North West briefs: Liverpool FC; Foundation 92; English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues; IoD; Eurofins Digital Testing

Liverpool FC announces new business partnership

Liverpool FC has welcomed global online trading broker, ThinkMarkets, as its new official global trading partner.

With offices in London, Melbourne, Dubai, and Tokyo, along with hubs in the Asia Pacific region, Europe and South Africa, ThinkMarkets will work with the club to bring quick and easy access to a wide range of financial trading markets to Liverpool FC supporters across the world.

The global partnership will focus on bringing forward market access and game-changing technology, providing ThinkMarkets with a high profile opportunity to promote its brand as well as its multi asset trading products and innovative platforms. The partnership will also provide ThinkMarkets with digital assets, club hospitality and matchday sponsorship to drive acquisition and leverage engagement opportunities for its clients, while reaching fans through exclusive experiences.

Matt Scammell, commercial director, Liverpool FC, said: “A leader in its field that fosters innovation and delivers on quality experiences, values that resonate deeply through the club, we are very happy to add ThinkMarkets as our newest partner. Our worldwide following will generate global exposure for ThinkMarkets, whilst their core markets benefit from tremendous numbers of Liverpool FC supporters. Through this new partnership, we look forward to working closely together in offering our fans activities and experiences to bring them even closer to the club.”

Nauman Anees, CEO and co-founder at ThinkMarkets, said: “ThinkMarkets is proud to be the official global trading partner of Liverpool FC and excited to bring global market access to Liverpool FC fans around the world. We look forward to exploring the synergies between trading and football strategy throughout our partnership.”

Established in 2010, ThinkMarkets delivers some of the industry’s most recognised trading solutions, including its best in class platform ThinkTrader.


Foundation 92 tournament

Foundation 92, the charitable foundation created by Greater Manchester’s ‘Class of 92’, has teamed up with Redstone Accountancy to launch a new football-focused fundraising initiative for the city.

A corporate football tournament in August will culminate in a gala prizegiving and fundraising event at Hotel Football on September 10, with proceeds used to fund up to 3,000 hours of free mental health counselling to Greater Manchester’s most vulnerable young people.

This month, ‘Our Goal’ will see eight Greater Manchester businesses compete in a friendly five-a-side tournament on the Heaven pitch at Hotel Football, overlooking Old Trafford. The winners will secure local bragging rights and a trophy presented by a Class of 92 representative at the gala dinner.

Foundation 92 is the official charitable partner of Salford City FC, owned and founded by the celebrated Class of 92. The foundation works with communities across Greater Manchester to promote sports and physical activity, health and wellbeing, education and employability and inclusion.

Tom Hutton, head of Foundation 92, said: “Sport, and football in particular, has a unique ability to bring people together and achieve amazing things. We’re so grateful to all the businesses who are taking part in Our Goal – helping us fund and deliver support to the city’s most vulnerable people. We are particularly looking forward to September’s fundraising event with the Class of 92, some fantastic entertainment and great prizes on offer.”


Tim Berry, left, and Roberto Sotgiu from Hyrdrolite

An innovative environmental project to provide a Lake District hotel resort with its own renewable energy has come a step closer with the arrival of a hydro electric turbine. English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues has installed the turbine at its flagship site on Windermere, Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa.

Housed in a small Lakeland-style barn within the spa resort’s 45 acre site, the turbine will use water from a fellside beck to generate 180 MWh annually, which equates to around 33% of the venue’s current electricity usage.

Tim Berry, from English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, said: “The arrival of the twin jet Turbo turbine with its stainless steel water wheel is a really exciting moment for the project, bringing all our planning and engineering designs to life.”

The water for the turbine is being fed down an 860 metre pipeline from the top of the fell, running through the jets to generate electricity before flowing back into the beck. English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues has been working with the Lake District National Park Authority and the Environment Agency on the project, with Penrith-based GPHL as lead contractor and Ellergreen Hydro as principle designer.

The hotel group has also attained Green Key international eco‐label for its venues and tourism facilities across the Lake District and North Lancashire, an internationally-recognised accolade for its approach to sustainability and eco-tourism.


Edwardian Manchester

The IoD has teamed up with The Edwardian, Manchester, a Radisson Collection Hotel to create a business hub for members across the North West. The hotel is set within the Grade II-listed Free Trade Hall on Peter Street in the city centre.

IoD members can use The Edwardian’s facilities as a local base for working and benefit from discounted rates on room bookings.

The partnership gives members free access to luxurious and comfortable working areas, discounted tea and coffee, free access to WiFi and complementary use of the gym and spa facilities.

Steve Bennett, chair of IoD North West, said: “Our partnership with The Edwardian is an excellent addition to the benefits we offer to members. Directors can enjoy a flexible, safe and professional location in which to work and do business, as restrictions continue to ease and we work to rebuild and recover from the impact of the pandemic.”

Kumar Mishra, general manager of The Edwardian, said: “I am delighted to welcome IoD North West members to our beautiful hotel in one of Manchester’s historic and finest buildings, providing a great location for directors to network and attend business meetings.”


Sharon Hamilton

Eurofins Digital Testing, a provider of independent Quality Assurance, (QA), testing and cyber security for software systems and devices, has completed a strong first half year, with its security division, Commissum adding 20 new clients and £1.45m-worth of new orders, while its software testing business, Edge Testing, has secured a raft of new deals, including Stockport-based Electricity North West.

The 20 new cyber security-based contracts focused on providing penetration testing of client IT systems to identify potential vulnerabilities and provide recommendations for effective security countermeasures. Commissum’s five most recent major contract wins have generated more than £250,000 alone, bringing the total value of new contracts won in the past six months to in excess of £1.45m.

The Commissum contracts for leading organisations cover a variety of sectors including hospitality and leisure, legal, healthcare, financial services and central government sectors.

Eurofin Digital Testing’s software testing business, Edge Testing, has among others, secured Electricity North West as a new client, which sees the company deliver software testing services onsite and remotely from Edge Testing’s Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow regional technology centres.

Sharon Hamilton, UK managing director of Eurofins Digital Testing, said: “These new client wins are a testament to using Eurofins as a partner for all testing requirements. Rather than clients having to find three separate companies for outsourced testing of security, software and devices, Eurofins can cover all three from one company.”