Day: November 7, 2020

Made for Manufacturing programme offers SMEs chance to kickstart 2021

Manufacturers in Greater Manchester are being invited to start 2021 with a fully-funded programme aimed at enhancing manufacturing excellence and enabling growth.

Made for Manufacturing will empower leaders from small, medium and large businesses across the city region to improve their quality of service and product, ensure better lead times, and reduce their overall business costs.

Run by GC Business Growth Hub, the second Made for Manufacturing programme launches in January, with applications open now to manufacturers who are focused on improving efficiencies and growing their workforce.

The group-based course will take place over a 10-week period. It offers tailored advice and support from expert speakers, peer-to-peer learning, plus one-to-one support from an expert Manufacturing Advisor based within the Hub, part of the Growth Company.

What sets Made for Manufacturing apart from more time-intensive courses is that it is delivered in short dynamic online sprints; this enables leaders to identify

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Mini boom for retail in England as shoppers dash to beat lockdown

The four-day countdown to the new coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England that began on Thursday triggered a mini boom for store and restaurant owners as consumers rushed to buy Christmas gifts and enjoy a last eat-out supper.

The dash to the shops meant retail parks in England attracted more customers than in the same period last year, with footfall rising above 2019 levels for the first time in the pandemic, according to the retail data experts Springboard. High streets and shopping centres also experienced a surge in shopper numbers, although footfall was still lower than in 2019.

The scale of the four-day spending spree in England was supported by figures that showed a surge of last-minute dinner reservations before the month-long shutdown.

Meal reservations for Sunday night, the day after Boris Johnson announced England was going back into lockdown, were 11% higher than on the same day in 2019, according

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Biz media win case against SBA to release PPP loan details

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Small Business Administration must release detailed information about Paycheck Protection Program loans, reports Matthew Kish of the Portland Business Journal.

Kish reports, “The judge made the ruling in a case filed in mid-May by The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Dow Jones, ProPublica and The New York Times. American City Business Journals (parent company of this publication), ABC, CNN, NBC, the Associated Press and the Center for Investigative Reporting joined as plaintiffs in late May.

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