitment to the region, this time by sponsoring Bury Football Club.

Chamber launches new Sales Academy
Greater Manchester Chamber has launched a new sales academy to help businesses improve their selling techniques during the downturn. The new academy, which is being run by Business Support Solutions (BSS), shows how companies can get every member of staff involved in the sales process.

Member News: SKV launches UK’s first weather webcast for Blackpool
SKV Communications is keeping Blackpool tourism in the news by launching a daily weather forecast directly from the resort. Hosted on YouTube, the reports are provided by characters including contortionists, magicians, clowns and even a diver who will give his report from the SEALife Centre.

Bury ‘rocks’ says British Retail Consortium report
Bury has been highlighted in a national report setting out a rescue plan for Britain’s struggling high streets by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Member News: Pure Gym offer discount pre-opening offer of £9.99 for Spinningfields branch
Former bosses of the Golden Tulip Chain have recently announced the launch their latest venture Pure Gym, a no-frills gym chain which will have its first branch in Spinningfields in Manchester city centre.

Member News: UKFast to launch the next big ecommerce stars
UKFast has launched a competition to find the next big online superstars, pledging to provide £15k of funding for each successful applicant to support their business projects.

Prime Minister launches new scheme to get more people volunteering during the recession
The National Talent Bank is part of the Government's comprehensive approach to tackling the recession and is designed to ‘share the talent' between the private, public and third sector.

Chinese Visit to Forge Trade Links
A top-level Chinese delegation made a visit to Trafford last week to forge closer trade links. Dr Alan Gerrard (pictured right) of Greater Manchester Chamber, who helped organise the visit, said: "Despite the global downturn, it is still vital that we forge trade links with China.

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