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, Essential Resources and Productivity. 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

September Forum meeting to discuss Science and Energy

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The next Forum meeting is taking place at the Thorton Science Park (5pm for 5.30pm) on 29th September and will debate the way forward for the North West’s scientific research and energy sectors, in the context of the post-Brexit environment. The panel will include Emma Degg (Policy Advisor, NWBLT), Myles Kitcher (Managing Director, Peel Environmental) and Paul Vernon (Chief Executive, Thornton Science Park)

NWBLT hosts House of Commons lunch to discuss BREXIT

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Following Prime Minister’s Questions on the first Wednesday after the momentous Brexit vote, NWBLT hosted a well attended cross-party lunch for North West MPs.

On this occasion our Parliamentary host was Ivan Lewis MP who spoke passionately on the need to reach out to a disillusioned electorate who, particularly in the North, had voiced their discontent more clearly than ever. Never has there been a better time for our region to speak up for our communities and show the kind of leadership which NWBLT is able to provide.

Lord O’Neill joins NWBLT Roundtable discussion at IFB2016

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At the International Festival for Business 2016 in Liverpool the North West Business Leadership Team today agreed a plan to help deliver the economic ambitions of the Northern Powerhouse. The discussion was held at the request of the IFB2016 leadership and comes at a crucial time in the development of the North. It provided a significant opportunity for business leaders to help shape the future of this important agenda.

Forty business leaders attended the landmark event with the Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, Lord Jim O’Neill, the Government Minister responsible for City devolution and the North. The business leaders endorsed a series of priority actions, all underpinned by the transport improvements planned by Transport for the North.

Siemens UK Chief, Juergen Maier, calls for ‘action now’ at Productivity report launch at Liverpool’s International Festival of Business

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A new report into the North West’s productivity challenge was launched today at the Siemens conference at the International Festival of Business in Liverpool. The report was launched in a speech by Chief Executive of Siemens UK, and Chairman of the North West Business Leadership Team, Juergen Maier.

The NWBLT report outlines the key actions that business leaders believe have the potential to drive significant improvements in productivity across the North West, raising the overall competitiveness and prosperity of the entire Country.

NWBLT’s Productivity Report to be launched at Siemens Conference at IFB 2016

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IFB 2016 will be a global showcase of great British industry, bringing the world of business to Liverpool in June and July 2016 and is a key part of the government’s ambition to promote economic growth and double UK exports by 2020.

Siemens is an official supporter of the IFB 2016 and hosting an event called “Solving the Productivity Puzzle” Conference in Auditorium 1 at Liverpool Exhibition Centre on Tuesday 14th June, 2016. During the afternoon panel discussions the NWBLT’s new report on Productivity entitled “Unlocking our Potential” will be launched by NWBLT’s Chair Juergen Maier.

Dr Pete Waterman to address next Forum meeting

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The next Forum meeting will be taking place on Monday 4 July 2016 at 5pm for 5.30pm finishing by 7pm. It is taking place in the “Insatiable Curiosity Room” at Virgin Train Talent Academy in Crewe and will feature a panel discussion on“Strategic Transport Investment – what can it do for Cheshire and the North West?”

The panel will discuss how Cheshire and the wider region can reap the full benefits of the forthcoming investment into its transport infrastructure. Panel members will be invited to give an opening address before questions are taken from the audience.
The panel will include:-
Geoffrey Piper, Chief Executive, NWBLT (in the Chair)
Philip Cox, Chief Executive, Cheshire and Warrington LEP
Amy Harhoff, Head of Policy and Strategy, Transport for the North
David Thrower, NWBLT’s Transport Consultant
Dr Pete Waterman, Board Member, Cheshire and Warrington LEP

Professor Parkinson addresses Forum at Liverpool Cathedral

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In Liverpool Cathedral this evening at the NWBLT’s Forum Professor Michael Parkinson CBE, Chief Executive of the Heseltine Institute and Adviser to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, spoke about his report “The State of the Liverpool City: making the most of devolution”. The audience was made up of senior business leaders, smaller businesses, academics and community groups from across the region.

Michael spoke about the challenges from the new agenda including the Government’s mixed motives, ambitions and voices. He mentioned the issues around cultural change work at city region level and the two separate agendas – devolution & elected mayors. Liverpool is not alone with this challenge but must and is engaged in tackling them.

Member of Manufacturing Champions Network wins Queen’s Award

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NWBLT are delighted to announce that METTLER TOLEDO Safeline has won a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in the Innovation category! Very few companies hold multiple Queen’s Awards concurrently, so they are particularly proud of this achievement.

If you’re not familiar with the Queen’s Awards, they’re one the UK’s most prestigious annual business awards, with organisations recognised for outstanding achievement in one of three categories: innovation, international trade, and sustainable development.

NWBLT’s Chairman, Juergen Maier (CEO of Siemens UK), is also a member of the Manufacturing Champions Network and NWBLT are keen to promote the Network and are delighted that METTLER TOLEDO Safeline has won this prestigious award.

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.