NWBLT April Update published

WELCOME TO THE NWBLT APRIL UPDATE

We hope you have all had a good Easter. Please find below NWBLT’s latest news and stories:-

EDUCATION AND SKILLS
NWBLT has been working with our members to support Manchester Metropolitan University’s “Business Mentor Me” pilot programme which matches industry professionals with MMU students in the Faculty of Business and Law. Commencing in June it will provide a valuable opportunity for students to gain an insight into the world of work and to give them encouragement towards enhancing their professional development. The pilot programme is open to first year undergraduate students who are first in their family to go to a university. NWBLT are keen to support this programme which we hope will have real impact on those who are most in need of this type of support from the business community in the North West. Anyone interested in volunteering to be a mentor please click here for further information.

ESSENTIAL RESOURCES
We are in the process of updating our Essential Resources thought leadership report and are working with Creative Concern to engage with regional stakeholders on this important topic. NWBLT plan to launch our updated Essential Resources document in Liverpool at the International Business Festival 2018 in June and look forward to continuing our leading role in influencing regional environmental policy.

PRODUCTIVITY
In partnership with NWBLT and the Work Foundation, Lancaster University are organising a series of workshops called the Productivity Connections. They are aiming to build network connections between policy, business, and academic stakeholders to address aspects of the productivity gap, both nationally and in the North West. They are being led by the Centre for Productivity & Efficiency (CPE) at Lancaster University Management School. Registration is now open for all these workshops and we would encourage delegates from business with an interest in this area to attend:-

3 May – Management, Leadership and Productivity @Lancaster University- Book your ticket here.

8 May – Productivity, Skills and Work in a Digital Economy @Work Foundation, London – Book your ticket here.

3 July – Productive and Innovative Places @Sci-Tech, Daresbury, Cheshire – Book your ticket here.

The final workshop on 3 July will focus on the Industrial Strategy – specifically the importance of place and regional ecosystems. The North West is embarking on an adoption pilot for the ‘Made Smarter’ industrial digitalisation initiative and a formal announcement about this pilot is expected in the near future.

SCIENCE AND INNOVATION
This month we will be launching the final results of our joint research project on innovation funding and productivity in the North West. The North West is home to 10% of businesses in the UK, yet only receives 4-6% of business funding support from the government innovation funding body – Innovate UK. The North West is not accessing the funds that would better help business in the region to undertake innovative work and thereby improve productivity. Our research project aims to display this unfortunate present-day situation in a clear and understandable way to policy makers and business leaders.

We have been working with GCHQ and are holding an event at CYBERUK 18 which is taking place in Manchester this month. Our session is in partnership with NCSC focusing on cyber security and its impact on this region.

NWBLT are pleased to be sponsoring the “Business of Science” Conference which is taking place on 17 May in Liverpool. The event also includes the Business of Science Leadership Awards which pays tribute to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding business leadership within science and innovation. Nominees are now being sought for this prestigious award – click here to nominate.

COMMUNITY
Geoffrey Piper has asked us to promote an event being organised by The Northern Chamber Orchestra – 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert and Powerhouse Brunch on Sunday 13 May at the Stoller Hall, Manchester. All proceeds will go towards their newly formed Endowment Fund, the establishment of which will ensure the long term stability of the Orchestra and will fund their development of educational projects, concerts for children and their much acclaimed Mind Music series in care homes for people suffering from dementia – click here for more information.