Experts announced for Venturefest Manchester

Venturefest 2016

Experts announced for Venturefest Manchester

As Venturefest Manchester prepares to open its doors at Bridgewater Hall on Thursday 14 September, more details have been revealed about the event.

Business leaders and experts from a selection of North West companies will be on hand to provide advice across a range of business issues on a one-to-one basis. 

These experts will include Ansar Mahmood, company director of Pomegranate, a team of award winning chartered accountants and business advisors who specialise in the legal, professional, creative and digital media, leisure and video game sectors.

Rob Allan, R&D Technical Manager from Catax, will also offer advice to businesses and entrepreneurs, along with Simon Wallace, senior employment law consultant for Avensure.

In addition, there will be two senior practitioners from Appleyard Lees - Joanne Goodchild, senior associate, and Howard Read, Patent Attorney - taking part. Appleyard Lees is a global intellectual property firm which has specialist knowledge in many areas of science, technology and manufacturing.

Chris Greenhalgh, head of innovation and programme development at the Business Growth Hub, who organised Venturefest 2017, said: “The theme of this year’s Venturefest is ‘fuelling growth through commercialising innovation’, because we recognise that turning knowledge and market opportunities into profit is a continuous challenge for businesses. That’s why we’ve looked to bring in experts who have extensive experience in areas like IP, trademarks, Health & Safety and R&D to help to delegates address real issues which may be holding them back.

“We’ve also sought to find advisors with frontline experience in many key sectors which are dependent on constant innovation to thrive.”

Joanne Goodchild from Appleyard Lees said: “With IP strategy crucial to a business’s establishment, development and investment, we are keen to offer our support in helping local businesses evolve and thrive. With its wealth of new and emerging companies and technologies, Manchester is an exciting place for us to be.”

Organised by the Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company, and now in its fourth year, Venturefest Manchester offers a networking platform for Greater Manchester and the wider North West.