Matt Blakeley – Manufacturing Adviser

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Matt Blakeley – Manufacturing Adviser
Matt Blakeley - Manufacturing Adviser

Matt has over 20 years experience of working with Corporate and SME businesses. He spent eight years at HBOS Plc working in the commercial and corporate banking teams covering relationship management and asset finance before joining Financial Leeds. As a sector focussed Inward Investment and Economic Development body, Matt led the growth of the membership organisation across Leeds City Region as well as developing a major inward investment conference, Unfold, with a partnership of property agents in the City.

Matt then spent four years with a National Law Firm, heading up business development for the Yorkshire office before taking a national lead on business development for financial services and manufacturing.

In 2015, Matt joined PwC to develop a cloud based accounting solution for SME and fast growth businesses before joining the England and Wales Cricket Board as the Head of Participation and Growth for the East of England. Leaving in late 2020, Matt has recently worked with a Dutch based AI backed coaching platform and a UK based healthcare provider.

Matt is passionate about the power of networks and has seen first hand the ability for business communities to come together and make a positive impact on the economic and social fortunes of an area. He loves spending time and working with the manufacturing sector and has a keen interest in innovation and supporting fast growing start up businesses.