Poynton in Business

PIB Meetings and Agendas

Poynton in Business - Meetings

The Poynton in Business (PIB) group hold meetings alternating between breakfast and early evening and varying venues. Details below.

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Becky Want (centre), BBC Radio Manchester’s weekday afternoon presenter and local TV personality, was the special guest speaker at our May Meeting.

Also pictured (left to right) are PIB steering group members Alan Rashleigh (left), Mike Gallagher & Peter Evans with Poynton Town Mayor, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore.

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PIB's February meeting focused on Poynton as a 'Dementia Friendly Community' with guest speakers Town Mayor Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, Town Council Communities Co-ordinator Sharon Duke and Chaplain at Woodlands Nursing Home Reverend Wesley Loane.

Also pictured are PIB members Alan Rashleigh (left) and Mike Gallagher (right).

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Poynton in Business Meetings

PIB - Breakfast Meeting on Wed 27th June 2018 - Grade Café Bar at 7.30am

Guest speaker - Steven Ward of Award Signs and Business Gifts

Grade in Poynton

Our guest speaker was long time PIB member and supporter Steven Ward of Award Signs and Business Gifts Ltd.

The company source and supply branded merchandise to integrate into business marketing campaigns, helping to engage with their clients and gain customer loyalty, as well as establish or enhance their identities.

Jenny Sykes, Poynton High School's Business and Operations Manager, gave a short talk on her role regarding the local business community.



Meetings are open to all Poynton based businesses and cost £10 per head, which includes food and refreshments.

NB Please can you email admin@poyntoninbusiness.co.uk to confirm whether you’ll be attending by Monday 25th June for catering purposes.

PIB - Tom Yam - Wed 9th May 2018 - 5.30pm

Guest Speaker - Becky Want - BBC Radio Manchester

Tom Yam

Our guest speaker was BECKY WANT, BBC Radio Manchester’s weekday afternoon presenter, who gave an excellent, amusing and anecdotal talk about her life, memories of growing up in Poynton and her career in TV and radio.

PIB meetings are open to ALL local businesses and include guest speaker, Poynton Business news update & networking and cost £10 (includes nibbles). If you haven’t been before you are more than welcome to join us.


Breakfast Meetings Venues

Breakfast meetings will now be held at Grade, where bacon/sausage sandwiches or light breakfast or a continental breakfast, also bottomless cups of tea and coffee will be provided.

More details on future meetings will be published in the near future.

PIB Breakfast Meeting - Wed 25th January 2017 at 7.30am

Poynton Community Centre

Poynton Community Centre

Speaker: Tim Shercliff from Enterprising Macclesfield, which supports start-ups and existing businesses through providing coaching and access to advice and funding.. Enterprising Macclesfield are looking at extending this support to Poynton businesses.

More details can be found on the Enterprising Macclesfield website.

PIB 'Quiz Night' - Wed 23rd November 2016 at 7pm

Poynton Sports Club

Quiz Sign

A great night of trivia, puzzles and questions on sport, music, film and TV, food and drink and more with several rounds testing participants general knowledge of Poynton and the surrounding area. Congratulations to the winning team from Manners Pimblett Solicitors or to give them their team name M.P. Panthers, who walked away with a hamper of goodies as first prize.

Many thanks to quiz setters and quiz-masters Peter Evans and Mike Gallagher.

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 12th October 2016

Poynton High School 6th Form Centre

Poynton High School Sign

The September PIB meeting was kindly hosted by Poynton High School, Yew Tree Lane Poynton SK12 1PU.

The meeting included an overview of how the school interacts with the local business community, an update on 'career ready' and two very interesting and insightful presentations from two students about their personal work experiences.

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 14th September 2016

Davenport Golf Club - 5.30pm

Davenport Golf Club Sign

The September PIB meeting was kindly hosted by Davenport Golf Club where the speakers were from Manners Pimblett Solicitors based on London Road North in Poynton.

The Manners Pimblett presentations included:

  • Will Writing – Pit falls / Common mistakes.
  • LPA’S – Powers of Attorney / Help with Administration of estates.
  • Family Law – Financial Settlements, Pre-nuptial arrangements, Children Arrangements.

Manners Pimblett brought along 3 experienced solicitors, Clare Parrott, Alison Cameron and Linda Salah to talk about their different areas of expertise and answer any questions. Visit Manners Pimblett Solicitors website for more information.

For more details email enquiries@poyntoninbusiness.co.uk

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 13th July 2016

St George's Church Hall Upper Room - 5.30pm

St George's Church

During the July meeting the exciting plan for PIB to have its first ever business exhibition in the village was discussed and several good ideas and suggestions came out of it.

Chris Gibbons, Query Management, presented interesting and very useful information regarding her experiences as both exhibitor and speaker at the Stockport EXPO.

The event, anticipated to take place in April 2017, will give PIB members and Poynton based organisations the chance to exhibit their services.

Poynton In Business June Meeting - Plenty In Store At Waitrose!

Entrance to Waitrose in Poynton

June's Poynton In Business meeting had a strong retail theme, as local businesses were up early to be greeted by the Partner Coordination Manager, and her colleagues at Waitrose. Following the usual, initial networking Waitrose staff were on hand to answer any questions about the retailer. Subjects included the operational side of the store, marketing and the history of the business. Waitrose then made a presentation, which included an explanation of the store's active and important role in the Poynton community. At the end of the meeting we discovered how well the store functions, with a tour behind the scenes.

During the meeting Rob Pimblett took time to inform us of the exciting plan for PIB to have its first ever business exhibition in the village. With a provisional date of April 2017, the day will give local businesses and all Poynton based organisations the chance to exhibit their services.

For more details email enquiries@poyntoninbusiness.co.uk

PIB Social - Wed 11th May


A Sporting Success!

Rounders advert

May's Poynton In Business meeting was a 'rounders social' with teams managed by Nolan James Ltd Chartered Accountants and Manners Pimblett Solicitors Ltd - and what a match!

Other attendant Poynton businesses bolstered the ranks of the two main teams to ensure an even, fiercely competitive contest, played in great spirit (and skills that most players never even knew existed), as Nolan James Ltd squeezed home to claim victory on the night.

This was followed by a 'warm down' and post match analysis in the comfort of Poynton sports club where tired limbs were revived with a buffet and a drink or two. The two teams had a chance to debate where the match was won and lost, with talk of a re match in the air in the not too distant future.

Thanks, especially, go to Jackie Gallagher from Lower Park school for umpiring, with no requirement for any yellow or red cards! Also to Lower Park school itself for hosting the contest following a last minute venue change, Poynton sports club for the food and everybody for taking part.

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 13th April - 7.30am at Poynton Youth & Community Centre

Poynton Youth and Community Centre

April's Poynton In Business meeting took place at the Community Centre on Park Lane in Poynton. The meeting was hosted by John Albutt from PZVI Architects Ltd.

As PIB is about to complete its third successful year, a 'review of the year and plans for the future' discussion took place amongst members and visitors, alongside the usual networking opportunities.

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 9th March 2016 - 5.30pm
Kindly hosted by: RBS - 7-9 Fountain Place, Poynton SK12 1QX


Nolan James and Peak Financial Logos

Guest Speaker: Paul Moores - Proactive Investigations

Full details of the meeting at the RBS will be available soon.

PIB meetings are open to all Poynton-based businesses and anyone interested in becoming a Poynton business.

Free to PIB members and 1st time guests £10 fee. Find out the great value PIB membership offers on our Register Your Business page.

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 10th Feb 2016 - 7.30am
Kindly hosted by: Nolan James, Chartered Accountants, Armcon Business Park, Poynton


Nolan James and Peak Financial Logos

On the agenda were - Auto Enrolment, Pensions and Let's Loop Poynton.

Aaron Sutherland Accounts senior at Nolan James Chartered Accountants gave an interesting insight into Auto Enrolment and explained how an employer needs to take steps to make sure eligible staff are enrolled onto a workplace pension and even if the business already pays staff contributions into a scheme they need to check if it is compliant for automatic enrolment.

Peter Evans of Peak Financial continued the pension theme focusing on the individual, with a range of pension options and how they can be more beneficial and tax efficient than other investments.

Walter Thomas, from Poynton Rotary Club, talked about their community initiative ‘Let's Loop Poynton’, which is helping people who have hearing loss and explained how local businesses can improve their services or environment for hearing aid wearers.

Finally the members thanked Richard Holland who has left Poynton for pastures new. Richard is a founder of PIB and without his drive it wouldn't’t have become the excellent business group it is now.

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 13th Jan 2016
Kindly hosted by: Tom Yam Thai Restaurant, Fountain Place, Poynton SK12 1QX

Food for thought at PIB meeting

Poynton In Business, kicked off the New Year with a meeting at the Tom Yam Thai Restaurant in Fountain Place recently. PIB, which aims to promote trade between Poynton businesses and also enhancing the village’s reputation as a great place to visit and do business, is hoping to strengthen ties with the local community in 2016.

John Albutt of PZVI Architects highlighted how the business group had developed strong links with local churches, Poynton High School and the Poynton Community Centre over the past 12 months. The meeting then received a presentation from Chris Allatt of Pulse Tax & Business Consultancy floating the idea of a Poynton showcase of local businesses and organisations to raise awareness of what is available in the village.

To round off the evening, attendees were treated to a sample of Thai Tapas by the Tom Yam, a new range that is due to become available shortly.

Poynton in Business Meeting at the Tom Yam Restaurant in Poynton photo

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Poynton in Business Breakfast - Wed 11th Nov 2015

St George's Church

The last PIB meeting of the year was kindly hosted by St. George’s Church on Fountain Place. Alan Rashleigh of Alan Rashleigh & Associates presented the new membership fee structure and highlighted that for PIB to move forward, more revenue was essential. The new calendar of meetings for 2016 would be made available shortly.

Rev. Rob McLaren of St. George’s gave a fascinating presentation on the challenges of running a modern, community-centred church and outlined the many groups and events that St. George’s hosts.

Richard Holland from Poynton Town Council floated the idea of a Business Café aimed at new and smaller businesses as a means of networking and working out of the office for a few hours.

NOTE: Meetings are FREE to members but guests can attend one meeting free of charge and subsequent meetings at a charge of £10 per meeting.

For more details email enquiries@poyntoninbusiness.co.uk

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 14th Oct 2015 - Royal Bank of Scotland

7-9 Fountain Place, Poynton. SK12 1QX

Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland in Fountain Place kindly hosted the October PIB meeting.  Rob Pimblett of Manners Pimblett Solicitors provided PIB updates with a discussion on how PIB can widen its appeal and grow to the next level in 2016.  Richard Holland from Poynton Town Council highlighted the PIB Dinner and PACE Awards Ceremony on Friday 20th November and sought support for a PIB help service for new businesses.

Andrea Dalton, RBS Branch Manager, and other RBS staff presented on the wide range of services RBS offer to businesses of all sizes.

Karen Nolan and Ruth James of Nolan James Chartered Accountants gave a presentation on some of the major tax changes for business and individuals announced in the July budget.

For more information email: enquiries@poyntoninbusiness.co.uk.

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 9th Sept at 7.30am - at Poynton High School

Poynton High School Sign

Poynton High School hosted PIB for the September meeting at their fantastic 6th Form Centre. Chris Gibbons from Query Management gave a PIB update announcing the launch of the 2015 PACE Business Awards and also the date of the PIB Annual Dinner as Friday 20th November 2015.

Poynton High Headmaster, David Waugh, welcomed the group and there were a number of fascinating presentations. Lee Bemowski (LBemowski@phs.cheshire.sch.uk) presented on the Career Ready programme which offers advice and assistance on varied student career paths.

It was great to hear from two High School students who shared their experiences of how the High School and the business community had helped their career decisions, improved their confidence and enhanced their prospects. Lorna Webb (lmw@phs.cheshire.sch.uk) from the Careers Dept. then spoke about ways that businesses can get involved in work placements, apprenticeships, mentoring etc.

More information on any of the above is available from:

Poynton High School, Yew Tree Lane, Poynton SK12 1PU Tel: 01625 871811 Contact Nicky Cooper or Cath Roper Email: nbc@phs.cheshire.sch.uk or CRoper@phs.cheshire.sch.uk  Website

Poynton in Business 'Meeting' - Wed 12th August 2015 - The Boar's Head, Higher Poynton

The Boar's Head pub in Higher Poynton

August’s meeting was more of a 'social', when apart from a PIB update, drinks, snacks and a chat John Albutt guided members on a short walk.

The flyer of the agenda is still available here.

Representatives from the school will be presenting on Careers Academies, apprenticeships and work experience.

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 8th July 2015 at Poynton Youth & Community Centre

Poynton Youth and Community Centre

Agenda included:

Neighbourhood Plan business findings | Let’s Loop Poynton initiative | PIB Steering Group updates | Networking

  • Barrie Hawker gave an overview of the business findings from the Neighbourhood Plan
  • Walter Thomas from 'Let’s Loop Poynton' gave some background on a scheme to help hearing aid users

You can still download a FLYER of the AGENDA here.

For more information email enquiries@poyntoninbusiness.co.uk

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 10th June 2015

Kindly hosted by Davenport Golf Club, Middlewood Rd, Poynton. SK12 1TS


Cheshire Constabulary Logo and Davenport Golf Club sign


PIB returned to Davenport Golf Club in June and thanks go to Richard Tonge and the team for their hospitality. John Albutt (PZVI Architects) asked for volunteers for the PIB stand at the Poynton Show and floated an idea for a Best of Poynton Showcase for local businesses. Richard Holland (Poynton Town Council) gave an overview of the results from the PIB survey.

Geoff King, from Poynton Community Centre, highlighted the safety issues surrounding the Centre’s recent closure and the role the whole community can take in saving this important local hub.

Sgt Pete Brazendale from Cheshire Constabulary gave an interesting presentation on site security and answered questions on a wide range of Policing issues.

Poynton in Business Meeting - Wed 13th May 2015

Kindly hosted by The Anson Engine Museum, Anson Road, Poynton. SK12 1TD

Anson Engine Museum

The May meeting took PIB back to the Anson Engine Museum where Geoff and Margaret made us most welcome. Peter Evans of Peak Financial gave a Steering Group update including asking for ideas and volunteers for the Poynton Show and asking members to complete the PIB survey due to be distributed shortly. He also reported the sad news that two local businessmen, Keith Maddocks and Trevor Blueman, had passed away recently.

Mike Gallagher of Primary Websites gave a fascinating presentation on the power of social media as a marketing tool and provided some useful tips.

Margaret Hacking then gave an overview of local tourism group, Cheshire’s Peak District, and the potential it has to drive more visitors to the area.

Meeting - Wed 8th April 2015 - The Cask Tavern

The Cask Tavern on Park Lane Poynton interior photo

April’s meeting was kindly hosted by the Cask Tavern on Park Lane and in recognition of PIB’s 2nd anniversary, John Albutt (PZVI Architects) supplied a delicious PIB cake. John also asked the meeting for future agenda items and for content for the next newsletter.

The meeting was informed that membership now topped 50 businesses and that the group would again be at the Poynton Show in August. A request was made for support for Poynton Sports Club either through sponsorship or simply patronage.

Geoff King, Les Renshaw and Mike Gallagher explained how www.poyntonlive.uk, @LiveinPoynton and https://www.facebook.com/poyntonlive will bring more customers into local clubs, pubs, cafés and restaurants, by promoting live music in the village.

Poynton in Business Breakfast - Friday 13th March

Guest Speaker - David Rutley, MP for Macclesfield

Despite the weather, nearly 30 attendees came to March’s meeting at Poynton Civic Hall. Delicious baked goods were supplied by Bramhall Bakery on Queensway.

Fitting tributes were paid to Cllr Phil Hoyland, who sadly passed away this week. Alan Rashleigh (Alan Rashleigh & Associates) asked the group for Newsletter content, announced an upcoming Members Survey and invited comments on Poynton’s Christmas lights.

David Rutley MP for Macclesfield at the PIB marquee at the Poynton Show

Local MP, David Rutley, addressed the group on a range of topics including apprenticeships, the importance of local infrastructure, like the Poynton Relief Road and the Neighbourhood Plan.

David invited questions, and the availability of industrial space, office space for start-ups and promoting local creativity were all discussed. David highlighted Poynton’s outdoor activities, community spirit, heritage and culture as all make it unique.

David Rutley talking to PIB members

Evening Meeting - Wed 14th Jan 2015 - Tom Yam Thai Restaurant

Interior of the Tom Yam Thai Restaurant

2015 kicked off in style with January’s meeting at the Tom Yam Thai Restaurant. Matt and the team made PIB very welcome and provided some delicious Thai starters.

Representatives from the Poynton Neighbourhood Plan Group gave a presentation on the Plan and its importance to the future of Poynton. Input was invited from the business community and PIB agreed to assist wherever possible. More information on the Plan is available at www.poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk

John Albutt from PZVI Architects provided Steering Group updates, reporting that the RBS bank account was now open, thanking Query Management for taking on PIB bookkeeping and requesting articles for the next newsletter.

Richard Holland thanked all attendees of the PIB Annual Dinner for their help in raising £233 for the National Eczema Society.

Business Meeting - Wed 12th Nov 2014 - The Kingfisher Wetherspoon

Davenport Golf Club Poynton Stone Sign

November’s meeting was at the Kingfisher Wetherspoon and thanks go to Carlos for making the 30+ attendees so welcome. Accelerated networking by table seems to have been well-received by the meeting and will be adopted again.

John Albutt from PZVI Architects provided Steering Group updates, thanking Serisa Walker from Serisabelle for taking up the Newsletter. Ideas for the Christmas Fest and ways of engaging more with the industrial estates were discussed.

Richard Holland announced the PACE Awards shortlists and asked for numbers for the PIB Annual Dinner and Awards.

Vickie Cork from Able2 Physiotherapy and Pilates gave a presentation on her approach to fitness and outlined the support and wonderful welcome she had received from PIB as a start-up in Poynton.

For more information email PIB at: enquiries@poyntoninbusiness.co.uk

Business Meeting - Wed 8th Oct 2014 - Davenport Golf Club

Davenport Golf Club Poynton Stone Sign

Poynton In Business returned to Davenport Golf Club in October and over 20 members fought the weather to attend. Special thanks again go to Viv Ashton from Virtual Office Admin for doing such a great job on the Welcome Desk.

Richard Holland gave an update on the Poynton Awards for Customer Excellence and outlined details of the PIB Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony booked for Thursday 4th December at the Davenport Golf Club.

John Albutt from PZVI Architects gave a Steering Group update, highlighting the fact that now that the basic structure of PIB was set up, more interesting projects could be started.

Simon Edmonson from the Federation of Small Businesses then gave a history of the FSB and outlined membership benefits. The meeting then discussed business frauds and ways to combat them.

Business Breakfast - Wed 10th Sept 2014

Poynton In Business returned to its roots for the September business breakfast at Poynton Civic Hall.

Viv Ashton from Virtual Office Admin did a great job collecting membership subs and manning the welcome desk. There was a report on the success of the PIB stand at the Poynton Show, with nearly 200 addresses collected for the Newsletter, and Mike Gallagher from Primary Websites gave an overview of the advertising opportunities available on the website and Newsletter.

There was an update on PIB’s involvement in the 2014 Poynton Awards for Customer Excellence (PACE) which are due to be launched shortly.

Darren Flannery from Cheshire East Business Support provided an overview of available business assistance, including free advice, premises searches and grant finding etc.

Business Meeting - 13th Aug 2014 - kindly hosted by The Cask Tavern

The Cask Tavern on Park Lane Poynton interior photo

A great mix of business owners and managers met at the Cask Tavern on Park Lane on 13th August. As usual, the pre and post-meeting chat was just as interesting as the agenda.

A request went out for volunteers and raffle prizes for the PIB stand at the Poynton Show and there was a preview of the 2014 Poynton Awards for Customer Excellence (PACE 2014). The PACE awards are being run as a joint Town Council/PIB initiative.

Samples of the new PIB Newsletter, which Sue Lindsey at SCL Coaching has put together, were well-received and Mike Gallagher at Primary Websites invited feedback.

The PIB Membership Scheme was officially launched with a full list of benefits for members including free entry to future networking meetings.

Business Breakfast - Wed 9th July 2014 - Nolan James Chartered Accountants

A record turnout of 30 PIB-ers gathered for the July business breakfast and were made very welcome by hosts Nolan James Chartered Accountants.

The main discussion/action points included:

  • PIB subscriptions
  • Newsletter
  • Poynton Show 23rd August 2014
  • PIB constitution
  • Presentation by Nolan James Chartered Accountants

DOWNLOAD the discussion/action points in full HERE.

Evening Business Meeting - 11th June 2014 at Davenport Golf Club

Davenport Golf Club made our group very welcome and many members commented on the fantastic location and facilities that the Golf Club can offer.

Richard Holland from Poynton Town Council and John Albutt at PZVI Architects provided updates on the PIB constitution, website content and a proposed key fob scheme. The group then voted unanimously in favour of having a presence at the Poynton Show in August.

Adam Godbold from Jacobs gave a clear and interesting presentation on the proposed Poynton Relief Road and he and Paul Griffiths from Cheshire East Council took questions from the floor. The majority of the group appeared to support the scheme.

Meeting Notes: You can view or download a copy of the notes/outcomes, (210KB, PDF*), with more details here.

* Note that you may need Adobe Reader to view this document.

Business Breakfast - 14th May 2014 held at Anson Engine Museum

You can download notes from the PIB Meeting at the Anson Museum here. The main highlights are:

  • Request for website/newsletter content.
  • Poynton In Business Steering Group updates on constitution, membership fees and newsletter.
  • Website latest news.
  • Fire.ly social media tool.
  • Anson Engine Museum presentation.

For more information regarding the Poynton in Business meeting please contact Richard Holland, on 01625 872238 or email him at business@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk


A short promotional video of the Anson Engine Museum can found be found on You Tube here.

Evening Business Meeting - 9th April 2014 held at The Cask Tavern

MAIN DISCUSSION/ACTION POINTS - Download the expanded discussion/action points HERE (PDF 214KB).

  • PIB First Year achievements
  • News
  • Poynton In Business website
  • Shopping bags
  • Poynton In Business Facebook page
  • PIB membership and objectives

Many thanks to everyone who attended. PIB Year 2 is already looking like it is going to be a bigger success than Year 1.

For more information regarding the Poynton in Business meeting please contact Richard Holland, on 01625 872238 or email me at business@poyntontowncouncil.gov.uk


PIB Meeting held on 12th March 2014
Discussion points included: Membership scheme, bank account, shopping bags, retail area flower displays, Brookfield Hydro site on London Road South and Poynton in Business website.

View of download the minutes as a PDF* here (50KB).

PIB Meeting held on 12th February 2014
Discussion points included: Poynton in Business website, Business Directory, membership scheme, communications and presentation on Poynton Springboard Music Festival by Cllr Geoff King.

View of download the minutes as a PDF* here (110KB).

PIB Meeting held on 15th January 2014
Discussion points included: Poynton in Business website, Business Event, membership scheme, details of future meetings and Presentation on Superfast Broadband by David Marnell at Connecting Cheshire.

View of download the minutes as a PDF* here (225KB).

*Note: You may need Adobe Reader to view these documents. It can be downloaded free from the Adobe website.

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