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January 2018: Getting fit for the new year

January is the month of new starts and resolutions. It’s also the time that many people start to think about their finances and putting personal and business tax in order – as well as planning how to make money in the year ahead.

We have teamed up with Manchester financial advisers Pareto to write a series of business advice columns for the Manchester Evening News’ Greater Manchester Business Week.

The first two columns focused on starting a business and getting the right structures and agreements in place, and appeared in print (below) and online. The series will continue through February and March.


The money/advice theme continued as the Vernon Building Society linked up with Wren Sterling, with the story appearing in Mortgage Finance Gazette and Mortgage Introducer.

The story also appeared on the Vernon’s own website and their eshots to members.

January also saw the Vernon shortlisted at the British Bank Awards and we published the good, local story on South Manchester News. The story also appeared in the Stockport Express.

Our story last month about Stockport gym, the Lean Body Project and their expansion plans, made it to the Stockport Independent.

January also saw the launch of their 30-Day Challenge which was also published in the Stockport Independent and in the Stockport Express.

We also helped out Stockport charity Beechwood Cancer Care Centre and the launch of a fundraising bracelet designed by celeb Tanya Bardsley that appeared in the Wilmslow Guardian and, of course, South Manchester News.

All of this month’s stories can be found in our newsfeed here.

South Manchester News

More then 16,000 pages were viewed by almost 8,000 people on South Manchester News – all figure are verified and measured via our Google Analytics account.

Almost a quarter of our audience – 24% – were based in Manchester or Stockport.

February should also see all-time page views pass the 400,000 mark – and the site isn’t yet two years old.

The most read story of the month was about Tanya Bardsley’s charity bracelet for Beechwood Cancer Care Centre.

The next most-read stories were both fitness related – for Life Leisure (‘Going to the gym saved my life’) and the Lean Body Project (Gym owners offer free 30-day fitness programme).

South Manchester News also carried an advert for Life Leisure’s January fitness offerings.

Big Planet Travel

The main story on BPT was a review of French theme park, Puy du Fou, while there was also ski news from Crystal Ski Holidays and Pyrenees2vallees.