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Monday, 12 October 2009

Briefed: the latest news from the Chamber website

Member News: SMES given top tips of exhibiting at Business North West
SMEs exhibiting in the forthcoming Business North West show, taking place at Manchester Central on 28-29 October, were given a free masterclass in how to maximise their appearance at the event from experts John Blaskey of The Exhibiting Agency, Linda Donaldson of Geometry PR, and Scott Hider of Nationwide Media Group.

Michelle Mone, the creator of the UK's leading lingerie brand Ultimo, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker on the first day of Business North West (Manchester Central, 28th and 29th October). Kell Ryan, founding member of Ryanair, will address the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce sponsored breakfast on the second day.

Having received over 200 nominations, organisers of the second annual North West Finance Director Awards have begun the task of judging the entries, with 40 candidates already shortlisted for interview by the judging panel.

Manchester-based law firm, Glaisyers Solicitors LLP, has advised DAMS Furniture Limited, a Newco set-up to acquire a substantial part of the business and assets of DAMS International Limited, for an undisclosed sum.

Companies based in the North West are facing a significant increase in prosecutions for anti-competitive business behaviour, bribery, corruption and fraud as UK regulators tighten and enforce the rules more stringently in these areas, says PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is urging the European Commission not to force the UK’s part-nationalised banks to abandon more than two million of their small business customers.

After just six weeks of working with Forever Unique, PUNK PR has been busy styling the stars in the luxury Manchester fashion label.

A brief reminder to all Chamber members that the Chamber will be holding its Annual General Meeting at on Friday 16 October at the Deansgate Suite 1, at the Hilton Hotel in central Manchester.

Tram bosses in Greater Manchester are celebrating a successful night at this year’s national Light Rail Awards.

The sports team at Tangerine PR has been chosen by Concave Holdings Inc to launch its brand new range of football boots to the UK market for the 2009/10 football season.

US company confirms new base at Kingsway Business Park
Los Angeles based company C.R. Laurence today announced it is set to expand its Europe operation with new premises at Rochdale's Kingsway Business Park.

GRAND boost for Biotech firm
A £100,000 Grant for Research and Development (GRAND) has been awarded to Manchester based biotechnology company Ai2, to research a new use for their peptide-based product for contact lenses, using it in a hydrogel for wound dressings.

A Stockport-based charity which provides support for disabled people and their carers has chosen North West based accountants and business advisors HURST to help achieve their strategic objectives.

Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, part of the GRA Limited group which operates five tracks across the country, has appointed PR agency Paver Smith to handle its public relations.

Businesses in England’s Northwest have been given a further boost with £2.3 million approved for the Low Carbon Market Development Programme

Weber Shandwick North, part of the UK’s leading multi-specialist PR Agency, has expanded its public affairs offering by connecting with its London and Brussels offices to provide North West businesses and associations with public affairs support at a local, national and European level

Commenting on the postal strike, Chris Fletcher, Deputy Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber, said: "We are disappointed that this strike is going ahead. It will have a bad impact on the many businesses that still rely on the postal service for sending goods and receiving payments...

Mantra is heading a collaboration of eight North West training provider partners, and has created an exciting and distinct brand for its Response to Redundancy product: THE JOB GYM

Clients of Bolton law firm Hulton Bailey can now draw on the expertise of lawyers at Kippax Beaumont Lewis (KBL), also based in the Town, following an integration of the two firms

The Rok centre in Bolton is working in partnership with Wigan and Leigh Hospice Business Support Group to organise a series of interesting and informative lunches with excellent keynote speakers. Our first joint event is on the 13th November 12pm at the Park Inn Leigh with Andy Burnham MP Secretary of State for Health...

Interest rates have been held at 0.5% by the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee

Member News: New Business Club success
The Second Thursday Club which meets at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel in Manchester is proving to be a huge hit with the north-west business community.

On Friday 16th October 2009 at 12 noon Network Knutsford will be hosting a special edition networking event at Leicester Warren Hall in Knutsford with special guest speaker George Osborne MP for Tatton and current Shadow Chancellor

Conservative Policy Director Oliver Letwin MP met Greater Manchester business leaders earlier today

Lewis Hymanson Small Solicitors are holding “Employment Law Update” on Wednesday 21st October 2009

A groundbreaking, pan-industry bakery training course has been launched with four bakeries in the North-west of England taking part in a pilot scheme

Manchester-based law firm, Glaisyers Solicitors LLP, has advised Visualspace Limited on a share buy-back from two major shareholders, for an undisclosed sum. Davis Blank Furniss acted for the selling shareholders

The day after opening the Conservative Party Conference with a speech that focused on tackling unemployment, Leader of the opposition, David Cameron (pictured) spent Monday morning at Greater Manchester Chamber's SkillCentre in Trafford Park, meeting the next generation of young apprentices and exploring the facilities

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