Wednesday 30 November


JMW, 1 Byrom Street, Manchester


8am – 10am



Successful and growing SMEs are essential to the UK’s economic growth.

However, growing your business can come with a range of challenges especially within the current economic climate.

In our latest panel event, in partnership with JMW, we will be exploring some of the key challenges businesses are facing as we move through uncertain times, why SMEs are concerned about them and what they can do to overcome them.

We will also hear from businesses about their own journey, how they have taken their business to the next level, and what’s next for them in  2023 and beyond.

The event will also explore the opportunities for growth and investment both regionally, nationally, and internationally.

It will take place on 30 November between 8-10am at JMW, 1 Byrom Street, Manchester.

Panelists include:

Pinesh Mehta, investor at BGF

Pinesh is involved in all aspects of the investment process from origination through to completion, and supports companies throughout the investment hold period. Pinesh has led numerous investments at BGF, across a range of sectors but has a particular focus on the technology/software sector.

Marc Yaffe, Managing Partner, JMW

Marc has been at JMW for over 10 years where, as Head of Commercial Litigation, he grew the department from 14 to over 60 people taking turnover from £1m to £6.6m and transforming it into one of the biggest litigation teams in the North West.

Tom Hurst, founder, Rockstar Spirits

Tom Hurst is founder of Manchester-based rum producer Rockstar Spirits. Launched in November 2018, Rockstar Spirits offers several flavoured rums, including the overproof Grenade range and the Two Swallows brand. Last year, Tom appeared on BBC’s dragons’ Den where he won the backing of both Touker Suleyman and Tej Lalvani.

Martin Keelagher
Martin is CEO of Agile Automations, a Manchester-based tech firm providing Intelligent Automations across the globe. The local entrepreneur, and serial investor, also holds board positions with several SMEs working across security, technology support, InsurTech, health and leisure and consultancy. With years of experience in business development and strategy planning, Martin helps businesses hit new horizons, working closely with the founders and delivery teams.

Chaired by: Shelina Begum, North West Editor, TheBusinessDesk.com

Pinesh Mehta

Marc Yaffe

Tom Hurst

Martin Keelagher