Addressing the War for Talent at Invest North 2022

The the last two years have changed how we all work. The ability to work from anywhere gives Northerners access to a global marketplace, just as it offers companies based in the North the opportunity to recruit from around the world.

But despite this creating opportunities it has also added to the growing talent challenge. This war for talent is a key topic for Invest North 2022 on 2 March, which will see business and education leaders share their thoughts on how best to approach the issue, which could hamstring business growth and impact the North delivering upon it potential

Attendees at this years conference – register here for your ticket – will hear from CEO of advisory firm Progeny Group, Neil Moles about how they approach the talent challenge as they continue both organic and acquisitive growth, and from Sara Prowse, chief executive of higher education institution UA92 about how the education and private sector can work together to create a solution that ensures graduates can get jobs that don’t yet exist – but will soon be critical to the growth of businesses and the economy.

The sessions will also look at the importance of and competitive advantage provided by creating an inclusive workforce and how businesses are changing their approach to recruitment and retention of employees in order to make themselves more attractive in the ever competitive labour market.

It’s clear that if the North is to Level Up and achieve the economic growth which will place it squarely as a net contributor to the UK economy, it has to release the untapped potential of its people and communities. This series of session aims to inspire and challenge the business and political leaders to not be afraid to think differently about their skills and how they approach attracting, training and retaining talent from across the North to achieve the inclusive growth which is at the heart of everyone’s ambitions!

Speakers for the War on Talent sessions which are sponsored by Progeny Group include: Anna Sutton, the co-Founder & CEO of The Data Shed; Ian Turner, talent director at Talk Talk; Annette Joseph MBE, founder & CEO of Diverse & Equal; Sarika Dhanjal, head of training & competence at Progeny Group, and Esther Teeken, COO at the IoD.

Full details about the War on Talent sessions can be found here and tickets for the one virtual day conference can still be purchased via


For the first time the Invest North conference is being complemented by the Invest North dinner on the following evening, March 3. Turn pixels into plates and continue the conversation in person with some of the North’s leading business figures at the Radisson Edwardian, in Manchester city centre. Buy your tickets now. 

Invest North 2022 is being curated by and supported by Squire Patton Boggs, alongside sponsors Progeny, Transpennine Express, Mott Macdonald, Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, becg, Campaigner, and Curveblock, and event partners Influential, The Northern Powerhouse Partnership, and the IoD.