GMCC Annual Dinner 2012

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Dinner on Thursday 8th March. Web Applications’ Chief Executive Craig Dean went along as Oldham President of the GMCC.

Hailed as the leading business event on the North West calendar, this year the event was held at Manchester Central convention complex and was sponsored by United Airlines. The dinner provides an excellent networking opportunity to the GMCC’s members and their guests which Craig fully took advantage of.

The deserving winners of the inaugural Greater Manchester Green Business Award were announced at the dinner. EOC UK, Trafford Park manufacturer, received the award for a small/medium business while the award for a large business went to Stagecoach.

Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment was the guest speaker. He provided a thought-provoking speech to diners including the UK Trade & Investment directors for France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, the Nordics and the Baltics, who took part in a special networking event for businesses interested in exporting.

Chamber president Martin Douglas hosted and used his speech to lobby the minister for regional support of our health and life sciences sector. Martin pointed out that the North West has been identified as a centre of international significance by both the government’s Office for Life Sciences and global companies in the industry. GlaxoSmithKline dubbed the region a member of the European Super League of bio-technology clusters.

The after-dinner speaker was Chris Addison, stand-up comedian from Manchester. Other than stand–up, Chris is perhaps best known for his role as Ollie in BBC 2’s The Thick of It and the film adaptation In the Loop. As he had a little laugh to himself thinking back, Craig described Chris’ performance as ‘brilliant’, particularly his chicken impression!

Another personal highlight for Craig was the delicious food served. A typical Webbie! The Chamber reported that the night was a roaring success and we’re looking forward to reading the full story in the GMCC’s