Northwest Business Notes: Together; University of Manchester; Optimum Salary Group; Department; Lancashire Cricket

Cheadle-based specialist lender Together broke their all-time loan record for the second month in a row. The financial group, which provides personal and commercial mortgages, bridge loans and development finance across the UK, has revealed its monthly figures for May – and total new loans of £300.8m .

The figure, which includes loans for business and personal finance, represents an increase of 8% from its previous record of £277million set in April.

Commercial CEO Marc Goldberg said the new record was due to the “fantastically strong” performance of sales channels across the group during the period. He said transaction volumes had increased significantly, with record levels of transition funding and unregulated auctions, and the growing new digital and lender retention channels, while its order book remained “resilient”. .

The latest figures also revealed his highest ever monthly loan through Together’s middle sales team of £164.4million, with bridging and purchase product records for rental (BTL) unregulated.

Mr. Goldberg said, “These are great results and a testament to the hard work of all of our Together colleagues. We are delighted to have achieved this record figure of £300m per month with other records set in commercial lending. This is the second month in a row that we have loaned out £100m in bridge funding, which stood at £106m in May, which in itself is a fantastic achievement.

“Importantly, our Net Promoter Score (NPS), which measures customer satisfaction and whether they would recommend our business, reached 68 for our commercial lending teams, reflecting our customer satisfaction. We have solid plans to build on this success to help even more customers realize their ambitions.


University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is currently hosting the Third International Energy Research and Social Science Conference, one of the largest of its kind, involving over 400 delegates from around the world.

The conference, taking place June 20-23, is unique in its global commitment to addressing cutting-edge questions of conceptual, methodological and policy interest at the intersection of energy, society and low-emission futures. of carbon. The discussions, led by presenters from all continents, will cover all aspects of energy, from production to consumption, with topics such as energy poverty, the role of gender and just transitions.

The conference was organized by a committee, chaired by Stefan Bouzarovski, professor of human geography at the University of Manchester, made up of nine esteemed academics and three conference chairs from around the world. It includes five distinguished speakers.

Conference Chair Professor Bouzarovski said, “The conference aims to provide a dynamic and innovative forum to discuss the latest research on low-carbon energy policy transformations. We were heavily oversubscribed, having received a total of 1116 abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

“Reflecting Manchester’s heritage, we have a strong commitment to issues of justice and democracy – particularly around gender inequality, income, development and other areas of difference – and this is also reflected in our list of outstanding speakers and committee members.”


From left to right: Ian Hart (British Airways i360), Eleanor Pizzie, Louisa Targett (Optimum Pay Group), Grant Ferguson (British Airways i360)

Crewe-based Optimum Pay Group has announced a new partnership with British Airways i360, the world’s tallest mobile observation tower.

Standing 162 meters high on Brighton seafront, the i360 is the world’s first vertical cable car and the world’s tallest tower; guests arriving at Gatwick Airport can view the spectacular attraction from the air.

Guests can board the 18-metre-wide glass viewing pod at ground level and take a flight 138 meters high where they can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of Brighton and the coast of Sussex.

Optimum Pay Group, which currently manages over 1,500 payroll customers per month, will provide British Airways i360 with all their specific payroll needs, simplified for their employees. It will provide full-service departmental payroll outsourcing, allowing the client to utilize their in-depth understanding of the payroll market modus operandi.

Tamara Beckett, UK Sales Director at Optimum Pay Group, said: “Our team is made up of decades of experience in the payroll process and we hope this will be the start of a long and successful relationship with British Airways i360.”


Heather Linnitt

A new interiors store in Manchester says it is pioneering a new approach to sustainable retail. Department, inspired by concepts from Stockholm and Barcelona, ​​is the first in the North West to offer both vintage and contemporary furniture and accessories designed in a modern home setting.

The store, which occupies 157 square feet on Barlow Moor Road in Chorlton, showcases a hand-picked range of local designers, manufacturers and stockists. It aims to offer an alternative to mass-produced household items by offering unique pieces at affordable prices and to meet the growing demand for more sustainable products.

The store was started by Heather Linnitt, who founded the former Blackbird home store in Leeds and also ran a successful upholstery business for 20 years.

She said: “With limited choice on the high street, consumers are increasingly looking for ways to bring a sense of individuality to their homes and more sustainable products. Department takes a different approach, showcasing the work of local fabricators and upholsterers and encouraging the use of vintage furniture.

“Vintage doesn’t just make sense from a recycling standpoint, it’s often better value. These items may cost a little more than a flat piece, but are of higher quality and built to last. Department aims to inspire people to blend the old and the new to create a more stylish and enduring look.


Lancashire Cricket and UA92 deal extension announced

Lancashire Cricket and Emirates Old Trafford have renewed a partnership with University Academy 92 (UA92) under a three-year agreement which includes work and learning opportunities for students.

UA92, the higher education institution co-founded by the ‘Class of ’92’ and Lancaster University is based opposite Emirates Old Trafford, the home of Lancashire Cricket. The initial partnership was struck in 2018, before UA92 opened, and Lancashire Cricket helped co-create the program alongside other strategic partners.

The university, which opened in 2019, is committed to making higher education accessible to all, regardless of background, through its founding principles of accessibility, social mobility and inclusiveness. The higher education institution offers a portfolio of degree and higher education in business, sports, media and digital disciplines.

The extended partnership includes a wider scope of opportunity, with Lancashire Cricket providing UA92 students with work and learning opportunities in sports science, media, content, marketing, hospitality and events. Students will play a key role in specific projects at Emirates Old Trafford, providing them with valuable insights and high-quality experiences to bolster their higher education.

Additionally, the stadium’s world-class media facilities will be rebranded as the UA92 Player & Media Center, ensuring awareness and branding for major events and media broadcasts. UA92’s graduation ceremonies, as well as a variety of other academic events, will also be held at The Point, the Club’s award-winning conference and event center.

Jennifer C. Burleigh