Do you want a say in the future of the North? Join our debate about fairer, more inclusive growth.

To date we think the Northern Powerhouse plans and narrative have focused on transport, infrastructure and business over skills, jobs, the environment and happier, healthier communities. Numerous studies, including from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and RSA, have shown that it does not follow that everyone in the community benefits from strong local or regional economic growth. By focusing mainly on physical or economic growth we will miss the opportunity to transform lives for the better in the North of England.

Our aim is to bring about a step change in the debate that puts people and communities at the heart of the Powerhouse plans.

The convention invites the diverse community of the North to contribute their combined skills, expertise and influence. We will debate policy, share best practice and what’s working and create a plan for the future together.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Andy Burnham, Metro Mayor Greater Manchester
  • Peter Holbrook, CEO Social Enterprise UK
  • Helen Pidd, Guardian Editor, North
  • Karen Finlayson, PWC
  • Atif Shafique, RSA, Inclusive Growth
  • Ed Cox, IPPR North
  • Fay Selvan, Big Life Group (Big Issue North)
  • Jo Miller, President, SOLACE and Chief Executive Doncaster Council
  • Tony Wilson, Learning and Work Institute
  • Jenny Rouse, CLES

Eighteen confirmed workshops including:

  • Universal Basic Income a Pilot for the North? RSA and RSA Scotland
  • How do We Take Back Control of the Northern Powerhouse? IPPR North, the Democratic Society
  • Do We Really Need 5 GCSEs to be a Good Employee? Talent Match, GMCVO
  • Using Behavioural Insights To Transform Skills And Employment Support, Behavioural Insights Team North
  • Community Led Housing, the Empty Homes Doctor, Leeds City Council
  • Pink Pounds and Empowering People, Sahir House and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
  • others including Happen CIC, the Collective Partnership Oldham, Groundwork, Common Purpose, Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, and more……see Eventbrite!

Supporters (pro bono and other) including:

  • Plus Dane Housing
  • Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE)
  • Local Government Association
  • Doncaster Council
  • Northern Power Women
  • PWC
  • North West Employers
  • Capita
  • High Rise Communications
  • DiscussMCR
  • Wigan and Oldham Councils
  • CLES
  • IPPR

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