Sunderland firms urged to take part in the debate at the Great Northern Conference

Tickets have gone on sale for one of the biggest business events in the north of England, the Great Northern Conference 2020 – and businesses in Sunderland are invited to sign up today.

Promoted by Northern Powerhouse
Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 3:56 pm
ITV's Ranvir Singh hosted last year's event

It will fully explore the opportunities and challenges for the North in a post-Brexit Britain, with key figures from industry, politics, public sector, the media, government and the wider community taking part in workshops and talks at Sheffield Cutler’s Hall on Thursday, March 19.

Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry MP, who will once again be in attendance to lead the debate on 8 key topics, said "As we develop the next stage of regional growth in the North, let's ensure no-one is left behind. The new strategy we are working on needs to ensure our great northern cities continue to get the tools they need to drive the engine of our region's economy.”

The conference will cover a wide range of subjects, including education, connectivity, trading, investment and many smaller break-out workshops, under the #OneNorth banner.

Juergen Maier, CEO, Siemens UK speaking at The Great Northern Conference 2019

James Mitchinson, editor of The Yorkshire Post and event co-founder, said: "The General Election saw much in the way of promises made to the North. Now is the time for those promises to be properly articulated; properly scrutinised and properly delivered.

Last year's successful inaugural Great Northern Conference was born out of this vision, with its ambition widely supported by business leaders across the North. This year's conference will be a high-profile opportunity to put these matters to senior Government figures with the expectation that detailed plans will be forthcoming.”

Both will be joined by over 25 guest speakers, with many big names expected to be announced soon.

For more information and to have your voice heard, visit #OneNorthSunderland for further details.