Nurturing the North’s culture of innovation

Innovation is often seen a a major contributor to economic growth. It is this fact which will see it take a key role in the programme for Invest North 2022 on 2 March.

The region’s place as a hot bed for innovation has long been recognised, it was the birthplace of the first industrial revolution and now its towns and cities are home to businesses that look to be world leaders in fields including healthcare, technology, energy and manufacturing.

The theme of internationalisation is a key pillar  for Invest North 2022 on 2 March, which will see business and education leaders share their thoughts on Freeports, and whether a united north or competitive city regions create a stronger opportunity to attract businesses and investment.

As one of the five pillars of this year’s Invest North conference, attendees – register here for your ticket – will hear about how Liverpool has gone about creating a knowledge quarter and how the North’s specialism in life sciences has led to clusters of internationally innovative businesses..

The sessions will also look at how one Northern business, Sheffield Forgemasters, approaches innovation and is working to support the growing Northern energy sector which combines research, development and deliver of nuclear and renewable power from coast to coast.

It’s been said before that businesses who fail to innovate are set to see diminishing returns as markets are ever moving and evolving. This statement is equally true of regions. Therefore if the North wants to transform the rhetoric around Levelling Up into realistic economic growth and the creation of a newly Northern Powerhouse the public and private sector must come together to foster and nurture cultures of innovation.

Speakers for the Innovation sessions include: Colin Sinclair, chief executive of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool & Sciontec Liverpool; Tiffany Thorn, chief executive and founder of BiVictriX Therapeutics; Chris Yates, chief executive officer at Abingdon Health; professor Janet Hemingway CBE, founding director of iiCON and professor of tropical medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Martin Kearney, director of capability and innovation: clean energy at Sheffield Forgemasters.

Full details about the Innovation 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.

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