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Invest North

Date: March 24th

Invest North is a major conference focused on the economic development and real estate future of the UK Northern regions. This landmark virtual conference takes place on 24 March 2021. is bringing together decision makers and creative thinkers from government, city regions and business. The series will explore the North’s place in the world and, twelve months on from the UK’s first Covid-19 lockdown, provide insight, analysis and updates on the near and longer term strategies the North recovers from the pandemic and builds back towards a better future.

Invest North will showcase transformational and disruptive ideas, provide analysis, insight and a major platform to debate the key issues impacting the North's economy.

Join the conversation and get to the heart of the opportunities in the post-Covid, post-Brexit world. There will be showcase and networking opportunities throughout Invest North.


Invest North is backed by a broad coalition of organisations spanning the public and private sectors, including EY, NP11, Squire Patton Boggs, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Influential and Impact Data Metrics.

Channel partners include the Department for International Trade; Marketing Manchester; Marketing Lancashire; Sheffield City Region; Transport for The North; Northern Power Women & Futures; Northern Asian Power List; and In The Circle.

The day's highlights include:

  • Renowned economist Lord Jim O'Neill speaking on releasing the economic potential of the North
  • Four Northern metro-mayors - Andy Burnham, Jamie Driscoll, Ben Houchen and Dan Jarvis - will be discussing their long-term strategies and the future of the devolved North
  • Former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry MP leading a discussion on the North's relationship with global markets
  • John Boehner, the former speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the UK head of the Confederation of Indian Industry Lakshmi Kaul
  • The founder of The Hut Group Matt Moulding assessing how the North can nurture the next generation of unicorns in a time of economic disruption and technological change
  • Northern Changemakers will examine how the region sets the agenda on diversity and inclusion, with Professional Liverpool's Irene Afful, who was Merseyside Police's first black female Inspector, Beth Houghton, head of Palatine Private Equity's Impact Fund, Women in the Law UK founder Sally Penni, and recruitment chief executive and Friends of Dorothy founder Craig Burton.


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