Manchester bar joins Stock Exchange group to support growth

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The Liars Club in Manchester has joined the London Stock Exchange’s Elite programme that provides support in raising capital and growing business.

The tiki bar, headed by Lyndon Higginson, Ross Mackenzie and Jobe Ferguson, has become one of over 120 UK businesses in the expanding Elite community of private companies.

Partnered with Imperial College Business School, Elite is an international scheme delivering education, business support, mentoring and access to professionals fostering growth and innovation.

Welcoming The Liars Club and 19 other businesses to the programme yesterday, Elite’s CEO Luca Peyrano said: “Innovative, inspiring and fast-growing businesses are essential for the British economy, driving growth, innovation and employment. We look forward to supporting 20 more UK businesses scale up and achieve their growth ambitions.”

Originally opened in 2011, The Liars Club in Back Bridge Street off Deansgate underwent a £250,000 refurbishment in June.

The latest intake was welcomed to open trading on London’s markets yesterday by Robert Barnes, global head of primary markets of the London Stock Exchange Group and CEO of trading system Turquoise.

Also speaking at the event, Aberdeen MP Kirsty Blackman, deputy leader and economy spokesperson for the SNP, said: “It is really key that good companies become properly connected to the capital they need to grow and create the good quality, well paid jobs that our economy needs.”

Existing UK companies in the Elite community include restaurant and pub group Oakman Inns, The Coaching Inn Group, crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, snack supplier Graze, and Naked Wines.

The total number of businesses in the community now stands at over 660, from across 25 countries and 35 sectors, generating over £45 billion in combined revenues and accounting for over 180,000 jobs across Europe and beyond.

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