Agenda revealed for landmark Northern business conference

The programme for the Invest North conference has been unveiled ahead of the landmark event on March 24.

Grant Shapps MP

The virtual conference aims to set the agenda for what comes next in the North and has a stellar line up of speakers.

Invest North will kick off with a keynote address from Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who has cabinet responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse.

He is the first of more than 60 speakers in a packed day who will analyse the key issues facing the North and the opportunities ahead.

To view the full agenda and to book your ticket, visit

Matt Moulding

The event is being curated by in partnership with EY, Squire Patton Boggs, Impact Data Metrics and Influential.

Shapps will be joined by more great speakers from the world of politics and policy, including four of the Northern metro-mayors, former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry MP, Northern Powerhouse Partnership vice-chair Lord Jim O’Neill, and the IoD director general Jon Geldart.

Collette Roche

Business leaders and entrepreneurs including The Hut Group founder Matt Moulding, Manchester United’s Collette Roche, Isobel Sheldon from UK gigafactory developer Britishvolt will share their experience and insight about how the North moves forward with its post-pandemic recovery.

Property and regeneration expertise will be provided by Urban Splash co-founder Tom Bloxham, U+I chief executive Richard Upton and Scarborough Group’s chief executive Simon McCabe.

Lakshmi Kaul

International perspectives will come from the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner, Indian trade expert Lakshmi Kaul, and Katherine Richardson from the Department for International Trade.

The full agenda – which can be viewed here – puts the spotlight on the issues that will transform the economy in the years ahead and represents the very best of the North.

The event also has an expo area and networking spaces to enable attendees to get the most out of the day.

It is being sponsored by Cumbria LEP, Laws of Attraction, Leeds Business School, Leeds City Council, Mott Macdonald, Nexus, Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, OakNorth Bank, Robiquity, Scarborough Group, and Turner & Townsend.

Visit to book your tickets now and be part of setting the agenda for what comes next in the North.