The group has been launched and will be chaired by Gary Sheader, a Bolton based manufacturing ambassador. The main focus will be supporting collaborative working and creating a safe environment for manufacturing business leaders to share best practise. Gary will be providing a range of industry expert speakers each month that will provide the most advanced methods to drive growth in the industry. Gary also stated, “Our aim is to help the members make effective decisions that will support personal growth and help them grow their bottom lines. I love to see people and businesses reach their full potential and the structure of the Manufacturers Alliance will ensure this happens. Surrounding yourself with other manufacturing leaders that are striving for the similar goals will be very powerful and infectious.”
Manufacturing businesses in the North West will have seen Gary’s Bolton Manufacturers Group grow over the past couple of years, and for those lucky enough to attend, will have tasted the famous Pie and Peas manufactured locally at Carrs Pasties in Bolton. He has also been a speaker at a number of The Manufacturer and Lean Management Journal events on lean manufacturing and managing change.
One of the new members of the group Maurice Summerson, 7 years retained at the Baerlocher UK, part of the 1200 employee international Baerlocher Group says, “I have always been a huge fan of collaborative working and sharing knowledge to achieve commercial results, so Gary did not need to sell the idea to me. The calibre of the people in the group is fantastic and I am sure we will all be embarking on a great journey together. We need more groups like this around the UK to support the growth of UK manufacturing.”
Emma Collings, Director of Ian Lucas Security Shutters had a different reason for joining the group, “we have been trading now for over 6 years and I have found the business world quite lonely at times. Being a woman in manufacturing is tough and the Manufacturers Alliance has given me a support network of likeminded people I can trust. After attending just one of the taster sessions I have already seen benefits in my business.”
The Manufacturers Alliance will be launching on 11th September 2013 and already has 8 members signed up. If you would like to be one of the remaining 8 manufacturers you can find out more via the website: www.manufacturersalliance.co.uk or contact Gary Sheader via telephone on 01204 410062.
The current members of the group are:
Director of Security Shutter Manufacturer
Managing Director of Architectural Metalwork Manufacturer
Managing Director of Additive Manufacturer
Finance Director of Interior Fixtures Manufacturer
Managing Director of 2 Textile Manufacturers
Managing Director of Pneumatic Control Manufacturer
Managing Director of Mechanical Seal Manufacturer
Managing Director or Steel Enclosure Manufacturer