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Christian Mancier, a Corporate and Commercial Partner at Gorvins Solicitors, today takes over as Chair of the Stockport Economic Alliance, an active partnership of senior business representatives from Stockport’s major employers.

Christian who was officially voted in by the existing Alliance board members took over the post from Wayne Jones OBE, Chief Sales Officer for MAN Diesel & Turbo.

Working at Gorvins Solicitors since he started his training contract in 2001, Christian has long been an established and influential figurehead in Stockport. He is a leading member in the North West business community emphasised by his time as the President of the Stockport branch of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce from 2011 – 2013.

More recently Christian has been one of the co-founders of Gander Careers; an initiative to bring education and business together in Stockport and has also been a judge for Stockport Business Awards since 2012 as well as judging the SPARK Business Competition run by the Stockport Business and Innovation Centre since 2014.

Due to address the Alliance members at the next meeting Christian will lay out his key priorities for his time as Chair.

He will especially focus on the tie up between business and education to address the issue of the “skills gap” and development of young people as well as focusing on how businesses in Stockport can put something back into the wider Stockport community through corporate social responsibility activities.

Christian Mancier, Chairman of Stockport Economic Alliance said: “It is a great honour and privilege to become Chairman of the Stockport Economic Alliance.

“I want to continue to make sure the Economic Alliance and its membership remains committed, proactive and representative of the key sectors within the business community.

“I join a great team with real passion for improving the opportunities for businesses in Stockport; we want to continue to be a real player in Greater Manchester in light of the recent Greater Manchester devolution deal and the on-going development of the Northern Powerhouse.”

Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Leader of the Council said: “We’re extremely grateful to Christian for taking over as Chairman of Stockport Economic Alliance.  It is a dedicated group of local employers, seeking to improve employment and business prospects for the community as a whole. Wayne’s input into the Alliance over the recent years has had a significant impact. We are looking forward to the future of Stockport Alliance and are confident Christian will be successful.”

For more information on the Stockport Economic Alliance or to join your business visit www.stockporteconomicalliance.org.uk.