'How it started. How it's going'

Come along, be inspired, catch up & re-focus on your business connections.

Our event will focus on the Manchester business scene. We’ll hear plans for the region and how businesses could best work alongside the values of the council to enable the region to become stronger than ever. We’ll also hear how one North West business made a massive leap onto the Stock Market and isn’t looking back!



Our Speakers are;

Bev Craig; Leader of the City of Manchester

Bev became Leader of Manchester City Council on 1st December 2021. First elected in 2011 as a Burnage Councillor, she held a range of responsibilities on Manchester City Council, including serving for 4 years as Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, then as Deputy Leader overseeing resources, capital programmes, social value and digital.

Born and raised on a council estate just outside of Belfast, she was the first in her family to go to university, moving to Manchester in 2003 to study and made it her home. After graduating from the University of Manchester she began her career in Local Government, before working in higher education and then a national trade union leading on social care. Alongside working full time Bev completed postgraduate degrees at Warwick Business School and the University of Manchester.

As Executive Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing she oversaw the integration of Manchester’s health and care services, led the city’s COVID health and community response, manging the crisis and focusing on a more equal recovery, and has championed the City’s work to become a Living Wage City.

Since becoming Leader her focus has been on Manchester’s ambitious COVID recovery, the importance of building a more inclusive and sustainable economy, children and young people, equalities, housing and zero carbon. She holds a range of responsibilities on behalf of the city including the GM Work and Skills Portfolio for the Combined Authority and the GM Local Enterprise Partnership.


Steve Oliver, co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of musicMagpie Plc

Founded in 2007 (in Steve’s converted Stockport garage), focusing originally on the purchase and re-sale of pre-owned CDs (hence the name) DVDs and Games, musicMagpie has successfully pivoted over time to become the UK’s leading mobile phone recycler with consumer technology now their dominant product category. The Group has also been trading in the US since 2013 under the ‘decluttr’ brand, with its operational base in Atlanta, Georgia and is also the world’s biggest seller in the history of both eBay and Amazon.

The business has a simple mission statement and that is to be the service to use that is “Smart for You, Smart for the Planet” whether buying or selling, with sustainability absolutely at the heart of its consumer and now corporate recycling model. The Group became a publicly limited company with their £208m market cap AIM flotation on the London Stock Exchange in April 2021.

Steve is also Chair of the Stockport Economic Alliance and passionately supports and promotes both the business and charitable communities across the Stockport Borough. He is also one of the founding trustees of Egg – Engage, Grow, Go, a newly registered UK Charity providing innovate solutions to support the homeless community of initially Stockport but ultimately nationwide.


Places cost £25+VAT per person to include a breakfast roll served with tea & coffee.


Places are limited and will close on Friday 16th September or when places sell outPlease email with any special dietary requirements by Friday 16th September.


K-Club Breakfast Event – Thursday 22nd September 2022 (9.30-11.30am)

at Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD