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Monday, 26 October 2009

Briefed: the latest news from the Chamber website

Free event: European trading opportunities for Northwest business
The Enterprise Europe Network team have organised a free event for Northwest businesses to raise awareness of a number of spending packages announced by France, Spain and Germany to promote trading opportunities in their countries, in response to the global economic downturn.

Commenting on the GDP figures released today, Chris Fletcher, Deputy Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber, said: "These figures are obviously disappointing as many people were predicting positive growth and an end to the recession.

Member News: Five new faces for Tangerine PR
Tangerine PR has recruited five new team members who join the company this month to support recent client wins and bolster existing account teams.

BNY Mellon, which employs 950 people in Manchester, and Skills Solutions have jointly won a national accolade for their innovative training programmes.

Warrington-based Optima:RM has recorded 12 consecutive months of growth since launching its new outsourced sales ledger management service in summer 2008. The switch has enabled it to deal with every stage of the order to cash cycle.

Member News: YELL links up with RoSPA to focus on road safety
Yell, the directories business, is taking steps to keep its people safe when they are driving for work by linking up with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to manage occupational road risk.

Member News: Wilmslow's office market set to receive significant boost
Wilmslow's office market is set to receive a significant boost next week with the launch of a new £1.4 million Grade A speculative office development.

Jaime Markey (pictured right), founder and managing director of Manchester based JAMpr, has been named as one of the UK's brightest stars in public relations under the age of 29, in PR Week's annual '29 under 29' awards.

In what has been a challenging year for the Greater Manchester’s Property Sector, local firms can find out about key future plans and development in the area at an event being organised by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 3 November.

Business leaders in Greater Manchester spelt out the key transport issues facing the region at a meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis, today (21 October).

A third of organisations have slashed customer service training this year – but with Christmas looming it could spell trouble at the tills.

Member News: Small businesses suffer from cuts in marketing budgets by professional advisers
Owner-managed businesses are being deprived of expert advice on how to survive the recession because of huge cutbacks in marketing budgets, according to accountants and business advisors Beever and Struthers.

Greater Manchester Chamber says the postal strike will have a bad impact on businesses.

Major civil engineering work started at Bickershaw South, near Leigh, this week after the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) appointed Birse Civils to prepare the former colliery site for redevelopment.

Local businesses can discover the cost benefits of reducing their environmental impact at a breakfast briefing being organised by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce at its offices in Warren Bruce Court, Trafford Park on 28 October.

Registrations for both The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For and Best Companies Accreditation closes Friday 30th October 2009.

Member News: Pozzoni listed as a top construction employer
Pozzoni, the Altrincham-based architecture practice has been listed within the UK construction industry's top 50 good employers. The national Good Employer Guide has been announced, also placing Pozzoni within the top five architecture practices in the UK by Building magazine.

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is welcoming a regional financial intermediary service for small businesses.

Transport bosses in Greater Manchester are paying for extra carriages on train services running on the Rochdale and Huddersfield lines from today.

Business North West showcases seminars from online experts
Visitors to Business North West will learn how to maximise their company's online presence in a series of free seminars from online specialists at Google. The Business North West exhibition, which takes place at on 28th and 29th October, will feature the talks in the Google University Theatre.

Member News: Generation Pop Gallery secures legendary music artwork
Leading Manchester art gallery - Generation Pop - has become the only gallery outside of London to represent the great Jamie Reid. This legendary artist, responsible for the ‘Never Mind the Bollocks' artwork and many other album covers of the Sex Pistols, is the man that put the safety pin through Her Majesty's lower lip.

There were more than 50 delegates for "Roll out the Red Tape", the inaugural Legal Update Session for the construction industry , hosted in partnership by international law firm Pinsent Masons and the Greater Manchester Chamber.

International logistics and freight forwarding company, Tuscor Lloyds (UK) Ltd is expanding its Manchester based global operations. Whilst retaining its present building in Trafford Park, Tuscor Lloyds is moving into new premises (pictured right) in the landmark Quay West building in Manchester's Salford Quays

The latest edition of Building On, the construction and engineering newsletter from international law firm and GM Chamber member Pinsent Masons, is now available

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