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The future of the Northern Powerhouse and the next steps for regional development

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The future of the Northern Powerhouse and the next steps for regional development

Friday, 21st April 2017

Central Manchester



Guests of Honour

Councillor Sean Anstee, Leader, Trafford Council

David Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Transport for the North


Please note that this seminar will take place in Central Manchester.

With the Government’s Industrial Strategy outlining new funding for the Northern Powerhouse, delegates at this seminar will consider the next steps for supporting regional growth in the North of England.

It will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the accountability of Mayor-led city regions - as well as options for their structures and roles in different areas of the country, including the devolution of powers over transport, housing, planning and skills throughout the four devolution deals that have been agreed across the North of England in Sheffield, Greater Manchester, Tees Valley and Liverpool.

Further planned sessions focus on how best to support the retention and development of a highly skilled workforce, and how the use of Enterprise zones, the plans for retention of business rates, and improving transport infrastructure could help businesses to expand and boost local job opportunities.

The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss foreign investment in the region, and how foreign direct investment projects could help boost the Northern economy in terms of increased jobs, economic activity and tourism.