• James Ellaby
MGC Strengthens Tech Proposition With New Appointment

Claire Braithwaite has been appointed to the position of Tech Advisor at Manchester Growth Company (MGC).

Formerly Head of Tech North, Claire brings a wealth of industry knowledge and a sound understanding of Greater Manchester’s technology sector within the wider context of the North.  She will utilise this to boost the work MGC does to benefit the region’s thriving tech community, in addition to representing Greater Manchester’s tech interest to new investors and informing and influencing public policy to support businesses in this space.

The appointment comes at a time when Greater Manchester is amplifying its focus on the importance of collaboration in developing the region’s tech proposition. The role will therefore work across MGC to drive opportunities for growing the sector and ensuring Greater Manchester businesses have a competitive advantage.

Claire said "I'm delighted to be taking up the position of Tech Advisor at MGC and I look forward to working for businesses and with colleagues across Greater Manchester and in attracting overseas businesses to locate here.

“And following on from my previous role as Head of Tech North I will continue to seek collaboration across the tech community across the North to champion and promote the region and the influential role it plays in building a Northern Powerhouse that will deliver prosperity for future generations.

“Today Manchester is in a strong position, with over 3,000 digital businesses and employing in excess of 60,000 people in digital. This is a transformational time for the city and tech has a key role to play in shaping its cultural identity and the lives of the people who live and work here as well as its economic success."

Mark Hughes, group chief executive of the Manchester Growth Company, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Claire to the team at a time when MGC is reviewing how we can better serve the region’s tech community. Claire offers a wealth of industry insight that I’m confident will prove invaluable in supporting MGC’s work in promoting the sector; driving international investment and trade; in providing business support and a finance offer; alongside a skills solution for businesses in this sector.”

Ian Stewart, City Mayor of Salford and Greater Manchester Combined Authority lead for business support and finance said:  “This appointment is excellent news.  It clearly demonstrates the commitment that Greater Manchester is making in the technology sector, and will help to ensure that we remain in the forefront of developments in this vital area of the economy.”