The North West Business Leadership Team were delighted to welcome Jake Berry MP, the Northern Powerhouse Minister, to their roundtable session in Chester on 30th November.  The meeting was chaired by Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, and included wide ranging discussions with LEP Chairs and private sector leaders from across the region.

Discussion focussed on the Government’s new Industrial Strategy and the opportunities it presents for the North West.   The national productivity challenge was at the heart of discussions, an issue that is key to the future economic prosperity of the region. It was agreed that although the North West can boast the highest manufacturing output of any UK region, producing 9% of the country’s total exports, increased investment by both government and business in science and technology, transport and skills are essential for future growth.

NWBLT is one of over 100 partners signed up to the Northern Powerhouse (NPH) Partner Programme, a network of businesses and organisations that actively support and champion the assets and economic opportunities of the North of England and North Wales.

Jake Berry MP said:

The Northern Powerhouse remains, now more than ever, a central concept to the government’s plans to build an economy that works for all.

Dialogue with specialist networks, such as the NWBLT, that work together to develop business clusters to support government in addressing policy challenges are absolutely key. ”

Emma Degg, Chief Executive of the North West Business Leadership Team said:

“It was great to welcome Jake Berry to our meeting.  As ever he demonstrated his sound understanding of both the needs and opportunities that lie across this great region.  The NWBLT is keen to do all we can to support Jake’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.  In particular we emphasised to him our resolve to help support this work though responsible business leadership. The future of our economy depends upon us all taking responsibility to make a difference.”