Shaping Our Future

Organiser: North West Business Leadership Team
Location: The Leadership Centre, Lancaster University Management School
Phone: 01925 212078

Due to the limited spaces available this event is now only open for new registrations from delegates in private sector.

A one day conference to examine and promote opportunities for achieving sustainable growth in North West England.

Organised by the North West Business Leadership Team in collaboration with Local Enterprise Partnerships and BIS North West, with support from the Regional Leaders Board, Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors North West, the North West Universities Association and Voluntary Sector North West.

This event will examine the issues on which Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) might collaborate, and decide on the specific action needed, to support the sustainable economic growth of the North West over the next 15-20 years. The objectives of the conference are to:-

  • To demonstrate support for LEPs in the North West and bring together the LEPs with other key private, public and third sector partners.
  • To identify issues on which LEPs could collaborate to drive sustainable economic growth.
  • To agree the specific actions needed, including responsibilities, risks and timescales.
  • To identify linkages between issues and ensure integration as necessary.
  • To determine where further work is needed e.g. to collect/refresh evidence on particular issues


10.30am "Welcome to Lancaster" Professor Mark E Smith, VC, Lancaster

University, and Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood

10.35am "Economic Growth – The Context for Today's Event " Mike Blackburn,

Conference Chair and Chair, Greater Manchester LEP

10.45am "A View from Local Government " Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council

11.00am "Keynote Address" Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Transport (invited)

11.20am "Addressing the Key Issues – Introducing the Conference Debates"

Christine Gaskell, Chair, Cheshire and Warrington LEP

11.30am "Exploring Opportunities for Collaborative Action" Facilitated Debates on

four key areas:-

– Enterprise and Industry

– Connectivity

– Energy and Environment

– Quality of Life

(see more details below about the debates)

12.45pm Buffet lunch

1.30pm Panel discussion Chaired by Jim Hancock, with LEP Chairs/Board

members responding to a selection of feedback from the breakouts.

2.30pm "Atlantic Gateway – A Global Opportunity" Speaker tbc

2.50pm "Achieving Sustainable Growth" David Pinder, MD, Building Products UK

& South Europe, Pilkington UK

3.10pm Closing comments by Mike Blackburn

3.15pm Delegates depart

Please note speakers and timings may be subject to change.

Cost per delegate is £80 (£80 plus VAT £16) plus Eventbrite fee when ordering your ticket online if you wish to pay by credit or debit card. If you wish to pay by cheque please do not register on this website instead please contact or call 01925 212078.