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Northern Powerhouse conference announced following Industrial Strategy

News   •   Jan 25, 2017 13:59 GMT

Senior transport figures to gather at UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference following Government’s industrial strategy.

Next month’s UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference will see Senior transport figures coming together to debate the investments announced in the Government’s industrial strategy, and discuss further measures that are needed to rebalance to UK economy.

The event, which is taking place in Central Manchester in February, is expected to attract over 3,000 business delegates, including major national UK companies and delegations from India, China, US and Australia.

The two-day event will include two sessions on Transport and Infrastructure. The first focusing on ‘air and road’ and the second on ‘port and rail’. Speakers at these sessions include:

David Brown, CEO, Transport for the North

Elliot Shaw, Executive Director for Strategy and Planning, Highways England

Graeme Mason, Planning & Corporate Affairs Director, Newcastle International Airport

Andreas Köster, Senior Director Sales UK, Lufthansa Group

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

James Cooper, Chairman, Associated British Ports

Infrastructure projects across the North were singled out by the Prime Minister in her industrial strategy, including the Goole international terminal, aimed at linking the east Yorkshire town’s existing rail, sea, motorway and waterway hubs.

The Minister for Northern Powerhouse, Andrew Percy MP, Lord Kerslake, Chair of the UK Northern Powerhouse Advisory Board and Lord O’Neill of Gatley, will also be speaking at the conference.

Business leaders from across the major cities of the North will be attending including Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle and Leeds. It will include interactive sessions with top firms such as Nissan, Cisco, Yorkshire Bank and Stobart Group, as well as the Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors and Federation of Small Businesses.

Manufacturing, transport and infrastructure, finance and delivery, devolution, competitiveness and productivity and energy were among the topics being addressed.

The conference is the biggest cross sectorial gathering of Northern businesses in the UK, with business leaders from across major UK cities attending, including Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle and Leeds.

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