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.
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.
The next NWBLT Forum meeting is taking place on 23 January 2017 at United Utilities, Lingley Mere, Warrington and will be a panel discussion titled “‘Apprenticeship levy – tax on business or golden opportunity?”
The panel members will include:-
• Geoffrey Piper, Chief Executive, NWBLT (in the Chair)
• Professor Lawrence Bellamy, Deputy Provost, Warrington Campus, University of Chester & Chair of Birchwood Forum Enterprises Ltd
• Elaine Billington, Head of HR Operations, United Utilities
• Sandy Lindsay MBE, Founder and Chair, Tangerine and the Juice Academy
• Lois McClure, Studio Delivery Co-ordinator in the Co-op Studio (Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2014)
• Sir Howard Newby, Board Member, 3 aaa Apprentices
The next NWBLT’s Forum meeting is a panel discussion taking place on Thursday 3 November 2016 (5pm for 5.30pm) at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. This special Forum event features NWBLT Chair, Juergen Maier, and the Lever Prize 2016 winners Museum of Science and Industry for a joint project with the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, addressing the crucial importance and inter-dependence between business, culture and society in today’s challenging environment.
Following the event Forum members are invited to stay for an evening concert at RNCM at a discounted rate of £15.30 (15% off the full price) – Latin American Big Band Jazz. The RNCM Big Band lets loose with the music of some stellar Latin and jazz greats – Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Michel Camilo, Wayne Shorter and their very own Andy Scott. To crank up the Latin influence even further, Dave Hassell is joining the party. A leading light on the UK Latin American music scene, Dave leads his own Latin band, Apitos, and he has played with an incredible array of musicians, including Dr John, Clarke Terry, Art Farmer & Charles McPherson, to name but a few…
The first Bessemer Society dinner in the North West took place last night at Manchester Town Hall. The Bessemer Society is a forum and mutual society formed of ‘serial’ CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs who are committed to creating successful new companies based on technological innovation in the fields of science and engineering. Named after Sir Henry Bessemer, the Society aims to promote his blend of technical, creative and entrepreneurial skills that are the catalyst for founding any progressive and lasting enterprise. The dinner was organised by Alex Stewart, founder of the Bessemer Society and great great grandson of Sir Henry Bessemer, with support from NWBLT.
The objective of the evening was to challenge the perception that the North West is cut off from the innovation clusters of Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol, and that they are the model for the future. It was an invaluable opportunity to showcase and celebrate all that is great in the North West region. It was attended by over forty delegates and featured an inspirational presentation from Sir Robin Saxby.
The next Forum meeting is taking place at the Thornton 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)
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.
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.
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.
North West MPs met today for their latest business briefing with the North West Business Leadership Team and invited guests at the House of Commons. On this occasion the briefing focused mainly on NWBLT’s forthcoming report on productivity. The event was sponsored by Siemens, BAE Systems and Bright Future Software and was hosted by Weaver Vale MP, Graham Evans.
Juergen Maier (NWBLT Chair and CEO of Siemens UK) gave an overview of key issues facing business in the North West, describing the overall mood as ‘cautiously optimistic’. Geoffrey Piper (CEO, NWBLT) introduced the NWBLT’s proposed productivity report, due to be published in 2016 with recommendations for addressing the productivity challenge regionally and nationally. The final speaker was Eudie Thompson (Founder and CEO of Bright Future Software) on the role of apprenticeship training in software development.
The meeting concluded with contributions from North West MPs on subjects ranging from investment in transport links to the adoption of the Living Wage and improved training in technical skills.