LHP attends Northern Powerhouse Conference
The two-day Conference at Manchester Central featured a range of sectors, including retail, transport, health, logistics, property, tech, energy, finance, national and local government. Speakers included Lord O'Neill, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury; Lord Prescott, Former Deputy Prime Minister; Sir David Higgins, Chairman of HS2; John Cridland CBE, Chairman of Transport for the North; Chief Executives of all the major cities of the North; and high profile business leaders.
Also in attendance at the conference, were a number of major national businesses who nailed their colours to the pro-European mast in a letter to The Times just days before the Northern Powerhouse Conference, on 23rd February. This includes Andy Clarke, Chief Executive of ASDA and companies such as Manchester Airport Group, BT and Arup.
Over two-thirds (68%) of businesses attending the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition in Manchester think that remaining within the European Union would be the best outcome for their company. The survey was conducted by influential research and polling company Ipsos MORI, at last week's inaugural event (25-26 February). Organised by business, for business, the conference was the North's largest commercial conversation in a generation, with around 2,000 people attending.
Keith Griffiths, Managing Director of the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference & Exhibition said:
"This polling, commissioned from Ipsos MORI for the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference & Exhibition, is a clear sign that the Northern Powerhouse strongly believes that we are better off staying in a reformed EU and is against Britain leaving Europe.
"It's crucial that Northern businesses have unrestricted access to a continental market of 500 million people in order to continue to grow, invest and create jobs. Leaving the EU would deter investment, threaten jobs and put the economy at risk. Britain will be stronger, safer and better off remaining a member of the EU."