A Competitive Advantage

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Welcome to the Manchester Enterprise Group newsletter, brought to you by our copywriting agency, Making You Content.

We’re into the final month of summer now, and business owners everywhere are shaking away the cobwebs of holiday mode and making plans for the future. September, in some ways, can often feel like the start of a new year – and as MEG members return to the fore following trips abroad, we’ve also been working on our strategy for the upcoming months.

Our first major announcement is that we plan to host Visitors’ Days in September, October and November. This is a huge step for our group, and increasing the frequency of Visitors’ Days should encourage higher attendances – leading more business owners to discover what our Thursday morning meetings are all about.

As well as the familiar faces, we also had Nikki Halliwell from design and SEO agency Optus Digital, and commercial photographer Des Fildes with us this week. A big thank you to both for climbing up to Cloud 23 to come and see us!

Here are all the highlights from our August 9th meeting:

The Theme: Lessons From The Sporting Elite

Resident mind coach Stuart Holliday led the meeting this week, explaining how we can turn to lessons from the sporting elite to give us an essential competitive advantage in business.

Today’s sporting superstars focus as much on mental wellbeing as physical performance; one takes care of the other, particularly in the corporate world. Look after your brain, Stu says, so it can look after you. 

The most successful athletes are also realistic and honest about where they actually are – an attitude you should aim to emulate in business. Even if you’re currently in a strong position, it’s worth asking yourself candidly: could it be better?

As part of his presentation, Stu also hosted a mini leadership development workshop for the group, offering us insight into how his business has grown and resulted in an exciting new position with Sanctus in London.

This triggered a stimulating discussion amongst the group about the common challenges we face as business owners, from dealing with difficult clients and persevering during tough times to building teams you can depend on.

The Events

We like to share details of local events that might involve, or be useful to, our networking group. In this section, you can discover more about the best business meetings in Manchester and find out where our members are in action outside MEG.

North West Business Breakfast

Friday 7th September 2018

Nowgen Centre, Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9WU

The University of Manchester are hosting a North West Business Breakfast in September, with author of The Agile Leader and Connected Leadership, Dr Simon Hayward, leading the session.

The event is open to all alumni, with room for guests. Speak to Stuart Holliday for more information. Details are available here.

Manchester Cares Great Run

Sunday 14th October 2018

Chester Road, Manchester

As part of their mission to tackle loneliness and isolation across the city, Manchester Cares are entering a team to run the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday 14th October 2018.

The charity is actively looking for brave volunteers to complete the 13.1-mile track and raise money for a great cause in the process. There’s no registration fee to enter, and the minimum fundraising target is just £250.

Get in touch with Alex Khanyaghma on alex.khanyaghma@manchestercares.org.uk for more details.

Switch The Play Partner With St. James’ Place

If anyone knows any athletes or sports team who want to access psychological services for less, Switch The Play, in conjunction with St. James’s Place, are offering affordable masterclasses, workshops and one-to-one sessions with sport psychologists and experts. For more information, speak to Stu Holliday. More details are also available here.

Joining MEG 

It’s currently free to join MEG; once 25 members are signed up, a joining fee of £195 will apply. It costs £55 per month to remain a member, which entitles you to:   

  • Weekly breakfast meetings at Cloud 23 
  • Opportunities to engage with a diverse mix of fast-growing businesses 
  • Fantastic views of Manchester city 
  • Continental breakfast 
  • Bacon, sausage, and egg rolls 
  • Unlimited tea, coffee, juice, and water 

Our Values Are: 

  • Commit
  • Collaborate
  • Cultivate

Our Purpose Is:

To create a tight-knit network of likeminded businesspeople that consistently creates new opportunities for everyone.



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