Northern Powerhouse Breakfast

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Northern Powerhouse Breakfast


Gazette, 10 August 2015.

North East businesses have a unique opportunity to debate and scrutinise the Government’s Northern Powerhouse agenda with the minister leading its charge.

The Gazette’s – What Now for the Northern Powerhouse? – breakfast event is sponsored by DAC Beachcroft and PD Ports and will take place on October 16 at Wynyard Hall. James Wharton, MP for Stockton South, will give a keynote speech at the October event as the appointed Northern Powerhouse Minister. He will join a soon-to-be-announced panel including prominent politicians and businesspeople from across the North-east.

David Weatherburn said: “We believe that a healthy economy is a balanced economy and want to support initiatives that help address this. Through our own business experience, with offices in Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester, we know that collaboration is better than isolation. Whatever the strengths of individual locations we know that working together is better than working separately. We are proud of what the North has to offer – its innovative businesses, its outstanding universities, its diverse range of performing arts, its beautiful countryside and inspiring people – and we want to make sure we’ve got the investment to protect and nurture this.”

Those attending the event will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel, and will be able to network following a question and answer session. PD Ports’ PR and communications manager Kirsten Donkin added: “PD Ports is proud to be sponsoring this event and equally proud to play a role in trying to rebalance the economy, putting the North in the driving seat as a dynamic counterweight, complementing the thriving London and South East economy.

“As owners and operators of the second largest container port in the north of the UK, Teesport is positioned as the Northern Gateway for containerised goods destined for the north. The Port’s future growth and continued positive contribution to the northern economy, will be fundamentally linked to the quality of the north’s transport infrastructure. It is vital as a region for us to collaborate with like-minded businesses, along with our collective LEPs to take on this challenge and play to our strengths as an ambitious, highly skilled and innovative region.”

The breakfast will take place on October 16, starting at 7.30am.

Tickets are priced at £30 + VAT, tables of 10 £250 + VAT.

To book your place, contact Jennifer Lee on 0191 201 6168 or

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