Westminster Social Policy Forum

The future of the Northern Powerhouse and the next steps for regional development

Friday, 21st April 2017

Renaissance Marriott, Blackfriars Street, Manchester M3 2EQ

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Please note that this seminar will take place in Central Manchester.


With the Government’s Industrial Strategy outlining new funding for the Northern Powerhouse, delegates at this seminar will consider the next steps for supporting regional growth in the North of England.


It will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the accountability of Mayor-led city regions - as well as options for their structures and roles in different areas of the country, including the devolution of powers over transport, housing, planning and skills throughout the four devolution deals that have been agreed across the North of England in Sheffield, Greater Manchester, Tees Valley and Liverpool.


Further planned sessions focus on how best to support the retention and development of a highly skilled workforce, and how the use of Enterprise zones, the plans for retention of business rates, and improving transport infrastructure could help businesses to expand and boost local job opportunities.


The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss foreign investment in the region, and how foreign direct investment projects could help boost the Northern economy in terms of increased jobs, economic activity and tourism.



Guests of Honour

Councillor Sean Anstee

Leader, Trafford Council

David Brown

Chief Executive Officer, Transport for the North

Donna Hall

Chief Executive, Wigan Council

Aileen Murphie

Director, DCLG & Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office

Guests of Honour

Donna Hall

Chief Executive, Wigan Council

Councillor Sean Anstee

Leader, Trafford Council

David Brown

Chief Executive Officer, Transport for the North

Keynote Speakers

Aileen Murphie

Director, DCLG & Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office

Suzanne Robinson

Yorkshire Managing Partner, EY

Chair

Lord Scriven

Councillor and former Leader, Sheffield City Council

Speakers

Deborah McLaughlin

Head of Housing Delivery and Strategy, GL Hearn

Julian Cobley

Managing Director, The Skills and Growth Company, East Cheshire Borough Council

Ian Kerr

Director of Professional Services, The Skills Company

Gary Stewart

Director, Open Future UK and Wayra UK, Telefónica

Hailing Yu

China Business Advisor to the Northern Powerhouse, China-Britain Business Council

Paul Massey

General Counsel, Crowdcube

Rob Mukherjee

Head of North West Regional Business, Vodafone

Grant Peggie

Director, Venture Capital Solutions, British Business Bank

Professor Nick Wright

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Newcastle University