Talking West Cheshire

Runcorn to host next Mersey Dee Alliance business breakfast

14 May 2012

A network designed to promote business growth and innovation across the North West-North Wales border is holding its next meeting in Runcorn.

Mersey Dee Alliance’s Innovation Network is hosting a free business breakfast at The Heath Business and Technical Park on Thursday, 24 May.

The event provides an opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses to assess their performance, gain access to entrepreneurs and experts and learn about the latest regional and national initiatives and opportunities.

The network includes those who support the growth of businesses, including business advisors, investors, legal advisors, industry and university experts and government agencies.

It also allows members to collaborate, share best practice and discuss ways to move businesses forward in the current economic climate.

The Runcorn event will feature a free exhibition area for network members to showcase their business and a short elevator pitch section with the latest news and information on local innovation and support.

The network is supported by Cheshire West and Chester, Denbighshire, Wrexham, Flintshire and Wirral Councils alongside the Welsh Assembly Government.

MDA Chairperson and Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Executive Member for Prosperity, Councillor Herbert Manley, said: “I am delighted with the success of the MDA Innovation Network, which provides an opportunity for knowledge based businesses across the area to access the latest information and support, and help each other with business problems.

“The MDA could not take this initiative forward without the support of our key partners, the Chamber, Glyndwr University, University of Chester, EA Technology and local authority business teams, among others.”

MDA Vice Chair and Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Communities and Performance, Councillor Bob Dutton, said: “The network will only include members of small to medium businesses, but will provide them with an opportunity to meet and progress their business with those who support them.

“It will also provide members with access to innovative networks such as the national Knowledge Transfer Networks run by the Technology Strategy Board.

“In these economically challenging times it is particularly important to help such businesses face and overcome commercial difficulties and begin to grow.”

During the 2010/11 pilot the network held six events and supported 485 delegates. On average, it helped each company to make between four and five ongoing connections or collaborations in support of growth and innovation.

The business breakfast will be followed by an optional tour of the centre. To book your place at the free event please visit the Mersey Dee Alliance website or email mda@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk before the closing deadline of 18 May.