The North Manchester group is a new group that launched early in 2019 to support the growth of manufacturing business based in the Oldham, Rochdale, Bury & Bolton area. 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.

Group Chair Person - 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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Group Chair Person - Graham Leather

Graham has held leadership roles across many sectors including manufacturing, business development, sales and business improvement consulting, both

in the UK and internationally.  Companies he has worked with include, Marley, Nielsen, Bharat Forge, AMEC, Enquest, Tate & Lyle, Modus Link, DEWA. He has trained, coached and influenced individuals and teams from Supervisors down to CEO’s.

Top Books: One Minute Manager Series; The Road Less Travelled, Shogun.

Top Films: Invictus (a masterclass in leadership and a great story) , Local Hero, The Last Samurai, Out of Africa.

Likes: Travelling, Hiking/ Trekking, Cycling, Live Music, Good Wine and Gin, Mushroom Hunting,  Authenticity, Satire.

Dislikes: Lateness, Hypocrisy, Confusion, Ambiguity, Oysters & Muscles, closed minds.

Favourite Quote: "I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there." - Richard Feynman, Astrophysicist.

Upcoming Events

8:00 am North Manchester – Bobst Manchester
North Manchester – Bobst Manchester
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
North Manchester - Bobst Manchester @ Bobst Manchester
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[...]