N8 participates in biggest ever gathering of Convention of the North with NP11


The N8 Research Partnership is among a group of key organisations featuring in the Convention of The North on 13 September.

Hosted by the Convention of the North, this largest ever event of its kind will be a working Convention to debate policy through bringing together political, business, community and academic leaders from across the region. The event is co-hosted by the NP11 group of all 11 Northern Local Enterprise Partnership Chairs, representing 16 million people, supported by Government and along with representatives of young people’s groups.

Other participating influential bodies alongside the N8 Research Partnership include the People’s Powerhouse, Northern Power Women and the leading think-tanks, IPPR North and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. Additionally young people from across the North will set out their vision for the North’s future, and how current leaders need to work together to achieve it. Together they will make a powerful, unified case to the new Prime Minister and Government for tangible investment in the Northern Powerhouse, putting it at the top of the economic agenda, so that it can fulfil its potentially transformational role in the future of the UK.

Hosted on the day by broadcaster Steph McGovern, the nationally significant event will take place 9am – 4.30pm on 13 September at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, an iconic former steelworks that has been transformed into an award-winning educational and entertainment venue.

Attendees will hear from exciting speakers, such as:

  • Mayors and Leaders representing the North’s towns, cities, and communities, including host Mayor Dan Jarvis and Chair of the Convention Cllr Nick Forbes
  • Northern Powerhouse Minister the Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, along with other senior Ministers from across Government
  • Strategic Northern partner organisations
  • Leading businesses figures including NP11 Chair Roger Marsh OBE and LEP Chairs from across the North


Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the NP11 and of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said: “This Summit is very timely in bringing together private and public sector partners from across all of the North, alongside Government decision makers, to further our ambitions for extraordinary inclusive growth that will benefit all in society.

“Building a thriving and well-connected Northern Powerhouse is key to ensuring that we create a productive and successful post-Brexit Britain. Ambitions to turbo-charge the North will only be achieved through effective collaboration and strong consensus across all of our great Northern towns, cities and rural communities.”

Northern Powerhouse Minister, Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, issued the following statement in support: “This summit in Rotherham will bring together the most diverse range of Northern Powerhouse thinkers, leaders and community champions ever seen to set the agenda for a thriving and prosperous Northern Powerhouse.”

Dr Annette Bramley said: “This is about putting significant momentum and effort behind showcasing our strengths and making the case for further investment to improve infrastructure and the quality of life for people living and working in the North. The collaboration is vital and it will make people think about what the North is, what it’s excellent at and how effective it can be, because for the UK to be productive the economy of the North needs to be more productive.”


A ticket will be required to attend this free event. For details of how to attend please contact North@beaconhouse-events.co.uk

For more information please visit the event website.