As the Northern Powerhouse concept continues to take shape, this half-day conference by Remsol will bring together a number of key actors in the debate to examine the risks and opportunities that a devolution deal for Lancashire might present for businesses in the energy and environmental sectors.
According to the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, in its Lancashire Strategic Economic Plan, over 37,000 people are employed in Lancashire's energy sector. Meanwhile, the former Deparment for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) reported that there were 647 companies, employing over 7,900 people and generating sales of £1.35 billion in Lancashire's Low Carbon Environmental Goods and Services (LCEGS) sector in 2012.
These are clearly vital sectors of Lancashire's economy with significant potential for future growth.
Taking advantage of devolution and the Northern Powerhouse concept
With greater devolution of decision-making powers from Westminster, Lancashire has a strong platform on which to develop, sustain and grow clusters of national and international importance - particularly if it that can be successfully combined with complementary opportunities across the North of England as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative.
Delegates at this half day conference will hear from a range of respected business and political leaders as they outline what "Devo Lancs" and the Northern Powerhouse initiative could mean for Lancashire's energy and environmental sectors.
Chaired by Ann Jordan, former High Sheriff of Lancashire, confirmed speakers* at this event include:
Jo Turton, Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council. Jo will update attendees on plans for the creation of a Combined Authority in Lancashire.
Frank McKenna, CEO of business networking group, Downtown In Business. Frank will question if plans for a Lancashire devolution deal are moving fast enough and discuss how it's important Lancashire's future in the Northern Powerhouse isn't decided for it by its city region neighbours.
Mike Perls, IoD North West Regional Chairman. Mike has been close to the Northern Powerhouse initiative for some time, and will explain how businesses in the energy and environmental sectors should embrace the opportunities for cluster collaboration that could result from doing business without local and regional borders.
Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Babs will outline a vision for how Lancashire's energy sector, in particular, could be developed to create thousands of skilled, well paying jobs and supply chain opportunities with the right leadership.
John Baldwin, Managing Director at CNG Services. John will discuss the natural leadership position Lancashire could carve out for itself in Compressed Natural Gas transport.
Keith Owen, Head of Supply Assurance at Northern Gas Networks. He is directly involved with a project to convert the gas network in the Leeds city region to run on clean-burning hydrogen, and will outline how Lancashire’s natural advantages mean it could be well placed to follow suit as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative.
*Additional speakers to be announced.
The conference will feature a number of panel Q&A sessions. Confirmed panelists include Ged Ennis, Managing Director of the Low Carbon Energy Company.
It's important that Lancashire's core strengths in energy and environmental services are recognised in any talks about the future of the Northern Powerhouse.
This event will put energy and the environment upfront and centre, showcasing everything that Lancashire has to offer whilst also exploring how businesses in these growth industries can be positioned to benefit from a future devolution deal like those already negotiated by Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region.
Who should attend
Although it is specifically aimed at businesses in the energy and environmental sectors and their respective supply chains, it will have cross-sector appeal.
- Access to the conference
- A two-course lunch
- Mid-afternoon refreshments
- Ample networking opportunities
We have a range of sponsorhip packages available to suit all budgets, starting with our entry-level Bronze package priced at just £300.00 + VAT.
Numbers are stricly limited, and so early booking is recommended.