The Inaugural Cheshire and Warrington Economic Summit

Join us for an afternoon of insightful debate and discussion at the inaugural Cheshire and Warrington Economic Summit.

Cheshire and Warrington’s economy is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the Northern Powerhouse, it is home to some of the most significant UK and Global brands and a wealth of high-performing, fast-growth businesses. Jobs are being created and the area continues to benefit from good connectivity north and south.

However, with a volatile political landscape, skills shortage challenges and an ageing resident population, Cheshire and Warrington will need to work hard to maintain its economic performance.

We will be discussing –

  • What is needed to ensure it’s a place where businesses and people can thrive?
  • How do we ensure it’s a place where people want to live and work?
  • What about our sense of place, our identity, what we are known for?

Keynote speakers announced:

Mark Gregory, Chief Economist at EY

A leading voice on the UK economy. With over 25 years of experience in more than 40 countries, he is a business economist and an advisor to governments and industry on economics, policy and regulation.

Mark is the sponsoring partner at Ernst & Young – United Kingdom for the UK Economics for Business Program, which includes the EY ITEM Club, one of the UK’s leading independent economic forecasters, and the EY renowned UK Attractiveness program, the leading independent voice on Foreign Direct Investment.

In addition, he was a 2016, 2017 and 2018 LinkedIn ‘Top UK Voice.’ This award recognizes those individuals whose words have launched countless high-quality conversations locally, and globally, on the platform. He earned an MSc and a BA in Economics from The University of Manchester.

Julian Stubbs, brand strategist, writer and presenter, founder and CEO of UP THERE, EVERYWHERE.

He has worked with developing brand strategies and identities for a wide range of organisations and places. From Technicolor, the Hollywood movie company to the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, to the city of Stockholm, in Sweden, to the Dutch Government and inward investment.

Most recently his organisation ran a place branding event for the city of Liverpool in their tenth anniversary since being European Capital of Culture called ‘Place Branding: It’s Not About the Logo’.

Today Julian is working with a number of brand and identity projects across the world from California to Switzerland, from biotech and healthcare companies to places and cities. Julian is also a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and seminars and moderator of workshops.

His first business book, titled ‘Wish You Were Here’, explores the branding of places and destinations as well as his work for the city of Stockholm, where Julian created the brand positioning and tag line ‘Stockholm, The Capital of Scandinavia’.

He is founder and CEO of UP THERE, EVERYWHERE the global cloud based brand and digital communications group which today has over 200 people based in 20 locations around the world. He is a firm advocate of digital content and inbound marketing and his company is a HubSpot Platinum Partner agency.

Clare Hayward, MBE, Growth Director, Cirrus – Chair of the Panel session

Caroline Baker, Head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester office – Panellist.

Roger Pride, Managing Partner, Heavenly – Panellist.

Previously Director of Marketing for Wales Tourist Board, Visit Wales, Welsh Government and CEO of Cardiff & Co,  the place marketing agency for Wales’ Capital City. Roger has developed and delivered brands focusing on the tourism, economic and regeneration aspects of place.

He is one of the few people to have led and implemented brand strategy at national, regional and city levels. He won numerous national and international awards for his brand campaigns, including Travel and Tourism Campaign of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Marketing CIMTIG Awards on three  separate occasions. He also won the inaugural Chartered Institute of Marketing Award for Outstanding Contribution to Marketing in Wales.

He is also the joint editor of “Destination Branding” one of the foremost books on the subject of branding places. Through this he has looked at examples of place brand practice from around the globe.

Since joining Heavenly, Roger has been the lead consultant on several major projects either directly or indirectly involved with place.

These include Northern Ireland, Calderdale, Wiltshire, Cardiff, Belfast, Kurdistan, West Midlands, Salisbury, Great West Way, Celtic Routes, and the Atlantic Arc.

He is asked to speak at many conferences on destination branding, most recently in USA, Ukraine, Lithuania, Macau, Argentina, Netherlands, Cape Verde, Slovenia and Belgium.

Phil Davis, Director, Tata Chemicals Europe – Panellist.

As General Counsel and director for Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) Phil heads up the legal and secretarial functions, has a myriad of compliance responsibilities, as well as leading TCE’s Business Excellence, Communications and Estates functions. The latter involves the management and commercial exploitation of TCE’s non-operational land assets. TCE operates three sites in Cheshire and its main products are sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate and salt for domestic and overseas’ markets. It also enjoys a burgeoning energy business via its state of the art gas-fired CHP station, which supplies not only its own heat and power needs, but also exports electricity to the national grid and supplies third party customers with electricity and steam. As a board member of TCE’s three main operating companies Phil is immersed in the challenges and opportunities presented by the energy intensive and heavily regulated manufacture of essential commodity chemicals within Cheshire.

Phil’s previous career was quite a contrast. This included spending 9 years in private legal practice in Manchester with Addleshaw Goddard, a UK top 15 law firm, specialising in major IT projects, before spending a further 6 years as an in-house lawyer for the United Utilities group, primarily negotiating and contract managing major contracts by which United Utilities at that time ran the networks and capital programmes of other regulated utility companies such as Dwr Cymru, Northern Gas Networks and Southern Water.

Places are limited so register here to secure your place –

We are delighted to welcome our keynote speaker to Cheshire and Warrington. A leading voice on the UK economy and advisor to Government, Mark Gregory, Chief Economist at EY will deliver an engaging and pragmatic view of the challenges and opportunities facing the UK and sub-regional economy. As the author of the leading independent EY UK Attractiveness Survey, Mark will also discuss the inward investment landscape and the external perceptions of UK Plc as we move closer to leaving the EU.

(Further speakers to be announced shortly)

Places are limited so register now to secure your place.