Chamber Patrons

Patron member status is an enhanced membership package, which allows businesses to take a leading role in Chamber activity as a major player within the Greater Manchester business community, and enables them to build a strong presence within the Chamber’s communications channels.

Find out more about our Patrons below.

Barbour ABI - Barbour ABI is a leading provider of construction intelligence data and specialists in gathering, processing and delivering insight and intelligence on the built environment. With a team of in-house research professionals and a dedicated lead economist, we provide commercially relevant insight and unique analysis of trends and developments within the building and construction industry. Our data formed the basis of the GM Chamber’s 2014 Construction Sector Pipeline Analysis. We are the chosen provider of industry data and indicators for Government bodies such as the Office for National Statistics, and we also publish the UK Government’s Construction and Infrastructure Pipelines, which outline future construction and infrastructure projects where public funding is agreed. Our data reports on every planning application in the UK and tracks over 20,000 projects that do not require planning permission, which are then used by thousands of independent organisations, stretching across sectors such as construction, education and retail. From planning applications through to the subcontractors finishing on site, we provide key intelligence such as project details, start/end dates, materials required and contact information, making it simple for our clients to win more business.

Simon Mahoney, Managing Director at Barbour ABI: "As a patron of the Chamber, it allows us to take more of a leadership role in supporting the Greater Manchester business community. With the assistance of the Chamber, we engage with a large number of local businesses, providing them with outstanding data by tracking the £9.5bn worth of projects currently within the regional pipeline. Any existing Chamber members are entitled to an annual construction data subscription for £1,645. Chamber members will gain access to leads at all stages from three chosen counties. By subscribing with us, your business will gain insightful new business information and the ability to tender for jobs being just a few clicks away."

Bridge Insurance Brokers Limited - Bridge Insurance Brokers Limited (Bridge) is a leading independent corporate insurance broker with offices in both Manchester and London. Established in 1970, it is a trusted business partner to its clients and a valued contributor to the insurance market. Bridge looks to provide comprehensive and cost-effective services and contribute to the success and profitability of its clients. It pays very close attention to detail and has a professional, yet friendly, approach.

Roger Potts, Chief Executive of Bridge: “We’re delighted to be a Patron of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and to have the opportunity to build on our long association with the city. We’ve always been impressed by the way in which the Chamber brings together companies of all sizes with a common mission to ensure Manchester maintains its place on the international stage. Our joint development of ExportSure demonstrates the partnership approach which makes the Chamber such a proactive influence in the North West business arena.”

BMI The Alexandra Hospital - providing quality care for 35 years - BMI The Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle is the flagship hospital of BMI Healthcare, Britain’s largest provider of independent healthcare. The hospital is renowned for its breadth of medical expertise, and caters for those who live across the North West of England. ‘The Alex’ has been treating patients since 1981 and its staff are proud of its international reputation for a wide range of services including orthopaedic surgery, spinal surgery, neurosurgery, cardiology and cancer care. The hospital also provides a 7 day Urgent Care Centre, a private GP service and health screening assessments onsite.

Simon Shepherd, Executive Director at The Alexandra Hospital: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Being a Patron will enable us to engage with local businesses and explain the importance of our role in the local healthcare economy. We have been through some exciting times in our 35-year history and, we recently became the official healthcare partner for Sale Sharks for the coming season. We are committed to supporting all types of businesses across Greater Manchester and the North West to ensure that we deliver the highest quality healthcare services available. The comprehensive range of services we offer, combined with our extensive investment program, leaves us uniquely well-placed to support the North West business community, as it responds to the opportunities provided by the Northern Powerhouse. We look forward to working with our fellow members in the coming months.”

Inspired Energy

Inspired Energy are one of the UK’s leading energy consultancies, with a risk team managing over £1.25 billion of energy on behalf of over 10,000 clients across the UK. Offering a wide range of services including energy procurement, analysis, auditing, site operations and renewable energy solutions, Inspired Energy are able to provide a tailored service to businesses ranging from SMEs to major, multi-site corporates.

With a staff of over 300 including industry-leading experts and experienced analysts, Inspired Energy have a proven track record for reducing their client’s energy costs and usage. By understanding the individual requirements and objectives of each client, Inspired ensure that the client’s energy strategy works to provide opportunities for savings and increased energy efficiency at every stage

Duff & Phelps - Established in 1932, Duff & Phelps has grown to become the premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor. Their expertise lies in valuation, M&A, debt advisory and capital raising, restructuring, disputes and investigations, and compliance and regulatory consulting. They have more than 2,000 employees located in over 70 offices around the world, with over 400 professionals based in the UK in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Paul Smith, Managing Director at Duff & Phelps: "Duff and Phelps is delighted to be a patron member of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is seen very much as a trusted advisor to its membership and we are very keen to work closely alongside the Chamber. We can help support members with their growth plans by ensuring they have the most efficient and cost effective funding structure. We are happy to provide advice and support to all members on how best to fund their business. There are so many funding options currently and it is critical businesses choose the right ones.”

Emirates - Emirates currently offers three daily flights between Dubai and Manchester, two of which are now operated by A380s and the third by a Boeing 777.

Laurie Berryman, Emirates Vice President, UK: “Manchester is the third busiest airport in the UK and demand for flights to Dubai, and beyond, has increased significantly during our 25 years of operating out of the airport. This is due, in part, to the continued economic growth of Manchester and the wider North West region – now seen as a key international hub for business people. We employ almost 400 staff in Manchester at the airport and at our multilingual customer contact centre at Manchester Business Park, which serves our customers across Europe. At Emirates, we are committed to increasing our contribution to Manchester and the wider North West region.”

The A380 has been very popular with Manchester passengers. With eight daily A380 flights into the UK and an ever expanding global A380 network, Emirates continues to set the industry benchmark in A380 connectivity.

In addition Emirates airline will operate six services a day from Heathrow, three daily from London Gatwick and Birmingham, two per day from Glasgow and a daily service from Newcastle. In Dubai, passengers can connect to flights to Emirates’ global network which spans 149 destinations across six continents in 80 countries.

Emirates Old Trafford - Emirates Old Trafford is an award winning conference and events venue, encapsulating state of the art facilities, customisable space and the finest traditions of modern cricket. The venue provides an inspirational and unique setting for exhibitions, conferences, meetings, dinners, parties and more. With venue space for 10 to 2000 it has the capacity to host almost any event, whether clients are looking to hold a trade exhibition, annual conference, a team meeting or an award dinner it has the space required. Not just one of the UK’s leading international cricket venues; redevelopment has led to a new era offering award winning facilities not available elsewhere. Iconic and versatile, the venue provides a dynamic and prestigious venue setting for all conferences and events.

Justin Hopwood, Sales and Marketing Director at Emirates Old Trafford, said: “We are delighted that our partnership with the Chamber continues to strengthen. It is a very important body that connects businesses across Greater Manchester and we look forward to welcoming members and their employees to matches and events at Emirates Old Trafford.

“With international cricket and music concerts at Emirates Old Trafford this summer, we are a destination that offers fantastic hospitality packages and stunning entertainment for everyone.”

Eversheds Sutherland - Eversheds Sutherland operates at the leading edge of business. Based on Great Bridgewater Street in Manchester we provide advice in all areas of the law and seamless access to one of the world's largest international law firms with over 50 offices. Combining sector expertise, local presence and an international offering we work with a large number of local, national and international businesses based in the North West region. The basis of our service is in the deep relationships we develop with our clients. We often innovate in order to deliver solutions that add value, reduce risks and provide clients with greater certainty in outcomes. Our lawyers are highly trained and motivated, judging their success on the success they achieve. Recognised by Acritas as a global elite law firm we are also consistently recognised by regional award bodies having most recently won five categories in the 2016 Manchester Legal Awards, including ‘large law firm of the year’, ‘corporate/ commercial team of the year’ and ‘litigation team of the year’.

Michael Clavell-Bate, Senior Office Partner: “We are thrilled to become Patrons of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and we are looking forward to strengthening ties with the Greater Manchester business community and civic leadership, particularly as a business firmly rooted in the local economic and industrial agenda and as a key supporter of the Northern Powerhouse initiative. We are looking forward to partnering with the Chamber on a number of initiatives and sharing our sector and technical expertise with the wider member community.”

The Hallé - Now entering its 157th season, the Hallé ranks among the UK’s top symphonic ensembles. Founded by Sir Charles Hallé in Manchester, the Hallé gave its first concert in the Free Trade Hall on 30 January 1858. Sir Mark Elder became Music Director in 2000. The Hallé has a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in this country and around the world and now performs over 70 concerts a year in The Bridgewater Hall, its Manchester home; over 40 concerts annually throughout the rest of Britain; international tours; broadcasts and televised performances. In 2013, the Hallé’s new rehearsal, recording and small concert space, Hallé St Peter’s, was opened by the Hallé’s Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex. A restored church in Ancoats, the venue provides a home for the Hallé, its choirs and youth orchestra as well as an exciting space for education workshops. Last season over a quarter of a million people heard the Hallé, of which more than 44,000 were inspired by the Hallé’s pioneering education programme. Generating over 65 projects a year, it exists to create a wider enjoyment and understanding of music throughout the whole community. The Hallé remains determined to seek ways to enhance and refresh what it undertakes. It aspires to provide artistic leadership through performance standards, artistic understanding and education and training, working with partners in Manchester and beyond.

Kath Russell, Director of Development at the Hallé: "The Hallé has found that Patron membership of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has helped to extend the reach of our brand and organisation to a new network of potential supporters and audience members. Much of the education and community work of the Hallé is relatively low profile as we primarily target schools and colleges. With our Patron membership of the Chamber we have been able to raise the profile of this work and encourage greater involvement from the corporate sector.”

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport is the global gateway for the North of the UK, serving more than 26 million passengers a year. It is the largest airport outside of London, with over 210 destinations served by over 70 airlines including direct flights to key markets such as Beijing, Singapore, Houston and San Francisco.

Manchester’s long-haul catchment area places around 22 million people and 60% of all UK businesses within a two-hour drive time – it extends north through the Lake District into Scotland; east across Yorkshire and the North East; south to Birmingham and the Midlands; and west into Merseyside and Wales

Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester Met are a proud patron of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, working with students to help them start-up a business and with business owners to help them grow. In the last five years, we have supported over 2,000 business owners to grow their firms, many achieving growth between 28-48% in the first 18 months after the programme. We offer accredited professional qualifications inspired by industry practice, free masterclasses from entrepreneurs once a month and fully-funded business support programmes for SMEs looking to grow. For example, since 2011, almost 300 businesses have completed the flagship Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme, growing above national average, employing more people and dramatically increasing their turnovers. Get in touch with us to find out more, we are your local university, here to help and open for business.

Qdos - Qdos provides a wide range of products and services for contractors in the UK. It is one of the UK’s most respected experts in tax status, having defended contractors in over 1,300 IR35 enquiries. Qdos also provides low cost Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public & Employers Liability insurance to contractors, freelancers and small businesses. The team can also provide businesses with a range of solutions for all human resource (HR) issues, as well as a compliant Health and Safety Policy, implementing management systems to ensure that health and safety risks are well managed to meet legislation, customer requirements and employee expectations.

Steve Charles, Head of Business Development at Qdos Consulting: “Qdos Consulting is delighted to partner with Greater Manchester Chamber and to help the Chamber support the business community in the region. We believe that our role as a Patron will significantly improve our opportunities to communicate with and help members.”

Salford Business School - Salford Business School is widely recognised for our sector-leading work connecting business to education and education to business. Through an industry-facing curriculum, we provide huge value to students, alumni, business and the wider community. From our renowned research programmes in social enterprise and sports business to our multi-award winning Centre for Digital Business, we create leaders in the professions, and experts across digital and media, financial, legal services, sports business and technology industries.

We are particularly proud of the value we can add for businesses through our Employability Hub. We have a long history of engaging with businesses to provide work placements, internships, live briefs and team projects for students. These span across our entire range of courses and from Undergraduate to Postgraduate. We work with companies of all sizes from large to micro organisations, supporting real projects and filling positions so that our students can make a difference to the company while at the same time enhancing their own career prospects.

This means two things: Our students get the opportunity for real world work experience as part of their study so that they are work-ready when they graduate; and local businesses can access a high quality of bright enthusiastic students who will bring up-to-the-minute thinking on legal, financial, business and management solutions.

Prof David Spicer, Dean of Salford Business School: “Salford Business School courses are inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with industry and business leaders. We believe in working with the people who lead their fields to enable our students to develop the skills successful businesses need. Ultimately, these partnerships deliver pathways into the workplace and make all of our students more employable.”

Simpson Millar LLP, a Fairpoint Group PLC company, has been established over 150 years as an award-winning national provider of legal services. We recognise our clients want a service that suits their specific circumstances, which is why our range of products and services are simple and transparent. We believe everyone should have access to legal services, so whether you are looking for help with commercial or employment matters for your business, need a will, are moving or buying a home, need help with a divorce or making a negligence or injury claim – at Simpson Millar we have a solution to suit. The way we approach our work means you will know exactly where you stand at every step of the way, to ensure there are no nasty surprises.

Zee Hussain, Partner and Head of Corporate Services at Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors: “Simpson Millar are delighted to be welcomed as a Patron of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. We have a long standing affiliation with the Chamber, the Manchester region and the business community which stretches back decades. We have identified a number of synergies with the Chamber; we hope as partners to build on our relationship, through the various innovative projects underway at both of our respective organisations.”

For more information about Patron membership of the Chamber, contact Head of Membership, Stella Bowdell: