Northern Powerhouse Businesses call for conversation

Downtown CEO, Frank McKenna along with leading business and political leaders from across the Northern Powerhouse have called for the opportunity to have a direct, collective conversation with political leaders and decision-makers to help address the fears of the hospitality sector and the wider business ecosystem ahead of lockdown measures across the north of England.

Our letter to government

Dear Colleagues,

The overnight news that the government is considering stricter lockdown measures across the north of England has been met with dismay and anger from many in the regions business community.

Clearly the hospitality sector is on the ‘front line’ in terms of the immediate impact of these proposed measures, but the wider implications for the business ecosystem and indeed for the future of our cities and towns is hugely significant.

I have contacted business leaders from across the north of England this morning, with the assistance of Bill Addy (Chair, national Business Improvement Districts) and Henri Murison (Northern Powerhouse Partnership), and we will be compiling a letter to government that we will share with you later today.

In summary, we are calling for the government to:
Embark on a detailed consultation with regional mayors, city mayors, local government leaders and business organisations before introducing any further restrictions in the north of England

- Provide scientific evidence to proof that ‘local lockdowns’ are effective in reducing infection levels

- Explain what is the end game and strategy here? What will happen if infection rates continue to fluctuate in the coming months?

- Announce a business support package for those affected BEFORE additional measures are announced

- Respond to the detailed Recovery plans that northern city regions have presented to them in recent months.

I know that business leaders would welcome the opportunity of having a direct, collective conversation with our political leaders and decision-makers. Can you let us know how we can progress this please?

Best wishes
Frank