"Your support, delivery and follow up has been outstanding and I have no hesitation in recommending or using your services again in the future."

Paul Gregson, Business Development Manager, St James's Place Wealth Management

NEW online courses

Chrissie has produced three new online courses to help businesses become more efficient.

Chrissie has extensive experience of producing online learning materials having worked with the Open University and Manchester Metropolitan University on similar projects.

The courses are now live, please click below for more details
Making the most of your Meetings,
Chairing Better Meetings and
Time Management.

Contact  +44 (0) 161 763 4427 or training@virtual-training-centre.com 

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International recognition for Connectivity Associates

 
Chrissie and Mike have been invited to present at the World Design Summit in Montreal in October. Their presentation is about Innovative Approaches to Participation in Urban Planning. It is based on their extensive experience of community consultation including case studies of Warrington and Heaton Moor.

 

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Luxury Apartments approved in Alderley Edge Conservation Area

Mike Gibson of Connectivity Associates has secured planning permission for luxury apartments in Alderley Edge.  

The proposal, approved by Cheshire East’s Northern Planning Committee, involves the demolition of a building in the conservation area and its replacement with a building of contemporary design which proved to be controversial.  The approved scheme was the result of negotiation with the officers to ensure the protection of the boundary trees and shrubbery, which Mike argued successfully are the essential characteristic of the area, rather than the design of the buildings themselves.  The Planning Committee agreed that the proposal would preserve the character of the area and would not have any harmful effect on neighbouring properties.  

Mike commented, “After lengthy negotiation, this was a satisfying result and the apartments will attract those local residents who wish to downsize and yet stay within the area”. 

 

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Don’t try to sell me an oil tanker

Last week I went to an Enterprise Day at All Hallows School In Salford organised by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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It was a great event where teams of pupils act as manufacturers whilst business people volunteer to be potential customers.

The teams manufacture a variety of products from a range paper templates, such as vans, handbags and a café.

Some teams came up to us and asked about our companies and what we might like to purchase. Some came having already purchased the raw materials for the products.

“Would you like to buy an oil tanker? ” one of the pupils asked.

“No, thank you” I said, we are a small training company, based inland!

All the children were polite and enthusiastic, but the ones who will do best, I’m sure, are the ones who take time to understand their customers’ needs.

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Time Management advice goes national

Chrissie had an article printed in a national professional magazine.

™ PicShe was invited to write advice on Time Management for The Planner – click here to read the article

Chrissie runs Time Management workshops for companies, universities, charities and professional institutes.

“Very useful, very practical.”
“One of the most useful sessions I’ve been to in a while!”
“Well managed including scope for interaction between delegates.”
“A well thought through course with loads of good ideas that should help aid better time management back in the office.”
“Good ideas. Well presented in bite sized chunks. Ideas to make you think about how you work. Very informative and engaging.”

Get in touch to find out more.

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Ulverston supermarket scheme approved again

Mike Gibson, planning consultant for the applicant, Robinson’s, secured planning permission for a second time for a controversial supermarket development in Ulverston.

South Lakeland’s Planning Committee voted to approve the application with an overwhelming majority of 14 to 1.  Addressing the Committee, Mike explained that the scheme has the support of the Council Officers, English Heritage, the Design Review Panel of Places Matter and all the statutory undertakers, and invited the Committee to imagine the town centre in the future, with the benefits that the new development would bring.

The Council had previously aProposed Ulverston supermarketpproved the scheme with a slim majority, but its decision was challenged by an objector group and quashed by the Court on a technicality, making it necessary for the application to be redetermined.  The proposals will mean a new supermarket, as well as retail and office development, on Robinson’s former brewery and distribution depot which is next to the shopping centre and in a conservation area.  The new development also includes the upgrading and landscaping of two town centre car parks and the resurfacing of footways which will make the town centre a more attractive place to visit.

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Building of the Year

Building of the Year 2014

The winning Team with Baroness Hughes and Mike Gibson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Gibson, Chair of the Property & Construction Committee, hosted the Annual Dinner of the Greater Manchester Chamber’s P&C Section at The Hilton Hotel, Deansgate.  At this event, Baroness Beverley Hughes of Stretford presented the Building of the Year Award to Manchester City Council for the Central Library which reopened in March after a £48m renovation and basement extension which preserves the historic character of the building whilst providing a library to meet today’s needs and those of future generations.

Mike, Baroness Hughes and the Apprentice of the Year

Mike, Baroness Hughes and the Apprentice of the Year

She also presented the Construction Apprentice of the Year Award to 25 year-old Stephen Timoney, a building maintenance, multi-trade repair and refurbishment apprentice with B4Box.  The event, attended by some 400 business people from across the city region, was a huge success and helped to raise £3,100 for the Charity 42nd Street which supports young people under stress in Manchester.

Mike, together with Baroness Hughes, is pictured here with members of the Building of the Year project team and with the Apprentice of the Year.

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Mike hosts the Building of the Year Award at the Hilton Deansgate

Mike was on stage to host the prestigious Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Building of the Year award.

And the winner is ….

 

 

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Mike & Chrissie at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner

Chamber Dinner 2014

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Connectivity involved in discussions with Ed Balls

Mike and Chrissie were invited by the President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to attend a round table discussion with the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, before the Chamber’s Annual Dinner, at which he was a main speaker.  Topics of discussion included regional governance and the performance of the North West Local Enterprise Partnership, the need for long-term investment in infrastructure and energy and the benefits of HS2 to which the Chancellor gave his support, but not at any cost.

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