Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2018

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

MEG made the temporary move to one of Hilton Hotel’s meeting rooms this week, officially kicking off our new series of monthly Visitors’ Days.

Positivity has always been a big part of our group, and optimism emerged as the theme of the morning – helping members and guests to start their Thursday in the best possible way.

Here are all the highlights…

The Theme: Self-Talk

Performance psychologist Stuart Holliday (Focused Mind Coaching) kicked off our past two meetings with some thoughts about procrastination.

As human beings, it’s in our nature to put things off – especially tasks that we might find particularly difficult or don’t enjoy as much as others. Stu pointed out that overcoming the inclination to put things off is about managing our emotions as well as it is managing our time.

By nourishing our emotional side and taking care of our mental wellbeing, we can begin to break negative cycles and initiate the kind of positive change that will prevent future procrastination.

Summing up, Stu asked the group, ahead of a busy working Thursday: “How are you going to talk to yourself today?”

The Guests

We’d like to say a big thank you to all the guests who came down for Visitors’ Day this week:

  • Tom Ridge – Magic Words
  • Michael Metcalfe – Freelance Copywriter
  • Anthony Taylor – Empine Print
  • Chris Dunkerley – Savanna Bison

If you’d like to be among the guests at the next MEG, you can book your spot by visiting our Eventbrite page.

The Speaker: Mark Carnighan – Business Growth Coach

Mark Carnighan stepped up to deliver a mini version of his business growth seminar for Visitors’ Day, asking us all collectively: “Where do you want to be in business?”

He addressed four distinct areas of business growth during his presentation, including team, leverage, niche and mastery, proceeding to explain the key differences between roles and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

Mark’s insights are extremely valuable to any business owner looking to expand their company and take their brand to a new level. If you’re looking to take the next step as an organisation, it’s worth heading down to Mark’s full-length seminar – held in collaboration with fellow MEG member Phil Greenwood – at The Studio on Lever Street on 21st September. Full details of the evening, entitled “Get Control And Grow Your Business”, are listed in the events section below.

We’ll be back at Cloud 23 next week, where Robin Raymond will be leading a presentation on his heating systems business, AFS Biomass.

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.

IP-EX First Birthday Party

Thursday 27th September 2018

20 Stories, No.1 Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB


MEG member Paul Sherlock and his IP-EX colleagues will be celebrating their first anniversary this September – and each MEG member is invited. Thanks Paul!

The celebrations will take place from 5pm to 8pm at the fantastic 20 Stories restaurant in Manchester. It’s free to attend and all you need to do is show up on the door.

For more information, get in touch with Paul at

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.

AudPro’s Steve Neil is already signed on to race! Get in touch with Alex Khanyaghma on for more details on how to join him.

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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