Matthew Hancock MP

Matthew Hancock MP

A group of north west entrepreneurs is meeting with skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock  in Manchester this morning.

The group, all from businesses that have been supported by the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub are at the Hub’s offices on Oxford Street for the event.

The minister said  it was his job to make sure that small businesses have the best environment to support their ambitions.

“Small businesses are the cornerstone upon which our long term economic plan is built. In order for them to thrive they need the support to start up and scale up.”

Those attending include:

·       Stuart Needham from Oldham based DartSight Ltd who has developed a unique darts training device.

·       Alan Ward from Stockport based Besteno, a website currently in development which will help people to find the best of everything.

·       Andrew Fowler from Frostbite Ltd in Stretford, which provides mobile refrigeration services to clients ranging from ASDA and McDonald’s to the NHS and John Lewis.

·       Jon Badrock from Precision Investment Castings Ltd in Altrincham, a £6m turnover business making castings for a wide range of industrial use.

·       Cesar Pereira from Manchester based Gama Consumer, a global provider of information and insight that specialises in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) product innovation.

·       Phil Cornell of KP Industries in Rochdale which is involved in the design and manufacture of materials handling systems for manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover, JCB and Bombardier.

·       Mark Harrison of MPH Support Ltd in Stockport, a multiple sclerosis sufferer who has developed Triple Tread, a unique tricycle developed for those whose balance is affected by neurological problems such as MS.

·       Heather Garlick who is currently setting up a restaurant in Stretford which will concentrate on locally produced produce, both food and drink.

·       Colin Green from Bury based Riley & Son, a highly specialised engineering company operating in the steam and diesel locomotive industry.

The event is being hosted by director of the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub, Richard Jeffery.

He said: “As one of the first Business Growth Hubs to launch we are very proud to be able to introduce the Minister to some of the many thousands of businesses we have worked with to help boost their growth. “