TDC partners with TheBusinessDesk to bring inaugural Rainmakers Conference to Manchester


The North of England has an abundance of potential, playing home to some of the UK’s leading universities, whilst also acting as a top destination for businesses to thrive. This helps attract top talent from around the UK, making the region an attractive place for emerging newcomers to kick start their careers in the region. That’s why we’re delighted to be partnering with for its inaugural Rainmakers Conference in Manchester this March.

The conference will be supported by a number of the key players from across the regional advisory, investor and wider business communities. It will showcase the unique opportunities, successes, and challenges across the Northern region, as well as feature discussions on growth in the North and what can be done to further propel this growth.

As a Manchester-based business with a national reach, we are passionate about being part of the continued growth of the region’s business and social landscape. It’s rare to find regionally based investment funds that have been able to attract the same level of funding and attention as those in London, but we’ve managed it! We are proud to have built a platform of over £1 billion of funds under management, attracting both UK-based and international investors, including leading global investment firm, KKR. In turn, this has allowed us to attract exceptional talent and build a business with best-in-class investment management skills and as a result, allowed us to be a partner for success to ambitious mid-market businesses across the UK.

The North offers significant opportunities for both businesses and investors and over the last ten years there has been seismic changes within the regional financial ecosystem. New funders and investors have been drawn to – and often set up operations within – the city, including some of the UK’s and global major players from within the financial services sector. This has catapulted the region onto the national and international arena and cemented Manchester’s position as the UK’s ‘second city’ and a worthy competitor to the capital.

The career opportunities developed on the back of this regional success has halted, and indeed reversed, the previous ‘brain drain’ down to London which used to exist, with many having seen the Capital as the only place to build a career in finance.  We are now able to retain the quality graduates from within the North and also attract those from other regions looking for a change from the inevitable daily stresses of London-living.

However, in recognising the incredible strengths of the region, there is still more that can and needs to be done to further drive this growth. Continued and significant investment is necessary to improve the woeful transport links across the entire North of England to allow businesses to operate more effectively and efficiently, and to support a cross-regional workforce who can capitalise on opportunities and further enhance the talent pool.  Investment to further enhance educational facilities is also crucial to maintain the momentum as is the support and encouragement of business innovation, all ensuring we remain at the cutting edge of the UK economy.

At TDC, we are proud to have been at the forefront of driving this development of our region, building an impressive portfolio of ambitious businesses and management teams, along with a significant investment platform and team of highly skilled professionals.  We are therefore looking forward to collaborating with likeminded Northern leaders to showcase the many success stories and opportunities that exist in the region, whilst also identifying and developing a strategy to deliver what is required to ensure that evolution and growth continues.

Working alongside partners including KPMG, Endless, Shawbrook, and Palatine, the Rainmakers Conference will focus on the opportunities and challenges of building a dynamic and competitive economy in the North. These key players from regional advisory, funding and business communities will also discuss the major contributions they have made to the drive and ambition of the Northern Powerhouse, how to make the North more attractive to global institutions, the next generation and more.

You can secure your spot by clicking here.


20 March 2024, 9:45-18:15

The Point, Talbot Road, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester, M16 0PX

Featured stories

TDC Impact Fund – FAQs answered by Investment Director Jon Petty 

Read more

TDC-backed Keysource Group acquires GDM Building Consultants Ltd and 2bm

Read more

TDC strengthens team with two appointments and two promotions to support strategic growth plan

Read more
Back to news