The next meeting of the North West Business Leadership Forum will be taking place on Monday 14 July 2014 (4.00 for 4.30pm) at Merseytravel’s HQ, 5th floor function suite, Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP. This meeting will focus on key transport issues, with particular reference to those most affecting the Liverpool City Region and we will be hearing David Brown, Chief Executive of Merseytravel; Maarten Spaargaren, Managing Director, Merseyrail and Mark Povall, Director of Air Service Department, Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The North West Business Leadership Team congratulates its Chairman, Juergen Maier, on his appointment as the new Chief Executive of Siemens UK with effect from 1 July 2014. Juergen remains non-executive Chairman of NWBLT and will continue to support the Business Leadership Team’s campaign for skills development, transport and science investment, and energy and resources innovation as set out in its recent thought leadership papers.
Juergen says ’I am delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive of Siemens UK. The UK is a core market for Siemens and we must continue to work in partnership with businesses and Government to make the most of the economic recovery in this role. I look forward to continuing to address the key skills, transport, science and energy issues on which NWBLT is working so effectively and to which Siemens attaches a high priority’.
The North West Business Leadership Team has released its latest report identifying the state of the region’s essential resources, and the action required to optimise the future supplies of food, water and energy by 2040.
The report identified these three essential resources as not only offering the key to future security but the key for future growth and investment opportunities. Fundamental questions about the reliability of energy supply, the sufficiency of food production and the availability of a resilient water supply have reached a critical point, according to the grouping of regional business leaders – and compelling reasons for investment have been outlined.
This is the fourth report the NWBLT have produced as part of its thought leadership programme. Its title is ‘Optimising Our Essential Resources – Creating Business Advantage by 2040’ and its official launch took place on the opening day of the International Festival for Business in Liverpool. NWBLT also unveiled a physical computer controlled model of the North West, based in the IFB Hub, which shows the available power sources and projected new ones using tidal energy and other renewable sources.
The North West Business Leadership Team today warmly welcomed the continued progress with the planning of High Speed 2, which will provide the “heart bypass” that Britain’s north- south communications need if the North West is to enjoy effective transport links for the 21st century. In particular, it sees HS2 as a catalyst for the continued upgrading of the regional and local rail network in the North West, and key to the creation of thousands of new jobs by improving regional attractiveness to incoming businesses.
The next meeting of the North West Business Leadership Forum will be taking place at Bruntwood Limited, City Tower, Manchester at 5.00 for 5.30pm on Monday 12 May 2014. This meeting will be focusing on maximizing the benefits of the proposed HS2 high speed rail project for the North West, with a panel including Mike Blackburn (BT and the Chair of Greater Manchester LEP), Paul Chapman (Communications Director for HS2 Ltd), Alex Hynes (MD of Northern Rail) and David Thrower (Transport Consultant).
The recent publication of the “HS2 Plus” report by HS2’s Chairman, Sir David Higgins, and of the HS2 Growth Taskforce consultation, has raised the prospect of HS2 serving the North West somewhat earlier than previously anticipated. This in turn heightens the importance for the region of ensuring it is ready to make the most of the advantages which HS2 can bring to the North West. The meeting should be an interesting debate on the issues and challenges involved.
David Willetts MP, the Minister of State for Universities and Science, surprised the delegates by opening the launch event of the NWBLT’s Science, Technology and Innovation Report. In his unscheduled appearance the Minister spoke warmly of his support for the approach NWBLT had taken with the “Exploiting the Excellence” report, by focusing on the North West’s four distinct strengths in materials, energy, cancer and computing science. For a film of the Minister’s opening address please click through to the main article.
The North West Business Leadership Team has released a detailed report into the science and innovation potential of the North West, highlighting that business could be set to gain significantly from the well-established R&D capacity available across the region.
The influential grouping is publishing its report, ‘Exploiting the Excellence’, at the Museum of Science and Industry, with keynote speeches by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, and Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. The NWBLT companies, which employ more than 50,000 people in the region, collaborated with universities, centres of R&D excellence alongside Local Enterprise Partnerships to highlight the region’s capability to be at the heart of an “innovation revolution”.
The next report in NWBLT’s programme of thought leadership is focussing on essential resources – specifically looking at energy, food and water. The North West’s capacity for sustaining supplies of these resources offers significant potential opportunities over the long term and the report will consider what actions need to be taken now in order to ensure we all benefit in the future. This report will be launched at the International Festival for Business (IFB 2014) in Liverpool in early June.
The IFB will also be exhibiting a relief model of North West England, designed to contribute to the debate regarding future supplies of essential resources for business and industry. Its main focus will be upon sources of energy generation and communications across the region.
Friday 28th March sees the launch of the next in the series of NWBLT’s thought leadership reports on Science, Technology and Innovation. The event is taking place at the Museum of Science and Industry and will feature a keynote speech from Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President & VC of the University of Manchester. The launch is particularly timely after the announcements in the recent budget.
The launch event is kindly being sponsored by AstraZeneca, Baxi, The University of Manchester and United Utilities.
The next meeting of the NWBLT’s Forum will be taking place at PZ Cussons, 3500 Aviator Way, Manchester Business Park, M22 5TG on Tuesday 18 March at 5.00pm for 5.30pm. It will feature a “Question Time” panel discussion with representatives from all five of the North West LEPs.
The session will be chaired as usual by Geoffrey Piper, CEO of NWBLT, and the panel will include Gillian Bishop (Cumbria LEP), Mike Damms (Lancashire LEP), Aidan Manley (Cheshire & Warrington LEP), Karen Tierney (Greater Manchester LEP) and Alan Welby (Liverpool City Region LEP)
Along with the usual networking this Forum meeting will also provide members with an opportunity to put questions to some of the people most closely involved with the day-to-day operation of the North West’s principal economic and enterprise organisations.