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.
In a new collection of essays, published by Green Alliance today, eight leading business and policy voices, including the NWBLT’s Chair and the Director General of the CBI, say the government must embed low carbon development and resource efficiency in a truly modern industrial strategy; and that failure to do so risks wasting the opportunities the UK has to capitalise on the green economy.
The strong message from the publication’s contributors is that the government’s plan to boost business productivity, particularly in former industrial communities, must be aligned with UK low carbon energy and resource policies.
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 North West Business Leadership Team have launched #NWBLTBusiness Matters campaign which highlights some of positive contributions our members make to the region and the country. The campaign uses a cartoon characters to highlight the facts in a lighthearted manner – printed copies of the cards are available from the NWBLT office.
With less than a week until the new Chancellor of the Exchequer’s first Autumn Statement, a coalition of North West businesses has made an ambitious call for the Government to spend more on transport in the North per head than in London over the next decade.
The call to revolutionise transport funding comes from three NWBLT member companies Addleshaw Goddard, Grant Thornton and Atkins, who have produced an ‘Unlocking Growth in the North’ report. The report is the outcome of a series of events held over the last year, involving more than 100 organisations, to discuss how to boost growth in the North and rebalance the UK economy.
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.
‘May you live in interesting times’ is widely believed to be an ancient Chinese curse (although I understand it is in fact neither ancient nor Chinese, being recent and western). It does however feel highly pertinent given the events of the last couple of months – particularly in view of our new relationship with the EU (whatever that may be) and the wider global horizons on which we are now inevitably focusing increased attention.
The British people ‘spoke’ on June 23, and in so doing presented the business community with many challenges. This is not only a crucial time for our Government and their advisers, it is also a testing time for business leaders, many of whom will be faced with critical strategic decisions in the months and years ahead.
Click on Chief Executive’s Blog above to read full article, as published in the Manchester Evening News and Greater Manchester Business Week.
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.