Powerhouse event for 2,000 leaders

John Mothersole will fight Sheffield's corner at Northern Powerhouse event in Manchester
John Mothersole will fight Sheffield's corner at Northern Powerhouse event in Manchester
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Two thousand council chiefs - including Sheffield’s John Mothersole - MPs, bosses, delegates and foreign investors are set to descend on Manchester for a massive Northern Powerhouse exhibition.

It aims to help business capitalise on devolution in the North by encouraging northern leaders to collaborate on projects, set to be triggered by a wave of investment.

The UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition will be at Manchester Central conference centre on February 25 and 26.

John Mothersole, chief executive of Sheffield City Council, and outgoing chair of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, James Newman, are backing the event.

The organisers say more than 50 chief executives of the North’s biggest companies, the six chief executives of the North’s biggest cities, six inward investment teams from Denmark, Düsseldorf, Dublin, Stockholm, Flanders and the Isle of Man, up to five senior MPs and 2,000 delegates will attend.

Co-organiser Keith Griffiths, said: “As of 2017, directly-elected mayors will be awarded greater powers over areas such as housing, economic development, skills and inward investment, and billions of pounds will be invested in infrastructure to connect the 15m people of the North and help businesses grow.

“These policy changes provides a welcome focus on the economic potential of the great cities of the North, but it is ultimately up to the business community to deliver the thousands of jobs and attract the billions of pounds of investment.

“The conference aims to play a major role in contributing to the commercial conversation around the Northern Powerhouse and help the region reach its economic potential.”

Speakers will include Lord Prescott, Ed Cox, director of IPPR North, Nicola Walker, business environment director of CBI, and Piers Linney from Dragon’s Den and co-chief executive of Outsourcery.

They will be joined by chief executives from UKTI, ASDA and HS2 and Lambert Smith Hampton.