Influential helped conceive and partnered with TheBusinessDesk.com to deliver a major new real estate and economic development conference, Invest North.
It saw over 60 leading policymakers, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs set out progressive ideas about how the region can recover from the pandemic and build towards a better future.
The event took place twelve months on from the first national lockdown and was opened by the Rt Hon Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, and Minister for the Northern Powerhouse.
There were 20 sessions, featuring global brands and businesses as diverse as Manchester United; EY; Culture Liverpool; U+I Plc; Eden Project North; Urban Splash; Transport for The North; The Hut Group; Palatine Private Equity; Welcome To Yorkshire; Turner Townsend; Manchester Airports Group; Nexus Leeds; AMP Capital; Manchester Central; Liverpool ONE; Leeds 2023; Squire Patton Boggs; the Department for International Trade; The N8 Research Partnership; Manchester Metropolitan University; Leeds Beckett University; Professional Liverpool; Scarborough Group; British Volt; Mott McDonald; Honey Badger; and Cumbria LEP.
Influential director Chris Hulme chaired a session focused on the innovation led-economy. It featured an interview with Lord Jim O’Neill, the globally renowned economist, discussing the UK government’s flagship ‘levelling-up’ agenda. In the same session our client Impact Data Metrics launched findings from a major research report about innovation-led growth and chaired a panel session featuring Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, Greater Manchester’s inward investment agency, and Tom Davies, CEO of Robiquity.
Invest North welcome from Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport and Minister for the Northern Powerhouse
Innovation in the Northern Powerhouse
Northern Changemakers – How Diversity Is Creating Growth
Selling the North To The World