Michelle Cohen, Malcolm Storer, Dylan Butt, Luke Bembridge & Matthew Lomax

Spring doesn’t have to be taxing.

April has arrived and that means the Breakfast Matters meetup rolled around again, albeit slightly later in the month than usual due to the Easter break. This month’s event was chaired by Dylan Butt who started proceedings by welcoming all attendees, including prospective members, to the April Breakfast Matters event at the Cresta Court Hotel. The Cresta’s very own Angela Grace was also in attendance and was warmly welcomed by everyone in the room.

The Chamber business breakfast played host to three speakers this month, including:

Presentation overview

Malcolm Storer and Luke Bembridge began with an update on changes to tax reporting this spring. The changes will relate to:

  • Income Tax Rates & Allowances
  • Dividend Allowance
  • Marriage Allowance where money is going begging
  • Buy To Let Property Business (relief changes and what can be done)
  • Stamp Duty Relief
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Company Car Tax
  • Looking Ahead Electric and Hybrid Cars
  • Company Profit Extraction
  • Inheritance Tax Rate Bands and other Inheritance Tax Planning
  • VAT

The presentation also shared details around the HMRC instructed Making Tax Digital, with explanations for what this means for business and reasons behind it.

Luke also showed a brief video on Xero accounting software and has offered a demonstration of Xero for Chamber members who are interested. Or even better still a more detailed presentation for a number of Chamber members together, at MBL House, where some lunch will be provided.

If you are interested please contact me via lukeb@mbl.solutions or call 0161 927 2727.

There was so much interesting and important content covered during this presentation to detail here, but if you would like to view the presentation please feel free to contact malcolml@mbl.solutions

Exploring video: Popsicle Productions

Providing an overview of the services they provide to SMEs, Popsicle Productions led the second presentation of the morning.

Popsicle Productions are a full service video production company, specialising in Website & Social Video, Corporate, Instructional, Training and Health & Safety.

They highlighted the role of video in boosting engagement with websites, blog posts and social media, and gave tips on creating your own quality video. For those in need of professional video services, they shared ‘The Flavour Pack’, an affordable and flexible video package, with attendees.


PAINT ALTRINCHAM PINK: Prevent Breast Cancer

Michelle Cohen returned to provide a brief update on the success of the 2018 Paint Altrincham Pink campaign she introduced to the Chamber at March Breakfast Matters.
Michelle reported that Paint Altrincham Pink was a great success and had engaged with 65 businesses and 3 schools to help in fundraising for vital breast cancer prevention research. The total amount raised currently stands at over £10,000!

Michelle congratulated all of those involved, and highlighted the organisations who managed to raise the most funds as:

  • Altrincham Grammar School for Boys (£1300)
  • Storm Ice Hockey (£1095)
  • TBT Fitness(£900)
  • Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (£745)
  • BrightNewMe (£658)
  • South Manchester Business Association (£740)

For a full list of participating businesses please visit: https://preventbreastcancer.org.uk/events/paint-altrincham-pink/

Business card draw

Following the presentations, the hotly anticipated business card draw took place:

The first prize of dinner for 2 at the new Townfields restaurant, courtesy of the Cresta Court hotel, was drawn by Paul Mirage. Scott McDonald presented the prize to Simon Edmondson of Edmondson’s Professional Services.

The second prize of a free Linkedin health-check from Peter Collins of Find and be Found was won by Billy Quarmby, Exclusec Security Solutions.

Mike Alleyne awarded Steve Luty of Together with a 12 month business strategy plan courtesy of New Level Results

Huge congratulations to all our winners. Don’t forget to enter your business card at the next Breakfast Matters meet-up to be in with a chance of winning a great prize. You’ve got to be in it, to win it.

New Members

Dylan introduced the Chamber’s newest members and presented them with their certificates assisted by Anne Jardine. The room welcomed Michael Carpenter of Carpenter Rees and Andy Lancey of The Hideaway.

Dates for your diary

The next Breakfast Matters was announced for 3rd May 2018, and will feature John Green from GDPR Training Ltd delivering a “GDPR update” following a cancellation in March due to bad weather.

Chamber guests were also invited to attend the June Breakfast Matters event on 7th June which will feature Alex McCann, from Altrincham HQ delivering a presentation titled “Engagement, engagement, engagement: Why it matters in social media”

Attendees were also notified of the upcoming Meet the Chamber Fun Evening at Red House Farm on 14th June from 6.00 to 8.00 pm

The Cresta Court Hotel also has a Motown & Soul Party Night event on Friday 21st April. Doors open at 7pm. FREE places are available and the evening will include a meal of breast of chicken and chips served from 8pm and a themed disco until 12:30. Anyone interested in taking up their free place is asked to please contact Angela directly (contact details below) or speak to the conference and events team at the hotel on 0161 927 7272.


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