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THE NORTHERN POWERHOUSE LORD O’NEILL JOINS A-LIST BUSINESS AND CITY LEADERS FOR NORTHERN POWERHOUSE CONFERENCE LORD O’NEILL will join the North of England’s most senior private and public sector leaders for a range of compelling policy and business debates at this year’s UK Northern Powerhouse Conference and Exhibition. Former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord Jim O’Neill worked closely with the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to drive forward the Northern Powerhouse project, city devolution and infrastructure strategy. He plans to continue to actively support Osborne’s vision to deliver growth beyond the South East through the Northern Powerhouse. The 2017 UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition is supported by Chief Executives from across the major cities of the North, from Liverpool to Newcastle. It will feature interactive sessions with senior executives from major international businesses such as Nissan, Cisco and Stobart Group, as well as the Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors and Federation of Small Businesses. It will also be playing host to a number of international trade delegations. 32 The conference is the biggest cross sectoral gathering of Northern businesses in the UK. It will be held in Manchester Central on 21 and 22 February and is expected to attract more than 3,000 delegates over two days. Local authority executives taking part in the conference include Matt Jukes, Chief Executive, Kingston upon Hull City Council; Ged Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council; John Mothersole, Chief Executive, Sheffield City Council; Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council; and Jim Taylor, Chief Executive, Salford City Council. Other participants include Natalie Sykes of the Institute of Directors; David Brown, Chief Executive of Transport for the North; Paul March, Head of Development and Finance, Department of International Trade and Anne Longfield OBE, the Children’s Commissioner for England. Business and sector leaders from the worlds of transport, skills, housing, manufacturing and academia will also be taking part in the conference. Topics being addressed during the conference include manufacturing, transport and infrastructure, finance and delivery, devolution, competitiveness and productivity and energy. Panelists addressing transport issues include Paul Griffiths, Phase Two Development Director, HS2; Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Arriva Rail North; Martin Frobisher, Route Managing Director, Network Rail; Kate Willard, Chair, Atlantic Gateway & Head of Corporate Projects, Stobart Group; and James Cooper, Chairman, Associated British Ports. Lord O’Neill believes businesses are crucial to driving forward this success. He said: “Building a Northern Powerhouse to help rebalance the British economy, create jobs and unleash economic growth in the North of England needs to remain a key priority for the new Government. But the key to achieving this lies not just in the Government’s support, but also the backing of businesses across the region. “The UK Northern Powerhouse Conference is a great opportunity for businesses to hear first-hand how they can play their part in shaping the Northern Powerhouse and ensuring the region’s future economic success.” From the world of academia, speakers include Peter Simpson, Director of the N8 Research Partnership, and Professor Sir Cary Cooper, President, CIPD & Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, University of Manchester. Keith Griffiths, Managing Director of UK Northern Powerhouse Conference, said: “Lord O’Neill has been a key figure in the Northern Powerhouse concept since its inception, playing a central role in pushing the agenda forward. “His insight at the 2016 conference was invaluable and we had extremely positive reviews from businesses following his appearance. We look forward to hearing from him again to explore how he will be continuing to support the project and consider what businesses across the region can do to help ensure the north achieves its full economic potential. “The UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference & Exhibition is designed to help businesses increase trade by showcasing prospects for collaborative working and emerging market opportunities influenced by the UK Government`s devolved powers to FEATURE


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