“Every day, my priority, my first thought, is how to help SMEs get fighting fit for the future,” said Michael, who spent time discussing the issue with conference host and local MP Thelma Walker.
“Our High Growth team has identified businesses in the area we can particularly support, via our significant network of relationship managers, access to finance, our Smart Business Dashboard, and networking and mentoring events to support their growth.”
“What makes Yorkshire special to us is that we’ve been here for hundreds of years via our foundation banks, and helped finance huge infrastructure projects such as the Leeds-Liverpool canal in 1774 and the Manchester Ship Canal in 1887.”
The conference was held at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, a new business support centre to develop business and academic collaboration, and named after Sir George Buckley, a graduate of the University and former CEO of the multi-national 3M corporation. It’s one of the latest of many new developments springing up in this historic industrial town.