A new era for pro-manchester

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,

The pro-manchester Property & Regeneration lunch

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.

Heather Gray, Bruntwood

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 Economics Conference 2018

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.

The Green Agenda

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,

PropTech – implications for technology in the commercial property sector

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,

pro-manchester welcomes new chair

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,

Challenges and opportunities for an ageing Manchester

In March, Greater Manchester became the UK’s first age-friendly city region as recognised by the World Health Organization. Mayor Andy Burnham has released GM’s Age Friendly Strategy and is working with all sectors, including healthcare, transport, housing and sport, to implement it. There are 10 million people aged 65 or over in the UK at present, and it is expected that this will rise to 15.5 million in 20 years’ time, and to around 19 million by 2050. As Greater Manchester becomes the first age-friendly city region in the UK,