More than 50 representatives from small and medium-sized businesses in Trafford attended ‘Recharge: Trafford’.
‘Recharge: Trafford’ was recently held by Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company, at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale. IT covered topics including Manchester’s recent third-placed ranking by the UK Tech Innovation Index.
Also discussed was overcoming barriers to innovation and how companies can safeguard their intellectual property.
Event chair Richard Jeffery, director of Business Growth Hub, said: “Innovation can really help to drive growth in a company”.
“By holding events such as our Recharge series, we hope to help Greater Manchester firms to break down some of the challenges they face”.
Panellists included the two Innovation Showcase Competition winners from Venturefest Manchester 2017. Food and drink manufacturer Mello Drinks won Best Established Business. Co-founder Rose Aldean had the following advice for small and medium-sized enterprises.
“Always focus on your goals, unexpected obstacles will always crop up in any business, it’s how you tackle them, and remain focused on your end goal that counts”.
Matt Walsh, CEO of music app developer Beatstream Media, which won the Best Start-Up Business award, said: “We’re constantly trying to innovate.
“Winning at Venturefest allowed us to stand out from the crowd whilst adding validation and credibility to our product”.
Businesses can apply for up to £5,000 of funding to access expertise, research and specialist facilities via the Hub.