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Manchester businesses to ‘Get Ahead’ with virtual outsourcing agency

Award-winning virtual outsourcing agency Get Ahead is delighted to be supporting businesses across Manchester, Stockport, Oldham, Altrincham and Knutsford as experienced regional director Jo Munroe opens up a new Manchester branch.

HR expert Jo Munroe has over 15 years of experience in recruitment, HR and business management in the construction, manufacturing, medical and transport industries. Jo joined Get Ahead as regional director for South Yorkshire at the start of 2020 and after a successful 18 months is now taking on the Manchester region.

“Since joining Get Ahead in January 2020, it’s certainly been a rollercoaster,” Jo says. “But despite all the challenges of COVID, our amazing clients have made it all worthwhile and the Get Ahead team has been so supportive. I love helping people and businesses and always have. Seeing amazing things happen for other businesses is why I wanted to start my Get Ahead journey and I am excited to be beginning the next chapter in the thriving area of Manchester.”

Rebecca Newenham, founder and director of Get Ahead said: “Jo has done a fantastic job in South Yorkshire and I am delighted she will be opening up Manchester for us. Manchester is such an important area in the Northern Powerhouse with thousands of businesses that Jo and her team are ready to help. Particularly as businesses recover from the pandemic, outsourcing can help them remain responsive and agile, accessing marketing and business support services as and when they need them.”

Get Ahead VA offers nationwide marketing and business support services enabling businesses of all sizes and from all sectors to get ahead. With regional directors in Berkshire & North Hants, East Midlands, Leeds, Suffolk & Essex, Surrey, West London, Wirral & Cheshire West and York & Harrogate, their team of over 40 highly skilled virtual assistants is well placed to help businesses with a wide variety of tasks from bookkeeping to blogging, database management to design and telephone answering to Twitter.

If you are looking for business support and marketing services in Manchester, Stockport, Oldham, Altrincham, Knutsford and surrounding areas please contact Jo on jo@getaheadva.com

Leading law firm partners with North West innovation hub to support tech businesses

Leading national law firm Irwin Mitchell is partnering with innovation hub HOST, the Home of Skills & Technology, to provide specialist legal advice to technology businesses in the North West.


The new partnership will allow the HOST community to have direct access to initial pro bono legal advice through physical and virtual support from Irwin Mitchell’s leading media and innovation team.


Irwin Mitchell, which has 15 offices across the UK and an international network of law firms, will also provide tailored business support to members through events such as webinars, workshops, seminars and masterclasses.


This includes the sponsorship of HOST’s first event since it rebranded in March, Wellbeing LIVE in partnership with MediaCityUK is a full programme of mental health and wellbeing virtual events for the creative, media and tech industries from 17-21 May.


The hub’s mission is to establish an ecosystem that supports skills, growth and innovation in the region by providing diverse and inclusive opportunities, particularly to those individuals and businesses who may not have previously had access.


To further this mission, HOST is working closely with Laura Harper from Irwin Mitchell, a recognised leading advisor to businesses in the creative industries and digital sector.


With over 20 years of experience, Manchester-based Laura has in-depth knowledge of the video games sector and a strong track record in advising international clients from across the interactive entertainment industry, from AAA studios to indie developers and VR and AR businesses.


Following the recent announcement of HOST’s partnership with Unity and its first Centre of Excellence in the UK, Laura’s expertise in the video games industry will be of vital support on areas including games development, intellectual property, acquisition and investment.


HOST at Media City combines the three pillars of skills, innovation and start up all under one roof, with a focus on building a world-leading reputation in data science, cyber, AI and immersive technologies.


Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 Group, operators of HOST, said: “We are delighted to announce Irwin Mitchell as HOST’s specialist legal partner. Laura and the media and innovation team join HOST with a wealth of experience in working alongside businesses in the creative industries and video games sector.


“With its national and international network of law firms, HOST’s innovation community will have access to every aspect of intellectual property and legal advice, which is a key part of the wraparound support we wish to bring to our members as they navigate out of the pandemic and look to a positive future ahead.”


Laura Harper, Irwin Mitchell partner and media & entertainment sector lead, said: “We are proud to be working alongside HOST as their official legal partner and are looking forward to assisting them with sector specific events, together with tailored legal and business advice.


“Irwin Mitchell has a strong tradition of providing advice to businesses in the technology and media sector. Working in partnership with the new home of the UK video games industry allows us to build on this work and continue playing our part in the success of local creative businesses.


“There will be plenty of opportunities to work with HOST on various projects and initiatives and our media and innovation team can’t wait to get started. MediaCityUK is fast becoming the hub for next generation entertainment and we are delighted to be part of such a key project in the heart of Manchester and supporting North West business and the local digital economy.”

4th Utility and ITS agree eight-year partnership worth up to £15m

A pair of North West based internet providers have joined forces in a deal worth up to £15m as they bid to take on the UK’s broadband market and bring ultrafast connectivity to 500,000 businesses and homes.

Greater Manchester-based 4th Utility and Cheshire-based ITS Technology Group have this week rubber-stamped a new eight-year partnership that paves the way for the duo to accelerate the rollout of commercial grade fibre broadband.

With 4th Utility investing £15m into the project, the two companies plan to provide 100,000 homes with ultrafast connectivity in the next 12 months, rising to half a million within three years.

4th Utility, which recently received a long-term £25m investment from DIF Capital Partners, work with residential landlords, property developers and house builders to install and upgrade their properties with full fibre connectivity.

Meanwhile ITS design, build and operate gigabit capable full fibre digital networks, often re-using existing infrastructure which drastically speeds up installations, most taking just a few weeks.

Through its ‘Faster Britain’ full fibre network, ITS and 4th Utility will help meet the soaring demand for fast internet connections of gigabit capable connectivity.

As the Government promises 100% Gigabit capability by 2025 and with its announcement of Project Speed, the two companies expect to play a key role by rolling out the Faster Britain network across the UK.

4th Utility CEO, Tony Hughes, said, “This deal brings together two exciting UK broadband providers and by leveraging the ITS network, we will be able to significantly broaden our reach and the pace of our UK-wide rollout.

“We believe in investing in high-quality fibre infrastructure and we offer a reliable solution that means super-fast full fibre broadband can be ready to go from day one. That’s become more important than ever with so many people across the country now working from home for the foreseeable future.

“We’ll be rolling out thousands of new and retro fit installations in the coming months and we’re pleased to have agreed this long-term partnership that will allow us to deliver our ambitious plans for growth. We’re excited for the future, but we’re only just getting started.”

In September, 4th Utility revealed a huge recruitment drive that will see as many as 60 new roles created in Greater Manchester to support its UK expansion, with recruitment giant Morson Group providing HR support.

On the strategic partnership and plans for the coming years, ITS CEO, Daren Baythorpe, said: “We’re really excited to be working with 4th Utility. Our Faster Britain network has been lighting up whole regions of the UK with ultrafast full fibre and this partnership enables us to build more network to more places. The plans we’ve drawn up together are going to improve the digital lives of the homes and businesses we connect.”

The partnership between ITS and 4th Utility goes some way to supporting the broadband pledge which formed a major part of the Government’s election manifesto at the end of 2019. Earlier this year, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the government would invest £5bn into its plan to roll out full-fibre broadband across the UK.

Havas Media Manchester appoints Carat’s James Reddington as Managing Partner

Havas Media Manchester has announced the appointment of James Reddington to the newly created role of Managing Partner.

Reddington joins the agency following nearly 24 years at Carat Manchester, where he was Group Business Director, overseeing clients including Barratt Homes, Manchester Airport Group and Greggs.

In his new role, Reddington will provide additional client leadership across the agency’s BBC business, ensuring the continued delivery of best-in-class planning and client service.

He will report to Stuart Lunn, Managing Director, Havas Media Manchester, and will lead a team of 12 people.

Stuart Lunn said: “James is someone I’ve known and admired for a long time, who is also very well regarded in the industry. He brings a deep understanding of what it takes to deliver top-class servicing, as well as being a great cultural fit for us as someone who wants to make a meaningful difference to our clients’ business, and our own.

“I’m excited to see him join Havas Media Manchester, in what is a further demonstration of our appetite for and commitment to disrupting the media landscape in the region.”

James Reddington, new Managing Partner, said: “The opportunity to help grow Havas Media Manchester and to support on the BBC business is exactly the sort of challenge I was looking for after nearly 24 years in my previous role.

“We can offer clients the best of both worlds – the agility you’d usually associate with a small agency and the backing of one of the most respected networks in the UK. I can’t wait to get started.”

Care business aims to drive standards and grow nationally after lockdown launch

A CARE business launched in lockdown is aiming drive up standards in the sector.

Holm Care is just five months old and already employs more than 25 staff in the Greater Manchester area.

Founder Nik Seth, from Sheffield, set up the company after seeing how difficult it was to find high-quality care for his own father.

Holm Care has clients in Stockport, Manchester, Sale and Altrincham and is growing into Bury, Bolton, Rochdale and surrounding towns and cities.

Nik plans to roll-out their personalised, tailored services across the UK, improving the lives of both care workers and elderly customers to instil confidence and shine a light on the need for change in the industry.

“Launching the business in the midst of the pandemic was something I did think long and hard about,” said the 47 year-old.

“But given the effort that had gone into it, and the fact we had carers eager to get started and excited at the opportunity, we decided to go for it.

“The response has been positive and already our client base is growing throughout Greater Manchester.

“Where we are different is that all our systems are online, so it is quick and safe for people to join us and we pass on a saving of around 30% to the end user by not having huge administrative and office costs.

“It was unusual for the staff because of course there has been social distancing and they’ve worn PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), but the demand was high, and we are seeing a lot of interest.”

A campaigner for fairer pay and conditions for care workers, Nik had previously worked in retail, pharmaceuticals and business consultancy before taking over a nursing home in 2010.

He sold that four years ago and having now spent a decade in the care arena is determined to improve the health and wellbeing of both staff and customers after witnessing first-hand how low the benchmark is among many organisations.

They even publish prices and staff salaries on their website, to ensure transparency when recruiting and attracting new clients.

“Seeing how long it took to get care for my own Dad, and after speaking to other families who had been affected by the same issues, is what made me found the company,” he said.

“The average wait to get a carer is eight weeks; with us it’s 48 hours. We pay our staff more than the average and for us it is all about quality. Our team are experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled – I am very proud of them.

“This is seen as a low-skilled job but that could not be further from the truth. An incredible amount of training goes into being a carer and their wages should reflect that. This in turn means a happier workforce and better care.

“Around 40% of people unhappy with present care service, and often the person being cared for is discounted and disenfranchised, they don’t even get a say in their own future. That can’t continue.”

By operating predominately online, Holm Care is winning supporters and clients who embrace the opportunity to secure top-quality live-in care for themselves or a family member in less than 30 minutes.

“A lot of people still like to speak to us on the phone or face to face but once they understand the process it can all be done on their mobile or computer,” said Nik.

“Social care hasn’t changed much in decades, the same problems exist, and we want to shine a light on them to make a difference.

“With us you get to choose the carers you want permanently – there is no chopping and changing of staff, which is a particular concern for the vulnerable and people with dementia – and that gives peace of mind.”

He added: “My ultimate vision is to improve care throughout the country, because at present it’s extremely fragmented.

“That means driving standards forward, taking Holm Care into other parts of the UK and altering perceptions. This is seen by some as a dead-end job with poor pay and poor conditions, a high turnover of staff and high levels of dissatisfaction – we aim to change that.”

For more information, visit the website www.holm.care or call 0161 706 0288.