This project is part-funded by England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, taking place 4-6 July, is the central experience for businesses during the Exhibition. With an outstanding line up of speakers, workshops and showcases, businesses can expect to be inspired by stories of innovation from across industry.

The Business Summit aims to provide businesses from across the North with learning, networking and commercial opportunities, as well as shine a spotlight on innovative startups and trailblazing scaleups that call the North their home.

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Who’s Speaking

Confirmed speakers include Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England; Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University; Collette Roche, COO of Manchester United; Sarah Weir, CEO of the Design Council; Elaine Warburton, CEO QuantuMDx; and Pam Warhurst, founder of Incredible Edible.

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Collette Roche

Manchester United

Sugata Mitra

Newcastle University

Mark Carney

Bank of England


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Great Innovators

A full day of inspiring talks by world leading innovators.

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Great Opportunities

This two-part day focuses on finance & design. With a keynote talk by Mark Carney, Govenor of the Bank of England

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Northern Powerhouse: Great Futures

The final day of the Summit will bring together ministers, city region mayors, and council and business leaders.