Seashell Trust

Gander is proud to partner the Seashell Trust, based in Cheadle Hulme, who support children, young people and adults with sensory impairment, profound and multiple learning & communication difficulties.

The Royal School Manchester is a mixed day and residential school for children and young people between 2 and 19 years, while the Royal College Manchester is an independent specialist further education college for young people aged 19 to 25, who have severe or profound learning difficulties and disabilities.

As partners, Gander aims to promote the work of the Seashell Trust, specifically through our annual Business Challenge, for students at our partner colleges, which raises awareness and funds for the Seashell Trust.


Gorvins solicitors

“Here at Gorvins Solicitors we see our people as the most important asset we have and we recognise that every business has an invested interest in making sure that today’s students are as well prepared and informed as possible about their future career choice and the world of work that lies ahead.

This is where other businesses can add so much value to a young person’s life by giving real life careers guidance/insight and allowing them a “Gander” at potential future careers to inspire them and help them decide which careers are right (or wrong) for them going forward.

Businesses can gain lots of benefits from getting involved from brand awareness and corporate social responsibility through to staff development from employees learning new skills and bringing those skills back into your business as well as a recruitment pipeline of loyal employees helping businesses grow and proposer.

Gander offers an easy way for business to connect with the local colleges in Stockport with a view to shaping and influencing the curriculum of tomorrow whilst meeting the actual demands of business to the benefit of the young people involved. Most people who have succeeded in business have had a lot of help and support along the way and signing up to Gander and getting involved is an ideal opportunity for those people to give something back to tomorrow’s employees, company directors and entrepreneurs”.

Christian Mancier – Partner – Gorvins solicitors

Clarke Nicklin

At Clarke Nicklin we passionately believe it is important business actively get involved with the education sector to help develop students into the business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future. Our people are our most important asset and by fostering links with education you can identify a future pipeline of staff to help your business grow and prosper. There are tangible benefits to your business by engaging with the Gander initiative covering areas such as staff recruitment, staff development, brand awareness for your business and Corporate & Social Responsibility.

We are always hearing about young people not being work ready but this initiative gives you the opportunity to change this by passing on the knowledge and expertise you have gained in your working career. I advocate all businesses get involved and to not be part of the problem but to be part of the solution”

– Brian Bradley, Partner of Clarke Nicklin

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

“At the GM Chamber of Commerce we believe businesses are at the heart of the economy and as the needs of employers change it is essential that the skills of the population adapt.  Many young people have not had the preparation or opportunities they need to succeed in the workplace and we must equip them with the practical skills required.  We actively encourage businesses and entrepreneurial leaders to engage with young people in order to develop their skills and build a workforce for the future.  We see improving the skills of young people as a crucial pillar in securing a stronger economy for Greater Manchester and its residents.

Gander is a GM Chamber led initiative launched in Stockport and is at the forefront of developing the links between business and education in order to try and shape the skills and labour agenda going forward.  The Gander initiative will ensure that businesses and educators can share the burden when it comes to preparing young people for work.  This will benefit the local and broader Greater Manchester community by raising skills, creating jobs and driving enterprise and economic growth.

These are exciting times for Greater Manchester with a myriad of opportunities spiralling out of the devolution agenda.  In order for our local businesses to take advantage of these opportunities it is imperative we have a fully skilled workforce in place and this can only be done by business getting actively engaged with young people through fantastic initiatives such as Gander.

~ Brian Bradley, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Stockport president

Stockport Council

“Stockport Council wants to unlock the potential of all our local young people, equipping them with the skills and experiences they need to succeed in their future careers.

Businesses, whether large or small, have an important part to play in this. They can make a huge difference to the lives of young people, whilst also benefitting from the fresh ideas that will be brought to their business.

It’s great to see so many local businesses registered to participate in Gander and I would encourage students to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities that are being made available”

~ Cllr Alex Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council

Stockport Economic Alliance

“As the Economic Alliance group of businesses in Stockport, we passionately believe in developing young people – our future employees – through which we can continue to build the economic future of the town.

The Gander programme is a great way to invest a little time, sharing our experience with local students, while at the same time, giving great development to our existing employees too. Gander provides the platform to make a difference, both now and in the future.”

~ Christian Mancier, chair of Stockport Economic Alliance


“The theme of students not being industry ready comes up time and time again.  Gander gives our business both a platform to vocalise the specific gaps in knowledge to colleges and to actually do something about it by giving up some of our time in a structured way to help educate students.”

~ Mark Stringer, managing director of AHOY