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.

Group Chair Person - Gary Sheader

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

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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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