Open Forum Events is proud to announce their new partner-status with the Northern Powerhouse ahead of the Northern Economic Summit on Thursday, November 28th in central Manchester.

Colin Cram, Chairman of Open Forum Events, said:
“Open Forum Events is proud to be a Northern business and delighted to be appointed a Northern Powerhouse Partner. All our employees live in the North. Our high quality conferences, which focus on supporting the delivery of improved public services, are held mainly in the North. Delegates come from all over the country and increasingly from overseas. This means that we are a net income generator for the region, and this will increase through our ambitious plans for expansion overseas. We are excited about the future for Open Forum Events and the Northern Powerhouse.”

Jake Berry MP, Minister of State for the Northern Powerhouse welcomed Open Forum Events as partners of the Northern Powerhouse, saying:
“I’m excited to welcome Open Forum Events to our expanding network of Northern Powerhouse Partners. Their achievements in attracting people from all over the UK and overseas into the flourishing Northern Powerhouse stand them in good stead to work hand-in-hand with Government on boosting growth and investment throughout the North.

“I’m looking forward to hearing the fresh ideas and initiatives that will come out of their Northern Economic Summit in November and how these will support our bold ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse.”

Open Forum Events produces the annual Northern Economic Summit, a one-day conference showcasing ambitious domestic economic models, regional growth initiatives and global investment partnerships. The NES attracts delegates, speakers and sponsors from across the North and internationally, including Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham; N8 Research Partnership Director Dr Annette Bramley, local parliamentarians Debbie Abrahams MP and Lisa Nandy MP, Chief Executive of the Crown Commercial Service Simon Tse and Minister Ma Hui from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

The Summit encourages practical, collective cross-sector solution-building to challenges fettering economic growth, skills development and international investment in the region; with keynote speeches and panel discussions dedicated to:

  • Establishing Greater Manchester as a top-5 European city region digital economy with full-fibre broadband and 5G network coverage; with internationally-significant media and cyber-security clusters.
  • The benefits that decentralised finance can bring to the Northern economy based on global case studies.
  • Exploring how the region’s approach to climate/environmental sustainability influences and determines international investor appetite as well as maximising local economic and health benefits.
  • Attracting international investment in the region’s growth sectors; infrastructure and regeneration, advanced manufacturing, visitor economy and football.