Entrepreneurs@Manchester 2014/15

Entrepreneurs@Manchester is a series of events which brings some of the UK’s foremost entrepreneurs to the University of Manchester to share the inspirational lessons they have learned in building their businesses.  At the end of each event, the audience are invited to ask questions to our speaker.

  Neil McArthur

Our first speaker, in November 2014, was Neil McArthur, founder of Opal Technologies, which was acquired by Talk Talk.  He is currently Head of Innovation at Talk Talk.  In a wide ranging and informative talk, Neil discussed his experience both of growing his own business and also what it is like to be an entrepreneur working within a larger FTSE 250 business at Talk Talk. He recalled how important it had been to his own entrepreneurial career to find the right business partner, with complementary skills to his own, to grow Opal Technologies.  He advised young entrepreneurs to find an industry they were passionate about, and also to build their business in a way that they would feel good about at the end of their entrepreneurial journey.  He was very positive about the prospects for young people setting up a business in Manchester, pointing out that there is a well skilled workforce with lower wages than London, and a good quality of life for employees.

  Steve Morgan

The second event took place in February 2015, with Steve Morgan presenting his entrepreneurial journey.  He founded Redrow Homes in 1974, floating it on the London Stock Exchange in 1994, and growing it to become a member of the FTSE 250 Index of the UK’s largest public companies.  Two of the skills which Steve had found enabled him to grow Redrow to such a substantial size were leading from the front (e.g. turning up himself at 5am on a building site when he asked his employees to do so), while also being able to delegate effectively.  He said that 2014 had been a successful year, with the announcement that, under his Chairmanship, Redrow’s pre-tax profits for the year to June 2014 had risen 91% on the previous year to £132.6 million.

Please do check Manchester Enterprise Centre’s events page regularly for details of future Entrepreneurs@Manchester events.