The North West Business Leadership Team today hosted the National Productivity Leadership Group (PLG) chaired by Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chair of the John Lewis Partnership. The PLG is soon to have its formal launch and in advance of this the North West was given a valuable opportunity to showcase some of the excellent work being undertaken in this region.
This roundtable discussion was held at The Landing which is the technology enterprise incubator for high-growth small companies based in the heart of MediaCityUK.
To help celebrate the opening of the new Alstom Site in Widnes later this month and to raise funds for a local charity, a group of 18 cyclists are cycling from Alstom’s design office in Wolverhampton through to Widnes on 11th June 2017. This represents 90 miles in one day, which is a tough challenge – they hope to raise £3000 for Halton Haven Hospice
The UK’s top business leaders have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to science and innovation. Professor Adrian Hayday FRS, of the Francis Crick Institute and King’s College London, and Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK and NWBLT’s Chair, were both awarded the prestigious Business of Science Leadership Award, presented ahead of the second Business of Science Conference 2017.
Judges commended the strong business leadership of the winners, praising their ‘incredible contribution as inspirational leaders’ and the work they have done to actively engage and promote science at the highest level.
Our thoughts today are with all those who have suffered loss and personal tragedy as a result of the horrific attack at the Manchester Arena last night. We are proud of the community spirit demonstrated in the aftermath by the leaders and people of the great City of Manchester. We pledge to stand together with you in the weeks and months ahead.
The next meeting of the Forum will take place on 11 July at 5pm for 5.30pm at Lancaster University. The meeting will be a roundtable discussing how Energy technology can power our ambitions for the North . It will include contributions from Harry Hoster, Director of Energy Lancaster, and Dion Williams, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at Lancaster University. This follows on from the May Forum which featured a presentation from Katy Gearing from the Royal Society.
Business chiefs have called for greater devolution to UK cities and regions as the next government focuses on Brexit negotiations.
In a joint letter to the political parties, the North West Business Leadership Team, representing national and international businesses with substantial commitments in the North West, London First, whose members include over 200 of the capital’s leading companies, and Centre for Cities, an independent think tank dedicated to improving UK city economies, have argued that greater control over the revenues generated by locally raised taxes – such as property and council taxes – would give local institutions greater incentive to drive investment and growth, and the means to fund it.
The North West Business Leadership Team has today called on the Greater Manchester Mayoral candidates to shape the national industrial strategy so that it fully embraces digital and the new technologies emerging across the region. It has hosted a series of meetings with mayoral candidates and policy makers in March and April to press the case for making the most of devolution and the new city mayoralties. Canvassing views from its membership, the NWBLT industrial strategy priorities for Greater Manchester include:
• boosting local skills – especially tech and digital skills – so that young people leaving full time education are prepared to embrace new technologies that are transforming the world of work.
• A coherent strategy for the technologies that are likely to take off in Greater Manchester – including advanced materials, AI, big data and digital design.
• A coherent businesses and investment strategy that encourages inward investment and exports, with a clear 100 day plan in place from May 6th.
• Robust infrastructure across the region, quickening the road and rail investments required to create strong growth across Greater Manchester and beyond.
The Barefoot Computing project, which has now reached more than one million pupils UK-wide, helps primary school teachers get to grips with computing so that they can better help their pupils. Led by BT and the British Computing Society, Barefoot offers free teaching-resources and volunteer-led training workshops, designed to help primary school teachers get confident when teaching computer science and computing skills. It is making a big impact across the UK with over 130,000 resources downloaded and more than 35,000 teachers using those resources.
Mike Blackburn, chairman of BT’s North West regional board and NWBLT’s Deputy Chair, said: “Computing is a vital skill for the future of the North West. For the individual, it opens the door to a world of possibilities. Businesses and organisations of all types and sizes rely on this technology, whilst households use it for online learning, research and entertainment. In the North West BT volunteers are running workshops at schools the length and breadth of the region, giving teachers the confidence to teach computing to young people. Those skills will undoubtedly be used to successfully navigate a whole host of real-world challenges as they go through life.”
BT today announced it is creating about 180 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs in the North West in its drive to equip young people with the skills and training needed to meet the challenges of a changing jobs market.
About 180 apprentices and graduates will be recruited in locations such as Manchester, Stockport, Liverpool, Warrington and Accrington. This year’s BT apprentice and graduate recruitment, which includes mobile operator EE, will see the new employees work in a variety of roles, ranging from customer service, vehicle maintenance and billing to cyber security and software development.
The new NWBLT CEO, Emma Degg, and NWBLT Members, Sandy Lindsay MBE and Janet Beer, have made the Northern Power Women Power List for 2017. The campaign is to promote gender equality and the Awards ceremony took place in early March in Manchester on International Women’s Day.
The Powerlist, which recognises the leaders and change makers who are making a positive difference and impact, was announced at the Awards event.