L-R: Rob Taylor, David Bellin, Jill Bottomley & Brad McBride

It seemed that the theme of July’s ‘Breakfast Matters’ was ‘hot’!  On a hot sunny day outside, we were fortunate to have benefited from the Cresta Court’s cooling air conditioning, whilst Mike Fox welcomed everyone to the event and introduced Jill Bottomley, from The HR Dept (Trafford & Warrington) to present the current hot topics on HR and employment issues.


As the new GDPR Regulations are now in force, Jill reminded everybody that it was important to ensure that GDPR HR obligations are met and to put in place updated contracts of employment, policies and employee privacy notices.


Mike Fox


The other hot employment topic Jill took us through was the importance of understanding and getting the employment status right when taking people on.  We learnt that it is not the choice of the employer or individual to determine what the status should be, but it is the reality of the relationship in practice.  Not only is it a complex subject, it is also one that is not really understood by businesses as evidenced from a show of hands.


Jill BottomleyWe also discovered that tax law and employment law differ on definitions of employment status, with HMRC having a binary system of ‘employed or self-employed’ whilst employment law recognises a third status of ‘worker’. An individual may be self-employed for tax purposes but may be a ‘worker’ in employment terms, with a worker being different to an employee. All employees are workers but not all workers are employees!  With lots of high profile cases in the news on this subject, such as the recent Pimlico Plumbers case in the Supreme Court and waiting for the outcome of the government consultation on ‘Employment Status’, it is certainly worth everyone making sure that they understand this hot topic and manage any risk within their business.

Jill closed her presentation by saying that she would send the presentation to Anne at the Chamber office to circulate to the members.

Sale FC Rugby Club

Brad McBrideMike Fox thanked Jill for her update of this most important topic and introduced Brad McBride, the Functions Manager at Sale FC Rugby Club.  Brad gave a brief overview of what the newly refurbished function room upstairs at the club can offer. Some of the members had already experienced the hospitality and food at the President’s evening back in March and were very impressed.

Video for marketing

Rob TaylorRob Taylor from Reedsmore was then introduced and following on from Martin’s profile shots asked how many of the guests were interested in developing this stage further to include recording brief videos (things like such as 1-2 min company introductions/service overviews etc.) After a show of hands Rob asked the members interested to contact him to discuss further.





Business card draw

Following the presentations, the first prize of dinner for 2 at the new Townfields restaurant, courtesy of the Cresta Court hotel, was drawn by Paul Mirage and won by Ged Murray of Insure Risk.

The second prize of a free Linkedin health-check from Peter Collins of Find and be Found was won by Simon Edmondson of Edmondson’s Professional Services.

Mike Alleyne awarded Ryan Fletcher of Butcher & Barlow LLP with a 12 month business strategy plan courtesy of New Level Results.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Dates for your diary

Mike announced that the next Breakfast Matters would be on 2 August where guest speaker Gareth Godard from Barclays would be discussing Cyber Security for your business.

Before closing the event, members were reminded about the Chamber Golf day on 12 July at Sale Golf Club and to contact Anne at the Chamber office if they had not as yet booked in their teams, or were looking to join a team.


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