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The North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) is an independent group of influential business leaders, who work together to promote the sustainable economic development and long-term well-being of North West England.   It was launched by HRH The Prince of Wales at Blackburn in July 1989.

The membership of NWBLT is made up of senior executives from the region’s major businesses – for a full list of members please click on "Team Members" above.   It operates as an independent business voice for the whole North West, thus providing valuable strategic support for the region’s Local Enterprise Partnerships.

NWBLT members are currently engaged in a programme of thought leadership addressing issues of major concern to North West business.  These include Skills for Industry, Transport Investment, Science & Innovation and Essential Resources. A report on the Productivity Puzzle is currently being produced – due to published at the end of May 2016. As senior business leaders, NWBLT believes the time has come for a more forward-looking and innovative approach to public policy, particularly in these five areas.

NWBLT also sponsors and administers the annual Lever Prize to stimulate collaboration between the North West’s cultural and business communities (with support from Arts & Business) and an annual Schools Science Competition for pupils from years 7 and 8 in North West schools.

NWBLT welcomes hearing from business leaders and representatives of organisations who share our vision of working together and contributing to the success of the North West as a great place in which to live and work. Our Business Leadership Forum is open to anybody with a bona fide interest in the long-term well-being of the region.

Latest News

NWBLT’s Productivity Report to be launched at Siemens Conference at IFB 2016

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IFB 2016 will be a global showcase of great British industry, bringing the world of business to Liverpool in June and July 2016 and is a key part of the government’s ambition to promote economic growth and double UK exports by 2020.

Siemens is an official supporter of the IFB 2016 and hosting an event called “Solving the Productivity Puzzle” Conference in Auditorium 1 at Liverpool Exhibition Centre on Tuesday 14th June, 2016. During the afternoon panel discussions the NWBLT’s new report on Productivity entitled “Unlocking our Potential” will be launched by NWBLT’s Chair Juergen Maier.

Dr Pete Waterman to address next Forum meeting

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The next Forum meeting will be taking place on Monday 4 July 2016 at 5pm for 5.30pm finishing by 7pm. It is taking place in the “Insatiable Curiosity Room” at Virgin Train Talent Academy in Crewe and will feature a panel discussion on“Strategic Transport Investment – what can it do for Cheshire and the North West?”

The panel will discuss how Cheshire and the wider region can reap the full benefits of the forthcoming investment into its transport infrastructure. Panel members will be invited to give an opening address before questions are taken from the audience.
The panel will include:-
Geoffrey Piper, Chief Executive, NWBLT (in the Chair)
Philip Cox, Chief Executive, Cheshire and Warrington LEP
Amy Harhoff, Head of Policy and Strategy, Transport for the North
David Thrower, NWBLT’s Transport Consultant
Dr Pete Waterman, Board Member, Cheshire and Warrington LEP

Professor Parkinson addresses Forum at Liverpool Cathedral

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In Liverpool Cathedral this evening at the NWBLT’s Forum Professor Michael Parkinson CBE, Chief Executive of the Heseltine Institute and Adviser to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, spoke about his report “The State of the Liverpool City: making the most of devolution”. The audience was made up of senior business leaders, smaller businesses, academics and community groups from across the region.

Michael spoke about the challenges from the new agenda including the Government’s mixed motives, ambitions and voices. He mentioned the issues around cultural change work at city region level and the two separate agendas – devolution & elected mayors. Liverpool is not alone with this challenge but must and is engaged in tackling them.

Member of Manufacturing Champions Network wins Queen’s Award

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NWBLT are delighted to announce that METTLER TOLEDO Safeline has won a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in the Innovation category! Very few companies hold multiple Queen’s Awards concurrently, so they are particularly proud of this achievement.

If you’re not familiar with the Queen’s Awards, they’re one the UK’s most prestigious annual business awards, with organisations recognised for outstanding achievement in one of three categories: innovation, international trade, and sustainable development.

NWBLT’s Chairman, Juergen Maier (CEO of Siemens UK), is also a member of the Manufacturing Champions Network and NWBLT are keen to promote the Network and are delighted that METTLER TOLEDO Safeline has won this prestigious award.

North West Business Leaders lay out case for remaining within the EU

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Today the North West Business Leadership Team has published a statement setting out a number of key areas which NWBLT considers important in the debate about the UK’s membership of the European Union. The statement focuses on the impact on investment, regulations, migration and the regional skills requirement, along with issues specifically around the manufacturing industry and trade.

Opportunities for North West Businesses at IFB 2016

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RTC North is the lead organisation for Innovate UK in the North of England to deliver the Enterprise Europe Network initiative (EEN). Our head office in in Sunderland with offices in Leeds and Daresbury. EEN helps small and medium-sized enterprises make the most of business opportunities in the EU and beyond. It’s the world’s largest business support network, but free and simple to use with local contacts and insight across each part of the UK.

EEN brings together business support organisations from 64 countries, including chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, universities and development agencies. The Network includes over 600 members which are connected through powerful databases and know Europe inside out.

RTC North are running a number of events during the three weeks of IFB2016. They are encouraging North West businesses to set up a business profile after registering on the IFB Business Club and a combination of digital/human matchmaking will supply participants with potential leads for them to meet in 30 minute slots at IFB2016. The objective is to organise a minimum of 7,500 face to face meetings during the event.

Next Forum to be addressed by Prof Michael Parkinson

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The May Forum is taking place on Thursday 12 May at Liverpool Cathedral. Members will be welcomed by the Vice Dean, Canon Myles Davies at 4.30pm, followed by a short guided walking tour of the ground floor of the Cathedral commencing at around 4.45pm.

The main presentation will be from Professor Michael Parkinson, Adviser to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. Michael is an Ambassador for the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and has acted as adviser on urban affairs to the European Commission, OECD, EUROCITIES, the Department of Communities and Local Government, the National Audit Office, the House of Commons Select Committees, the Core Cities and a range of cities in the UK. Michael is also currently a Board member of the Prime Minister’s Regeneration Investment Organisation, a Trustee of the Centre for Cities and a member of the ESRC’s Expert Group on cities. He has recently published “The State of Liverpool City Region Report: Making the Most of Devolution” and will focus his talk on the next steps from this report.

Inaugural Business of Science Event to be held Manchester

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Dame Nancy Rothwell, VC, The University of Manchester and NWBLT Member

A new business science conference for the North will be staged in Manchester for the first time.

Held in the year Manchester celebrates its status as European City of Science, the Business of Science Conference on May 19th will explore how the development and commercialisation of science is driving growth across the whole of the North.

The event will see an opening address from Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor at the University of Manchester, along with talks from Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council and Neil Murray, founder and CEO of RedX Pharma.

Next Forum meeting on 16 March at Alderley Park

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Following on from a very interesting meeting at BBC North in MediaCityUK, the next meeting of the Forum will take place at Alderley Park, Cheshire. The meeting will be a panel discussion focussing on “Investing in the North West’s world-class Science”. Panel members include Dr Chris Doherty (Site Director, Alderley Park), Dr Annie Keane (City of Science), Sally MacDonald (MSI Manchester) and Dr Peter Simpson (N8 Research Partnership).

The meeting will commence at 5pm for 5.30pm and be followed by an optional tour of the Alderley Park site.

Winner of 2016 Lever Prize Announced

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The Museum of Science and Industry has won the prestigious Lever Prize 2016 for a joint project with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), exploring the interaction between arts and science. Now entering its eleventh year, the Lever Prize is judged by the North West Business Leadership Team in partnership with Arts & Business. The prize includes £10,000 cash and the opportunity of collaborating with some of the region’s most influential business leaders.

The Lever Prize is an annual award given to arts organisations in North West England who are judged to be regionally distinctive with international or potentially international significance, and who show a high calibre existing work and can demonstrate exciting future developments.

The collaboration between Museum of Science and Industry and FACT will have an educational focus, and provide both formal and informal learning opportunities for young people, exploring physical and digital making, and the interaction between arts and science.