Business growth in the north of England: IPPR North conference
Friday 30 November, 09.30-16.00
Leeds Civic Hall, LS1 1UR
The conference will also see the launch of the final report from the Northern Economic Futures Commission, which sets out a long-term strategy for economic growth in the north of England and argues that investment in the region is vital for the national economy as a whole.
Early bird tickets are available now from our booking site
which also includes information on the venue
and the conference programme.
With thanks to:
- Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
- Lucy Armstrong, Chief Executive, The Alchemists
- Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive, Warrington Borough Council
- Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman for Policy
- Councillor Julie Cooper, Leader of Burnley Borough Council
- Colin Cram, Managing Director, Marc1 Ltd
- Colin Crooks, Director of Tree Shepherd
- Ed Cox, Director, IPPR North
- Clive Davenport, FSB National Chairman for Trade and Industry
- Steven Falder, Deputy Chairman, Byotrol
- Bernard Ginns, Business Editor, Yorkshire Post
- Peter Hetherington, former regional affairs and northern editor of The Guardian
- Stan Higgins, Chief Executive, NEPIC
- Adrian Hon, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Six to Start
- Dr Su Maddock, Senior Research Fellow, Manchester Business School
- Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, CLES
- Geoff Muirhead, Chair of the Northern Economic Futures Commission
- Carole Murray, Deputy Director, Enterprise and Economic Development Analysis, BIS
- Geoffrey Piper, Chief Executive, North West Business Leadership Team
- Vicky Pryce, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
- David Ramsden, FSB National Chairman for Economics, Taxation & Financial Affairs
- Dr Clare Schofield, Enterprise Fellow and Enterprise Champion, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Edward Twiddy, Chief Executive, North East LEP
- Jessica Zhang, Manager North West, China-Britain Business Council
Questions we want to answer include:
- Is an SME-led growth strategy the right one for the UK and specifically the North?
- What are the main opportunities and barriers to SME growth in the North of England?
- What role can government play in supporting small business development?
- How can small business be incentivised to take on new staff?
- Are northern voices sufficiently heard in national conversation?
- What alternative sources of finance can fill the gap being left by banks?
- How do we build and support an enterprising culture?
- How can businesses be supported to enter the export market?
- How can public procurement practices be simplified and the opened up to small businesses?