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Challenger Site Services prepare for Event Season


Every month we feature a business that is registered with  This month we  are pleased to feature Challenger  Site Services, an award winning family business based in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside.

The event season is nearly here and Challenger Site Services are getting their portable toilets ready for the Spring Bank Holiday rush and the many spring and summer events to follow.

Challenger are the number one supplier for portable toilet hire in the North West and the award winning family run business aim to deliver on time every time direct to your venue.  At Challenger Site Services our service is second to none & we upload, position & set up the portable toilets to your exact specifications.   The portable toilets are maintained & serviced to exemplary standards & we always sanitise before & after every hire. They are also serviced weekly to ensure our high standards are maintained throughout the hire.

Apart from our portable toilets being durable & robust they also have a number of other key features including recirculating chemical flush, integral vents, plastic toilet bowl and seats, optional hot or cold wash basins, & hand operated washing systems.

For additional comfort we have also included other key features including liquid soap & paper products, 2 roll toilet roll holders, translucent roof and a coat hook. All our portable toilets also have integral door locks to ensure maximum privacy & security.

We also offer the very latest technology in hand wash facilities & flush systems to ensure of a cleaner and odour reduced environment. To comply with the British Standard BS 6465 1:2006, 1 Challenger site portable toilet is recommended for up to 7 persons per 40 hour event.

If you wish to find out more about Challenger Site Services view or register your interest to come along and chat with us at


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During Apprenticeship week we are focussing on an Apprentices. Gemmer Crozier is currently completing her Apprenticeship at Brother UK based in Audenshaw, Tameside.

Gemmer explains why she chose an Apprenticeship and her explains her journey so far.


“Upon leaving High School I went to Loreto Sixth Form College in Hulme where I studied my A Levels in ICT, Business Studies, Spanish, Sociology and Religious Education. College wasn’t as enjoyable as High School for me and I found it hard to fit into my lessons and didn’t really enjoy studying. However, I successfully completed my studies with 3 A levels all above C when I left.


It was time for the next career choice to be made, I knew I wanted to carry on learning and developing myself, yet I just didn’t want to be sat in a classroom anymore. This is when I decided an apprenticeship was going to be the right choice for me. I applied for an Apprenticeship through The Apprentice Academy when they came into college for a career day. I was accepted onto their training programme, and after some basic tests I started my next career step.”



“The Apprentice Academy got me work ready by attending their 1 week Bootcamp Training. Once completed they found me a job placement at Brother UK Ltd. After successfully getting through the interview I was offered the 18 month Apprenticeship at Brother UK working in Supply Chain and Service and Business Management, working towards my Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Business and Administration. After 8 months into my Apprenticeship I was offered a permanent position.”


“My current role involves supporting the administration for our Executive Office, this includes organising all travel, accommodation and diary management for our directors, Omnijoin Web conferencing team and Customer Support teams. I also support all internal and external community engagement, managing the process of charity funds to local groups, working on educational projects in the community and supporting local businesses on their key CSR activity.”


“The whole experience of starting my apprenticeship and working here at Brother UK has been amazing. At first I was reluctant to tell people I had started an Apprenticeship because of the outdated view it has. This was soon outlived after starting Brother UK and now I couldn’t be prouder to be part of the Brother UK organisation. I enjoy the variety of work that I am taking part in. I’m also being given the opportunity to expand my knowledge and learn new skills within different areas of the business and gain the experience I need to progress further. However, I must admit that my role would not be the same without the people and support around me.

Gemmer and Brother UK are offering an opportunity on If you are interested in meeting and chatting to Gemmer to find out more about her role at Brother UK, register on our website.


Savvy Guest have certainly made an impact

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Savvy Guest have certainly made an impact this year achieving nominations and being shortlisted in 3 prestigious award categories across the UK. Since we launched the company in March 2014 Savvy Guest has gone from strength to strength. Our  1st nomination was announced in July when we were shortlisted  for The Pride of Tameside, Business of the Year in the Creative, Digital and Technological category. This was closely followed by Savvy Guest being acknowledged in the Precious Awards STEM category and CEO Dijonn Taylor being recognised as one of the finalists for ‘Celebrating the Success Stories of Women of Colour in the Business and Work Environment.’ Now in its 9th year the Precious Awards were held in London and founded by a former Mancunian Foluke Akinlose, MBE.

We are also delighted to announce our 3rd nomination is for The Talk of Manchester Business Awards or ToMs. The voting has opened we are excited to have been shortlisted in the Newcomer and Innovation categories. If you wish to vote for us in both categories please click the link below. Voting is open until  6 November and closes at 5.00 pm.

This has been an outstanding year for Savvy Guest. We are both humbled and proud to be nominated in so many award categories. The word has spread about the company and the opportunities for individuals having access to employees to discuss their job roles, is proving to be really beneficial for all parties. The opportunity for Companies to become headline sponsors and increasing their company brand awareness through various options is also proving that Savvy Guest is really making its mark.

If you  wish to provide opportunities and/or sponsor a CSR tile or if you are a career seeker who wishes  to use the service to help with your career, please register or join on our website. Call 0161 375 2500 or email

We look forward to hearing from you.



The fashion industry is a tough industry to crack


The fashion industry is a tough industry to crack and get ahead.

Every month we feature a business that is registered with

This month we are pleased to feature IFE, Fashion Manchester and the blog was written by Director Bukola Dagiloke

It takes years of experience and connections to get the right breaks and build the career that you dream of.

Whether you are just starting out or if you are trying to move up to the next level. The I Feel Experience is here to support you and help you achieve your career and business goals.

Here are three tips to help you move forward in your fashion career.

  1. Build an amazing portfolio

Working with the best talent around you and collaborating is the best way to build your portfolio. It also helps you build your network and contacts that will come in handy in the future.

  1. Utilise your network and contacts

Always be available for the next project. Keep your eye out for opportunities within your network and openly share opportunities with your contacts and connections this will really pay off in the long run.

  1. Don’t be afraid to work for free

Internships and work experience is great for your portfolio. Working for free also gives you an opportunity to prove yourself and you get to meet great industry contacts that can lead to paid work in the future.


The I Feel Experience provides opportunities and experience for people that want to get into the fashion and media industries.

If you are interested in fashion you can get involved with networking events and also mentoring to help you build your fashion career we also provide work experience and internships on some great fashion events, shows, fashion weeks, some magazines and fashion blogs. To keep up to date with projects and events please join out mailing list:

Are you a fashion brand hoping to go global? We now have a project called the Global Fashion Marketplace which is a year long process of business development with seminars, networking and a chance to pop up in New York with your brand in 2016. For more information on how to get involved visit

The I Feel Experience always has opportunities available for a range of fashion talent to get involved in projects and events. Models, Makeup artists, photographers, fashion designers, bloggers and more.

Get in contact for a mentoring session with savvy guest and we can start to plan the next steps for your fashion career.

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It has been a busy couple of months for team Savvy Guest. Apart from hitting the airwaves throughout South Manchester and Tameside we visited The Runway at Manchester Airport Aviation Park where Concorde is based, to take part in BBC Radio 4 Any Questions Live, met up with Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane and was selected as finalists in the Pride of Tameside Business Awards 2015. Going back to All FM radio to meet presenter Annie Chisambo on ‘’The Money Show’ again was fun and enjoyable, even though we managed to get the quiz question wrong ‘TWICE’. Please listen to the link below to hear our interview.


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Speaking of interviews we were also invited along to Tameside Radio to meet lunchtime presenter Louise Croombs. Again this was another exciting and enlightening experience for us and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the crew and telling them about You can hear the edited version of the show on the link below.


We felt very important joining the audience for the radio programme ‘BBC Radio 4 Any Questions Live at The Runway at Manchester Airport Aviation Park. Although our questions didn’t get picked we had the pleasure of meeting the panel and having our photograph taken alongside Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron.

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Next stop on the Political line was meeting up with Wythenshawe MP Mike Kane at his constituency office to discuss the community benefits of Savvy Guest before he started his weekly journey to London and the House of Commons. We had a great brew and also met Cllr Suzanne Richards.

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Without a doubt though, the most exciting thing to happen during the last month was be to be selected as finalists for the Pride of Tameside Business Awards 2015 in the Creative, Digital and Technological Category. The award ceremony was hosted by Brother UK Limited in the magnificent Circus themed marquee at the beginning of July. Although we didn’t win our category we were be delighted to be nominated and selected as part of the final 3 alongside Periscope and Formby Communications trading as ‘02’. No mean feat to be up against 2 wonderful companies and be part of the top 25 businesses in Tameside and….. there’s always next year.   We have a lot of activities and meetings in the pipeline over the coming months. Please follow, share and Like us on Twitter and Facebook to find out what we are up to. In the meantime, we wish you all a fab summer and a great time whatever you are up too.



What Makes a Good Accountant?



Every month we feature a business that is registered with

This month were are pleased to feature The Accountancy People. Owner and Accountant James Sheard has written the blogpost.

When I tell people I’m accountant, they glaze over slightly and often say ‘you must be good at maths’, but no, it’s the relationships you have with people that matter. Whilst I do use GCSE Maths, and work with numbers, it is by no means our most important skill.  Accountancy is all about interpreting information, often expressed in numbers, analytically, and then explaining this to others so that people can make informed decisions.

It’s the explaining and interpreting that’s the hardest part.  Yes,

Unless you have a great relationship of trust others will not seek you out or act on your advice.  We all like to do business with people we like, but building a professional relationship is more than this. You have to have a track record of good judgement, to be consistent and you need to spend enough time with people for the relationship to be established.  Robust relationships can also withstand disagreement, if the accountants analysis differs from the managing directors ‘gut instinct’, you need to be confident in the relationship to ensure that through discussion and disagreement the best solution for the business can be reached.

Accountants can, by their nature, be people who like detail and data.  One of the key skills only a few of us possess is to be able to take that data and put it into a format ‘civilians’ can understand that is:  usefully summarised, visually appealing and  with a valid interpretation of what it means.  By summarising in this way data is turned into invaluable information which can then be used to make decisions.

In summary the best accountants are good with the numbers, technically competent and great at building relationships of trust.



Savvy Guest Business of the Month – Guide Bridge MoT & Service Centre

Every month we feature a business that is registered with

This month were are pleased to feature Guide Bridge MoT & Service Centre and recount their journey over the last 2 years since they first appeared on the BBC2 Programme ‘The Fixer’

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Guide Bridge MOT and Service Centre receive the Pride of Tameside Business of the Year award

Guide Bridge MOT and Service Centre receive the Pride of Tameside Business of the Year award

It’s not every day you have a local  garage residing in Tameside whose  members featured in a BBC2 television documentary, but Guide Bridge MoT & Service Centre just happen to be the stars of the TV screen and have appeared not only once but twice in the last 3 years.   How did they manage that?  Well…apart from being Pride of Tameside Business of the Year and having a string of accolades under their belts including ‘Going the Extra Mile Award’ the family run business owned by Derek and Jan Lord have certainly turned their business and lives around since first appearing on ‘The Fixer’ in 2012. Nearly 3 years on and the business has successfully grown and are constantly going from strength to strength.

Apart from the inevitable changes to the garage – they now look after and maintain fleets, the family members have also changed beyond recognition.   Adam Lord the young mischievous 24 year old back in 2012 is now the Sales Director and takes more pride in his appearance than ever before.

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Jan,Derek & Adam receive their award for Guide Bridge MoT & Service Centre

A frequent visitor to the local gym Adam’s well-toned physique is a perfect match to his new role that he has embraced with enthusiasm and gusto. In fact he is a charmer in more ways than one and his business sense has been proven with the influx of sales that have elevated the garage to new heights.

Eldest son Gareth is content with his role as the steadfast Mechanic, Nicola has embraced her role as General Manager and is now virtually running the operations side of the business single handily. Although she would be the first one to admit she is only doing what comes naturally, anyone who knows Nikki would testify she is tenacious and her leadership and management skills shine through to ensure everything  is kept in order – especially ‘the boys’.

So second time around and the family were featured on ‘The Fixer’ revisited.  A lot has happened to the ‘Lords’ since the original viewing. Jan lost her dear mum to Pancreatic Cancer but true to her word and her mother’s greatest wish she is intent on raising awareness about the terrible disease shortly she will be holding the annual Purple Ball of Hope to raise vital funds for research and she hopes to raise over £7,000 to beat 2014 figure of £6500. Knowing Jan who throws her heart and soul into anything she does – it will be achieved, along with a little help from her army of friends.

So there we are… Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre – soon to become The Guide Bridge Group.

New look, new logo, and new roles…

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The final word from Jan –

“All I ever want is for the family to be happy and successful. Both Derek and I are so proud of what we have all achieved. It’s been tough but has it been worth it? Yes …and we would do it all again. It just goes to show what you can achieve if you believe.”

And what of the future for the Lord  family….

Well, Jan and Derek are taking things a little easier as they slowly exit into semi-retirement , content in knowing that Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre are in safe hands with their children. A small family garage who all have big hearts and have proven against all the odds they can pick themselves up and go from strength to strength.

Have they fixed it – we think they have.


This month Savvy Guest  are pleased to feature our business of the month

The World Class Service.


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The MHA Awards Ball is a key event in the industry diary, usually held at the end of October, which allows the hoteliers to let their hair down and recognise and reward the ‘unsung heroes’. The event is attended by, not only the Hoteliers, but local attractions, restaurants, museums and galleries within the city.

Last year has to be one of the most successful MHA Awards Balls thus far, in terms of the amount raised for the Industry Charity; Hospitality Action (approx. £35K), the number of guests attending (700) to the extensive and enjoyable live entertainment. Not forgetting all the wonderful sponsors, without whom, the event could not take place.

The overall planning of the Ball begins around February, with the committee assembling to discuss the venue and theme, improvements on previous years, charity nominations and sponsorship interest.

From our point of view, the key and most enjoyable part of this event is meeting the candidates. We receive nominations from all the contributing hotels within the MHA, which include 1000 word citations from which we shortlist four ‘Employee of the Year’ finalists for each category namely: New Star, Front of House, Back of House, Outstanding Personal Contribution, Green Passion and the most prestigious award the Howard Raynor Lifetime Achiever – this award is given in memory of a remarkable man who founded World Class Service and left us with a legacy in the pursuit of service excellence in our fine City.

The interviewing process is supported by The Manchester College and Sponsorship Judges and takes place over two extremely long yet worthwhile days.

It is heart-warming to meet people who have chosen to dedicate their lives to this remarkable and competitive industry, all of whom show great passion for their work and to be recognised for their achievements is extremely rewarding for all. After reviewing their citations and following a 30 minute interview, the judges make their decisions on the winners – this is the most difficult part of the whole process – they are all winners!

On the night, the Awards are held after the meal, so the atmosphere is filled with nerves and excitement. Presentations are made, highlighting each winner‘s achievements, prior to the Sponsor announcing the Award Winner. The surprised and rightfully proud winner makes their way to the stage accompanied by huge cheers from their respective hotels.

The winners receive a specially commissioned and printed Villeroy & Boch Plate (with a duplicate for the winning Hotel), a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Voucher for one of the top Hotels in Manchester and a Gold World Class Service Pin; they also become ‘Ambassadors’ for the industry for the coming year. There is also a great deal of press coverage after the event which gets circulated to the appropriate hotel and passed on to the Winners. The Finalists and Winners List is also displayed on the MHA Website and the World Class Service websites for 12 months.

Author – Tracy Waddacor,

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World Class Service has been involved with the Manchester Hoteliers Association Annual Awards Ball for eight years as both a committee member and the Awards Host. With a passion for service excellence delivery, not only within the Hospitality Industry, World Class Service work with individuals and organisations, providing training and a tool to help them measure and improve continuity in excellent customer service standards.



Assistance for Executive Outplacement, Franchise Business Ownership & Business Franchise Opportunities

Mr Franchise – Business Franchise Opportunities

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Every month we feature a business registered on Savvy Guest. This February were are pleased to announce Mr Franchise. Read all about their business franchise opportunities and offerings.

Franchise business ownership offers personalised face to face meetings, bespoke guidance at each stage of your journey until you are placed. Jon Case was made redundant, taking his skills, experience, future goals and investment he was ideally matched to a franchise concept. Successfully placed and is now wishing he had moved into business ownership years ago. He was that man in the pub who would say, I’d love to work for myself but just don’t know how or what?” He finally took the plunge as a result of Executive Outplacement Franchise Ownership.

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Typically the only option for outplacement is to get another job.

Assistance for laid-off workers at executive level is usually offered through some form of outplacement support. These are a breed of career services that helps newly unemployed to start job searches (on-line) and find work.

Choices/Outplacement 1) Executive Franchise Outplacement or 2) Get the same job elsewhere


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Savvy Guest aims  to offer as much information; advice and understanding of what skills are required within a job role to allow the users – our guests to gain invaluable information that could allow them to determine their future career paths. We hope you have found this blog useful.

At Savvy Guest we truly believe we offer a unique digital platform that allows the general public to meet up with company employees across different industries allowing the guest  to have an insight into their chosen occupation by a  pre-career conversation.

These companies are offering the opportunity to meet employees for a chat over coffee about their career. A great way to find out about their roles, what they do and whether it’s right for you before making a decision.


Savvy Guest is revolutionising the way we seek careers advice, as the current systems have become outdated.

New pre career opportunities recently added at we recommend you keep checking for regular updates, blogs and new slots coming available.







ME1 Positive Personal Development LTD

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Savvy Guest Business of the month for December is ME1 Positive Personal Development LTD. An interesting fact is that their Positive Personal Development Operations has been involved with MMU Innospace Business Enterprise for the last year. ME1 have been working with students from Manchester Metropolitan University offering insights in to ‘My ‘Entrepreneur Journey’ and they have also participated in the Employability day for 3rd year Youth and Community Work students. ME1 were also on hand to offer advice and information and to give an insight to the students from an employers perspective on the many volunteering opportunities that are available. Other topics open for discussion at the event included focussing on the various support opportunities to postgraduate students.

Managing Director of ME1 Lisa Samuels said “ I was invited to participate on the panel of ‘Dragons Den’ event to judge entrepreneurial ideas from various groups”

Lisa goes on to say “ME1 also sit on the Interview board for Youth and Community students and over the last 12-18 months I am pleased to announce there has been 20 students who have been successfully accepted on the Youth and Community work BA Degree Course”

Testimonial from M Cottam – a Savvy Guest who met with Lisa

I would like to thank Lisa from ME1 and Savvyguest. Lisa gave me a good understanding of what a Life coach does. I found it very interesting and I am now looking at how we can use coaching within Trafford Housing Trust.  Thanks

Mr M Cottam (Savvy Guest)

To register for an opportunity to meet Lisa and find out what inspired her to set up ME1 Positive Personal Experience or if you wish to take advantage of the other pre career opportunities Savvy Guest has to offer visit or email