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May 18, 2023

Is Lancashire being left behind?

  • by chris

At the latest DIB ‘Leaders Lunch’ in Lancashire, the chief executive of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Henri Murison, addressed an audience of business and academic leaders, facilitating a fascinating conversation on the government’s devolution agenda, and the impact it is having on the county.

DIB boss to address major conference

  • by chris

The Group chair and chief executive of Downtown in Business Frank McKenna will be one of the speakers at the forthcoming ‘Trade Unlocked’ national conference which takes place at the Birmingham NEC on Tuesday 20th 2023.


This week’s Venue of the Week is Orelle Birmingham. The modern French restaurant and bar is situated on the 24th floor of 103 Colmore Row, offering panoramic views of the city.

The Turmoil returns

  • by chris

Jim reflects on the return of turmoil in British politics and its not just amongst the Tories. He looks at Sir Keir Starmer’s continuing purge of the left and changes at Town Halls across the region following the local elections.

Has the Tory party lost the plot?

  • by chris

Have the fruitcakes taken over the Tory asylum? Frank McKenna reflects on two Conservative conferences that took place this week.

A week in America | 19 May 2023

  • by chris

While TV coverage of King Charles III’s Coronation has made Americans more interested in visiting the United Kingdom, is it enough to make them invest their dollars and grow their businesses there too? Martin reports on a conference which identified key steps the leadership of UK towns and cities could take to attract investment and grow their economies…