The Northern Economic Summit
- 15 November 2018
- 09:25 - 17:00
- The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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The government has made 'levelling-up' opportunities and economic performance across the UK a flagship policy of its forward programme. The pandemic response has eaten-into vast sums of state spending, but the political will still exists to implement the levelling-up agenda. Outcomes in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and The Humber will determine the success of this programme and be driven by investment in new skills, improved connectivity and health.
Summit delegates will take away the following benefits of attending:
Henri Murison was appointed as the first permanent Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership - established by business and civic leaders across the North to drive the economy, Chaired by former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. Henri has held senior public policy roles in both the public and private sector(s) across the North of England, serving as Cabinet member for Quality of Life at Newcastle City Council; leading on key issues including transport, planning and the environment. Henri has also worked as Research Director at the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and lead on Public Affairs at the Yorkshire Building Society.
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.
Gavin Brown is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Financial Technology at the University of Liverpool. He has provided talks, advice and media commentary on cryptocurrencies and tokenomics to The House of Lords, H.M. Treasury, H.M.R.C., The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, The Bank of England, BBC radio & live television, The Telegraph Newspaper, Forbes Magazine, The Financial Times, private banks, wealth management offices, conferences and HE institutions. Dr Richard Whittle has taught economics at all levels as well as on various professional and industry qualifications, including CIMA, for the Bank of New York and for the Civil Service. Following a research career in industry where his consultancy reports were used to develop firms' strategy in negotiating with local government throughout the UK, Dr Whittle was awarded one of only two Economic and Social Research Council studentships to read for a Master's of Research and has recently completed his PhD in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Keele.
Henri Murison, Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership (confirmed)
Gavin Brown, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Financial Technology, University of Liverpool (confirmed)
Dr Richard Whittle, CAPE Policy Fellow, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London (confirmed)
Senior Representative from BAE Systems (confirmed)
By 2027/28 the BBC will be spending at least an extra £700m cumulatively across the UK - generating an additional economic benefit of over £850m. The BBC Across the UK initiative is part of the biggest programme of reform to BBC services and operations in decades; recreating the BBC as a genuinely UK-wide organisation with a much stronger presence across the length and breadth of the country. This shift will move the creative and journalistic centre of the BBC away from London to a much more distributed model that moves not just people - but power, representation and decision-making to the UK’s Nations and regions.
This presentation will set-out the detail of the BBC Across the UK blueprint, including:
SCAPE is the UK’s leading public sector procurement authority, dedicated to creating spaces, places and experiences that leave a sustainable legacy within the community. Since 2006, SCAPE has accelerated over 12,000 projects across the UK with their direct award frameworks, property services and innovative architectural designs.
Working with SCAPE is all about partnership, bringing together the brightest talent from the construction industry and the local economy. SCAPE projects are collaborative, compliant and fully performance managed to ensure delivery efficiency, tax payer value, targeted local economic enrichment and offer a direct response to the climate emergency.
SCAPE operates with a buying power of £13bn and is actively performance managing over 1,800 live projects. SCAPE is a member of the National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF) and in 2020, was name in ‘The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to work for’ in the UK.
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We'll be working with venues to ensure lunch at our events is as delicious as ever and caters for a range of dietary preferences - whilst being served in a safe and seamless manner. Some of the new measures we will be introducing to this effect are:
Where possible, we will request food is sourced locally to reduce food miles, use seasonal vegetables, red tractor certified meat and eggs from free range hens.
'Levelling-up' requires a coherent and long-term strategy and also one that can track progress at the local level over time. The Legatum Institute has launched the UK Prosperity Index - the most comprehensive data-driven assessment of prosperity across the country, which should help identify the local ingredients that are required to cultivate prosperity.
The UK Prosperity Index aims to develop a comprehensive picture of prosperity across the UK and at the local authority, regional, and national levels. Rather than look only at the economy and infrastructure, the UK Prosperity Index will span 12 pillars grouped into three domains, and draw on an unprecedented amount of data from more than 50 datasets. The domains are inclusive societies, open economies and empowered People.
The pandemic response has uber-accelerated the bonding of health and economic policy. If this trend strengthens and continues, can it be used to reduce economic opportunity and health inequalities - in this instance, with a focus on issues in the North.
Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE holds the cabinet portfolio for health and social care at Oldham Council and Jonathan Walker is the Policy Director of the North East Chamber of Commerce. This co-presentation will explore joined-up economic and health policies that address pan-regional inequalities.
Greater Manchester and the broader Northern 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 Phase 1 of the Manchester China Forum's strategy.
At the previous Northern Economic Summit, 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 in the development of artificial intelligence and graphene; as well as improved commerce. Rhys Whalley, Executive Director of the Manchester China Forum will explore opportunities for the region in Phase 2 of the MCF strategy, including further direct connectivity with the far East and focus on key sectors to GM's growth; infrastructure and regeneration, advanced manufacturing, visitor economy and football.
Rhys Whalley is the Executive Director of the Manchester China Forum. From his previous position as the Head of Business Development and China Desk at the International property-firm Jones Lang LaSalle in Beijing, and former Business Manager for the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China; Rhys has brought a wealth of experience to lead the Forum in realising these objectives.
Big Issue North started in December 1992 as a Manchester supplement within the London-based Big Issue. From there, Big Issue North grew as an independent publication distributed in the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber. To expand the range of services that it offered to vendors, the Big Issue North Trust was established in 1996.
A large fundraising campaign, plus National Lottery money and a regeneration grant from English Partnerships, meant they were able to move into an office in Manchester in 1998, with offices in Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Hull to follow, along with sub-offices in Preston and Kendal.
Big Issue North is also one of 112 street paper projects in 34 countries, which are supported by INSP (International Network of Street Papers). INSP supports the development and sustainability of its members, and adds value to their work so that thousands of homeless or vulnerably housed vendors – more than 250,000 so far – can earn a living and improve their lives. INSP does this by providing a range of services and projects, including the annual Global Street Paper Summit and the INSP News Service.
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SELRAP is the community campaign group working to extend the Airedale line (running from Leeds and terminating at Skipton) from Skipton to Colne, allowing the local population in East Lancashire to travel straight into the economic heart of the region, Leeds - providing significant local economic opportunities, including:
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