Business Growth


Tendering Masterclass June

Date: 13th June 2017
Location: Central Manchester
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Theme: Business Strategy, Open new markets & Export, Start a business

Topics covered:

  • Find opportunities to bid in public/private sectors
  • ‘Qualify’ opportunities; building sound business cases
  • Recognise ‘golden rules’ of bidding ensuring bid process is managed in efficient and effective way
  • Understand what it takes to create a winning bid, not merely a compliant one
  • Identify business’s strengths, weaknesses, selling points
  • Begin to create a ‘knowledge base’

Business benefits will include:

  • Increased win rates; therefore business growth
  • Ability to manage processes and bid contributors to ensure the best possible bid/proposal is submitted on time, every time
  • Building of new skills; reaping the benefits of personal and professional development.


09:30 Registration

10:00 Class Start

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (Provided)

16:00 Class Closed

For more information please see here.


Business Women’s Network

Our guest speaker for the June event sponsored by BMI Healthcare will be Kevin Thompson, Head of HealthFirst who will be speaking at the lunch on ‘Employee Wellbeing: The New Rationale.”

At the Business Women’s Network events, we are keen to build on the developments, focusing on gender and business issues that have taken place over the last 12 months. We would very much like you to be a part of the exciting developments and continue to work with us to build upon the success of the programme. We would also encourage you to share your views on:

  • Ideas for future developments of the GMCC Business Network for Women – including events
  • Key gender issues affecting business
  • How GMCC should be the voice of its members on those issues in 2017

These events are not to be missed and offer an excellent networking opportunity for the 90+ attendees – so book now to attend!

If you are interested in sponsoring one of these events or would like more information, please email


  • Registration and networking: 12noon
  • Lunch: 12.30pm
  • Round table discussion
  • Guest speaker
  • Feedback session
  • Close of meeting: 2.30pm

Who is this suitable for?

All businesses are welcome – come along and see what Chamber networking can do for you and your business


Standard: £50.00 + VAT

Member: £25.00 + VAT

For more information see here.


Prosper business support – applications are now open

Deadline: 31st May
Funded by Arts Council England, Prosper is a new business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries.  Prosper will offer organisations and individual entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in nine months of free, dynamic and impactful business support activities. To be eligible organisations must be based in England and operate in the creative or cultural sectors; furthermore museums must be fully accredited and libraries must be publicly funded.

To apply, you need to complete an online application form and a diagnostic report.

News, Training

Success of first Greater Connected programme for GM Creative, Digital and Tech business leaders leads to 12 month roll-out

Success of first Greater Connected programme for GM Creative, Digital and Tech business leaders leads to 12 month roll-out

Over 100 of Greater Manchester’s most ambitious firms set to benefit from ground-breaking peer-to-peer business ‘boot camp’.

An innovative, collaborative approach to improving business performance within Greater Manchester’s digital sector is set to offer over one hundred of the region’s most ambitious firms the chance to tackle barriers to growth through increased peer-to-peer engagement and joint problem solving.

The Greater Connected initiative, run by Business Growth Hub, is a new intensive, high-growth scale-up programme, held over three days, which is specifically aimed at the most dynamic creative, digital and tech SMEs.

For the full MPA News article follow  

Greater Connected is a fully-funded programme meaning that qualifying businesses do not need to pay to take part. Companies wishing to register their interest to take part in a future Greater Connected session can visit
You can also watch a short video capturing the experiences of the first Greater Connected cohort here


Prolific North Live 2017

EventCity 15th & 16th February, open 9-5pm each day.

The expo features leading exponents of digital innovation, cutting edge marketing, branding and experiential agencies, content and engagement specialists, advertising and PR firms, leading broadcasters, TV and film production companies, printers, media suppliers and some of the best business brains from across the UK.

Across the two days, Prolific North Live will feature talks from leading experts in our seminar suites – designed to motivate and inspire. From the Keynote Theatre to the Finance & Growth Hub, there’s something for everyone.

With over 120 exhibitors at the event, this year we expect over 4000+ attendees, from in-house marketing and comms functions to companies and agencies spanning Prolific North’s readership, through to professionals seeking to engage with the fast-growing creative and media sectors of the North.  Also expect talks from leading experts in our seminar suites – designed to motivate and inspire, from the Keynote Theatre to the Finance & Growth Hub.

For more information visit