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Chamberlink Magazine – Spring 2024

Chamberlink Magazine – Spring 2024

What’s been happening around North Cheshire?

Lots! From community events to a new Managing Directors; award triumphs to rebrands, our members have been as busy as ever.  And there are lots of events coming up for you to take part in, whether it’s for charity, for fun or for business networking, we’ve got you covered.

Read all about it and lots more in Issue 22 of Chamberlink, the magazine of North Cheshire Chamber of Commerce.


Chamber Patrons, Beyond Law Group expands into the south with new London office

Chamber Patrons, Beyond Law Group expands into the south with new London office

Following a year of record growth, Beyond Law Group announces the opening of its new premises in Mayfair, London

Beyond Law Group, which was founded in 2017 with offices in Manchester and Cheshire, has announced the opening of its first London office.

Beyond credits the expansion to the diverse nature of its work and increasing demand in the capital and the wider South East region for both its corporate and consumer legal services. For Beyond Law Group’s clients, there is no North / South divide when it comes to charge out rates and fees.

The strategically placed Georgian office, located on Brook Street, Mayfair presents clients with different surroundings to the to the Victorian Warehouse HQ based in Manchester city centre, but with the same unique client experience.

The Group’s corporate and commercial practice, Beyond Corporate, acts for many of the UK’s leading businesses and for them the decision to open an office in the capital was a very necessary response to this demand. Managing Partner James Corlett says: “The London office signals a new stage in the development for Beyond Law Group and its specialist practices, providing the opportunity to enhance our relationships with referrers and clients in the capital which, in turn, we expect to drive significant revenues into the business.”

For the Group’s award-winning Family and Children practice, McAlister Family Law, establishing a more prominent, physical presence in London is a major step forward in their plans for growth both nationally and internationally. Managing Partner Amanda McAlister says: “The new office opening signals the start of what we expect to  be a significant year for Beyond Law Group and its specialist practices having in  the last 12 months have seen a 26.2% increase in organic revenue growth. The London office gives all of our practices the ability to get closer to our valued clients in London and the South, providing the level of service and client experience that we are traditionally known for across Manchester and Cheshire.

Matt Fleetwood, Chief Executive and Founder of Beyond Law Group, adds: “The opening of a London office has been in our sights for some time, ensuring that we provide on-hand support and embrace the power of face-to-face interaction with clients. Moving into one of the City’s most prestigious districts represents an exciting new chapter in the Group’s growth, and demonstrates our commitment to expand into new arenas and create further opportunities for our people.”


About Beyond Law Group

Beyond Law Group is a disruptive, non-traditional legal business which creates, owns and builds specialist legal practices. It currently has a portfolio of three well known, award-winning practices: Beyond Corporate, McAlister Family Law and Beyond Conveyancing. The Group manages its practices independently so that its clients have a sense of the personal service associated with a high-quality specialist practice, at the same time being confident that they are working with a wider, modern legal business.

The Group has revolutionised the industry by being one of the only legal businesses which has successfully established an equal presence and reputation across both corporate/commercial and consumer legal services. As a result, it offers a vibrant and dynamic team culture and diverse environment for its people.

Media contact

For further information, please contact Beth Cregan at beth.cregan@beyondlawgroup.co.uk

Rebrand for Cheshire creative agency, LOVELIVE

Rebrand for Cheshire creative agency, LOVELIVE

Cheshire creative agency LOVELIVE has unveiled a new-look branding; coinciding with the launch of a new website as they celebrate 22% year on year growth and an exciting new focus.

LOVELIVE are a Cheshire based full-service design agency. They began life working largely with design, print and events, but have since grown a strong additional team in creative strategy, video animation and e-learning; offering a full service to clients. Founded in 2010 by James Gibson and Kim Collier, they are now a team of 17 and are currently hiring for a full time Presentations Designer role to boost their team.

The majority of their clients are in the healthcare sector and this specialism has evolved over the last 14 years. However, more recently they have branched out into the professional services sector.

The rebrand incorporates a dynamic new logo, look and identity for their brand alongside a new website and strapline “Bringing to life everything from complex data to creative storytelling”.

Kim Collier, joint CEO of LOVELIVE said: “We’ve been the powerhouse behind the transformation of brands in the healthcare services sector since 2010, so we understand the importance of offering new creative and digital solutions whilst maintaining high-quality delivery. We’re currently expanding our team and diversifying into the professional services sector. With new clients in this space, it felt like it was the ideal to refresh the look and feel of our brand and website.”

James Gibson, joint CEO of LOVELIVE also commented: “In the past 14 years, we’ve gone from strength to strength; growing our team as well as clocking up an incredible 22% year on year sales growth. But the journey doesn’t end there! As we continue to expand and grow; as does our passion for delivering the best results for our clients. With our new website and brand – we wanted something that showcased our expertise and creative prowess and we’re confident we’ve achieved this.”


Avanti West Coast – Major upgrade work this May Bank Holiday

Avanti West Coast – Major upgrade work this May Bank Holiday

This Early May bank holiday weekend (Saturday 4 May to Monday 6 May), Network Rail will be carrying out planned engineering work on several parts of the West Coast Main Line. We strongly recommend you check before you travel, as many journeys will take longer.

For more information: https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/travel-information/may-bank-holiday 

Upland Systems Ltd announce appointment of new Managing Director

Upland Systems Ltd announce appointment of new Managing Director

Buxton based IT company, Upland Systems Ltd, have announced the appointment of a new Managing Director. Liam Bradshaw will be stepping into the role, having been with the business since joining as an apprentice straight from school.

Upland Systems are a leading provider of IT solutions, dealing with organisations large and small in a wide range of sectors. In over 25 years in business they have established a reputation for providing the very highest levels of customer service and technical solutions.

Announcing the appointment, Upland Systems founder and previous MD, Mark Stow, said “It has always been my intention to transfer the day to day management of the business to someone who would ensure the continuation of it’s core values and principles, as well as learning and implementing leading technical solutions that the businesses customers benefit from”.

Mark continued, “Liam has always been committed to developing himself, progressing through various levels of training and development. This started with his level 3 Apprenticeship, then Level 4 Microsoft certifications and more recently a Finance and Business Management course, which has helped prepare him for the requirements of his new role”.

Mark added, “Whether it is working with customers or assisting colleagues, Liam consistently shows a number of key attributes which will stand him well going forward – knowledge,  commitment, patience and dedication”.

For Liam, this is obviously a very exciting time; “This is something that I have been working with Mark towards for the past couple of years. He has not only created a very successful  business, but also one that values both its staff and its customers highly and this makes it a very special place to work. They are principles that I will ensure are maintained”.

Mark Stow is certainly not retiring from the business. He will continue to help Liam to develop the business and to provide clients with the level of service that they have come to expect.

To learn more about how Upland Systems Ltd can elevate your organisation’s IT solutions, or to explore partnership opportunities, contact us today. Give us a call on 01298 74780, email info@uplandsys.co.uk or fill out our simple online enquiry form, and a member of our friendly team will be in touch.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II (NPIF II)

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II (NPIF II)

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II will build on the success of the first Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and will deliver a £660 million commitment of new funding to smaller businesses.

The fund which now includes the whole of the North East aims to drive sustainable economic growth by supporting innovation and creating local opportunity for new and growing businesses across the North of England.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II offers a range of commercial finance options with smaller loans and debt finance from £25,000 to £2 million and equity investment up to £5 million. The fund covers the whole of the North, including rural, coastal and urban areas.

For more information, click here