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Blue Machinery invited to join ACCELERATE 250

Pat McGeary to participate in new business community comprising the fastest-growing companies in the UK

PAT McGeary, chairman of Blue Machinery (Group) plc, suppliers of material processing equipment, spare parts and service for the quarrying and waste-recycling industries, has been invited to join ACCELERATE 250, a new business community championed by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young and made up of the fastest-growing companies in the UK.

ACCELERATE 250 will meet for the first time at ACCELERATE 2013, Britain’s first flagship festival dedicated to high-potential businesses, which will take place in Liverpool on 27 June. 


The aim of the festival is to raise the profile of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses and their impact on the British economy, with ACCELERATE 250 seen as key to mobilizing wider support for entrepreneurs and start-ups. 

Lord Young and Sir Terry Leahy have identified representatives from the UK’s fastest-growing small- and medium-sized businesses – the ‘vital six percent’ of companies that are creating more than half of the nation’s new jobs, calling on them to work together in identifying solutions to mutual obstacles. 

Members of ACCELERATE 250 come from across the UK and represent industries ranging from food and fashion to pharmaceuticals and finance. The group will be working to address the key issues and shared challenges that face all growing businesses.

ACCELERATE 2013 will see more than 1,000 delegates descend on Liverpool, with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, co-founder Martha Lane Fox, former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick and Tech City UK CEO Joanna Shields among the confirmed speakers.

Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco, said: ‘It’s our belief that Britain’s prosperity in the 21st century global economy is going to be built on the success of high-potential, fast-growth businesses. That is why, this month, we will be assembling a new group of Britain’s brightest and best businesses to put them at the heart of Britain’s economic renaissance. 

‘It is our ambition that 27 June will be just the start of the journey that sees the ACCELERATE 250 become the nucleus of Britain’s future high-growth economic success.’

Pat McGeary, chairman of Blue Machinery (Group) plc, said: ‘We are thrilled that Blue Group has been identified as one of the UK’s most high-potential small businesses – we can’t wait to join up with the other ACCELERATE 250 members in Liverpool for what promises to be the start of a fantastic partnership.

‘Having our hard work recognized by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young is a huge achievement for us. More than anything, however, we’re excited by the prospect of joining up with the very best that Britain’s businesses have to offer.’


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