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How to make the North a magnet for the 'Millenials'
Chancellor George Osborne has promised plenty of money for the Northern Powerhouse Project since he first proposed it in 2014. But is the effort really enough to turn the concept into reality?
And how well prepared is the North itself? A KPMG report released recently said that the biggest issue facing the Northern Powerhouse is how to attract and retain people in their twenties and thirties - the 'millenial' generation.
To meet this challenge, the North has to become a magnet to rival London and similar mega-cities across the world. It already has a 15 million urban population. Now it needs not only a vastly enhanced transport network but the technological, business and cultural pull to turn the millenial tide.
A one-day conference is being held in Leeds on 30th June, which will look at the Northern Powerhouse and focus particularly on what the North is doing and should be doing to justify this investment.
The agenda will cover:
* The Government's viewpoint
* What are we doing to get the North ready?
* Turning northern cities into 'positive magnets'
* Business dynamism in the North
* Investing in the North - An outsider's perspective
* Exploring innovative ways to finance growth
* Creating the transport infrastructure
The keynote speaker will be Andrew Jones, MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport (pictured). Other speakers will include:
* Tom Riordan, chief executive, Leeds City Council
* Philip Adam, managing director, Infrastructure, Energy & Export Finance , Global HSBC
* Liz Barber, group director of Finance and Regulation, Kelda Group (Yorkshire Water)
* Martin Bartlam, partner, DLA Piper
* Gary Bartlett, Cchief officer, Highways & Transportation, Leeds City Council
* Dr Adam Beaumont, CEO and Founder, AQL
* Judith Blake, Leader, Leeds City Council
* Paul Fenwick, construction director, Mersey Gateway Crossings Board
* Alistair Gordon, CEO, Keolis UK
* Chris Hearld, northern chairman and senior partner, KPMG
* Tobyn Hughes, managing director, Transport Operations, North East Region Combined Authority
* Phil Jones, president and chief executive, Northern Power Grid
* Sir Nigel Knowles, global co-chair, DLA Piper and chair, Sheffield Local Enterprise Partnership
* Hans M�ller, innovation director, North East Local Enterprise Partnership
* Alison Munro, managing director of Development, HS2
* Daniel Murray, director of strategy & tech, Leeds List
* Mike Old, global head of real estate, Jefferies
* Allison Page, partner, DLA Piper
* Dan Sheahan, managing director, North of England, Investec
* Paul Stanworth, managing director, Legal & General Capital
* Jin Xu, minister counsellor, Chinese Embassy in the UK
Attendance at this event will benefit all stakeholders directly impacted by the development; including northern businesses, northern policy makers, rail industry and supply chain, financial institutions, construction industry, other transport professionals and consultants.
29th April 2016