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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Chamber Blog: Tameside Together

Matthew Kershaw, Member Policy and Campaigns Manager at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, reports back from the Tameside Together event. 

The morning of Thursday 17th July saw a gathering of the Tameside clans at Brother International's conference centre, as several of the main networking organisations in the borough came together for a breakfast event.

Jointly hosted by the Chamber and Tameside Enterprise board, attendees of the Chamber’s Tameside Action for Business event, local BNI groups, the Tameside Collaboration group, and some of the area’s B4B groups enjoyed a morning of networking and workshops.

Phill Brown MBE of Benchmark Building Supplies, Chair of the Tameside Enterprise group, opened proceedings by welcoming Mayor Dawson Lane and 90 delegates drawn from a wide range of sizes and sectors. 

Presentations were given by Tom Cheesewright of Book of the Future and Helen Tse MBE of Sweet Mandarin.

Tom spoke about the effect that ever developing technology is having on the world and how businesses can use it to design the future of their sector, building on Greater Manchester and Tameside’s rich history of design and innovation.

Helen gave some of her eight Chinese Tips for success, urging businesses to look to be innovative and take responsibility for their futures.

Following a break for coffee, networking and Liz Bohler’s Tameside Quiz, the attendees chose from showcases on mobile technology, apprenticeships and exporting delivered by o2, Tameside College, Green Light Skills, Goody Good Stuff and the Chamber’s Export Team.

Across the day’s presentations and workshops there was a strong theme of the benefits for business of looking outwards, to the future, to new products and markets and to the world.  

With all those in attendance agreeing that the event was a great success, plans are already underway for next year’s event.