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 and Science & Innovation.  As senior business leaders, NWBLT believes the time has come for a more forward-looking and innovative approach to public policy, particularly in these three 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

Forum meeting to take place at EY, Manchester on 3rd March

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This meeting will include a preview of the NWBLT’s proposed “Business Manifesto for England’s North West”, which we plan to publish prior to the General Election, and also a presentation on “How franchising can help grow the North West’s economy” by Robert Dancy.  The latter will be given by Robert Dancy, a senior business and franchise consultant with nxo Ltd – Rob has worked in a wide range of business and franchise roles across the UK, both as franchisor and franchisee, and believes franchising to be a viable growth option across a wide variety of business services.

The Forum takes place at 5pm for 5.30pm and should be of particular interest to those involved with economic development strategies here in the North West.

Forum meeting to take place at UU on 14 January 2015

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The first Forum meeting of the New Year will be taking place at United Utilities, Haweswater Conference Centre, Lingley Mere, Warrington  at 5.00 for 5.30pm on Wednesday 14 January 2015 when the speakers will be Philip Cox, CEO of the Cheshire and Warrington Enterprise Partnership, and Carmel Booth , Interim Executive Director of the Atlantic Gateway Partnership.

Manchester Museum wins Lever Prize 2015

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Manchester Museum, for the project Real Life Science, has won the prestigious Lever Prize 2015. Now in its ninth year the Lever Prize is judged by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) in partnership with Arts & Business. As winner the Museum will get a cheque for £10,000 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.


Posted & filed under General News & Events > NW Schools Science Competition > News

Winner Y8 Louis Swift and Y7 Alice Brown with 2 judges

Young people from across the North West Region have been battling it out to be crowned winners of the prestigious North West Schools Science Competition. At the competition’s recent final, the winners each received an iPad Mini and £250 for their school to spend on science equipment. The competition aims to encourage more pupils to consider science as a career.

The winner from Year 7 was Alice Brown from Cheadle Hulme School and the Year 8 winner was Louis Swift from Sandymoor School in Runcorn.

Now in its sixth year, the competition is hosted by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) in conjunction with the STFC Daresbury Laboratory. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 from across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside were asked to submit an essay stating “Why I want to be a scientist” in less than 500 words. From there a 12-strong shortlist was drawn up to participate in the ‘Competition Final’ held at in the Lecture Theatre STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire.

Shortlist for Science Competition Announced

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12 pupils from across the North West Region have been shortlisted to take part in the prestigious North West Schools Science Competition presentation evening on 8th December. The winners each received an iPad Mini and £250 for their school to spend on science equipment. The competition aims to encourage more pupils to consider science as a career.

The shortlist is set out below:-

Year 7
Tasnia Akthar, Levenshulme High
Aimee Barker, Chetwynde School
Alice Brown, Cheadle Hulme School
Lily Lloyd, Cheadle Hulme High School
Connor Ogden, Chetwynde School
Sophie Torrence, Stockport School

Year 8
Alan Dickinson, Atherton Community School
Adam Hodkinson, Sandymoor School
Caitlin Hollies, Sandymoor School
Patrick Lunt, Neston High School
Louis Swift, Sandymoor School
Thalia Thompson, Sandymoor School

NWBLT Delegation meet with Chancellor of the Exchequer

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NWBLT meeting with George Osborne

A delegation of NWBLT members met today with George Osborne MP. The group included Juergen Maier (NWBLT Chair and CEO of Siemens UK), Geoffrey Piper (CEO of NWBLT), Simon Allport (North West Senior Partner EY) and Alan Torevell (Chairman of Dewhurst Torevell). They discussed the NWBLT’s Manifesto for the North West and pressed for business priorities ahead of the Autumn Statement.

Prior to this private meeting the NWBLT organised a lunch for North West MPs in the Churchill Dining Room at the House of Commons. The event was hosted by Jake Berry MP and sponsored by EY, Dewhurst Torevell and Manchester Airport Group

NWBLT members have got eXec-Factor

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NWBLT members bosses swapped the boardroom for the stage, performing poetry, drama, music and dance in a bid to be crowned the winner of The eXec-Factor. The event was part of Contact and the North West Business Leadership Team celebrating a year of working together, following Contact winning the NWBLT’s Lever Prize 2014.

The competitors were Juergen Maier, chief executive of Siemens, UK; Charles Lauder, joint-managing director of Talawa Consulting and chair of the Contact Board; Geoffrey Piper, chief executive of North West Business Leadership Team; Jonathan Collins, corporate social responsibility manager at Electricity North West and the Loose Covers, the band fronted by Rod Coombs, deputy president and deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Manchester.

David Cameron backs ‘HS3′ Rail Link for North of England

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Prime Minister David Cameron has given the green light to plans for a high-speed “HS3″ rail link in the north of England, following a report by HS2 boss Sir David Higgins.

Sir David said better rail links in northern England were “desirable” and “possible” after being asked to look at ways of maximising the benefits of HS2. The Government said it would now develop a strategy looking at options, costs and a delivery timetable for HS3.

A report will be produced in March. Mr Cameron welcomed the report and said improving connectivity and reducing journey times was “crucial” to the government’s long-term economic plan for the north of England.

New report launched today says devolution could provide £79bn economic boost

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Cities like Manchester should have more power over their finances, says the RSA City Growth Commission.  Allowing UK cities to make their own decisions on tax and spending could boost economic growth by £79bn a year by 2030, a year-long study has concluded. The amount equates to boosting current UK productivity by 5%, said the RSA City Growth Commission, which conducted the study. It is pushing for draft legislation to be in place by 2015.