FOUR cultural organisations from across the North West have been shortlisted for the prestigious Lever Prize 2016. Manchester, Liverpool and Cumbria all feature in the shortlist for the prize, which is run by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) and is now in its 11th year. The winner receives a £10,000 cash award and the opportunity to develop working relationships with some of the North West’s most influential business leaders. The Lever Prize is awarded annually by NWBLT in partnership with Arts and Business.
The shortlisted organisations are:-
FACT (Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology) – Liverpool
Lakeland Arts – Cumbria
Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Arts
Museum of Science and Industry – Manchester
As we saw from GDP figures announced last week, economic growth is accelerating and our economy, according to most indicators is roaring ahead. Restaurants are opening, services are expanding and house prices are up. The tenth consecutive quarter of growth, the third longest uninterrupted period of growth since 1955 will be of great relief to the Government and inward investors alike. Add to this ultra low inflation with looser credit conditions and there are the ingredients for strong short and medium term growth. For many this is good news, and it should be welcomed.
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In addition to the highly stimulating “Feeding the Creative Spark” debate, those fortunate enough to attend NWBLT’s July Forum had the opportunity to see a short film entitled “Filaments – Tracing the Thread in the Cumbrian Landscape’. The “Filaments” film is a delightful representation of the creativity behind the art exhibition mounted by Jenny Ryrie RBSA, David Heke and Liz Ellis in Keswick, Cumbria, earlier this year – the official 2015 “Words by the Water” Literature Festival exhibition held at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Please click through to see the film.
Join Teach First’s Local Area Director for the North West Colin Ferguson, and Head of Corporate Partnerships Jessamy Gould, at the upcoming NWBLT Forum Meeting on Monday 14 September at Hill Dickinson in Liverpool, to learn more about Teach First’s work in the North West, and how the charity works with business to ensure that no child’s educational success is limited by their socio economic background.
At the meeting you will also have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the issue of educational inequality in the North West through an interactive journey, and hear from a Teach First teacher about their experience of teaching in some of the toughest classrooms in the country.
The meeting will also feature a presentation from a Liverpool John Moores University student on promoting STEM subjects to year 7 and 8 pupils at local schools.
BRUNTWOOD chairman Michael Oglesby has called on the North West’s business community to do more to support the arts so that culture can fulfil its role in the region’s Northern Powerhouse ambitions.
Mr Oglesby, a member of the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT), told a gathering of business and culture leaders that corporate philanthropy was a responsibility for companies of all sizes and had become essential given the contraction of public spending on arts and culture. And he said that ambitions for northern economic growth had to be supported by continued investment in arts and culture.
Mr Oglesby said: “A city without arts at its heart is a dead city. It’s a city no-one wants to live in, invest in or visit. These days, everyone has to be a philanthropist and to give both money and time to support the cultural infrastructure which makes our cities tick.”
The next meeting of the NWBLT’s Forum is entitled “Feeding the Creative Spark – a debate on the symbiotic relationship between business, science and the arts”. It is taking place on Monday 13th July from 4.30pm to 7.30pm in the Wolf Room at Eaton Hall – home of The Duke of Westminster, President of NWBLT.
The panel will be focussing on the relationships between the arts, science and business, and the role of business leaders and philanthropists in supporting cultural organisations and a thriving arts scene, as essential ingredients of a successful, sustainable economy. Panelists include Michael Oglesby (Chairman, Bruntwood and NWBLT member), Justin Kelly (Director of Strategy, Siemens Industry Sector), Paula Ridley (Chair, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art) and Julie Platt (Development Manager, Chester Performs).
Before and after the panel discussions, and to encourage a lively networking session, a number of locally based artists and performers will show some examples of their work and discuss informally with those attending what their work means to them, and how it can be better understood and interpreted. It is felt that this may help to foster a better appreciation by business people of the significance and relevance of the arts to our lives.
Communities and Charities across the North West have benefitted from the volunteering activities of BT employees
The North West Business Leadership Team held a lunch for the newly elected North West MPs today. The event took place at United Utilities Head Office at Lingley Mere and was kindly hosted by their Chief Executive, Steve Mogford. The discussions at the event focused on current issues facing the North West region including skills, transport, science and its natural resources especially water. There was also an interesting discussion on the productivity puzzle and the NWBLT made a commitment to carry out some work around this issue.
The event also featured the North West Energy Squared Model – a large, interactive, computer controlled relief map of the North West region. The model aims to highlight the diversity of both existing and proposed sources of energy in the North West. It also introduces and promotes the concept of the tidal energy and road link scheme, its proposed location and key benefits.
An international prospectus, Discovery to Delivery, produced by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) was launched today by The North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) to encourage investment in the region’s science, technology and innovation businesses.
The strategic assessment, directed at major corporations worldwide, is based on Accenture Strategy research and analysis commissioned by NWBLT in February. Accenture Strategy and Accenture’s Global Cities practice worked with NWBLT and private, public and academic organizations to map the core capabilities that the region offers to prospective businesses, including quality of research and development, talent, infrastructure, lifestyle and local political support. Chief executives and leaders of Manchester and Liverpool city councils, Local Enterprise Partnerships, leading academics and private-sector companies were interviewed to help shape the plan.
The work highlighted the benefits and opportunities in the North West, while shaping the region’s growth and competitiveness strategy across a number of categories: identifying potential areas for improvement, proposals accelerating investment in the region, promoting global connectivity and growing existing businesses. The launch, which is hosted by Sci-Tech Daresbury and Liverpool City Region LEP, includes a promotion campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the economic growth potential of the North West.
The NWBLT’s bi-monthly Forum met May 13 at the Lancaster Environment Centre, one of Lancaster University’s world-class research facilities. The meeting was hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Andrew Atherton (seen here with Forum delegates). Professor Atherton spoke of the University’s rapid progress in recent years as one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities – this standing was re-affirmed by the most recent UK-wide Research Excellence Framework assessment. 35% of Lancaster’s research is designated as world-leading and 48% as internationally excellent.