The Red Rose county is one of the biggest contributors to the Northwest economy. However, in recent times its political influence has diminished as the neighbouring cities of Manchester and Liverpool have dominated the Northern Powerhouse agenda. The lack of an agreed economic hub for Lancashire is also seen by many as a drawback.
However, in terms of its location, the county could position itself to be the ‘glue’ that brings the powerhouse together – and it has an aerospace industry sector and a manufacturing base that is vibrant.
How can Lancashire begin to punch its weight and forge a more progressive collaborative approach between its public and private sectors across the county?
Should there be a genuine push to make Preston, which celebrates its seventeenth anniversary as a city this year the economic driver for Lancashire?
What can be done to take better advantage of Lancashire’s heritage and its traditional relationships with its two city neighbours – and should the county be seeking a ‘Devo Lancs’ deal to secure its place at the Powerhouse table?
At this exclusive event hosted by Downtown in Business in association with Deloitte, a panel of opinion formers will lead a discussion on these issues and others affecting the future of Lancashire.
For more information and to register contact Chris McKenna.