Wardell Armstrong has been involved with finest from its inception. Since the launch of finest, the prominence of the Professional Services sector in North Staffordshire has increased through events, seminars, articles and lobbying. finest is very much about contacts, relationships and camaraderie, all leading to greater ‘weight’ for the sector in North Staffordshire – and the West Midlands Region. Membership undoubtedly leads to increased business opportunities and I commend it to all.

Colin Brown, Managing Director, Wardell Armstrong

About finest

finest - north staffordshire's leading professional services network

finest is the region’s leading professional services network representing around 130 of the most dynamic and successful businesses in the local professional sector. Members range from multi-nationals and household names to specialist providers.

finest brings together the best professional services providers in North Staffordshire, to provide a first point of reference for any organisation needing access to specialist expertise.  It also promotes collaboration between members to provide a unique blend of skills to meet every possible requirement.

Members are made up of North Staffordshire businesses and individuals offering knowledge based services including: accountancy, architecture, banking, finance and insurance, engineering and environmental, training, HR and recruitment, consultancy, legal marketing, advertising, PR and creative, property and project management.

In addition, futurefinest, its young professional counterpart, has attracted more than 100 members since being established just four years ago. It provides a networking and social forum for the leaders of the future, as well as essential career development support.

Initially established in 2004 with funding from Advantage West Midlands (AWM) North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone (now NSRP) and the Learning and Skills Council, finest is now a self funding not-for-profit organisation. It is operates as a trade section of the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and is run by, and for the benefit of, its members.

read our business plan

finest’s organisational structure

read some member case studies