This is pro-manchester

Date: Wednesday 24th March 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location: Microsoft Teams, Link sent on confirmation, ,
Cost: Free
Business Booster
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Join us for this special event where we’ll hear from pro-manchester members old and new who will share their experiences of being part of our community, how a pro-manchester membership specifically benefits their business, their plans for 2021 and their advice for businesses considering joining our community.

About the Speakers:

Sam Booth Chief Executive - pro-manchester Tel: 07970 269974

At pro-manchester, Sam has been an integral part of its growth from a small, effective membership network to a sophisticated business development organisation. A firm part of the Manchester business community, Sam is a familiar face to most, constantly and efficiently working to bring businesses together in the city region.

As chief executive, Sam is responsible for the organisation’s corporate engagement as well managing all existing key partnerships and member relationships. Whilst providing support to her team, Sam manages the day-to-day running and strategic direction of the business.

Sam also sits on the board of trustees for Forever Manchester, a charity that supports community activity across Greater Manchester. As well as this, Sam also sits on the City of Trees Executive Advisory Group and the Greater Manchester Organisational Representatives Group. More recently, Sam has become the Regional Deputy Chair of TheCityUK, where she helps to engage on a regional level on behalf of individuals in the financial and professional services industries.

Jennifer Smith Partner - JMW Solicitors LLP

Jen joined JMW in 2011 and deals with all aspects of employment law, however, she has particular expertise in contentious work and specialises in executive terminations, disciplinary and dismissal issues and discrimination. One of Jen’s key strengths lay in her client care skills and she develops strong relationships with both existing and new clients.

The Manchester Evening News reported “Jennifer has been recognised for the outstanding contribution she has made to her firm and for demonstrating exceptional performance in the provision of professional services in the Manchester business community”.

Jen is the Chair of pro-manchester’s Retail & Ecommerce Sector Committee.


James Hales Head of Origination - Northedge Capital LLP

James is Head of Origination at NorthEdge having spent seven years in Corporate Finance at Clearwater International where he was a Director responsible for generating mid-market opportunities and managing the Deal Origination team.

James has experience across a number of sectors meeting with management teams to understand their plans and has joined NorthEdge to identify new investment opportunities via growth and development capital, management buy-outs, equity release and buy-and-build opportunities.

Liz Taylor - Taylor Lynn Corporation Ltd.

Professional event planner, hospitality brand consultant and motivational speaker, Liz Taylor, CEO of the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC) has developed a successful industry career spanning 35 years. She is viewed as a northern pioneer in the events and hospitality sector. Growing her business from fledgling company to million-pound enterprise.  A leader amongst event planners, Liz is a regular columnist for publications such as Conference News and frequently appears on TV and radio as a spokesperson and expert commentator for the event and hospitality industry.

At the helm of TLC, she has earned a reputation for creating events that push back the boundaries of event design, technology and presentation. Creating unique, live platforms upon which to launch, showcase and celebrate blue-chip brands, SMEs or entrepreneurial ambitions.  Liz has also developed an extensive private event client base, including wedding couples, media personalities, sports stars, music icons and a Royal client or two!

Lee Ali Co - founder & Director - E5 Interactive

Lee is founder and MD of multi award-winning global exhibition engagement company, Expo Stars Interactive and co-founder and Director of software marketing company E5 Interactive with a very strong passion for face-to-face communication, sales and live marketing. Lee also helps up and coming entrepreneurs and small business owners to fully realise their potential as a business coach and mentor for the Business Growth Hub in Manchester.

Melanie Fox Associate - Business Development Manager - Rider Levett Bucknall

For the past twelve years, Melanie has proudly been a part of the growth and development of the Manchester branch of Rider Levett Bucknall. An independent global property consultant, providing advice that centres on the cost, quality and sustainability of built environments.

Melanie’s position revolves around business development and marketing, involving the sourcing of new work, liaising with clients, and raising the organisation’s profile and brand awareness. She also assists with the program of events, helping to spread the word about what RLB do and the value they add to the property and construction industries.

“I love getting to know people, whether that’s by interacting with new clients or maintaining the connection with existing ones. I always look to forge valuable, long-lasting professional relationships in everything I do.”

Interested In The Event?

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