Let’s power-up the economy! | Chamber teams up with Northern Powerhouse Partnership to host 2-day event in March | Feb 2023

Northern Powerhouse Partnership Chief Executive, Henri Murison, will be the guest of honour at a two-day Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce event in March, sponsored by The Peel Group.

Date: Tuesday 07 February 2023

Henri Murison, Chief Executive, Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

The Island’s leading business network will be hosting an informal drinks reception and networking opportunity on Thursday March 30th at the Manx Museum. The following morning at the Comis Hotel there will be a workshop followed by lunch. Mr Murison will be speaking at the workshop about the huge potential that the Northern Powerhouse Partnership offers to facilitate greater collaboration between the Isle of Man and northern England. Chief Minister Alf Cannan MHK will attend to talk explain how that collaboration can contribute to Government’s economic growth strategy.

The full guest list is yet to be confirmed but it is expected that the British and Irish Trading Alliance (BITA); several Chambers of Commerce from across northern England; and some blue-chip UK-based businesses will all be represented. Attendees will have the chance to engage in roundtable discussions with businesses and industry leaders from the north west, and take part in sector specific workshops. 

All the events on March 30th and 31st are open to Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce Members, the wider IOM business community, and UK delegates. The lunch on March 31st at The Comis Hotel is the only ticketed event – but all attendees are asked to register in advance for all three events. To register your interest (and to find full details) please go to Eventbrite.com or click on these links – drinks reception/networking event (Mar 30th); workshop (Mar 31st); lunch (Mar 31st).

Chamber CEO, Rebecca George, said: “It will be a privilege to welcome Henri to the Island for what will be a valuable opportunity for Chamber members to learn more about the huge advantages the Island could gain by increasing collaboration via NPP. We have already identified many synergies within its mission and we hope that this will be the first step in developing strong and mutually beneficial partnerships between businesses in the Isle of Man and the north of England. Our members are also seeing this as a chance to invite existing and potential business partners as guests to showcase what their business and the Island has to offer. In the weeks ahead we will be working on adding to the three events confirmed so far to make the most of Henri’s two-day visit.”

A spokesperson for The Peel Group said: “The Peel Group is delighted to be sponsoring this event. As an Isle of Man resident organisation with investments and businesses across the north west, we are strong advocates for joint collaboration and shared opportunities. We look forward to engaging with the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the Chamber and other key partners to discuss how we unlock further economic growth in the future.”

NPP’s mission is to realise the untapped economic potential of northern England which is home to 15 million people. By leading the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ the Partnership says that its ultimate ambition is to transform the region’s economy by ‘unlocking up to £100billion by 2050 and creating 850,000 more jobs’.

Mr Murison, who is a former Labour Party National Secretary and Campaigns Officer, became Chief Executive of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership in July last year. Mr Murison joined NPP as a Director in April 2017. In September last year he was a guest speaker at the inaugural Isle of Man Government Conference at the Villa Marina.