Sam Whitear
Sam Whitear
Creative Scale-up Programme Manager
The Growth Company

Sam Whitear manages the Creative Scale-up programme in Greater Manchester, a pilot programme funded by DCMS and delivered by The Growth Company. He joined the Growth Company in July 2019, after spending 19 years working and supporting the Creative sector, with various companies, including Johnston Press PLC, where he launched several specialist publications.

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.