2 March, 2022

Virtual Conference

9:15am – 3:45pm

3 March, 2022

Dinner at Radisson Edwardian, Manchester


Conference tickets:

Single Conference Ticket (2nd March): £30 + VAT

Dinner Tickets:

Single Dinner Ticket (includes arrival drink, 3 course dinner + FREE conference ticket) 3rd March: £125 + VAT

5 x Dinner Tickets (includes arrival drink, 3 course dinner + FREE conference tickets) 3rd March : £575 + VAT

10 x Dinner Tickets (Table) (includes arrival drink, 3 course dinner + FREE conference tickets) 3rd March: £1000 + VAT


Headline Sponsors:


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There are a number of high profile opportunities available. To discuss these please email sales@thebusinessdesk.com


TheBusinessDesk.com’s landmark Invest North is back for 2022.

Bringing together business and political leaders, the event will explore how the rhetoric of what comes next can be changed into realistic economic growth that benefits the people, businesses and places which make up the dynamic north.

Taking place on 2 March, the conference is shaped around five key themes of international, place, talent, funding and investment, and innovation. With events considering topics such as whether the future for inward investment is a collegiate Northern Powerhouse or city focus brands, the story and vision for the North, and how key sectors are helping create thousands of jobs in the region while shaping millions of lives globally.

The event will again be virtual and is being curated by TheBusinessDesk.com and supported by Squire Patton Boggs, alongside sponsors Transpennine Express, Mott Macdonald, Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, becg, Campaigner, Curveblock. Progeny and Phoenix Group, and event partners Influential, The Northern Powerhouse Partnership, and the IoD.

Check out the Invest North 2022 agenda here.

Alongside the conference, TheBusinessDesk.com is delighted to announce its first Invest North Dinner taking place on 3 March at the Radisson Edwardian in Manchester. Attendees at the dinner will swap pixels for plates as business and political leaders from across the North continue and develop the conversations from the conference and share views on the opportunities, challenges and even next steps for the North as the region continues to forge ahead a new destiny in the wake of challenges.

Confirmed speakers for the conference already include:

  • Sir Howard Bernstein, Former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council 
  • Jan Bramall, CFO, Manchester Airports Group
  • Wayne Hemmingway MBE, Partner Hemingway Design
  • Lou Cordwell OBE, Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership
  • John Moulton, Chairman, Better Capital
  • Vikas Shah MBE DL, Swiscot Group 
  • Henri Murison, Chief Executive, Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Sara Tomkins, Marketing & CSR Director, Co-op Live
  • Irene Graham OBE, CEO, Scale Up Institute
  • Kevin Whitmore, Director, Head of North & Midlands BECG
  • Rob Groves – Regional Development Director – MEPC
  • Ralph Weir, CEO, Zayndu
  • Barry Aldridge – Marketing Manager – Flotec Industrial
  • Andy Williams – Director for Business, Investment & Culture – Coventry City Council
  • Charmaine Morrell, Head of Sustainability, Nottingham Trent University
  • Simon French, MD, Panmure Gordon Leeds
  • Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool & Sciontec Liverpool
  • John Lucy, Director, Liverpool Freeport
  • George Downing, Chairman, Downing Property Group
  • Dafydd Williams, Head of Policy, Communications and Economic Development (Humber) Associated British Ports
  • Amir Hussain, Founder & CEO, Yeme Architects
  • Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, Chief Executive, Piece Hall
  • Bobby Thandi, Founder & CEO, XR Games  
  • Hannah Kendrick, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Oliver Steele, Mott MacDonald
  • Sara Tomkins, Co-op Live Marketing & CSR Director  
  • Esther Teeken, Chief Operating Officer, IoD
  • Annette Joseph MBE, Founder & CEO, Diverse & Equal  
  • Mike Palin, Executive Director of Markets, Partners and Places, Homes England
  • Tom Sumpster – Head of Private Debt Origination, Phoenix Asset Management, Phoenix Group plc
  • Neil Moles, CEO, Progeny Group
  • Sarika Dhanjal, Head of Training & Competence, Progeny Group
  • Rebecca Dixon, Head of HR Consultancy, Progeny Group
  • Pete Bradshaw, Head of Sustainability, Manchester City Football Club
  • Sara Prowse, CEO, UA92
  • Ian Turner, Talent Director, Talk Talk
  • Prof Janet Hemingway, founding director of iiCON and Professor of Tropical Medicine at LSTM
  • Greg Holmes, Impact Fund Investment Manager, Palatine Private Equity LLP
  • Louise Chapman – Investment Director – Praetura Ventures
  • Martin Kearney, Director of capability and innovation: Clean energy, Sheffield Forgemasters
  • Andrew Kennedy, Vice President, Sai Life Sciences
  • Alastair McGeoch, Director of Software Engineering, New Products, Roku TV
  • Tim Newns, Chief Executive, MIDAS

Confirmed speakers for the dinner include:

  • Jonathan Reynolds, Greater Manchester MP & shadow business secretary
  • Collette Roche, chief operating officer, Manchester United
  • Shaun Hinds, chief executive, Manchester Central
  • Aneel Mussarat, founder, MCR property group
  • Sara Prowse, CEO, UA92

Lee-J Walker, joint managing director of TheBusinessDesk.com, said:  

“With the turbulence of the last 12 months which has seen high levels of investment in businesses based in the region alongside further challenges to connectivity across the north, Invest North is back to hone the region’s edge as it looks to carve its position out both nationally and internationally as a leading area for growth.”

Tickets can be booked now.

Organisations interested in sponsoring the event can contact sales@thebusinessdesk.com for more information about what opportunities are available.