The Northern Economic Summit
- 15 November 2018
- 09:25 - 17:00
- The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
The new government has made 'levelling-up' opportunities and economic performance across the UK a core component of its forward programme. Outcomes in the North will be pivotal to this agenda and will require investment in innovative industries, inter-regional connectivity and public health. Open Forum Events' annual Northern Economic Summit will bring together civic, business and tech leaders; economic, scientific and public policy researchers, industry chiefs, local authorities and central government to discuss the initiatives, services and capital the region needs to become a self-sustaining economic power.
The CPD accredited Summit agenda is a comprehensive programme of presentations, panel discussions and keynotes exploring:
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. This presentation will explore the natural capital account of the GM region as a case study demonstrating the value natural assets can deliver for future generations and importance of ensuring the protection and enhancement of natural assets are considered in regional decision making.
Subsequent to establishing the Manchester China Forum in 2013, GM'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 academic collaboration; some of the recent success can be attributed to the Manchester China Forum's strategy of prioritising the development of direct air routes between Manchester Airport and China.
At last year's NES, Minister Ma Hui from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the UK spoke on how parallels between the Northern Powerhouse and China's Belt and Road initiative have facilitated unprecedented inward investment from China into Northern England, rapid growth of collaboration between Chinese/northern academic researchers and industry in the development of artificial intelligence and graphene; as well as improved economic ties between Chinese and northern commerce. Rhys' keynote will explore opportunities for the region in Phase 2 of the Manchester China Forum investment strategy, including further direct connectivity with China and focus on key sectors to GM's growth; infrastructure and regeneration, advanced manufacturing, visitor economy and football.
Core Cities UK commissioned the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to undertake a major review of UK city productivity in contrast with that of European cities. The review investigates low productivity in the UK's city regions, putting forward a series of recommendations to support not just the UK's core cities - but also the surrounding towns, villages and communities through joined-up central and local government strategies that will underpin ambitions to achieve the economic potential of the regions.
This presentation, delivered by a member of the Core Cities UK cabinet, will provide CCUK's response to the report, including recommendations to:
Core Cities UK is a grouping of expert researchers and civic leaders cooperating across political parties, with Whitehall and working as partners with the government of the day to ensure the successful delivery of improved outcomes for our cities and the economy through meeting with ministers and civil servants. By working in partnership with Government, Core Cities UK have successfully influenced legislation including the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act as well as working closely with Ministers from DECC/BEIS, DEFRA and the Treasury on apprenticeships, business rates, Science and Innovation Audits and the strategic role Core Cities can play in the development of future infrastructure projects.
Beyond the hype of blockchain what are the benefits that decentralised finance can bring to the Northern economy? Professor Gavin Brown and Dr Richard Whittle, co-authors of Algorithms, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency: Implications for the Future of the Workplace 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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Ben Carpenter Merritt manages the All Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group. In February the APPMG launches the Manufacturing in the Regions report following a year-long inquiry Chaired by Cross Bench Peer and founder of Cobra Beer, Lord Bilimoria. The report considers five priority areas on which the government must focus in order for manufacturing to benefit each region of the UK.
This presentation will consider findings from the report as they pertain specifically to manufacturing in the North.
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'The North could thrive in the decades ahead. Its economy is significant on an international scale: it is larger than most EU economies, and those of the UK’s devolved nations combined; and it has vital assets and capabilities which have national importance and global reach.'
Luke's research for IPPR received national coverage for spotlighting the historic and continued disparity between North/South transport infrastructure investment; projecting (based on the government's own National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline) over the next 14 years, London will receive £3,636 per-capita in contrast to £1,247 per-capita in the North. Luke will present findings from his research into driving economic prosperity in the North, including:
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