Dr Charlie Whitford, MTC’s Director of North West and Regions, recently spoke at the Convention of the North Conference 2022 with NP11.
The event, hosted by council leaders, metro mayors and the North’s 11 LEP Chairs, brought together influential UK leaders from business, industry and politics including Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to examine the future of the North.
With over 300 people in attendance, the conference focused on the ‘Five Game-Changers for the North’; a list first published in a report in October 2021 that identified five key areas whereby the Government could collaborate with the North to boost the region’s economy.
The ‘Five Game-Changers’ are:
Dr Whitford featured on a panel session titled ‘Reasons to be cheerful’ where he shared the details of MTC’s collaboration with partners in the region, with a particular focus on the collaboration and progress being made in the construction industry.
More specifically, Dr Whitford addressed the National Centre for Advanced Construction for Housing sector development programme that has been developed with BEIS, the Department for Levelling Up Housing & Communities and Treasury, together with the Manufacturing Technology Centre and other Innovation partners, Industry, Housing Associations, and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
The programme’s purpose is to look to address the issues facing the sector and unlock the productivity improvements required that will provide value for the customer and develop the supply chain in a way that increases employment opportunities, further supporting the Levelling Up Agenda.
On the issues, Dr Whitford said:
Dr Whitford added:
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