Various members of the team have been burning rubber on the motorway in recent weeks, clocking up the miles between Manchester and the South East. Look out for a specific announcement about that soon but, in the meantime, it was the turn of our business development manager, Carly Chandra and marketing executive, Jordan Fredericks to head North, last week, to attend the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition.
Held at Manchester Central and in its second year, the event boasted over 2,500 delegates and approximately 100 speakers. John Humphrys provided a recognizable profile as conference moderator and Andrew Percy MP, Lord Kerslake (Chair UK Northern Powerhouse Advisory Board) and Councillor Judith Blake provided some of the more memorable speeches.
At best, our delegates were hoping for a lively and varied networking opportunity however they were also impressed by the energy of the event and the layers of discourse between the attendees and the speakers, which reflected the politics of the moment and the issues that are specific to the region.
There is a huge drive towards inward investment and this was acknowledged by the British Business Bank’s announcement, at the event, that they are launching a £400 million Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) to provide smaller businesses with increased choice of funding and to produce greater levels of investment across the Northern Powerhouse region, overall.
We don’t determine to set up a presence in any area without making efforts to familiarize ourselves with the local market and attending key events such as this is of great importance when attempting to establish some roots.
In order to demonstrate real commitment to an area, we need to have a clear understanding of the political landscape and a good overview of sector specifics.
It was, all in all, a very good trip.