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networking The Trafford Park

Business Network

October/November 2017

Richard Banks, Senior Manager (Freight Programme) from Transport for Greater Manchester

Luke Bywaters, Eco-Innovation Adviser for the Business Growth Hub

Graham Dixon, Managing Director of Esprit Warehousing and Docks

The end of September saw the joint Trafford Council and GM Chamber’s Trafford Park Business Network take place at Hotel Football. As a business networking event this is unique in as far as it has one sole purpose – to bring together businesses in one of the world’s largest and oldest industrial parks.

(Freight Programme) from Transport for Greater Manchester. Richard spoke about logistics challenges and opportunities, particularly about the need for a city-region approach.

He went into detail about the need to support freight operating businesses across Greater Manchester, which was very relevant to Trafford Park Limited to attendees only based in the where there is a large concentration of Park, it was nevertheless well-attended logistics hubs and businesses. with an eclectic mix of different Next to speak was Luke Bywaters, Ecobusinesses and organisations. Innovation Adviser for the Business Growth Hub. The format consisted of open

methods that were designed to help the environment. Bibby Distribution was also singled out as a great example using environmentally supportive practices with their Saica contract. Luke finished with some very interesting views of the future of the sector, highlighting driver-less vehicles, drones, plus many other technological developments planned for the future. Final speaker was Graham Dixon, Managing Director of Esprit Warehousing and Docks.

networking followed by three speakers. After the talks there was a business card draw for 10 businesses to speak for 1 minute to the assembled audience.

Luke took a holistic view of the UK logistics and freight sector, specifically about the growth of the sector and different drivers of growth across the industry.

The theme for the event was logistics and freight, and the first speaker was Richard Banks, Senior Manager

He specified Uber and Amazon as case After a £250K refurbishment of the studies, and looked in depth at some warehouse the site now handles bulk freight and employs 25 people in very interesting freight activities and

Graham gave us a history of the business, describing the start as a road haulage company in 1998, followed by the eventual leasing of a dry dock site on the Manchester Ship Canal in 2015.

Manchester and Liverpool. Graham also described the movement up the canal of oversized loads, and the fact they weren’t causing congestion by cutting out the need to travel on Manchester’s roads by using the canal for the first part of their journey. After the three presentations there were 10 x 1 minute slots awarded on business cards drawn out of a bucket. Then back to networking. In an area that contains over 1,000 businesses and over 35,000 employees events like this are crucial in bringing businesses together. The Trafford Economic Partnership are currently planning the agenda for the next Trafford Park Business Network event. For further information and to register interest in attending, contact the Trafford Council Economic Growth Team on 0161 912 417 or email

GM Business Connect Oct.Nov 2017  

October/November Edition of Greater Manchester's fastest growing B2B Magazine

GM Business Connect Oct.Nov 2017  

October/November Edition of Greater Manchester's fastest growing B2B Magazine