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Our second Northern Powerhouse event was held on the 16 June at the International Waterfront Festival, Liverpool Exhibition Centre. The event welcomed around 500 delegates from across the world to discuss waterfront cities as drivers in economic progress.
The afternoon sessions started with informative talks between Greg Clarke CBE, Advocate and Mentor for cities and businesses and Lord Hesletine, former Deputy Prime Minister, with discussions around the regeneration of Liverpool and future visions. The unveiling of the Northern Powerhouse report by GVA Director, Nicola Rigby, was received well and formed discussions around the importance of waterfronts to the powerhouse brand. Catherine Garnell, Chief Executive at Liverpool City Council also provided insight into what progress was being made in investment and how Liverpool and the other Northern Waterfront Powerhouse Cities have responded to this opportunity.
Some of the key points raised by the panel were:
- David Roberts: “Northern Powerhouse is now in delivery mode and must ensure funding decisions, helped by city deals moving forward”.
- Catherine Garnell: “Liverpool productivity per job is higher than Manchester and Sheffield”.
- Richard Knight: “Industrial land and housing shortages in the city region – this needs to be a priority”.
- Pauline Wade: “Hull would like to be seen as a major player in the Northern Powerhouse. It has the largest industrialised project in the UK.
The panel also included: Richard Knight, Planning Director, Peel Holdings; Pauline Wade, Director of International Trade Hull and Humber Chamber of commerce; Catherine Walker, Inward Investment Director, Newcastle and Gateshead Initiative; and David Roberts, Deputy Chief Executive, igloo.