We are all in an increasing digital age. An age where information is used and experienced like never before, social media has changed the way we not only access this information but how we filter and take on board current affairs and news, and of course the way we do business. From Twitter to LinkedIn to Facebook, these online platforms have all become powerful virtual tools to not only promote your business but network and also streamline information on the services you provide. Here at Sovereign social media plays a vital role in the services we provide. We are consistent in the way we keep our network up to date on our latest developments, and we are looking to hear from more local business owners who want to connect and work with us in increasing our social media influence, so if this is something you would be interested in please like, share or retweet this article, or message us to let us know about your social media strategy, who knows with the vast power of social media perhaps we can work together?
The election for a mayor for Manchester has come and gone. The polling stations have been closed and the votes counted. Posters and signs have been taken down and life continues. But what does Andy Burnham becoming mayor really mean for the city? Our new mayor has pledged to tackle homelessness and provide affordable housing but what about the local economy? One of the aims outlined in his manifesto is to make Manchester a leading digital city. The digital industry in the Greater Manchester region accounts for 55,000 jobs and generates over £3 billion per annum. The mayor plans to make sure that local people have the skills in place to keep this industry growing. He will do this by working with businesses, schools and colleges to raise awareness of the range of opportunities available in digital careers. This all sounds positive for a city that is fast developing into the economic hub of the North, and if new plans for improved infrastructure for the city come to pass, the future under Burnham’s stewardship looks very bright indeed. But you don’t need to tell us that here at Sovereign. We are experiencing a buoyant market in the world of business transfer and even have a number of digital enterprises as part of our portfolio. Including an online Bridal Accessories business which with the current trend for smaller bespoke wedding is a real opportunity. We also have a fantastic news and entertainment website which even with all the information we now have at the touch of a screen or click of a mouse really stands out from the crowd. Sound interesting? Then check out our website for more information, you could find just what you’ve been looking for. **Official Department of Health photo of Andy Burnham MP as Secretary of State for Health**
Work is a big part of most of our lives. It is a place we drive business, make a difference and hopefully form positive relationships with our colleagues. But how happy are we in the workplace? A new survey carried out by Wildgoose has tried to find out. The company surveyed employees at 120 businesses across the UK and the findings are very interesting. Wildgoose found ‘more than six in ten workers value happiness over salary, indicating that the office environment plays a role in not only attracting talent but retaining the best employees too.’ This is definitely an ethos we support at Sovereign. We believe by making the workplace a fun and vibrant environment as well as giving our clients the best possible service, this helps us stay at the cutting edge of the Business Transfer Industry and this is reflected in the fact we have a proven track record of selling all types of businesses. So whether you are looking to buy or sell don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are adding to our portfolio all the time and to see a diverse range of businesses for sale check out our website. It could be the first step in achieving your goals and having your own fun and vibrant workplace.
If there is one thing that most Mancunians have in common; it’s that they know how to have a good time. It is no coincidence that probably the most iconic nightclub to ever open its doors in the UK was here in Manchester. But just because the Hacienda is now an apartment block doesn’t mean Manchester nightlife has lost its cutting edge. The trendy enclave of the Northern Quarter is testament to that, with chic bars and clubs nestled among exotic independent eateries and shops selling everything from music to vintage clothing. This is a city that in recent years has become a byword for entrepreneurship, nightlife, and pushing boundaries. You only need to take a walk through the centre to see all the development and construction as further evidence that this is a city that is still very much evolving and has shaken off its post industrial gloom and embraced the sophisticated cafe culture of its European neighbours. Not to mention produced more than its fair share of cultural icons, including the frontman of the iconic band the Stone Roses, Ian Brown, who it’s rumoured said when asked about his hometown that the only thing it was missing was a beach. Here at Sovereign we may not be able to quite fulfil that criteria but we do have a chain of ultra hip bars across the Manchester area for sale that boasts both a healthy turnover and bags of urban cool, which means they are full of savvy revellers who know how to have a good time. A licence to chill, perhaps? But of course who needs a licence when you’ve got Manchester? Even without a beach.
Many of us have while getting through the nine to five grind thought about starting our own business. Maybe the reason you haven’t took the plunge at being your own boss is because you have considered risk versus reward. Of course going out on your own is a risk, especially if you have a stable position with various aspects of security and benefits. But there is also the reward aspect. For a start you work your own hours and any profit you make is not going to a shareholder or a board of directors but straight in your pocket. Still interested, well have you thought of owning a coffee shop? With relatively little investment in relation to other businesses you could make that thought a reality, as in today’s high street it is rare not to see at least one independent coffee shop occupying a place among other eateries and large chains. Also with dedication and the right marketing you could develop your business into a bistro or evening cafe bar. Who knows, maybe if you create a unique atmosphere and ambience or perhaps offer alternative drinks like milkshakes or smoothies it could even develop a reputation as a place to have that important meeting or simply a good spot to chill out with friends. At the moment Sovereign have wonderful independent coffee shops for sale in the fashionable suburb of Didsbury, as well as others all across the North West. Sound tempting? If the answer is yes, maybe it’s time to get in touch and turn your cappuccino dreams into a reality.
They won titles and became Premier league legends, and now they are conquering the business world. I am of course talking about the members of the FA cup youth team that included Gary Neville, his brother Phil, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Between them they own up and coming Salford City who are fast making their way through the non league divisions towards the football league proper. Gary Neville with business partner Ryan Giggs also built Hotel Football at Old Trafford. But now he is planning an even bigger project. Gary’s plan is to create two skyscrapers, a 5* hotel and a spilt level public plaza in Manchester city centre just off Deansgate. The scheme could create more than a 1000 jobs and is believed to cost around £200m. It may not be all smooth sailing though as the plans have their critics, chief among them is concerns that the huge structures might dwarf other Manchester landmarks like the town hall and the library. But if Neville shows the same determination to complete this project as he showed on the pitch the plans look likely to come to fruition. Here at Sovereign we have our own impressive landmarks for sale. One of which is a wonderful sea front apartment block in the resort of Blackpool in Lancashire complete with owners living quarters and a number of self catering holiday lets. But if large scale projects aren’t what you are looking for we also have a whole range of different types of businesses from lifestyle to investment. But don’t just take my word for it, visit our website. You might just find exactly what you’re looking for. Photo courtesy of Manchester Evening News
Britain is an island race with a strong entrepreneurial streak. From George Stephenson who gave us the railways which changed the face of Victorian society, to modern day innovators like Richard Branson who allowed us to watch sport and cinema from the comfort of our own homes. They may have been born more than a century apart but they both had the drive and determination to change society through business innovation. But has the rich history of the British entrepreneur had its day? Not according to Idinvest Partners which runs an annual study into the UK’s attitude towards entrepreneurship. They have found despite concerns that Brexit might damage the UK’s position as one of Europe’s leading business hubs, 44 per cent of the UK population still consider it the best country to start a business. The CEO at Idinvest Partners Christopher Baviere said ‘these findings clearly demonstrate the strong entrepreneurial drive at the heart of the nation and the belief that the UK continues to provide a supportive social and economic environment to foster this talent – a view that we continue to support.’ These words are backed up by Sovereign’s own entrepreneurial spirit. Our managing director Matthew Trinder has a very clear vision; to give business owners a quality and expert service when they sell their business. His experience and the dedication of his team has made Sovereign the leading business transfer agency in the North West, and just like other business innovators that drive is reflected in the service we offer today, tomorrow and for the future to come.
Theresa May’s first visit to meet Donald Trump could mean big things for the Northern Powerhouse. A special trade relationship between the US and the UK could give the northern England economy a massive boost. One US trade expert has quoted as saying that the North of England could help the UK become a ‘Singapore on steroids’ if the right trade relationship between the UK and US develops. The potential exposure to the US market could mean big things for the north. Multinational companies that have in the past looked to London to base operations and infrastructure may now be considering a move further north. Improved transport links and economic investment in flagship cities like Manchester could mean US investment in this region especially in the emerging digital and technology sectors. Here at Sovereign we have seen a buoyant and resilient response to all the political changes over the last twelve months. We are as busy as ever providing an unrivalled service to our clients in both the sale and acquisition of a whole variety of businesses. Put quite simply together with our clients we are investing in the North and we believe that is an investment that could pay serious dividends in the years to come. (Image sourced from Daily Express)
To Tweet or not to Tweet? Many people say the north is friendly than the south. In the north you can strike up a conversation anywhere, the bus stop for example. But if you tried the same thing on the tube you would probably be met with a blank stare. Whether this is true or simply a myth. Does it extend to social media? What is the different between a tweet that gets ignored to one that gets retweeted? For in the world of cyber space there is no north south divide. There is only information. But in this new digital age, we are bombarded by information on an almost second by second basis. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, to name but a few. But are we taking it in? Or is it falling by the wayside. Here at Sovereign we believe that the customer is a valuable and essential part of our business. That is why when it comes to our social media content is key. We don’t do automated tweets. Nor do we constantly bombard our online users with information. But we are consistent. We keep our friends and followers up to date on our latest developments, be it a new business that’s just come on the market, or new strategy we are undertaking. The reason for this is simple. We do not make promises we can’t keep, nor predict false dawns. In that respect our online presence is very much like our philosophy. We are simply the most consistent and reliable Business Transfer Agency in the north west, and if you sell your business with us; well, like the bus stop analogy I mentioned earlier, you will not be met with a blank stare. Just an expert and trustworthy service, which like our tweets, you can rely on, time after time.
The writer Maurice Proctor once proclaimed in his Manchester set novel ‘Hell Is a City.’ Foreboding soot covered streets, shady characters lurking in the darkness. But time, if it does nothing else, changes landscapes, especially urban ones. The Manchester of that noir thriller is long gone, and now a new phoenix like one has emerged from the flames. Manchester is now a digital city, with the thriving MediaCityUK on Salford quays as the jewel in its crown. These developments have not gone unnoticed, Manchester is now ranked 16 out of 60 places for the best cities to have a digital company or start up according to a report compiled by the UK Innovation Foundation. London, Stockholm and Amsterdam clinched the three top spots. It may be true that Manchester doesn’t have Amsterdam’s transport hubs, or London’s square mile but it does have chic areas like the Northern Quarter that attracts digital professionals to live there, not to mention two powerhouses of English football to follow at the weekend. The digital urban landscape of the city centre also gently evolves into the villages and countryside of Cheshire and Lancashire. Giving the workforce behind these innovations a place to relax and enjoy a gentler pace of life. At Sovereign we have a number of lifestyle businesses in and around these areas. From cafes to bistros, local village convenience stores to tearooms and sandwich bars, all in a wide variety of locations, ranging from the city centre to the fashionable suburbs, all the way out to the peaceful countryside. But don’t just take my word for it; check out our website, or follow our online platforms. You might find just what you’ve been searching for.