FT UK Business Conference

Opportunities for future growth in the North

The success of UK companies must come from their ability to innovate, export, expand, garner government support and to build recognisable brands that will one day become world renowned.

This success does not come without its challenges as companies search for growth capital, try to maintain and attract high quality talent, keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and deal with a turbulent economic environment.

In a country that has a London centric viewpoint on business, other areas of the UK are not always in the spotlight.

However, the North of England has a booming business sector and due to the cost and infrastructure pressures in the capital and the South East, there are benefits of looking elsewhere.

Financial Times presents the FT UK Business Conference: Opportunities for future growth in the North, which will bring together leading executives from UK business, government and think tanks to explore the opportunities and challenges facing British business throughout the North of England in a post-Brexit environment.

This event will highlight successful strategies and obstacles within innovation, talent, trade, growth, technology and all the key areas of focus involved with maintaining and growing a prosperous business.

Following the triggering of Article 50, businesses and public sector leaders in the UK are grappling with what leaving the EU could mean for them and the economy and how a cross-sectoral public-private approach may be the answer to ensure stakeholder’s long term needs are met.

Further information can also be found on the website:https://live.ft.com/Events/2018/FT-UK-Business-Conference


Join the FT’s first large-scale conference in the North of England alongside leading executives from Amazon, AstraZeneca, Bentley, BT, Carlsberg, Co-op, Dixons Carphone, Essar Oil, Ford Motor Company, Inmarsat, Liverpool FC, Matalan, Network Rail, Unilever & more.

A portion of the day will be dedicated to breakout roundtables, designed to allow attendees to discuss in detail a specific challenge, strategy or opportunity set. Through an open debate led by experts, delegates will be able to choose from four discussions: AI, trade and export, talent and cyber.
Speakers include:
  • Prof. Juergen Maier, UK Chief Executive, Siemens 
  • Nick Henry, CEO, James Fisher and Sons 
  • Jake Berry, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth
  • David Duffy, Chief Executive Officer, CYBG 
  • Bridget Rosewell OBE Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission, Senior Advisor, Volterra Partners
  • Leo Johnson, Disruption Lead, PwC
  • Sarah Glendinning, Regional Director, CBI
  • Emma Degg, Chief Executive Officer, North West Business Leadership Team