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supportersNews is our business and our passion. We're delivering more news, to more people, more often, in more ways than ever. We're investing in our brands, technology, print and in the quality and effectiveness of the solutions we deliver to our advertising partners. Together we're reaching more people than ever before. Visit them on Stand 131.Business Link is an impartial business support, advice and information service funded by the government. The organisation is supporting the 'Innovation Lounge', an area dedicated to hosting the keynote speakers over the course of the two-day show. Visit them on Stand 102.Angels Den exists to help entrepreneurs and SME owners get the investment they need to take their businesses into high growth. Witness the bravest exhibitors coming face-to-face with business Angels (high net worth individuals) and pitch for funding for their products. Visit them on Stand 78.The Chamber provides its 1,000 members with business support services into the wider business community, with specific emphasis on gaining new markets, increasing sales and reducing costs. Visit them on Stand 183.The largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK with over 5,000 members, Greater Manchester Chamber provides first-class business support to companies of all shapes and sizes through a range of sector-based membership services and networking opportunities.Knowledge partnerAs a leading local authority, it is Manchester City Council's goal to help local businesses to thrive and prosper. Manchester has been at the forefront of economic development at many stages in history, and it refuses to accept obstacles to prosperity, instead Manchester City Council apply creative ideas to innovate and regenerate through investing in high quality infrastructure, business support strategies and our local communities.www.businessnorthwest.co.uk 11

12 www.businessnorthwest.co.uksupportersThe CIM is the world's largest organisation for professional marketers and plays a key role in training, developing and representing the industry. The CIM is celebrating its centenary this year and is running a series of marketing clinics at the show; these will be one-on-one sessions for visitors with CIM advisors. Visit them on Stand 98a.Manchester Professionals is a search portal for identifying qualified professional service providers in Greater Manchester. The network comprises 1,700 local professionals and attracts 300,000 hits per month that visit to identify suitable professional service providers. Visit them on Stand 129.The Institute of Directors is Europe's largest membership organisation for business leaders. Established in 1903, the IoD has been representing senior level professionals since their Royal Charter in 1906, earning them their trusted reputation as the business network for leadership.British Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. The organisation enables vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. British Red Cross will hold a learnShop on Thursday 5th May at 9.30am discussing 'health at the heart of your business' and visit them on Stand 106.Charity Partner of the YearNorth West