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Professor Ashwin Kumar, Professor of Social Policy, Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU), Manchester Metropolitan University (CONFIRMED)

During this ‘Hot Seat’ Session Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, will lay out his case and plans for devolved powers for economic growth across the North and delegates will have the opportunity to ask direct questions about the future of economic growth in northern regions. This will ensure attendees are given the opportunity to raise their concerns, enquire about future strategic projects moving forward and more directly engage with the speaker. 

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester (invited)

  • Launching the Next Steps for the Northern Powerhouse in February 2019 to develop policies which will uniquely support local economic growth in the north
  • Supporting £100 billion investment in northern transport, such as Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), given the restrictions on growth of an outdated transport system in the north
  • Securing a digital future for northern towns by delivering full fibre to the premises of every business and home by 2025, which could be worth $47.2 billion to the northern economy
  • Implementing and distributing a £250 million Housing Investment Fund to build communities around northern regions pinpointed for outstanding growth potential
  • Securing a range of devolution deals to enable local authorities in the north to gain greater control over regional growth strategies
  • Pushing for a rebalancing on research and development (R&D) spending so that universities in the North have access to an equivalent level as universities in the south

Julie Elliott MP, MP for Sunderland and Member, Northern Powerhouse APPG (CONFIRMED)

  • Placing inclusive growth at the heart of Local Industrial Strategies to ensure it is the people most at risk of poverty who are benefitting from local economic growth
  • Using strategic housing projects to connect people with local jobs, linking infrastructure and employment as a central means towards growth
  • Reducing the uneven nature of economic growth in the UK by giving increased strategic attention to those regions lagging behind
  • Targeting ‘people’ and ‘place’ by making sure that the skills training and opportunities offered are tailored well to the needs and assets of local regions

Mike Hawking, Policy and Partnerships Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (CONFIRMED)

  • Translating housing growth into economic growth through Gateshead’s Housing Strategy and Economic Growth Plan by ensuring housing policies lead to more economically active households locating and staying within Gateshead
  • Producing a Joint Housing Investment Plan to support housing developments at 19 sites through the Gateshead Regeneration Partnership, which brings together Gateshead Council, Galliford Try and Home Group
  • Ensuring household and population growth are compatible with the growth of the local economy, calculating that 22,000 extra jobs would be compatible with projected growth
  • Obtaining independent economic growth projects that are closely measured against projected household/population variations to give Inspectors more confidence in the plan
  • Achieving growth rates beyond the northern average through this co-ordinated, joined up growth acceleration plan

Grant Rainey, Planning Policy Officer, Gateshead Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Placing skills development at the heart of Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub by establishing a Skills and Employment Hub and Skill’s Capital Programme which aim to not only create jobs, but also ensure they are highly skilled and productive
  • Providing bespoke training courses and accredited qualifications to more than 7,500 learners from 2,100 businesses
  • Delivering £26 million of Growth Deal Skills Programme funding across 16 skills facilities throughout the local area to provide tailored skills hubs for different sectors
  • Launching an Engineering Innovation Centre alongside the University of Central Lancashire, pioneering knowledge exchange with local businesses and schools
  • Creating 1,200 new jobs within the region since 2016 and demonstrating that the zone has the potential to create over 55,000 new jobs in the next decade

Stephen Young, Executive Director of Growth, Lancashire County Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Developing a Digital & Creative Board to support economic growth via an extensive digital and creative business expansion scheme
  • Launching the LCR Activate Accelerator Project, a £5 million scheme to support and fund over 60 businesses across 11 sectors working in digital and emerging technologies
  • Collaborating between universities through the £15 million Sensor City, a flagship University Enterprise Zone to provide industry partners with the financial means and facilities to translate technological concepts into commercially viable solutions
  • Employing over 22,000 through this technological investment scheme whilst achieving a 144% increase in digital business between 2011 and 2016

Jonathon Clark, ACR Activate and Technology Manager, Liverpool John Moores University (CONFIRMED)

  • Ensuring that a strategic northern transport revolution is at the very centre of economic growth strategies moving forward
  • Releasing a Strategic Transport Plan which demonstrates that investment in transport could deliver £100 billion growth in Gross Value Added, in addition to 850,000 jobs
  • Delivering the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) through £39 billion of investment, with the Strategic Outline Business Case receiving Board approval earlier this year
  • Delivering inclusive economic growth through targeting short trips, which in turn should reduce local congestion and target environmentally friendly growth through cycle routes

Tim Foster, Head of Economy, Transport for the North (CONFIRMED)

  • Launching the UKRI Strength in Places Fund, a competitive fund to support projects between £10-£50 million involving research organisations, businesses and local leadership to bring regional growth
  • Distributing the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), which support universities to work with the wider society, such as local authorities and businesses, to benefit the economy
  • Enhancing local R&I collaborations, building on the underpinning regional economic role of universities, research institutes, Catapults and other R&D facilities
  • Achieving UKRI’s mission and closing the gap between regions with the worst economic growth and the highest economic growth by providing funding to kickstart innovation

Rachel Tyrrell, Strength in Places Programme Director, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) (CONFIRMED)

  • Emphasising how place and localisation should be a central aspect of local council’s involvement in the Industrial Strategy if we are to tackle productivity and skills problems in Northern towns
  • Understanding why businesses locate where they do and what this means for strategies in the North, including targeting digital skills, technical skills and academic-led research bases
  • Outlining what each Local Industrial Strategy in the North should focus on to maximise impact, and why focusing on existing strengths can potentially do more harm than good

Paul Swinney, Director of Policy and Research, Centre for Cities (CONFIRMED)

  • Supporting £184 million of investment to SMEs in the North over the past year through the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund
  • Delivering 440 separate investments to SMEs, covering a total of 10 different LEP regions
  • Supporting business to deliver new jobs, drive skills improvements and create innovative solutions for the north through public sector investment
  • Achieving (and continuing to achieve) fantastic growth results across the North, with 75% of firms increasing employment and with 80% of these being paid above the UK median

Geoff Whiteland, Director for the North & Midlands - UK Network, British Business Bank (CONFIRMED)

*Programme subject to change

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