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Two of Greater Manchester’s most prominent business leaders join forces to drive SME innovation across the region in landmark partnership

A landmark partnership between the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and IN4.0 with The Landing at MediaCityUK will bring world-class innovation and growth opportunities to the region’s SME business community.

The latest collaboration will combine the best in business innovation and SME support services to members of both organisations to improve the resilience of business owners and position them for future success as they navigate through the challenges of Covid-19 and the ongoing EU transition.

Through the combined leadership of Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 Group, and Clive Memmott, CEO of the Chamber, members will be able to access a unique joint package of innovation services to support SMEs across the 10 Greater Manchester districts to recover from current economic challenges and accelerate their growth.

Members will have access to the MediaCityUK Innovation Hub’s services including its Security Operations Centre (SOC) and Network Operations Centre (NOC) cyber support as a service, VR and Immersive Technology, Maker Space Rapid Prototyping, Internet of Things and Data services and Technology Talent Recruitment.

A comprehensive programme of innovation masterclasses, seminars, workshops and events will also be offered exclusively to Chamber members.

As part of the new partnership, all Chamber members will receive membership to The Landing Innovation Hub’s business lounge at MediaCityUK, and to its co-working, conferencing and meeting facilities where they can work, meet clients, secure deals and network.

Club members of IN4.0 with The Landing will also have access to a range of Chamber services and events. These include Chamber Primary Health Plan, Chamber Protect, Chamber Utilities, International Trade Support, Members’ Lounge, Policy Support, Skills for Growth – SME Support and MyGMCR, a new rewards platform which aims to promote the best Greater Manchester has to offer.

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 Group said: “This is a landmark moment as we look forward to 2021. Start-ups, micro businesses, and SMEs are the bedrock of our economy and they are now going to be massively supported through this unique partnership with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

“These businesses have been impacted the most and have faced great challenges. By doing this we are offering support to future proof their business while also realising Greater Manchester’s vision for being a Northern Gateway for innovation excellence.

“We want to make sure businesses across the region have access to the latest in innovation technology to help them thrive and grow and in doing so, we want to ensure innovation remains inclusive for all.”

Clive Memmott, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “I’m delighted to be working with The Landing on this new partnership. It is particularly important during these difficult times that the business community comes together to share best practice, resources and support.

“Greater Manchester is home to some fantastic businesses which are leaders in their field, but they will have to rapidly adapt to the changes brought by the post-Covid and post-EU economy. Providing easily assessable, practical and high-quality support with innovation has never been more important. 

“Together we will be helping them to adapt, grow and innovate as they deal with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”