Anne has a wealth of experience supporting businesses to increase productivity, reduce costs, achieve operational excellence, sustain resource efficiencies, utilise advanced manufacturing techniques and advanced materials, and prepare for digital technology adoption.
She is a highly experienced operational and programme manager, with over 20 years’ experience leading programmes at The Manufacturing Institute prior to joining the Business Growth Hub in 2016. Anne has an MSc in Management and has significant experience of working with the public, private and academic sectors.
Geoff is a highly skilled manufacturing specialist, practiced in supporting manufacturing businesses to implement lean tools and techniques which will increase efficiency. Geoff is passionate about helping manufacturers work smarter and to do more with less.
With a background in engineering design and experience running a successful business, Geoff is skilled at strategic planning, developing sales and marketing strategies to generate new customers and delivering sustained profitability.
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Stephen has 50 years' experience across Manufacturing and Engineering, with a strong focus on delivering continuous improvement in business performance.
He is well versed in employee engagement, factory management and organisational development. With a strong technical background due to his experience as an engineer; he has a solid understanding of how machinery and processes work and can confidently identify ways to run them more efficiently.
Lindsey is a highly skilled project manager with experience in delivering both funded and commercial projects for the manufacturing sector, having previously worked at The Manufacturing Institute for over ten years.
Lindsey supports fulfilment and target achievement across Business Growth Hub Manufacturing Team contracts by ensuring compliance, producing impact reports and measuring the success of client interventions. Lindsey also oversees the Business Growth Hub’s Delivery Support Team; managing day to day operations across information and resources to deliver efficient and effective Co-ordinator support across the breadth of expert business guidance available.
Martin leverages the skills and knowledge gained from over 38 years’ experience working in and supporting aerospace, aviation, engineering and manufacturing companies, to now assist Business to Business (B2B) manufacturers across a broad range of Sectors, to achieve their development and growth ambitions.
He works with Company Owners, Directors and Senior Management teams, to understand their needs and ambitions, diagnosing and identifying areas for improvement across the areas of Finance, Manufacturing Strategy, Marketing, New Product/New Process Introduction, Operational Efficiency (KPIs/Lean/5S Principles etc), and Supply Chains, as appropriate.
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Chris has over 25 years of business experience, with a background in marketing. He has worked in different sectors, including FMCG, food, retail infrastructure and medical devices. Chris has also worked as a business consultant, specialising in international trade and business development.
Chris was brought up with manufacturing – his parents owned and ran a small textile business, and the experience has stayed with him throughout his career, being able to relate to processes when developing products, and being able to communicate effectively with suppliers. In addition, Chris has been an active member of the Federation of Small Business and has held the position of region chair NW for two terms. Chris was a founding member of the team that wrote and delivered a Northern Powerhouse manifesto for small businesses and he remains a passionate advocate for the North.
Chris has a very can-do approach to progressing projects, with an ability to see potential and structure a sustainable route for progress.
With a rich background in the environment and sustainability, James is a Geography graduate working to support customer service and internal operations at GM Business Growth Hub. He is a personable team player who is dedicated to upholding company performance across several teams. Alongside BGH’s Manufacturing Team, James works to support our Digital, Creative and Technology Team as well as the Global Scale-up Team to ensure the highest standards of business support are maintained.
Venkatesh is a highly motivated and innovative individual, possessing extensive knowledge in manufacturing systems and processes. With a Masters degree in Aerospace Manufacturing and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering he has honed problem-solving skills, particularly in the realms of PDCA and root cause analysis and is passionate about implementing lean and Six Sigma methodologies to drive operational excellence and boost productivity. His commitment to exploring and adopting new manufacturing technologies sets him apart. His thesis project was sustainable composites using recycled plastics and graphene/carbon fibres, which exemplifies his commitment to innovative and eco-friendly solutions.
Angela is a manufacturing specialist who leads engagement with manufacturing organisations of all sizes based in Greater Manchester, driving a wide range of business improvements across the whole sector. Angela has spent over 15 years in the manufacturing industry and brings deep knowledge of its challenges, opportunities, and practices. A true business partner, she works closely with manufacturing leaders to provide completely tailored fully funded business solutions. Angela oversees the end-to-end implementation of strategic projects, expertly supporting organisations to review business models, embed and sustain continuous improvement, reduce costs, and increase sales – driving up both productivity and profitability! She is a resourceful solutionist who brings the right blend of integrity, flexibility, and technical know-how.