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 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.
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.
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.
The next meeting of the North West Business Leadership Forum is taking place on Tuesday 4 November 2014 (5.00 for 5.30pm) at the Manufacturing Institute, Manchester. The meeting will be taking place at the Manchester Fab Lab, a turn-up and go rapid prototyping facility that young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can utilise. Fab Lab is an initiative of The Manufacturing Institute and Julie Madigan, the Institute’s CEO will lead a discussion on the future of manufacturing and the challenges relating to this.
This is an important part of NWBLT’s agenda and we very much hope you will all be able to join us for this event.
North West Business Leaders are swapping the Board-room for the stage for one night only at Manchester’s renowned Contact. In a talent show like no other, they will perform poetry, drama, music and more in a bid to win over the audience and be crowned the winner of eXec-Factor.
The event is part of Contact and the North West Business Leadership Team celebrating a fantastic year of working together, following Contact winning the prestigious Lever Prize 2014. Contact’s young performers have made quite an impression on the executives who have signed up, including the likes of Juergen Maier, UK Chief Executive at Siemens and NWBLT’s Chairman. The execs are now being mentored by the young artists who make up Contact’s team of Creative Experts, in a bid to hone their performance skills for the November event.
Three weeks to go until the North West Schools Science Competition closes for entries. It is open to pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 in North West England (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside). Pupils are invited to email NWBLT (firstname.lastname@example.org) on “Why I want to be a Scientist” and should write no more than 500 words. The winner will receive an iPad mini and cash for their school. For more information and timings please click through.
The North West Business Leadership Team is delighted to announce that four outstanding cultural organisations have been shortlisted for the prestigious Lever Prize 2015. The winner receives a 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 by NWBLT in partnership with Arts and Business.
The shortlisted organisations are:-
HOME (Greater Manchester Arts Centre)
In Place of War
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society
The next meeting of the North West Business Leadership Forum is taking place on Thursday 18 September at Contact, Manchester 5pm for 5.30pm. Contact are the current holders of the Lever Prize, awarded by NWBLT to world-class arts organisations in the North West, and the evening will include some behind the scenes interactive experiences for Forum members and their guests.
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.