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Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters

The morning starts with a meeting of the shadow Local Enterprise Partnership ( LEP ), government's new take on public/private partnerships to promote economic growth.

The major item for discussion is a review of the " Manchester Family ", the collection of companies, MIDAS, Marketing Manchester, New Economy, Manchester Solutions, that are the main deliverers of economic development activity in the city-region. Reorganisation is necessary not least because of the need to accomodate a £4m net cut in funding, but the review also needs to integrate these economic development functions into the new LEP and Greater Manchester Combined Authority arrangements. The recommendations will now be the subject of what I assume will be a public report to next weeks AGMA Executive. Other items were largely progress reports, one being on the recruitment of private sector representatives to the LEP Board proper which we need to be in place by April 1st.

Time to deal with post and urgent e-mails and then it's off to Blackley Village, part of my Crumpsall Ward, to visit Trimega, a new company to the area. They currently employ ten people in Manchester, plan to double that this year and grow to fifty employees within three years. Today they are officially opening a million pound laboratory which specialises in forensic toxicology testing, and their facilities are recognised by their industry's self-regulation body as world-leading. Their testing work focusses primarily on hair testing and I won't pretend to understand the chemistry but it does include the stuff that I've used as the title of this post. The important point of this of course is that here we have an example of a science based company, employing skilled staff, thriving and growing in North Manchester.

There are 7 responses to “ Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters”

  1. Skint Eastwood Says:

    I was under the impression from the media that forensic labs in the UK were being closed down due to cuts in police funding and government bodies not being able to afford the forensic tests? Oh, right, this is a private sector company, it's a shame then the local goverment bodies and Local Police Authority won't be able to use this world leading lab then. I'll just have to get my hair tested somewhere else.

  2. CSI Crumpsall Says:

    Yes!! Damn those private sector companie, coming to manchester giving people jobs & investing in the areas future... How dare they.

  3. Hmmm Says:

    I'm sure there's an abundance of Manchester residents trained highly enough to fill the jobs going at this lab.... sarcasm much.

  4. Realist Says:

    Why knock private enterprise coming to Manchester and creating jobs, high end jobs that the young people of Manchester should aspire too.
    I am fed up of this attitude what do you all want low paid factory and call centre jobs or even worse retail.
    Surely we want the best Engineers, the best nano-technology experts, the best chemists, the highly skilled ICT workers.
    These jobs will bring prosperity to the City.
    We don't want large scale foreign employers who can upsticks once their is a downturn we need hundreds of small businesss like this one.
    I just hope I never have to be tested.

  5. Optimistically Cynical Says:

    I just hope this leads to a CSI: Manchester. Though I dread to think what the episode content would be.

    Seriously though it's a big deal to attract scientific and industrial businesses, we have already seen a lot of success in attracting Offices for large banking corporations in the city centre, always good to diversify that going forward!

  6. Proud of Manchester Says:

    What a shame that 'Hmmm' has such a low opinion of his fellow Manchester residents to think that they will not be highly skilled enough to work for Trimega. I am sure that there are many many graduates of the excellent Science Faculties in this city who would be very offended by that comment.
    This company is bringing a cutting edge science facility to Manchester, providing jobs, investing in the area and raising the profile of the city and they should be welcomed. They also provide a valuable service to various local government bodies in establishing the drug and alcohol use of individuals with their testing.

  7. Traveling bags Says:

    What a shame that 'Hmmm' has such a low opinion of his fellow Manchester residents to think that they will not be highly skilled enough to work for Trimega. I am sure that there are many many graduates of the excellent Science Faculties in this city who would be very offended by that comment.
    This company is bringing a cutting edge science facility to Manchester, providing jobs, investing in the area and raising the profile of the city and they should be welcomed. They also provide a valuable service to various local government bodies in establishing the drug and alcohol use of individuals with their testing.

 

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