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

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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Manchester City Centre

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.

Next Forum meeting to take place at Fab Labs, Manchester on 4 November

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Dr Julie Madigan

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.

The eXec-Factor – 20th November 2014

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Juergen Maier, NWBLT, on stage

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.

North West Schools Science Competition now open

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science comp 2013

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 (info@nwblt.co.uk) 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.


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Lever Prize 2014 - glass trophy designed by The Silver Zebra

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
Manchester Museum
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society

September Forum meeting taking place at Contact, Manchester

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Contact building

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.

Forum meeting to discuss Transport Issues

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David Brown, Chief Executive, Merseytravel

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.

NWBLT Chairman takes top job

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Juergen Maier, Chairman of NWBLT

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’.

Radical action needed to sustain essential North West resources

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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.