The First CEO Sleepout In Manchester

Manchester’s business communityResized_SHP_LCCC_FOUNDATION_150116_005 is joining other cities across the UK in the fight against homelessness.

The first ever Manchester CEO Sleepout will take place on Monday, 16th May with over 100 senior business and community leaders signing up to sleep out on the pitch at Emirates Old Trafford to help raise funds for and awareness of homeless projects across the city.

CEO Sleepout Manchester is being organised by the LCCC Foundation in partnership with CEO Sleepout UK, which has already seen over 500 business people sleep out at stadia including Wembley Stadium, Cardiff Castle and St James’ Park Newcastle, raising almost £700,000 to date.

Ministry2Business has been assisting CEO Sleepout UK since summer 2015 to make the first Manchester sleepout a reality.

Andy Preston from CEO Sleepout UK said: “CEO Sleepout UK is delighted to holding its first ever Manchester Sleepout at Lancashire County Cricket Club. We are blown away by the support we have received from Manchester’s business community so far and we’d love to make Manchester the biggest and most successful Sleepout yet!

“We have a diverse range of leaders signed up already including The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker; Vernon Lord, Managing Director, Individual Restaurants; Theresa Grant, the CEO of Trafford MBC and Andy Bell, CEO of AJ Bell. We would love more of the business community to join us.”

More information and to sign up – or email

If you’d like to support Pete Horlock who will be sleeping out on Monday 16th May please visit his Just Giving Page.

The Big Idea 2016

The Big Idea 2016 is an initiative to support big-ideaambitious  North West  organisations and individuals towards future growth. Manchester based accountants, UHY Hacker Young, a Manchester based accountants, are teaming up with Fast Forward Growth to deliver this enterprise boosting campaign. The successful candidate will have access to a community of excellence comprised of business advisers, investors and stakeholders with an interest in helping them to achieve their business goals. They will also receive 12 months free sponsorship, including accounting and audit services, financial planning advice, management consultancy and assistance in gaining access to government grants and funding.

Michael Wasinski, Managing Partner at UHY Hacker Young, is delighted to be supporting North West Based organisations. He stated:
‘Many of the businesses that we speak to consistently tell us that support and advice is what they need most, and with small companies undoubtedly being the lifeblood of the economy and creating the majority of jobs, this support is crucial to helping businesses achieve their next stage of growth,’ said Wasinski, ‘The Big Idea 2016 will give entrepreneurs and organisations free business advice and access to supporting networks to ensure they are given the best possible chance of success.’

The Big Idea 2016 is now open for application. Entrants will be required to complete an application form (by 31.3.16). The applications will be reviewed by an expert panel.
For more details and to enter please visit:

Original Article By Adele Edgar, The Pro-Manchester Newsroom.

Hill Dickinson – Top 100 Employers

School leavers have voted the international law firm Hill Dickinson as one of the UK’s 100 most popular employers for school leavers. The ranking product is the first of it’s kind aimed at school and further education students.

The top 100 list reveals the most popular UK employers as voted for by 9,000 school and further education students in years 10-13.

Hill Dickinson recruits 10-12 legal apprentices annually across its Liverpool and Manchester offices.

In the article with M.E.N Business, Managing Partner Peter Jackson said: “We’re incredibly proud of this recognition. We place great emphasis on nurturing young talent and the apprentices we recruit play a key role in the future of the firm. Our apprenticeship scheme offers school leavers with a fantastic opportunity to start their career in law straight away, combining a mix of practical work and learning.”

Original M.E.N Business article online here 

Spinningfield’s XYZ Building Fully Let.

Allied London reveals XYZ now fully letAllied London has announced that its XYZ Building
in Manchester’s Spinningfields business district is now fully let twelve months prior to completion.

Deals have been agreed with Global Radio, Shoosmiths and NCC Group which means collectively they take more than 110,000 sq ft of space. Smaller office suites and co-working space geared to start-ups and smaller businesses will be accommodated on the first floor at XYZ Work.

Allied London told NW Insider that the end result would be a: “vibrant and stimulating working eco-system which will bring together people of diverse creative, TMT and professional communities all together under one roof”.

Original Article
by Richard Frost, Senior Digital Staff Writer for NW Insider online here >>


NW Private Equity Market Grows Stronger

ManchesterAtDuskThe North West private equity market saw significant growth in Q3 2015 as the value of buyouts rose to £126m, an increase of £46m on both Q2 and the equivalent quarter last year according to the Centre for Management Buyout Research. The research, sponsored by Equistone Partners Europe, showed that the number of deals remained steady at six, the same number as Q2, but an increase from four in Q3 2014.

The North West was the second most active region in the UK this quarter, sitting only behind London in terms of the number of completed deals. Nationally, there were a total of 41 exits in Q3, totalling £5.328bn.

Steve O’Hare, partner at Equistone Partners Europe in the North of England, commented: “These results show that there are businesses across the North West that offer very attractive prospects for investors and management teams looking to enhance their shareholdings in their business. The continuing strong performance of the North West is extremely encouraging, and we are likely to see this continue over the coming months.”

This is an abridged version of the article written by Alexandra Kington, Pro-Manchester, available here.

Over 14,000 Businesses Launched In Greater Manchester

Manchester is in the top 10 in the UK for the number of new urbis-manchester-1569855businesses started in the area so far this year – with 4,263 companies set up in city. M.E.N Business journalist Alex Bell calculates that’s  81.9 businesses for every 10,000 people living in the local authority which is the seventh highest number for any area of the UK outside of London.

Trafford was also among the best in the country with 911 businesses or 80.1 per 10,000 of the population setting up shop in the first half of the year. This was the 11th highest figure for anywhere outside of London.

Peter Treadwell, operations director at start-ups support outfit Business Finance Solutions, said Greater Manchester has always been a hotbed of entrepreneurial talent, and the figures confirm that. In his interview with M.E.N Business he said: “Start ups and SMEs are the lifeblood of any economy and this region has been quick to put in place a range of access to finance and business support networks that are vital to the success of any new business. The type and scale of start ups in the region is also healthily varied; its not just small scale businesses or sole traders.”

Gyles Denn, Growth Start Up Manager at Business Growth Hub based in Manchester city centre, told M.E.N Business he wasn’t surprised by the statistics.

“Greater Manchester offers the perfect environment for start-ups and has excellent networks to provide opportunities for businesses both big and small.  The Northern Quarter is gaining a solid reputation with technology start-ups and Hello Work at the old Granada Studios continues to provide office spaces and new ways of working for start-ups – right through to the larger corporations.”

He added: “There’s definitely an entrepreneurial spirit in the region and it’s great to see new businesses stepping into the limelight with innovative and forward thinking concepts.”

You can view the Local Authority figures for new businesses set up in the 10 Boroughs of Greater Manchester here

To read the full M.E.N Business Article by Alex Bell click here >>
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Manchester Diocese Spotlight On M2B

The Diocese of Manchester launched a short film on Tuesday 23rd June, called Spotlight on Ministry to Business. The film is the first of a new series from Manchester Diocese that highlights areas of ministry that might not be familiar to all.

In the video, Pete Horlock explains, “We want to build a partnership with the business community, but also support them through pastoral relationships and the events that we put on at Ministry 2 Business (M2B).

“We’re all on a mission: businesses have mission statements and they would be missionaries pushing their products too. I think what we have to do differently though is build relationships that are credible, where people can engage with our message, and engage with ourselves as Christians in the workplace.”

In the video Mark Mitchell, Group Managing Director of Mitchell Group, talking at the Open To Question dinner at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel earlier this year, says: “It’s important that we’re responsible employers, but for me as a Christian my calling in business takes me to the next level. And so I really want to come to this event, I want to bring with me my bank manager, my accountant, my solicitor to get a greater understanding of how God is credible and faith is relevant in 21st century life.”

David Gascoigne, Head of Power & Utilities for KPMG, adds “It’s a cliché but we all know it’s true that money doesn’t make you happy and many people in the workplace would say ‘There must be more to life than the 9 to 5’, and there certainly is! We need to answer that question!”

Watch the film at
Manchester Diocese website

Manchester’s Office Space Is Hot Property

MEN Business reports “Manchester is officially Britain’s busiest office market outside Manchester Daily Mail BuildingLondon.” The  property adviser Bilfinger GVA identified that Manchester saw more deals than any of the other eight big regional cities during January to March 2015.

David Thwaites, associate at Bilfinger GVA Manchester, commented: “Manchester continues to lead the way with several standout transactions including lettings to PWC and Ernst & Young. With a number of pre-let opportunities and large requirements still to be satisfied, the city centre is set for another strong year.”

Jon Neale, head of research at JLL, said: “The north west, and Manchester in particular, is forecast to see very strong office employment growth in the short to medium term – exceeding London on some measures. Demand for office space in the city should remain strong – buoyed by ‘Northshoring’ as companies reconsider the costs associated with having large numbers of staff in the capital.”

Read the full article here.
mage: Daily Express Building, Manchester by Joanne Atkinson

“Manchester Has Never Been Better” – Michael Oglesby

michael-oglesby standingMichael Oglesby, Chairman of Bruntwood, declares in the company’s annual report that: “the outlook has never been better in the 45 years I have been in Manchester.”

“This is a city that is clear where it wants to go and, fortunately, we have a Government that sees the political capital in largely allowing us to get on with it.

“It is widely understood that there are only two cities in the UK which are ready to govern themselves and the other city, London, has yet to come to terms with how it pulls together many boroughs whereas we, in Manchester, have for some time been working closely in unison.

“The other city regions are moving towards similar structures and, as responsible members of the business community, we should actively assist them to make the necessary changes to their governance systems.”

Bruntwood have a portfolio of over 140 properties across Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Cheshire and Birmingham providing office space to companies of all shapes and sizes from a range of sectors. It has a strong set of 12 principles shaping the way the company does business, Bruntwood continues to give 10% of its profits to charitable causes. Prof. Dame Nancy Rothwell comments “Size-for-size Bruntwood does more than most companies in terms of corporate social responsibility. It’s quite disproportionate – they are to be commended.”

Downtown In Business: TFI Friday Downtown Manchester Newsletter, 10/4/15 Available online here>>
Bruntwood website here>>

Rough Guide Crowns Manchester Capital Of Culture

Manchester has been named as the country’s new capital of culture by travel bible Rough Manchester-pana (1)Guides. The report published by the popular guidebook stated “[Manchester’s] home to some of the UK’s most forward-thinking developments, one of the coolest music scenes and a fast-expanding range of great hotels and restaurants.

The newly refurbished Whitworth Art Gallery, which opened in February after £15m of work and hosted 80,672 visitors in the first 30 days, was recommended as a must-see attraction.

Elsewhere the report was clear about Manchester’s position nationally with a reputation that  now ‘dominates the headlines with a slew of galleries, venues and festivals’ and hails what lies ahead – a direct reference to plans to build the new ‘Factory’ theatre, a science institute and the government’s ‘northern powerhouse’ proposals.

Manchester continues to be a great place to live and work.

M.E.N. by Paul Britton.
Original article online here>>

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