I always think that there is an air of optimism about February, it’s the first time that the days are getting visibly longer and the promise of Spring isn’t too far away.
Business wise I never fail to be buoyed by the attitude and entrepreneurial spirit in Warrington. Warrington stands out as recording the highest employment rate in the country and sits very closely behind Manchester for the level of new business creation, but there is always room for improvement. Facilitating growth through building networks and sharing best practice has been shown to work exceptionally well in places like London and Manchester and I know Warrington has the entrepreneurial capability to match them.
There are already a number of excellent networking groups in Warrington and last month saw the formal launch of an innovative networking platform, specifically designed to bring people from ambitious, high-growth firms together. The network operates from The Base, on Dallam Lane, which is also home to Warrington & Co. and has been formed largely through the enthusiasm of entrepreneurs who have made The Base their business home in 2016. Called BaseConnect, the group already has 50 members and the team behind the initiative believe that figure will hit 200 before the end of 2017. BaseConnect is free to join for any company involved in the Warrington area and allows members to check and register for events, keep up to date with news relating to The Base and the wider tech sector, and network with other members.
At Warrington & Co. we offer support and direction to businesses large and small, new and established. Through our remit to implement Warrington’s ambitious growth framework, Warrington Means Business, we are not only creating the physical aspects to facilitate growth but can assist businesses towards advice, apprenticeships, premises, training and guide towards where grant funding might be available. In the coming months I hope to be able to provide further information on a grant scheme that will be available through Warrington & Co, so watch this space. In the meantime, please do contact us if we can be of help. Our details are on our website www.warringtonandco.com and you can follow us on Twitter @warringtonco