George Osborne and Grant Shapps to speak at Great Northern Conference in Sheffield

The cabinet minister responsible for the Northern Powerhouse and its originator are both confirmed to appear at this month’s Great Northern Conference.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 1:20 pm

Transport Secretary/Northern Powerhouse minister Grant Shapps and former Chancellor George Osborne will speak at the event at the Cutler’s Hall on Thursday March 19.

They will be joined by Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis, Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe and more than 25 guest speakers from the worlds of business, education and academia.

The event will be presented by Radio 5 Live presenter Danni Hewson.

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Transport Secretary and Northern Powerhouse minister Grant Shapps leaving Downing Street, London. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The conference will fully explore the opportunities and challenges for the North in a post-Brexit Britain, with key figures from industry, politics, public sector, the media, government and the wider community taking part.

A wide range of subjects are set to be included including education, connectivity, trading, investment and many smaller break-out workshops, under the #OneNorth banner.

Mr Osborne said: “The Northern Powerhouse is rightly at the heart of the current governments agenda to level up the country, raising productivity to close the North - South divide in the national interest.

"I know that business, civic leaders and metro mayors here are working hard on key issues like skills and connectivity, and as the Northern Powerhouse Partnership we will work together with them at this event to show how we are starting to turn Power up the North from campaign message to reality on the ground.”

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James Mitchinson, editor of The Yorkshire Post and event co-founder, said: “The General Election saw much in the way of promises made to the North. Now is the time for those promises to be properly articulated; properly scrutinised and properly delivered.

“Last year’s successful inaugural Great Northern Conference was born out of this vision, with its ambition widely supported by business leaders across the North. This year’s conference will be a high-profile opportunity to put these matters to senior Government figures with the expectation that detailed plans will be forthcoming.”

Tickets for the event are close to selling out but can be obtained by visiting