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Friday 4 March 2016

A little innovation can go a long way – Council to co-host business brainstorm


Experts from the world of business will be staging a breakfast seminar at Alderley Park, supported by Cheshire East Council and The University of Manchester.

All sectors of business are invited to register to attend the session which will tackle many of the challenges faced by companies wanting to expand or develop new concepts and products.

The panel of experts will include Julian Cobley, head of investment at Cheshire East Council, Kris Matykiewicz, head of business engagement at The University of Manchester, Anne Milligan, the university’s employability manager, Saqab Rasul, SME and knowledge exchange manager at the university and Christian Stephenson, director of research and development at Crawford Healthcare.

Julian Cobley said: “Whether you are a business wanting to make improvements, undertake research and development, take new ideas to the market or gain knowledge from experts in the field, this event will give you answers to so many of the questions that confront you.

“Cheshire East has a strong and growing economy with a rich cross section of world leading, established businesses, SMEs and start ups. 

“The pharmaceuticals and life sciences sector is an example and is one of the many knowledge-based sectors seeing an explosion in growth, with seven times the number employed in the Borough compared to the national average.

“GVA from this sector alone is estimated to be around £2.2bn across Cheshire and Warrington.

“We are aware that managers and employers, especially businesses wishing to grow, will welcome such an opportunity this breakfast seminar presents.”

Councillor Don Stockton, Cabinet member in charge of regeneration said: “We hope that businesses in Cheshire East will support this event and take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the experts about the growing economy in the Borough and how they can expand their businesses and develop their marketing strategies.”

Representatives from the university will introduce the opportunities it can offer to businesses including advice and support and how to access the talents and knowledge of students and graduates, plus information about internships and placements.

The event starts at 8am on Thursday March 10, and concludes at 10.30 following a networking opportunity.

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