A new corporate membership organisation, set up to support the professional services community in Cheshire, has launched.
The group consists of professional services providers including lawyers, banks, accountants, financial advisers and commercial property agents.
The objectives of Cheshire Professionals are:
- To promote the quality of professional advisors in Cheshire, growing their reputation and maximising work retained and referred amongst local advisors and assisting in the winning of work from outside the region
- To build a referral network amongst Cheshire professionals, which facilitates the above and prevents the leaching of professional services work into regional city centres
- To provide soft landings in Cheshire for new companies and individuals investing in the area through the opening of networks and doors
- To be a lobbying group, influencer and supporter of business organisations and business initiatives, for example Cheshire & Warrington LEP
A launch event for Cheshire Professionals took place at the Innovation Centre, Sci-tech, in Daresbury, on Thursday last week.
Attendees to the event received presentations from Nigel Haddon, chairman of Cheshire Professionals, John Leake from Sci-tech, Barrie Kelly from Marketing Cheshire and Howard Hopwood, deputy chairman of the Cheshire & Warrington LEP.
Nigel Haddon, chairman of Cheshire Professionals, said: "Cheshire is home to a myriad of large and small, experienced professional service organisations that before the launch of Cheshire Professionals were not supported, in our region, by a professional network.
"We believe that in order to support Cheshire's plans for economic growth we need to work harder to retain business in Cheshire and ensure that we are cross referring work to each other. It will be beneficial to all our members to support a network that shares information with regards to large projects affecting the area."
Barrie Kelly, director of marketing at Marketing Cheshire, said: "The financial and business services sector is a major part of the Cheshire & Warrington economy and we look forward to Cheshire Professionals playing an important and strategic role at the forefront of economic development activities in Cheshire & Warrington and the North West."
Cheshire Professionals want to hear from organisations that would like to get involved in further developing a professional services community.