Growth without Gimmicks – what next for the Northern Powerhouse?

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Home Events Growth without Gimmicks – what next for the Northern Powerhouse?

Date

Thursday 25th November 2021

Time

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Location

Hilton Hotel, Leeds
Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4BX.

about the event

The current government made a promise to ‘level up’ to address regional inequality but two years on, what does it mean? With news HS2 to Leeds is now on hold and ‘The Northern Powerhouse’ brand seemingly dead, is it just all hot air from central government?

With newly elected mayor, Tracy Brabin, will the new governance bring more cash to West Yorkshire and how much would ‘levelling up’ truly cost?

At this exclusive lunch we will be joined by CEO and Leader of Leeds City Council, Tom Riordan and James Lewis, Susan Hinchcliffe of Bradford City Council and newly elected mayor, Tracy Brabin.

During the session we will be discussing some key points including:

  • Where does NP go next – should northerners control the north’s destiny rather than waiting for London?
  • How can we reshape / refocus it to leverage the investment we need to realise our full potential
  • How can we use this collective lobbying to our advantage
  • What would a ‘northern ask’ to Government look like and what do we need to put in place to secure it

If you would like to register for this event please contact heather.thornton@downtowninbusiness.com

This event is sponsored by Avison Young and Laing O’Rourke.


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Speakers

  • James Lewis
    James Lewis
    Leader of Leeds City Council

    Cllr James Lewis has been Leader of Leeds City Council since February 2021. He previously held the position of Deputy Leader of the Council since May 2015.

  • Susan Hinchcliffe
    Susan Hinchcliffe
    Leader of Bradford Council

    Susan Hinchcliffe is Councillor for Windhill & Wrose, Labour Leader of Bradford and Chair of West Yorkshire CA.

  • Tom Riordan
    Tom Riordan
    Chief Executive of Leeds City Council

    Tom Riordan is an English civil servant. He has been Chief Executive of Leeds City Council since August 2010 and spent three months working part-time for the UK government from May 2020 leading the Contain strand within COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace programme, setting out the framework for managing local COVID-19 outbreaks.

  • Tracy Brabin
    Tracy Brabin
    Mayor of West Yorkshire

    Tracy Brabin is a British Labour and Co-operative politician serving as the first Mayor of West Yorkshire since May 2021.