Westminster Business Forum

Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy - innovation, infrastructure and skills

Morning, Wednesday, 12th June 2019

Central Manchester


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

Timed to follow the publication of the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy, this conference will bring together stakeholders to discuss the way forward for realising its aims of boosting productivity, earnings and wellbeing across the Greater Manchester region.

As one of the three ‘trailblazer’ areas in the UK, the Manchester Local Industrial Strategy aims to create well-paid jobs in new industries, increase competitiveness in high employment sectors and build on local strengths and opportunities to create a digitally-enabled, green city-region.

Delegates will discuss priorities for supporting innovation and boosting productivity, developing workforce skills, and delivering the infrastructure that businesses and communities need.

Guest of Honour

Rt Hon Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester

Guest of Honour

Rt Hon Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester

Keynote Speakers

Beatrice Andrews

Head of Local Industrial Strategies, Cities and Local Growth Unit

Richard Blyth

Head of Policy, Royal Town Planning Institute

Clive Memmott

Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce


Angela Yore

Co-Founder and Managing Director, SkyParlour

Dr Marianne Sensier

Research Fellow, University of Manchester and Research Support, Industrial Strategy Commission

Lisa Bowden

Associate Director, Mace

Shaun Fensom

Chair, Community Broadband Network

Councillor Sean Fielding

Leader, Oldham Council

Tim Newns

Chief Executive, MIDAS

Dave Power

Group Chief Executive, One Manchester