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Mackenzie Marketing meets George Osborne

Posted on: Monday 9 February, 2015 | Filed in: General News

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Mackenzie Marketing met George Osborne on 6th February 2015. Managing Director, Catherine Mackenzie and Digital Marketing Apprentice, Josh Probert were amongst twelve representatives of the Wilmslow Business Group that met the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The meeting took place over lunch at the Stolen Lamb restaurant on Grove Street, Wilmslow.

Mr Osborne met the Business Group to understand their priorities and how he could support the Business Group in their work. He was also particularly interested to learn how the Wilmslow business community was finding the Apprenticeship scheme.

Whilst in the Stolen Lamb he spoke to the owner and head chef, George Hadjiyiannis, who explained that the focus of the restaurant was on using fresh local ingredients to provide tasty sophisticated Greek Cypriot dishes. Mr Osborne also met members of the Stolen Lamb team whilst having a tour of their kitchen. George from the Stolen Lamb explained how the restaurant employed local staff in the kitchen and front of house: “we have employed a number of apprentices, including one who subsequently left to work in a Two Star Michelin restaurant in London.”

The members of the Wilmslow Business Group at the lunch included the Chairman, Catherine Mackenzie who also runs Mackenzie Marketing, a marketing consultancy in Wilmslow; and her colleague, Josh Probert, who is a digital marketing apprentice and supports the Business Group in keeping their website up to date – The Chancellor was particularly interested to learn how Josh was finding the Apprenticeship Scheme. Josh commented to the Chancellor: “I didn’t want to go straight to university after finishing my A-Levels, I wanted to get into the workplace. However, I did want to continue to learn whilst working. An Apprenticeship seemed a great way forward for me. I have learnt a great deal at Mackenzie Marketing and with the Manchester based Apprentice Academy.”

Ms Mackenzie explained the Business Group’s priorities: “Over the last nine months we have really focused on developing an events programme for Wilmslow to encourage vibrancy and footfall into Wilmslow. Wilmslow Town Council match-funded our financial commitment to setting up an Events Team.
“In September we ran a really successful Art Trail which enabled local professional artists to exhibit in shops, bars, coffee shops and churches around the town centre. It was highly successful and so we will be running the Trail again 5th-7th June 2015. We are holding our first ever Food & Drink Festival 16th – 21st March, which Castletons Accountants is sponsoring. During this week in March a range of restaurants will showcase their food and drink through a series of events, as well as providing discounts.

“But the Business Group is not just about the events. We are now looking at how we can encourage more businesses to move into Wilmslow; as well as how we can market what’s going on in Wilmslow to residents. We hope to work with Wilmslow Town Council, Cheshire East Council and Wilmslow’s commercial landlords to put together and deliver a plan for Wilmslow.”

Mr Osborne was keen to support the Business Group with their ideas; and asked that the Business Group kept him appraised of their work, so he could support them where appropriate.

The other Business Group representatives were: Simon Carr, General Manager at Hoopers; Andrew Ford, Director of Castletons Accountants; Steve Kennedy, Owner of Mailboxes Etc in Wilmslow; Georgie Johnson, Wilmslow Business Group Events Manager; James Maguire, Director of James Maguire & Co Solicitors; James Pulle, Acting Headteacher, Wilmslow High School; Mark Royle, Director of Orbit Developments; Margaret Turner, Director of Turners Nursery; and A’dell Harper, Director of children’s nursery, The House of Rompa.

Photo taken by Richard Weston of Weston Digital Imaging.

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