The West Manchester Group
The West Manchester group was the first of the Manufacturers’ Alliance groups to launch back in 2013. The majority of the original members have stayed with the group since the launch and have seen a lot of value in the long-term investment.
The group consists of SME and multinational manufacturing businesses ranging from £3m to £1bn turnover. They have a collective trading history of almost 500 years. The majority of the group are Managing Directors, with one General Manager, one Plant Manager and one HR Manager.
Gary is the Founder of the Manufacturers Alliance and considered a champion for supporting the growth of UK manufacturing. He loves to be around people who are ambitious and like to push the boundaries.
Favourite Leader: Nelson Mandela
Top Books: Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey, Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss
Top Films: Gladiator, The Godfather Pt. 1, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Likes: Manufacturing, Laughing, Running, Walking, Food, Music & Live Gigs, Poetry, Family Time
Dislikes: Sushi, Bungee Jumping, People who moan a lot
Favourite Quote: “If you do what you’ve always done; you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” – Tony Robbins
Carole has joined the Manufacturers’ Alliance as the West Manchester chair to support Gary with the growth and development of the group. Carole has a large amount of experience in the manufacturing sector and runs her businesses Conception Marketing and Advantage Consulting.
Favourite Leader: Serena Williams (she’s not a “leader” but she’s an amazing role model for people who seek do things the best but prepared to take a different approach. You don’t need to look the same or behave the same to be the best)
Top Books: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Catcher in the Rye, the Dictionary.
Top Films: When Harry met Sally, Le Grand Bleu
Likes: Tennis: playing and watching, Learning languages (currently Portuguese) and studying for a PhD
Dislikes: Procrastinating and the rain (shouldn’t really live in Manchester!)