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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

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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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.

Tangerine Chair to join North West Business Leadership Team

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Sandy Lindsay MBE, founder and chair of Tangerine, is to join the North West Business Leadership Team, an independent group of influential business leaders who work together to promote the sustainable economic development and long-term well-being of England’s North West.

Membership is by invitation only and is made up of approximately 30 senior executives from the region’s major businesses. It operates as an independent business voice for the North West, providing valuable strategic support and influencing policy.

Productivity the key theme at NWBLT’s latest House of Commons briefing

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North West MPs met today for their latest business briefing with the North West Business Leadership Team and invited guests at the House of Commons. On this occasion the briefing focused mainly on NWBLT’s forthcoming report on productivity. The event was sponsored by Siemens, BAE Systems and Bright Future Software and was hosted by Weaver Vale MP, Graham Evans.

Juergen Maier (NWBLT Chair and CEO of Siemens UK) gave an overview of key issues facing business in the North West, describing the overall mood as ‘cautiously optimistic’. Geoffrey Piper (CEO, NWBLT) introduced the NWBLT’s proposed productivity report, due to be published in 2016 with recommendations for addressing the productivity challenge regionally and nationally. The final speaker was Eudie Thompson (Founder and CEO of Bright Future Software) on the role of apprenticeship training in software development.

The meeting concluded with contributions from North West MPs on subjects ranging from investment in transport links to the adoption of the Living Wage and improved training in technical skills.

Two Manchester Pupils win NW Schools Science Competition

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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. 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.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is hosted by the NWBLT in conjunction with Manchester Museum, the current holder of the NWBLT’s Lever Prize. 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 13-strong shortlist was drawn up to participate in the ‘Competition Final’ held in the Kanaris Lecture Theatre at the Museum.

The Winner in Year 8 was Daisy Wilson from Cheadle Hulme High School. She said “This evening has been a great opportunity. I am delighted to have won the iPad Mini and my school is going to be really pleased to receive the £250.” The Runner Up was Opeyemi Lamina from Withington Girls School. The Winner in Year 7 was Miliani Fraser-Fletcher from Cheadle Hulme School who commented “I was very nervous but thought that everyone who presented tonight did really well.” The Runner Up in Year 7 was Lottie Burnett also from Cheadle Hulme School.