The North is full of investment opportunities and world-class economic strengths. Accelerating progress and unleashing its full potential can rebalance the national economy and change the lives of the people who live and work here.
Invest North will engage with political, business and civic leaders to delve into the economic strengths and investment opportunities across the North. Accelerating progress and unleashing its full potential can rebalance the national economy and change the lives of the people who live and work here.
Invest North is being led by TheBusinessDesk.com, in partnership with Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Squire Patton Boggs, Phoenix Group, and Lloyds Bank. It is also being supported by the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, Curveblock and Influential.
The project steering committee also includes NP11 chair Sir Roger Marsh, Piece Hall chief executive Nicky Chance-Thompson, and public affairs specialist Joe Dancey from Endeavour Advisory.
Lee-J Walker, joint managing director of TheBusinessDesk.com, said: “The North has sector strengths with global renown and appeal, and is well-placed to continue to play a leading role in the economy of the future.“But it has long-standing challenges around productivity, connectivity and investment, while it often feels as though the voice of Northern businesses is not heard loudly enough to create the policy environment that can make a difference to the pace of change we see.“The Invest North project seeks to bring together that voice and direct it so that the opportunities and the needs are better understood.”
Invest North will take place through 11 round tables, in each of the Local Enterprise Partnership areas of the North.
The invitation-only events will bring together metro mayors alongside senior participants from politics, property, investment, economic development and other key sectors.
Each event will be part of a timely and evolving narrative about the North’s economy. It will focus on six sectors – advanced manufacturing, digital and creative, energy and net zero, fintech and financial services, health and life sciences, and transport and infrastructure – and weaving in key themes including skills, funding, and international trade.