Thought Leadership

The North West Business Leadership Team, as the principal North West voice for senior business leaders, addresses key strategic issues affecting the well-being of the region as a whole. It focuses on a small number of issues at any one time, concentrating principally on those of most relevance to achieving business growth in the North West.

In speaking on behalf of leading businesses throughout the North West, NWBLT’s aim is to provide
5REPORTS (2)a clear, well-informed voice for policy makers on the critical issues for business – for example Skills, Transport, Science, Technology & Innovation and Essential Resources.

NWBLT has also embarked upon a programme of meetings with the North West’s MPs, developing a strong cross-party working relationship for the benefit of both the North West and the UK as a whole.



“Skills for Industry – Bridging the Divide”

NWBLT’s Skills Report was launched in April 2013 at the House of Commons by Lord Kenneth Baker.  To download the report please click here




Meeting with Patrick McLaughlin - updated transport report medium sized

“Transport Investment – The North West on the Move”

NWBLT’s second report was launched on 1 October 2013 at the Conservative Party Conference by the Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin,.  To download the report please click here

An updated version of this report was discussed with Patrick McLoughlin (Secretary of State for Transport) at the October 2015 Conservative Party Conference – to download the updated report please click here 


David Wlletts MP at Podium

“Science, Technology and Innovation – Exploiting the Excellence”

NWBLT’s third report on Science, Technology and Innovation was published in March 2014 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester and welcomed by David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science.  To download the report please click here

In May 2015 one of the recommendations outlined in the above report was delivered – a full Science Prospectus.  This document can be downloaded here –Discovery to Delivery 


Alan and Juergen with reports (infront of model)

“Optimising our Essential Resources – Creating Business Advantage by 2040”

NWBLT’s fourth report on Resources as launched in June 2014 at the International Festival for Business in Liverpool.  To download the report please click here    Also featured at the Festival was the North West Energy Squared Model – for more information on The Model click here –


Juegen at lecturnThe NWBLT has produced a fifth report on Productivity with entitled “Unlocking our Potential: Solving the Productivity Puzzle.” The report was officially  launched at an event at the International Festival of Business 2016 on 14 June 2016 in Liverpool.  To download the Report please click here –