Themes for the day... Manchester and life after Brexit We assess the implications on the Manchester Economy with a post Brexit UK. Motor, Aerospace, Financial Services and big pharma may be the sectors at risk of a hard exit but what will be the impact on the Manchester economy? What steps can the city take to prepare for any difficulties to come ...
Balancing the Books in Greater Manchester Manchester has set an objective to "Balance the Books" and reduce the dependency on central government for deficit funding. Great strides have been made in Salford and the City as a result of the expansive building development programme. How realistic is it to balance the books in the City Region as the government's own targets are extended into the next decade and how might digital and technology enable this?
Housing - has Manchester got it covered? The Mayor of Manchester is committed to put an end to homelessness by 2020. The region is committed to building over 10,000 new homes every year as part of the national building programme. Is an end to sleeping rough and the beginning of a smooth glide to the housing nirvana feasible?
The Sectors Driving Growth We look at the sectors driving growth in the region including fintech, all tech, tourism, hotels, food and drink and of course the financial and professional service sector. Our pro-manchester sector group covers the key areas of focus for the coming years with events and seminars tailored to increase discussion and raise awareness. Manchester, employment & EU Workers With the ever changing demands of the industrial climate, the importance of overseas staff is prevalent. We aim to explore the implications of Brexit and foreign policies and the impact on the Greater Manchester Economy. With this, the demands for smarter recruitment policies and procedures required and visa schemes that are flexible to meet the needs of local and national demands.
The skills challenge in Greater Manchester - How Big is the Problem? The objective within the Greater Manchester Strategy is to work with employers to increase the number of quality apprenticeships offered to school and college leavers. GMCA will seek to match the right apprentices with the right employers, making available appropriate careers advice and inspiration. A UCAS-style application system is promised which encompasses all learning routes, including apprenticeships. We will examine the skills challenge in Greater Manchester, understanding the requirements of a fast moving economy in the digital age.
World Class connectivity that keeps Manchester Moving … An integrated public transport system that is affordable and reliable is one of the key objectives in the Greater Manchester Strategy. Reducing congestion, improving air quality, offering world connectivity both physically and digitally is the foundation of the plan. We look at the challenges and achievements of TfGM, the next stop of the Metrolink system, smart ticketing, bus franchising and the next moves in the integrated plans for the North of England. We ask is it time to consider Manchester Underground and the options for Hyperloop around the Greater Manchester network.
Inclusive growth will be a key focus, as the city region faces the challenge of growth with equality. In 2016 the OECD together with the Ford Foundation launched the "Making Cities Work For All” initiative. Nowhere more than in cities is the divide between prosperity and inequality more apparent. Children in poorer communities start out in life with low prospects and access to opportunities is often thwarted by socio-economic background at onset. Manchester faces the same challenges besetting the 200 cities of more than half a million inhabitants in the OECD remit. The OECD has set out a comprehensive framework to design multi-dimensional policies capable of delivering stronger growth and greater inclusiveness.