• Northern Prosperity is National Prosperity

    Unleashing Northern Business Potential

    with keynote address from: Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

    At this high profile conference IPPR North and FSB bring together leading experts to explore the latest developments in government policy to support business growth in the North of England. Key national, regional and local stakeholders will discuss how to grow the private sector, looking specifically at how micro, small and medium sized business can help to rebalance the economy.

    The conference will also see the launch of the final report from the Northern Economic Futures Commission, which sets out a long term strategy for economic growth in the North of England and argues that investment in the region is vital for the national economy as a whole.

    Questions we want to answer include:

    • Is an SME-led growth strategy the right one for the UK and specifically the North?
    • What are the main opportunities and barriers to SME growth in the North of England?
    • What role can government play in supporting small business development?
    • How can small business be incentivised to take on new staff?
    • Are northern voices sufficiently heard in national conversation?
    • What alternative sources of finance can fill the gap being left by banks?
    • How do we build and support an enterprising culture?
    • How can businesses be supported to enter the export market?
    • How can public procurement practices be simplified and opened up to small businesses?

    We hope that you are able to join us for a day of debate and discussion with leading individuals on how to drive business growth in the North.

  • Comments from previous IPPR North conferences

    “A truly inspiring event with some penetrating insights and substantial food for thought”

    “Good to come to a positive, forward looking and well executed event. Breath of fresh air”

    “An excellent conference, very enjoyable and useful”

    “Very worthwhile – very thought provoking”

    “The conference exceeded my expectations and the networking opportunities were very helpful”


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  • Main sponsor


  • Conference sponsors

    Leeds City Council

  • Directions

    Event venue address

    Leeds Civic Hall LS1 1UR Leeds United Kingdom


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