The Northern Economic Summit
- 15 November 2018
- 09:25 - 17:00
- The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Open Forum Events' annual Northern Economic Summit will support the public and private sectors in building prosperity in Northern England through a programme made-up of innovative, practical ideas and case studies. Delegates will hear from movers-and-shakers, including those providing the services, ideas and finance that the public/private sectors need; including chief economic/scientific/public policy researchers, business leaders, local authorities, central government and international diplomats.
The Northern Economic Summit will:
The pioneering spirit of Greater Manchester's historic global economic and socially progressive leadership - from the industrial revolution to the women's suffrage movement - is captured in its new Local Industrial Strategy. Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham will welcome delegates to the city with a keynote that expands on the global economic and technological changes that the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy will drive, including:
Sarah Davies, Lead on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' Urban Pioneer project will highlight the interaction between the economy, resilience and environmental sustainability - particularly how our approach to the environment influences and determines international investor appetite as well as maximising local economic and health benefits.
Since the inception of the Manchester China Forum in 2013, the region's links with China have grown from strength to strength. Greater Manchester and the broader Northern Powerhouse region have seen a surge in inward investment, Chinese tourists, students and an increase in education collaboration. Some of the recent success can be attributed to Greater Manchester’s strategy prioritising the development of direct air routes between Manchester Airport and China. This keynote speech will introduce Greater Manchester’s approach to developing links with China, highlight recent successes and explore the opportunities for the region looking forward.
Oldham became the world's leading economy during the industrial revolution. Since de-industrialisation in the mid-20th century, the borough's economy has naturally contracted. With the development of emerging technologies and the fourth industrial revolution, how can local authorities harness innovation, support new start-ups and existing enterprise?
Beyond the hype of blockchain what are the benefits that decentralised finance can bring to the Northern economy? Gavin will critically explore case studies drawn from global best-practice that will exhibit the potential of this technological disruption and how this may be better leveraged at both the regional and national levels.
The N8 Research Partnership (N8) is the collaborative body for the universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York. The N8 universities deliver more than £12 billion of revenue for the North, provides assistance to more than 31,000 businesses and generates in excess of £6.6 billion GVA as well as being responsible for 119,000 jobs in the region. N8 research programmes drive growth of the knowledge-based economy through the development of world-class interdisciplinary, translational research that deliver real world impact.
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The UK public sector spends £200billion a year. Every additional 1% that is spent in the North will represent an economic boost of £6billion due to the knock on the supply chain and local spending. The Crown Commercial Service, which is the leading public sector procurement organisation, will explain how CCS can work more with the wider public sector across the country to help them get value-for-money from their common goods and services procurement.
Local Enterprise Partnerships are collaborative projects between local authorities councils and business established to determine the economic priorities in local areas; driving growth, creating jobs and upskilling the work force. In his keynote, Phillip Cox will discuss how he's leading the Cheshire and Warrington LEP towards becoming a £350bn economy by 2030.
This keynote presentation will provide a detailed breakdown from the Department for International Trade of the opportunities, funding and support available to help Northern businesses export.
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