Thursday 2nd March 2023
The Spine, Liverpool
8:00AM - 5:00PM

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The 2023 Business & Innovation Conference

So... What's the Big Idea?

A national conference exploring innovative solutions to the challenges facing the UK and global economy in the twenty-first century.

The inaugural DIB Business & Innovation conference will take place on Thursday 2nd March 2023, at the award-winning Spine Building in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter.

Leading entrepreneurs, academics, opinion formers, and politicians will offer innovative solutions to the key issues that are exercising decision-makers not just in the UK, but around the globe.

The focus of a series of short presentations from our leading keynote speakers – with an emphasis on an interactive event that will encourage comment and participation from conference delegates- will be:

Confirmed speakers include the shadow minister for health Wes Streeting MP, the mastermind of HS2 and a former advisor to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Boris Johnson, Lord Andrew Adonis, the Executive Director of politics for the Tony Blair Institute Ryan Wain, and the Director of Strategy for Bruntwood, Jessica Bowles. 

Tickets

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Pricing

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DIB Members

  • Single Ticket £99.00 + VAT
  • 5 Tickets £449.00 + VAT
  • 10 Tickets £799.00 + VAT

Non-DIB Members

  • Single Ticket £150.00 + VAT
  • 5 Tickets £699.00 + VAT
  • 10 Tickets £1199.00 + VAT

Speakers include:

Wes Streeting MP

Shadow Minister for Health
Wes Streeting is the Labour Member of Parliament for Ilford North and Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. He has previously held the positions of Shadow Child Poverty Secretary, Shadow Minister for Schools and Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. He has also sat on the House of Commons Treasury committee.

Lord Andrew Adonis

Mastermind of HS2 and a former advisor to Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Boris Johnson
Lord Adonis is a British Labour Party politician and journalist who served in government for five years in the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown administrations.

In addition his political career, Lord Adonis became a weekly columnist for The New European in 2018.

Jessica Bowles

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Impact, Bruntwood
Jessica joined Bruntwood in 2016 helping to support the company’s ambitions for long term growth. As a member of the Group Board her focus is particularly on the businesses external relationships with city partners and Bruntwood’s ESG and social value agenda.

Previously Jessica spent 15 years in Whitehall before moving to Manchester City Council as head of City Policy supporting work on devolution, the Northern Powerhouse and the ‘Our Manchester partnership Strategy.

Ryan Wain

Executive Director of Politics, The Tony Blair Institute
Ryan Wain is Political Director at the Institute, where he heads up the Political Team. With a mission to revive progressive politics, the team’s work includes establishing a new progressive agenda with technology at its heart while navigating today’s political challenges – including the so-called culture wars. Ryan has developed political strategies and authored papers on a range of different issues, including the Institute’s work on Covid-19.

Colin Sinclair

Chief Executive, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool
Colin is Chief Exec of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool), which aims to transform a major part of the city centre into a world-leading innovation district. He started his career in the music industry – managing bands and owning nightclubs – before moving on to produce major televised events. Colin was Chief Exec of Manchester’s investment agency (MIDAS) and, before taking up his role in KQ Liverpool, was a Director at the property firm Bruntwood, leading their diversification into science parks and creative workspace.

Andy Burnham

Mayor of Greater Manchester
Andy Burnham was elected Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017. The Mayor joins Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority as its chair and eleventh member. He is also the lead for Policy & Reform and Transport. The Mayor is also supported by Deputy Mayor Beverley Hughes who leads on Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire. Prior to being Mayor, Andy was MP for Leigh from 2001. In Government, Andy has held Ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and the Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009.

Steve Rotheram

Mayor of Liverpool City Region
Steve Rotheram was elected as the first Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region on 5 May 2017. Prior to being Mayor, in 2010, Steve was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Liverpool Walton constituency. During his time in Westminster he led campaigns for justice for the Hillsborough families; in support of blacklisted workers; for compensation for those suffering from mesothelioma and asbestosis; and to change the law on the use of old tyres on buses and coaches. From 2015, Steve served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, before successfully seeking the nomination to be Labour’s candidate for Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region.

Event Sponsors

opening address

09:10 - 09:25

IAN BULLOCK, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS

session one

09:30 - 10:25

innovation in infection & disease

refreshments

10:25 - 10:45

session two

10:50 - 11:45

sustainable manufacturing & modern methods of construction

session three

11:50 - 12:45

innovation districts & the built environment

Lunch

12:45 - 13:45

session four

13:50 - 14:45

materials chemistry & sustainable packaging

session five

14:50 - 15:45

supporting start-up innovation

keynote

15:50 - 16:30

LORD ANDREW ADONIS

event news

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Who should consider sponsorship of this event?

Companies who are looking to engage with leading businesses and business figures directly and effectively, and public sector leaders from across the city region. Sponsorship of a DIB awards dinner will raise awareness of your company brand and the work that you do with key influencers from across the city region.

We are happy to discuss bespoke elements to fit the needs of your business.

Conference Partner

£ 4950.00 + VAT
  • Branding during the conference and all post-event coverage
  • Host a private dinner with up to 15 delegates and a leading local government decision-maker in a core city of your choice post-conference
  • Three delegate passes for your company and clients to access the conference and conference gala dinner
  • List of delegates details

Panel Sponsor

£ 8995.00 + VAT
  • Branding on pre-marketing material, during the conference and all post-event coverage
  • Pre-recorded video to discuss your involvement in the conference and what your company does
  • Host a post-conference private dinner with up to 15 delegates and a leading local government decision-maker in a core city of your choice post-conference
  • Speaker opportunity on a conference panel with input into content and theme
  • Five delegate passes for your company and clients to access the conference
  • Video interview on day of event
  • List of delegates
  • Two places at the DIB Parliamentary Reception in October 2022

Headline Sponsor

£ 12900.00 + VAT
  • Headline branidng on pre-marketing material, during the conference and all post-event coverage
  • Pre-recorded video to discuss your involvement in the conference and what your company does
  • Host a series of post-conference private lunches with up to 15 delegates from leading companies and a leading decision-maker in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Leeds
  • Speaker opportunity on a conference panel with input into content and theme
  • Ten delegate passes for your company and clients to access the conference
  • Video interview on day of event
  • Host a national 'Virtual' Roundtable with an exclusive group of industry leaders and decision makers to be selected by the sponsor
  • List of delegates
  • Co-sponsor and two place at the DIB Parliamentary Reception in October 2022