The North Manchester group is a new group being launched in 2018 to support the growth of manufacturing business in the Oldham area and is being chaired by Phil Hartshorne. 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.

Phil Hartshorne

Phil has held Commercial and Supply chain leadership roles for large and small UK and US companies including Cadbury and Kraft foods. He has a passion for operational excellence delivered through engaged people and connected teams.

Favourite Business Leader: Jeff Bezos

Top Books: Mind Store – Jack Black, Homo Deus – Yuval Noah Harari, The Minute Manager – Ken Blanchard

Top Films: Shane; Gladiator; Citizen Kane; The Darkest Hour

Likes: Hill walking, cricket, music, non-air travel, family (sometimes), food and wine (all times)

Dislikes: Bureaucracy, complex processes, closed minds, insincere people and any delays.

Favourite Quote: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” – Albert Einstein

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Roger Langford

Roger has 25 years’ experience in manufacturing in technical and managerial roles in both Plc’s and SME’s in chemicals, white goods and automotive supply. This was followed by 25 years in Business Advice and Support roles with Business Link, and lastly Cogent who were the Sector Skills Council for science-based manufacturing.

Much of his career has had a skills/competence development focus and whilst with Cogent he developed much of their Competence Development and Competence Management consultancy offering. He is still a strong advocate of developing people as a key driver of improving business performance and delivering organisational objectives.

Favourite films: The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and all the Die Hard series

Favourite books: The Hobbit and Game of Thrones

Favourite learning sites: Open University Open Learn and Mind Tools

Likes: Family time – particularly Grand Children – gardening, ichthyology (fish keeping), Gardening, walking (particularly if it ends with a good pint of Real Ale…)

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The Manufacturers Alliance has a proven track record in supporting manufacturing leaders in achieving their ambitions of personal and business growth. We have a range of peer groups across the North of the country for[...]