A strong engagement between business leaders and our political representatives is crucial to ensure the economic success of of the North West Region. That is why we were delighted to see so many North West MPs attend our working lunch alongside many NWBLT members and partners yesterday in the Houses of Parliament. We would like to thank all who put aside their time to be with us. In particular a special thanks to Sir Graham Brady MP for hosting the lunch.
The main theme for the lunch was around business responsibility and innovation. It was great to hear from several influential North West business leaders that make up the NWBLT. Including Robert Hough, Peel and NWBLT Chairman Juergen Maier, Siemens. We would like to thank both Siemens and Peel Group for sponsoring this event without which we would not have been able to put on such an important and engaging event.
Joining NWBLT members and North West MPs in attendance were several organisation with whom the NWBLT has worked closely these included, London First, The Green Alliance and Innovate UK.
It was a pleasure to hear some truly insightful comments from Ruth McKernan, executive chair of Innovate UK on how innovation funding support will work alongside the UK’s Industrial Strategy to benefit businesses and the wider UK economy. Following Ruth’s speech the room was given a brief overview of the upcoming release of the joint NWBLT and Innovate UK study on innovation funding support and productivity in the North West. Tim Fanning, Regeneris, talked the room through the ways in which the North West was receiving funding and how this related to the complex productivity picture in our region.
The event emphasised the importance of collaboration between responsible business leaders and elected representatives. We look forward to continuing this work in the future.