Show-business stories inspired Wythenshawe business bosses about the support they can provide to young people.
Guests at the latest BW3 Wythenshawe Business Gateway heard from actor Andrew Ellis about his career and passion for the area.
Born and bred in Wythenshawe, Andrew went on to star in a number of hit films and TV shows, including This is England, and now co-owns a production company and creative agency, Odd Drawer Digital.
He spoke to guests at the event – at the Manchester Airport Clayton Hotel – about his years growing up in Wythenshawe and how he believes in the power of role models when it comes to inspiring young people.
BW3 is a charity that brings businesses together to improve the economic and social wellbeing of Wythenshawe. It was co-founded more than 20 years ago by a number of prominent organisations in the area, including Manchester Airports Group and the City Council.
It has more than 200 members and hosts regular events for businesses, with speakers on a range of subjects and either inspire guests or help them grow their businesses.
BW3 chair Adam Jupp said: “Our latest Gateway was a truly inspiring event, and it was fascinating to hear from Andrew about his own journey and the passion he has for his craft.
“His story is a perfect example of how people from any community can realise their dreams, and we hope it serves as an inspiration to anyone in the area about what they can achieve.
“Businesses have a huge role to play in bridging the gap between education and the real world, and a massive part of that is by showing young people real examples of what they can go on to achieve.”
Also speaking at the event was Laura Tully from The Growth Company, who spoke about ‘Here For Business‘ helping businesses to navigate the increasing cost of doing business and provide specialist support. Laura will be providing a drop-in service at future WBG, for the remainder of the year for businesses who need support or advice.
We also heard from Rebecca Peacock from Silver Screen Dreams, who is a producer bringing together the Wythenshawe community to create a screenplay (about the Wythenshawe community thriving and coming together, during a cost of living crisis) and is looking for local businesses to get involved by appearing in the production or utilising it for advertising.