Sam Whitear is the Creative Industries Programme Manager for GC Business Growth Hub.

Born in Preston, Sam has been actively working and collaborating in the Greater Manchester region for circa 7 years. After 19 years working and supporting the creative sector in various companies, he joined The Growth Company in 2019.

In May 2016, Sam co‐founded The Samuel James Group, featuring a suite of business publications and online news sites, including Business Manchester and Business Lancashire, aiming to give businesses in these regions a platform to share success stories. Whilst in role, Sam has been awarded ‘Male networker of the year’ at the Lancashire business awards and was invited to HRH The Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, recognising his commitment to the businesses’ community.

When asked what he loves about Manchester, Sam said:

“The diversity, community, and the amount of opportunities it has to offer for both professional and personal lives. I love the restaurants and exploring new places to go”.