The man with a finger on the pulse of the region’s business community told the quarterly meeting of the North West’s by-invitation only business club for successful entrepreneurs that some businesses were still enjoying success despite the economic challenges.
“The entrepreneurial stars of the region continue to perform well and are our lifeblood,” added the journalist who oversees business coverage in the Manchester Evening News and on-line.
“Our recent business awards highlighted businesses that were moving forward, innovating and doing well, businesses like Trendsetter Home Furnishings and UK Point of Sale from Stockport.
“Oliver Valves, a business that was started in a garage in Hale now turns over more than £50 million a year and is a market leader in its niche market,” added the journalist.
Although economic conditions were likely to remain “difficult for the next year or so, at least,” Greater Manchester remained “a magnet for investment,”
Members of the Club were then given a talk about ‘Life After Exit’ by Andrew Haigh, Executive Director with Coutts. He spoke about the steps required for business owners to sell their companies and move on.
Earlier K-Club Committee member Alistair McDonald told the meeting that from the start of the New Year members would be regularly polled about their attitudes to various topical business issues in line with the club’s commitment to giving the K-Club members a ‘voice’.
After the meeting, founding member Fred Stone said: “This was a hugely successful fourth quarterly meeting for the K-Club. Our attendance figure broke all records and there was an element of excitement about the future of a business club that is committed to giving its members a real voice.
“I’m confident that the K-Club will continue to grow and prosper through 2013.”
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