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#TfNTalks – Northern Growth and how we can Build Back Better

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Infrastructure investment and economic recovery are now well and truly on the national agenda.

As the country begins to cautiously emerge from some of the restrictions of the Coronavirus lockdown, focus in some areas is slowly turning to what can be done to jump-start the economy.

And following the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ‘Build Build Build’, many regions will be looking to benefit from an injection of funding for services and ‘shovel-ready’ building projects.

Key to the levelling up agenda, particularly in the North, will be spending on roads and rail, and how it will deliver more equal opportunities for all.

In the third of our #TfNTalks sessions, our expert panel will discuss the types of interventions needed to get the North moving again post COVID-19.

What investment will help businesses to grow and put the North at the forefront of the National Recovery?

We’ll be joined by political, business and industry leaders to debate the key areas that can help the North Build Back Better.

The event will be chaired by Hannah Miller, Political Correspondent for ITV Granada, with guests for the free online event on July 6 including:

We will focus on how our programmes can directly enable growth in the North’s strongest industries of health, advanced manufacturing, energy and digital, and also how this can be done in an inclusive and sustainable way.

Lord O’Neill said:

“The North has great potential that is ready to be harnessed. We know that better transport connections across our region will help us to improve our productivity and realise that potential, but there is also so much more that needs to be done.”

Our Northern Infrastructure Pipeline will enable the region to lead the National Economic Recovery through transport investment, closing the persistent productivity gap between the North and the rest of England.

Andy Burnham added:

“For too long we’ve had a London-centric view of our whole economy, but now is our chance to do things differently. We need to see decisions taken by the North, for the North. That will not only help to create a better future for the next generation but also improve people’s lives here and now.”

Sarah Longlands said:

“Covid-19 is a profound challenge for our economy and way and life in the North of England.  But it has also given us a new sense of shared purpose and collaboration with many new initiatives to support and care for each other in this time of crisis.  We must use this renewed sense of civic responsibility to help build a better stronger economic future for the North. “

The audience can submit questions when registering and will be kept up-to-date with the event ahead of the broadcast.

This webinar is being hosted on Zoom, and a link will be sent to participants following registration.

Guest for the free online TfNtalks on July 6