A Local Industrial Strategy
- Date: Friday 15 June 2018
- Venue: Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port. CH65 0AZ
Business leaders from across Cheshire and Warrington were joined by academics and senior public officials to begin developing a Local Industrial Strategy for the Sub-region.
This conference provided a valuable opportunity to hear from business leaders about the strengths of the sub-region’s economy, as well as how we can work in partnership to deliver even more success for our local businesses and residents.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Leader of Cheshire East Council.
A half day conference, led by the Cheshire and Warrington Sub-regional Leaders’ Board, was the first step to explore opportunities which will strengthen the local economy in response to the grand challenges set out in the UK’s Industrial Strategy, which was published by the Government last November.
The UK’s Industrial Strategy
The event was opened by Councillor Samantha Dixon, the Chair of the Sub-regional Leaders’ Board and Leader of Cheshire West & Chester Council. Cllr Dixon set the tone by talking about inclusive growth and developing an economy for all, which is one of the Sub-region’s key priorities:
An important part of it is about how we organise and reform our public services, so that those who find themselves excluded from sharing in the economic prosperity of the sub-region, through personal circumstances – be it academic attainment, skills, or mental or physical health – are not forgotten…
Inclusivity is an implicit theme… and ought to be at the forefront of our minds as we start to develop a Local Industrial Strategy in doing so, we have a better chance of creating a local economy that works for all our residents in Cheshire and Warrington.
Councillor Terry O’Neill, Leader of Warrington Borough Council said:has she
The conference was a very well attended event – the business community showed up in force.
Delegates, from across the public, private and academic sectors, heard from Alex Williams, Deputy Director for the Industrial Strategy Directorate, Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who outlined the national context in which the Local Industrial Strategy is being developed.
In her keynote speech, Christine Gaskell, Chair of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), highlighted the economic strengths of Cheshire and Warrington, as well as key challenges and opportunities.
This is really important for Cheshire and Warrington. We are best placed to determine what we need for the future to grow our economy and we want to work across businesses… to make sure that we get the best local Industrial Strategy possible.
We punch well above out weight… we’re the fastest growing economy in the UK. Twenty-five per cent of manufacturing output in the North West is based in Cheshire and Warrington… we are a global player in the credit card market, logistics and the motor industry. We’re an incredibly diverse economy, yet a very successful economy.
The conference also featured expert breakout sessions, led by some of the Sub-region’s leading business figures, which provided delegates with an opportunity to share their ideas and insights:
- Life Sciences led by Dr Chris Doherty, MD, Alderley Park
- Manufacturing led by Sally Hepton, Director of Government Relations, Bentley Motors
- Energy and Clean Growth led by Ged Barlow, MD, C-Tech Innovation Ltd and Robert Davis, CEO, EA Technology
- Logistics led by Philip Cox, CEO, Cheshire and Warrington LEP
- The Future of Mobility led by Dr Wolfgang Schuster, Technical Director, Intelligent Mobility, UK & Europe, Atkins
- Ageing Society led by Dr Jonathan Griffiths GP, Chair, NHS Vale Royal CCG
- Artificial Intelligence led by Duncan Sime, Head of Business Development, Hartree Centre
- The Master of Ceremonies was Charlie Seward. Deputy CEO, Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The Cheshire and Warrington Sub-regional Annual Conference was co-ordinated by the Cheshire and Warrington Sub-regional Programme Office, on behalf of the partnership.