The end of January saw pro-manchester organising a panel presentation and debate on the growing FinTech sector, hosted by the Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School on Oxford Road in Manchester. Greater Manchester is already recognised as the FinTech capital of the North, and the local financial technology ecosystem and industry is evolving rapidly. The speed of growth means that, even within the city, many businesses are unaware of the scale of the sector, the barriers to growth and opportunities for new entrants to the market.
The end of October saw a pro-manchester organised Green Tech Symposium take place at Squire Patton Boggs in Spinningfields. The event featured leaders in our region’s Green Tech sector who presented to a packed audience enjoying a unique overview of businesses disrupting the green sector. The event was covered by GM Business Connect and the following feature was written by Mel Hill, Communications Manager from pro-manchester:
Vijay Natarajan is Founder of QBots, a company aiming to reduce our energy bills by utilising local energy sources.
The end of July saw a change of chair for pro-manchester – the largest business development organisation in the Northwest. Taking place at the Lowry Hotel in Salford, this was a chance for members to network, enjoy a fabulous lunch, thank outgoing Chair Alistair Cree as well as welcoming new Chair Jenn Hazlehurst. Jenn both summed up recent activity with pro-manchester and outlined the coming year’s intentions for the organisation. She started with a brief introduction of her own background:
“I’m an audit partner with EY and have always been based in the Northwest,
pro-manchester recently welcomed over 120 delegates to their annual fintech lunch with the Lord Mayor of the City of London. This is the flagship event in his visit to the city. Jenn Hazlehurst, chair of pro-manchester, opened the event and thanked event sponsors Clarke Wilmott, Robert Walters and Open Money. She welcomed the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Peter Estlin, to the stage. Addressing delegates, the Lord Mayor praised Manchester’s incredible fintech sector and the part the city has played in establishing the UK as fintech’s global home.
In September 2018, Sam Booth was appointed chief executive of pro-manchester. GM Business Connect have long been supporters of the business development organisation, and dropped into their Spinningfields HQ recently to interview Sam, looking into what decisions led her to where she is today, who got her there and what she’s most proud of in her career so far.
What led you to Manchester?
“I grew up in Congleton and went to university in Sheffield where I studied the History of Art,
pro-manchester’s Property & Regeneration Lunch welcomed the sector’s movers and shakers to Manchester Central to discuss the current economic boom our region is benefitting from.
The event, which was hosted by Property and Regeneration committee co-chair, Heather Gray – business development manager at Bruntwood, brought together two panels. The first of which discussed placemaking in Greater Manchester with Jon Sawyer, Manchester City Council; Suzanne Benson, Trowers & Hamlins and fellow co-chair of the Property and Regeneration committee;
pro-manchester’s sold-out Economics of Greater Manchester Conference at The Lowry Hotel welcomed experts from our region to discuss the key issues affecting our region’s economy. High on the agenda were homelessness, the skills gap and pollution.
So, what’s next for Manchester?
Mike Blackburn, chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership believes: “We shouldn’t be waiting for central government to make plans for the north, we should be setting our own agenda. Our great city region has been built on social and industrial pioneers for centuries.
By Ilona Alcock
Mayor Andy Burnham is determined to make Greater Manchester the first zero carbon region by 2038. To do this, we need a 15% year-on-year carbon reduction and the clock has already started ticking. It is an ambitious goal and one that requires everyone in the region – individuals, politicians and businesses – to make immediate transformational changes. pro-manchester’s Green Economy committee brought together a cross sector panel of experts, hosted by Steve Connor, Creative Concern,
A packed-out room at Rider Levett Bucknall welcomed pro-manchester’s latest PropTech event, focusing on how technology is impacting the property offering in Manchester.
Everywhere you look technology surrounds us. Whether this is in your car, at home or simply just your mobile phone, the world in 2018 relies on technology and being connected. PropTech is defined as part of a wider digital transformation in the property industry. It considers the technological and mental change of the real estate industry and it’s consumers and the change to our attitudes,
July saw a change of Chair for pro-manchester. After holding the reins for the past year outgoing Chair Jane Forbes from PwC handed over to Alistair Cree from Eversheds-Sutherland at a very enjoyable lunch held at the Albert Square Chop House.
After an introduction from John Ashcroft, CEO of pro-manchester, Alistair took to the mike to outline his vision for the next year ahead for pro-manchester and it’s growing membership of over 300 professional services businesses. “In terms of what I want to talk about,