New Manufacturing Peer Support Group to Launch in North Manchester

On 20th September 2018, the Manufacturers Alliance will be hosting the first of a series of taster sessions for ambitious manufacturing leaders at award winning Carrs Pasties based in Bolton. The aim of this new peer support group will be focused on the growth and continuous improvement of manufacturing businesses based in the North Manchester area.

The new group will be made up of 12 – 14 manufacturing leaders that are on a growth journey, and keen to learn from others on a similar path. The Manufacturers Alliance philosophy is to avoid reinventing the wheel and accelerate the growth of their members and businesses via sharing best practice. Our capacity to do this effectively has been key to support a highly productive manufacturing base in the UK. The more we can support non-competing business leaders in sharing ideas the faster we can grow our manufacturing base.

Carrs Pasties will be opening up their doors to local manufacturers to share the best practices they have developed over the past 80 years. Joe Carr, Managing Director at Carrs Pasties said about the event, “I have gained so much confidence from being part of the Manufacturers Alliance. I think all manufacturing leaders should join a peer support group. The help you get from the Chairs and the other businesses in the groups is invaluable. I have learnt so much from sharing with others like me. You just can’t teach this stuff in business school. I am happy to host this event at Carrs and help set up a North Manchester group. I think it’s a no brainer if you are serious about growing your business.”

Each of the Manufacturers Alliance peer groups has 2 Chair People. Experienced business leaders that have reached a point in their career where they want to give something back and utilise their experience to help others grow and achieve their ambition. The two Chairs for the North Manchester group are Phil Hartshorne and Roger Langford.

Phil Hartshorne had a long successful career with Cadburys, where he worked at Director level in Commercial and Supply Chain roles. Having been heavily invested in at Cadburys and applying himself Phil has certainly been there and got the t-shirt. Phil is first and foremost a people person with a great ability to get people motivated and firing on all four cylinders. Very perceptive and good at creating that step change we all strive for.

Alongside Phil is Roger. Roger Langford celebrates his 50 years in industry this week and sees this as a major milestone for himself and his new role. Roger has spent half of his career in operational roles within manufacturing working through the ranks to plant manager of a £28m turnover plastics business with 130 staff. The other half has been in business support roles helping others achieve their ambitions utilising lean manufacturing techniques, people development frameworks and coaching.

If you are an ambitious manufacturing leader based in the Oldham / Rochdale / Ashton area you can register to attend the free taster meeting by clicking the link here.

Manufacturing businesses that have gained the most from being part of the Manufacturers Alliance have been those that are open to learning and sharing with others. They understand that the path to success is via having a great business model and engaged people. Hence, becoming the best leader they can be for the business is the ultimate goal for our members.

Here are a few words from our members on the benefits of being a member.