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Our third Northern Powerhouse event took place on 21 June at Aspire in Leeds. Topics at the breakfast seminar covered the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan, housing and investment opportunities across the region.
The seminar was chaired by Andrew Carter, Deputy Chief Executive at the Centre for Cities, and Dale Robinson, GVA Director of Planning, Development and Regeneration, who unveiled the Northern Powerhouse report. Discussions around the report included looking at supply and demand for commercial retail and office space as well as the demand for new infrastructure. Key note speaker, Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Board, discussed having the right amount of support for businesses and steps to achieve a self-sufficient north. Discussions around Leeds growth in the digital sector was a popular topic and the panel discussed the need for support and skills at a local level to support further growth in this sector.
Some of the key points raised by the panel were:
- Roger Marsh: “A self-sufficient north won’t happen overnight, but nowhere else can match Leeds City Region’s growth so far”.
- Tim Riordan: “We have fantastic growth in Leeds. The South Bank can be the digital capital of the north, if not the country”.
- Lee Savage: “Leeds has big challenges at the moment including; infrastructure, transport, roads and electricity. There should be importance placed upon investing in jobs in the region and retaining talent”.
- Guy Parker: “Creating more opportunities for jobs across the city will address the shortages in the digital skills sector”.
- Dr Adam Beaumont: “Financial technology and health data are the greatest contributors to the Leeds digital boom. We need to focus on skills to support this sector growth”.
The panel was made up of Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council; Guy Parker, Assistant Director, CBI; Ben Hall, Regional Senior Director at Bilfinger GVA; Dr Adam Beaumont, CEO, AQL and Lee Savage, Development Director at Scarborough Development Group.