My Apple crashed last week. Had a genius reset. It’s a bit like suffering from amnesia and being offered a lobotomy.

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My Apple crashed last week. Yes there is something wrong,” says the genius, “no, we don’t know what it is” he asserts. The solution to reset the machine to year zero and wipe all existing apps, folders and documents from memory. It’s a bit like suffering from amnesia and being offered a lobotomy. It hurts and requires substantial recovery.
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pro.manchester Annual Dinner with impressionist John Culshaw a great success!

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Five hundred people attended the sell out pro.manchester Annual Dinner on Wednesday John Culshaw was the guest speaker and entertained members and guests for over forty minutes.It was great fun to be the MC for the evening, JC even did an impersonation of me, which everyone in the room thought was highly amusing. Chris Barry and Michael Taylor seemed to think this was one of his best impressions and twittered to that effect. “Highlight was John Culshaw doing more than a passable impersonation of John Ashcroft” said Chris Barry, “his jkaonline was the
best said Michael Taylor”. Didn’t quite see it myself but did laugh!
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“Eighty for the cup and forty to stay up” – says Barclays Premier League points survey

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“Eighty for the cup and forty to stay up” should be the mantra for the Barclays Premiership according to an invaluable piece of research, in a few moments when I had nothing better to do, other than to fill an excel chart and draw graphs. So what’s new, some might say!
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pro.manchester to launch Business Conditions survey with GM Chamber

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This week sees the launch of the pro.manchester Business Conditions Survey in association with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. The quarterly poll of nominated members will provide vital information on the health and success of the financial and professional services sector.
Fourteen key questions will be polled on line using Survey Monkey, the on line survey tool. A compilation of the results will be available to members and the results will be combined into the Greater Manchester Chamber Quarterly Economic Survey. The pro.manchester on line poll for Q2 is live and available now for designated respondents within member firms. Respondents will receive individual personalised links to the survey.
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Bank of England Inflation Report – growth slows as inflation heads to 5%.

The Bank of England Inflation Report (May) was released this week. The Bank down graded the forecast for growth in the current year to 1.8% with above trend growth likely in 2012. In the years ahead, inflation will return to target and growth will be above trend. It will all turn out OK. Sleeping Beauty will buy a Silentnight bed without a pension liability and Miss Haversham will finally get married. The End.
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UK Manufacturing – no rebalancing, a hit and run victim regains consciousness

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The manufacturing figures for March were released this week. After growth of 6.6% in January and 5.0% in February manufacturing growth was just 2.7% in March. In the month capital goods and engineering were up 7%, metal bashers were up by 4% but consumer durables were down by 3%. So is the manufacturing miracle over? What will happen to growth this year? Let’s face it, the growth in manufacturing is not evidence or a “rebalancing” of the economy, it is more like evidence of a hit and run victim regaining consciousness. It’s a recovery not a manufacturing miracle.
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Facebook pushes Twitter off top spot in Social Media Marketing

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The growth in the use of Facebook over the past twelve months, has pushed Twitter into second place as the most used social media option in 2011, according to the 2011 Social Media Marketing Industry Report by Michael Stelzner. The top social media tools are Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and blogs. In pro.manchester we are getting pretty excited about our SME club due to be launched later this year and the development of the e-commerce and social media response team to assist with the SME clinics and surgeries we are planning to run. If you are a specialist in Social Media or e-commerce marketing and would like to be part of this marketing programme for Greater Manchester and the North West contact : Rachel Tetlow for more information.
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Facebook pushes Twitter off top spot in Social Media Market

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The growth in the use of Facebook over the past twelve months, has pushed Twitter into second place as the most used social media option in 2011, according to the 2011 Social Media Marketing Industry Report by Michael Stelzner. The top social media tools are Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and blogs. In pro.manchester we are getting pretty excited about our SME club due to be launched later this year and the development of the e-commerce and social media response team to assist with the SME clinics and surgeries we are planning to run. If you are a specialist in Social Media or e-commerce marketing and would like to be part of this marketing programme for Greater Manchester and the North West contact : Rachel Tetlow for more information.
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pro.manchester economics review Q2 – what colour are the eyes of a Yeti?

The pro.manchester economics review for the second quarter of 2011 is available on line. Rates are expected to remain on hold until the Autumn. The economy is expected to grow by 2% in 2011 but any base rate rise will be postponed into early Autumn. Growth will be a tough grind in 2011.
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