The Northern Economic Summit
- 15 November 2018
- 09:25 - 17:00
- The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
The government has made 'levelling-up' opportunities and economic performance across the UK a flagship policy of its forward agenda. COVID-19 has eaten-into vast sums of government bandwidth and spending, but the political will still exists to implement the levelling-up agenda. Outcomes in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and The Humber will be crucial to the success of this programme.
This CPD accredited Summit is a comprehensive programme of presentations and panel discussions on the issues steering the government's levelling-up agenda, including: devolution of legislative powers and borrowing, innovative R&D programmes forging the North's place in the global knowledge economy and building on its revolutionary industrial heritage; upgrading pan-regional transport connectivity to allow for seamless travel across networks and equipping people with new skills as growth in digital and carbon-neutral catches-up to traditional industry.
Summit delegates will take away the following benefits of attending:
1. Strategy to boost your business' productivity in the UK's post-COVID markets
2. Networking - real networking - with some of the UK's biggest business leaders and most innovative SMEs
3. Engage with the people, ideas and places powering the North; get back to doing business and building your profile
Christian Spence leads the Future Economies Analytics unit, dedicated to data analysis and visualisation, forecasting and modelling for commercial clients and to support the wider research initiatives of Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to heading up the FEA, Chris served as Head of Research and Policy at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as well as working in Manchester City Council's Economic and Urban Policy unit; before leading political engagement for Core Cities UK, where he successfully drafted and lobbied for amendments to the Localism Act 2011 on devolution policy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has absorbed government bandwidth and national attention, as well as creating a huge economic shock for the North of England. The endemic economic and opportunity disparities that existed pre-COVID have been compounded - regions in the North will remain further behind and take longer to catch-up if a unilateral approach is pursued. This keynote will set-out how the government will work with business, political figureheads and the public sector to hasten recovery from the shock and support levelling-up the Northern economy.
The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. Singapore is a showcase of how to thrive in competitive global markets; the North will need to apply emerging technologies in a coherent and cost-effective manner to thrive - particularly in a post-Brexit landscape. There is much that can be assessed and adapted to benefit the North and the UK as a whole:
Be the Business is a government supported and industry led charity launched to boost productivity of UK SME's. Supported by some of Britain's biggest companies, including BAE Systems, Amazon, Siemens, Accenture and McKinsey & Co, the initiative incorporates a series of programmes designed to help SME's navigate through the pandemic crisis and into the future, including the 'Mentoring for Growth' scheme - connecting owners and key decision makers in SMEs with business leaders from big companies whose experience matches the particular needs of the SME. Following a call at the start of the pandemic for rapid response mentoring, BAE Systems volunteered dozens more of its leaders to provide mentoring to SMEs in need. This presentation will cover lessons learnt from the BtB programme and how SMEs can be supported by big businesses to boost productivity.
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.
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.
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 has 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.
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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.
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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.
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 the previous Northern Economic Summit, Minister Ma Hui from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the UK spoke to 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' keynote will explore opportunities for the region in Phase 2 of the Manchester China Forum investment strategy, including further direct connectivity with far East and focus on key sectors to GM's growth; infrastructure and regeneration, advanced manufacturing, visitor economy and football.
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