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Monday, 21 September 2009

Briefed: the latest news from the Chamber website

Chamber President warns rocketing pensions levy on business could damage UK recovery
Ahead of the first meeting of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) steering group on the future of the PPF levy, which takes place later today (Monday), the President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Peter Heginbotham OBE is calling on the Government to look at the serious problems the levy is causing for firms across Greater Manchester

Member News: Strong growth continues at Ultimate Finance
Specialist invoice discounting and factoring firm Ultimate Finance, which has its Northern office in Manchester, maintained ambitious growth over the past year, its annual financial results show.

Cash flow worries as a result of increasing late payments are causing small businesses the most headaches, according to the latest Economic Downturn Panel survey carried out by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

A PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of chief executives from around 20 of the largest local authorities across England and Scotland has revealed the top five challenges they face as a ‘perfect storm' of increased public service demands combined with severe funding constraints approaches.

September sees the launch of this year's HSE ladder safety campaign with professional builder and Big Brother star Craig Phillips (pictured) ‘stepping up' to promote ladder safety.

Chamber member This Creative, a independent branding, design and advertising agency, have recently won a contract to work with the NetPlay TV

Many once-powerful employer brands will be unable to attract top talent in the next decade. This is according to a report on how the downturn will change the future of work, published today by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Businesses across Greater Manchester are being asked to support the city's bid to be one of the host cities for the 2018 World Cup

Weber Shandwick has brought together an excellent panel of speakers to debate what the three main political parties think is required to assist North West businesses and organisations during these unprecedented times.

The Legal 500 rankings for 2009 have been published and Pinsent Masons - who has recently teamed up with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to offer a series of seminars for construction firms across Greater Manchester - has retained its position as the market leader for construction and projects in the North West, with tier 1 rankings for both sectors.

Commercial law firm Beachcroft, is offering advice to businesses ahead of the introduction of the Government's new Carbon Reduction Commitment

Unemployment has risen sharply throughout Greater Manchester, according to figures released by the ONS

Greater Manchester Chamber's International Trade team have been short listed for the Excellence in International Trade award at this year's British Chamber Awards to be held in London on Thursday 26th November.

Pastel Partner - the high functionality, high value accounting and business management software package supplied by Keytime Systems Ltd has been shortlisted for the UK Small Business Software Package of the Year Award, sponsored by Accountancy Age, as a result of maximum user endorsement.

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) Chairman Robert Hough and Regional Minister for the Northwest Phil Woolas have urged local businesses in England’s Northwest to pay fair and sign up to the Government’s Prompt Payment Code.

Commenting on the news that BAE Systems is planning to close its Woodford plant, Chris Fletcher, Deputy Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber, said: "This is a blow to the Greater Manchester economy. These are skilled jobs that we do not want to lose..."

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