The Merseyside group is a new group being launched in 2019 to support the growth of manufacturing business in the Merseyside area and is being chaired by Mark Rutherford and Paul Reynolds. The group is currently recruiting new members and is open to meeting ambitious manufacturing leaders in the area.
Our goal is to support the growth of SME manufacturing businesses via an affordable membership model that connects like-minded people in the industry. We firmly believe that manufacturing is the backbone of the UK economy and every effort should be made to accelerate the growth of those with ambition. People just like you that have personal and business growth ambitions. We will connect you with people you can trust, that are willing to open up their doors to share great ideas and business best practice.
Mark originally trained as an Engineer with the RAF. On leaving the military he worked for more than 30 years in Manufacturing, in a number of senior operational positions with companies such as Hella, Husky Computers, Britax and more recently BMAC where he served as Managing Director.
Marks's experience includes significant exposure to international operations, particularly within Asia where he established two large independent manufacturing operations for UK based businesses.
Mark is a believer in the philosophy of 'continuous improvement' and looks forward to supporting Merseyside SME's with their own, individual improvement challenges.
Having spent so long working in Asia, I particularly am drawn to the wisdom from Chinese philosophers, entrepreneurs and CEOs. A more recent example from Jack Ma (Alibaba CEO) illustrates this well “Set your sights high, the higher the better.... Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.”
Top Books: How to Have a Good Day, Caroline Webb, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
Top films: We were Soldiers, Letters from Iwo Jima
Likes: Military History, Motorcycling, Travel, Good Food
Dislikes: Boring food, Long queues at immigration
Paul has run his own Business Coaching and Training company with associates since 2008. Prior to that, was a Director and General Manager in a global petrochemical bulk liquid storage terminals business.
That followed several years in senior operational and commercial roles in the molasses division of the Tate & Lyle Group.
Paul has worked "on the ground" in over 30 countries worldwide, running multi-disciplined teams of managers in major-hazard industries.
Favourite Leader: The Queen
Top Books: A man called Ove - Frederik Backman, How To Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
Top Film: As Good as it Gets (Jack Nicholson)
Likes: Having several grandchildren. Singing solo in a variety of styles, and baritone in a choir. Watching Rugby Union, football and golf (too much for my wife's liking). Seeing people I work with grow.
Dislikes: Computer says No. Inconsiderate parking.
Favourite quote: This is not a dress rehearsal.