Northern Powerhouse Conference: Percy calls for greater emphasis on culture in powerhouse

Greater emphasis must be placed on culture in the Northern Powerhouse, according to Andrew Percy. The Minister for the Northern Powerhouse told delegates at the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference & Exhibition in Manchester that culture is “hugely important” to the success of the concept. Referencing his hometown of Hull, which is ... Read More...

Northern Powerhouse Conference: North West airports ‘need improvement before Heathrow expansion’

Airports in the North West must improved before the region can benefit from the proposed Heathrow expansion, according to a senior figure in the aviation industry. Tim Hawkins, corporate affairs director at Manchester Airports Group, believes better air connectivity for Manchester is essential to reap the rewards of a third runway ... Read More...

Northern Powerhouse Conference: Businesses urged to explore flexible employment

North West businesses could improve their diversity and productivity by adopting flexible employment practises, according to the chief executive of Liverpool Knowledge Quarter. Speaking at the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition, Colin Sinclair urged employers to explore the possibility of introducing measures such as shorter working days. He said: “If you ... Read More...

Leaders stress importance of the North as UK Northern Powerhouse event begins

Regional leaders are calling for the Northern Powerhouse to be a central focus as the government shapes trade deals following Brexit. Liverpool City Council chief Ged Fitzgerald and Northern Gateway Development Zone chair Jackie Sadek are among those highlighting the North’s importance to the nation’s economy as the UK Northern Powerhouse conference ... Read More...

Metro mayors urged to address skills gap

The North West's incoming metro mayors must address the "skills gap" to ensure the region prospers, according to a commercial property expert. Mike Horner, regional director of Muse Developments, says that getting young people into work should be a priority for the new leaders of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City ... Read More...

Tourism brings over £420m to Bolton economy

Tourism brought more than £420.4 million to the Bolton economy in 2015, new figures indicate. A report from Bolton Council suggests the Greater Manchester town drew 2.2% more visitors compared to the year before and generated an additional £15m in tourist revenue. Key events including the four-day Food and Drink Festival, which attracted 200,000 ... Read More...